Is There Really An App For That?: Teaching in an App World

There is no question that the app – small, easy to download software for mobile devices – is changing how we use technology. More than half of all Web traffic currently comes from apps. The Apple App Store and Google Android Marketplace count their monthly downloads in the billions. There are more than a million apps available in different platforms, and though the majority of them are not aimed at an education market, many of them are being used by educators.

Educators are beginning to accept that mobile devices like iPads, tablets and phones need to be addressed as educational tools rather than simply distractions. In this new app world, the way software is designed, who designs it and how it is purchased and deployed are all new concerns for educators. How are schools reacting to this app world? With many schools still trying to address Web 2.0, how can they take advantage of the Web 3.0 that is being described as a semantic, mobile, immersive Web? This presentation will look at how apps are currently being used, and the opportunities for educators to include them in courses and campus wide initiatives.

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