EDTECH 597: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This week’s apps encourages us to chase bugs…

Learning to create apps requires a certain amount of patience, I’ve found as well as an eye on the long road. The patience part is probably pretty obvious, but the long road maybe not so much. When I started the EDTECH 597 Apps class, I wondered with each subsequent app, but in particular the first, “How am I going to change one element on this app when I have no idea what I’m doing? I’ve proceeded with the faith that if I do the work—even if I don’t understand at first—I will eventually.

Chasing Ladybugs and Answers and Catching Neither One

I’m finding that at least mentally, I’m “fixing” a lot of the previous apps, which presented problems that I couldn’t solve at the time, but have some idea of how to do it now. For example, as I was researching how to solve a problem with this week’s app (Ladybug Chase), as I flipped through the book’s previous chapters, something from the Paint Pot app was solved. I remember looking at classmate, Faith Foo’s blocks for changing the picture on the screen and recalled the little media list at the bottom of the app builder. I realized that I don’t always have to load a particular media to a particular step. In understanding that, I also understood how Faith made the multiple windows in her Paint Pot app. Mind you, I still haven’t figured out how to make a fatter line in the Ladybug Chase, the original task that got me to looking for solutions in the first place, but at least it’s something.

Advertising Moves into the Mobile App Age

I did read over the chapter in the book that was supposed to explain how to do things like this, but I couldn’t seem to apply the knowledge (at least not yet) to enable me to make a different-sized line for the energy field in the current app. While my progress pleases me, I’m a bit concerned that I won’t know how to solve the problems that will come when I create my last app for the class. I’m hoping that the problem-solving skills (and persistence) that I’ve developed in these past few weeks will be enough to ensure that the app gets done.

On a different, but related note, as a media person, I am pleased that I’m learning this skill. I read a report in the New York Times this week that talks about the boom in mobile digital ads. Being able to create apps for myself and others from a business standpoint could come in very handy.