The New York Times is running an article entitled, "A Playland for Apps in a Tablet World." The article begins, "Apple's move to open up the iPhone to outside programmers in 2008 started a software-writing frenzy. Giant companies and bedroom tinkerers alike rushed to get their applications into the App Store and onto the phone's 3.5-inch touch screen.". It continues, "Now those developers are about to get a bigger stage - or at least a bigger screen."
Questions for Discussion:
1. Imagine that you worked at Microsoft, a software developer. What would this article make you think about? Why?
2. What three questions do you think that all software, or app, developers should ask before creating a product? Why?
3. If you were asked to invent one app that would promote high quality school learning, for any grade and subject area, what would you develop? Why?
4. If you could only have one, would you prefer to have your own tablet or iphone? Why? (You could have another phone, just not a smart phone.)
Questions for Younger Children and Everybody Else:
1. If you could make a computer that could do one thing for you what would you make the computer do? Why?
2. Do you prefer using large computers/games or small hand-held devices? Why? Is it possible that you like them both for different purposes? Explain!
3. Do you think that you would have fun making computers as an adult? Why or why not?
4. Think of one game that you like to play. What one rule would you create to make the game more fun? Why do you think that this rule would make the game more fun?