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DEVELOPING IPAD APPS FOR EXTENSION EDUCATION Sondra M. Parmer, PhD Greg Parmer, MEdAlabama Cooperative Extension System
GOALSReinforcement of Body Quest Curriculum Content • 6 lessonsMaintainability • security and app updatesPortability • creating MOBILE classroomsAccessibility • limited internet connectivityLikability • engage kids in technology
CHALLENGES OF APP DEVELOPMENT• TIME!• Voice talent• Student software engineers: limited time, limited skills• TIME!• Learning curve• Comfort levels of educators• TIME!• Knowing when enough is enough• Maintenance• Cost (>$500,000)• TIME – TIME – and more TIME !
SUCCESSES OF APP DEVELOPMENT• Extension educators, school teachers and school administration love it• Doors opened for us in terms of academic time in public classrooms• Team/Collaborative process
GOALSReinforcement of Body Quest Curriculum Content • 6 lessons = 6 Apps plus an Introductory AppMaintainability • security and app updates = Casper Suite (inventory too!)Portability • creating MOBILE classrooms = 10 iPads/storage case (2 per class)Accessibility • limited internet connectivity = Updates/maintenance in officeLikability • engage kids in technology ==========>