Build Your Own App: Part 1

Becky Odajima & Mark Montgomery
TLA Annual Conference
April 15, 2015, 3:00 pm



App Presentation: Part 1

Types of apps

Uses for apps

Creating your own app for your school

Types of Apps

HTML 5 (Web Apps)

PROS: Universal for Any Device,

Cost Effective,

Easy to Build

CONS: No Access to Device Specific Functions,

Dependent on Internet Connection

Native Apps

PROS: Lightning Fast,

Access to Specific Device Functionalities,

Looks and Responds Great

CONS: More costly,

Only for Single Device

Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon

Uses for your App

School or District Public Relations App

Instructional/Informational App for Teachers

Instructional/Informational App for Students

Planning and Creating your App

Purpose/Audience for your App

Time and Cost

App Building Sites

lots of choices, many step by step tutorials included

Sources of Content

electronic calendar (facebook, google, eventful, eventbrite)

social network accounts (twitter, pinterest, facebook, instagram)

web links

email, phone, contact info

pdf documents uploaded to web

pictures or videos

Graphic editor for logos, splash screens, icons

District logos

Adobe Photoshop

Platform and Developer account needed

Apple - $99 (annually)

Google - $25 (one time)

Amazon - free

Web App - No developer account needed

App Building Sites

Free Service Providers



Appy Pie

Paid Service Providers


Shout Em

Appy Pie


App Factory

Demonstration Time