I often get my inspiration for blog posts by reading the blog posts of others…and today is no exception. Yesterday, on the Edudemic blog, Jeff Dunn wrote a post called A Roadmap for Successful Educational App Development. His list is pretty general, and frankly, it’s a list that is, in my opinion, just focused on good practices for developing any app. There’s nothing on the list that is targeted at educational apps in particular. Which is fine, as a general list was his intention, but also frustrating, for me, because there’s a whole lot more to making a successful educational app than what’s on that list.
So my goal in this post is to give some very specific things that developers need to do in order to really target the educational part of educational apps. I’ve talked about this in other posts, I know, but my goal today is to round out the list that Jeff Dunn started…
Here is an abbreviated version of Jeff’s list. I encourage you to visit his post to see it in more detail:
1. Find a good problem that you and others have and figure out a solution.
2. Once the app is released, gather all the feedback you can to do an update.
3. Artwork and visual appeal is key.
4. Promote the app through a variety of channels.
5. Learn about the importance of user experience and apply it to your app.
6. Get connected with other developers in your area of expertise.
So, I think you probably see what I mean about none of these being particular to education. So I would like to add the following three items to Jeff’s list. (I have more, of course, but let’s get these three under our belts and we’ll go from there!) Developers, need help with this? Let me know!
- Junky Educational Apps and the People Who Make Them. (karenmahon.com)
- A Roadmap For Successful Education App Development – Edudemic (edudemic.com)