With numerous colleges throughout the country releasing native apps for iOS, Android, and the ever-growing iPad as portals for interaction between teachers, students, alumni, and other constituents, the writing is certainly on the wall for major changes in the way schools think about digital communication with their constituents. Mashable Tech writer Jeff Kirchick’s recent article about “5 Ways Higher Education is Leveraging Mobile Tech” will definitely jog your imagination about what mobile development might be able to accomplish for you as an innovator in your institution’s technology department.
As a fairly recent graduate, it’s very exciting to watch the proliferation of mobile development in academic institutions first-hand. The idea of having a University of Virginia app probably would have seemed a touch ridiculous while I was still slogging through McIntire, but now that I’m on the ground floor of university app development, it’s a little hard to believe that I relied solely on e-mails and desktop-based collaboration portals for information that could have been walking with me the whole time. But we’re not just talking about tonight’s homework assignment or the hours for the career services office – Kirchick’s article shines a light on functionality that makes a university mobile app more than just a simple tool of convenience.
Imagine grabbing your textbooks in a crowded school bookstore and checking out with a single swipe of your SmartPhone rather than painfully waiting in a long line with about 30 pounds of paper on your back. Imagine touring a campus with the ability to point your iPhone or Android camera at a building to get its full history and purpose. Imagine instantly polling all of your students on a classroom question with graphically-displayed outputs on the projection screen in real-time.
Guess what: there’s really no need to imagine – these things are already here. Kirchick’s Five Ways are just a sampling of some of the marvels that our grade-school teachers probably smiled…Continue Reading Article
We were honored to have been selected as the company to design and develop the Syracuse University iPhone app. Android and Blackberry coming soon!Continue Reading Article
Pretty neat — you can diagnose all sorts of diseases and ailments, particularly in the elderly, by inspecting their fingernails. Now there’s an app for that.Continue Reading Article
John Jacobson’s Double Dream Hands app is live, working with our friends at Hal Leonard. Ellen loves John: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeNy8BWnDX8. Use the bobblehead app to have your favorite (or least favorite) people do the Double Dream Hands dance….download it the Double Dream Hands app from the iTunes store here.Continue Reading Article
Apple once again has recognized WillowTree Apps’ University of Virginia iPhone app — today the iTunes store listed the app (again) as the top University app in “What’s Hot” in Education. Check out the attached screenshot of the iTunes store ranking the UVA app….Continue Reading Article
Check out the new Toledo Blade iPhone app we launched last week. Download it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-blade/id382865800
The app features quick navigation to thousands of stories, from local and national news to sports to business. Check it out and tell us what you think.Continue Reading Article
Check out the full press release here, announcing our partnership and the Harry Reid iphone app: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/willowtree-apps-well-and-lighthouse-partner-to-develop-official-iphone-app-for-senate-majority-leader-harry-reid-partnership-will-bring-mobile-apps-and-web-to-other-political-campaigns-104766284.html
Wireless Week picked up the story: http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/2010/10/FirstNews-Briefs-12/
Check out the Harry Reid app here: http://willowtreeapps.com/apps/political/harry-reid/Continue Reading Article
The new UVa update went live last night — some sweet new functionality:
– HoosBus now included so you can track buses around Grounds
– Take a picture and submit it for inclusion in “Week in Photos”
– Live scoring for almost all sports
– Notable Alumni
– Ability to set alerts to only certain sports
– Direct links to stories from alerts
– Better links between apps (e.g. linking names in course directory straight to the contact info)Continue Reading Article
WillowTree launched MedReform, a health care app, this week to permit users to understand the risk of getting an unnecessary diagnostic procedure, and then guides users on how to have a conversation with their health care provider.
Download the MedReform app from the iTunes store here.Continue Reading Article