April 29, 2013

Workshop – App development

Children love apps! Whether firing Angry Birds across their iPad screens, or getting photos of One Direction on their mobile phone, apps are increasingly being used to entertain and gather information.

Our app development workshop allows your pupils to create their own app, which they can then download and use on their own device. Friends and parents can even access and use the app! Pupils can either develop an app on a subject of their choice, such as their favourite pop group or football team, or on a curriculum-linked topic. App-based storybooks can even be created, which could link into content produced in our Blogging sessions.

This work links well to our e-Safety packages, especially as the app is directly accessible from a mobile device. A session focusing more on a program’s technical development, rather than the content, can be found in the Programming and game development workshop.

What does the workshop involve?

All training can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. A typical session includes:

  • Discussion of favourite apps and what makes a good app
  • Mind mapping ideas for pupils’ own apps (free choice or linked to curriculum content)
  • Planning different app sections, including links between screens, location of text, images, sound, etc
  • Develop the app under Computing Champions expert guidance
  • Test and evaluate the app in conjunction with other members of the group
  • Publish the app and make it available on a range of devices, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones and tablets, etc
  • Parental showcase – parents / carers visit school and see what the children have produced during the day, play the games etc.

Should you have a preference on the coding technology used, such as Blipit or AppShed, we are able to adapt the session accordingly. The workshops can also build on prior knowledge, including content taught during ICT / Computing lessons.

If you have iPads available at your school, the session can be altered to include app game development, as outlined in the Programming and game development workshop, using technology such as Game Salad.

Who is the workshop for?

The session outlined above is suitable for able Y3 children and upwards, with older children able to produce increasingly advanced apps.

How much does it cost?

The price outlined below includes an initial consultation with your school to ensure you’ll get the most from our training. Discounts are available for bookings of multiple training packages.

Full day: £450