The world of high technology and now mobile technology has been evolving for a long time, even when we weren’t aware of it. Take the app design world, Jacob Savage, has been designing mobile apps since 1999, when he created a single app for one of his clients. Now when the world of the cellular phone, smartphone, mobile device, accesory and battery for cellphone industries are too huge for the average consumer to keep up with, apps have skyrocketed – and figuring out what’s what can be utterly confusing. Even so, most businesses realize that the app world is the place to be. The smartphone is here to stay, and it makes the perfect place to do business, for techies and non techies alike.
In 1999 when Jacob Savage founded Speak Creative, the mobile technology revolution was experiencing a skyrocketing trajectory, but smartphone adoption and app development would be years in the future.
Slightly more than a decade later Savage’s Memphis-based design and technology firm produced its first mobile app for a client and today that brand of digital development accounts for 30 percent of the company’s projects.
Where Do Apps Fit In? Apps work for everyone; entrepreneur, consumer, friends or family. And they are made by businesses, friends, consumers and techies. An app that’s created by or offered by a business can do a world of good for society in general. Take the following app; EverySlide works for educators, students, businesses and anyone who has a mobile phone and cellular phone battery. It may have been created by a business but is useful in a number of industries.
EverySlide is a free (for educators and students) service that allows you to share your slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of your audience. As you move through your shared slides you can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from your audience. Bottom Line Don’t you think it’s about time you looked in your app store. You may find apps that are extremely useful, even if they weren’t made specifically for you (business applications). How often should you look for a fun app? Hmm that is a relatively hard question to ask. My kids are always looking, trying and changing apps. I barely have time to search once a month. So this is really something you should figure out for yourself. The important thing is that you look into apps – because they can make your life more interesting, efficient and fun.
The point to all this is: Whether we like it or not, mobile technology is changing the world, and instead of fighting it, we need to embrace it, include it in our daily lives, and even integrate it into teaching and learning methods in the classroom and in our everyday life. We need to let kids use those cell phones, charge those cell phone batteries and use them at home, work and in school. However, our job as parents, and teachers is to offer guidance as to the type of apps and information they access.