Monthly Archives: September 2012

Transcript for the 9/30/12 #storyappchat: Storybook Apps & Literacy

WOW, this was a knockout chat with more than thirty participants and TONS of great links and information shared, all on the hot topic of the use of story apps to enhance and build literacy skills in children. If you had to miss it, get caught up with the 19-page transcript above, and add the weekly #storyappchat event to your Google Calendar so you’ll be sure to join us for the next one (October 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT).

P.S. While the text in the transcript preview window looks wonky, it shouldn’t when you download it to your own PC and open it up with Acrobat Reader. If anyone has trouble reading the transcript, please let me know.

Topic for the 9/30/12 #storyappchat: Apps and Literacy

#storyappchat topic badgeAs compared to a print book, storybook apps have some great features for building childhood literacy. Perhaps the most obvious is the ability of the words to be highlighted when spoken, but there are others too. Like when a single word is read aloud when tapped (the way Oceanhouse Media does it, for instance).

Of course storybook apps have their detractors too, people who think kids spend enough time looking at screens so why encourage the use of these app/games by kids, when a regular (“real”) book will do just fine.

Because storybook apps are so new, there haven’t been a whole lot of studies done on their impact (positive or negative) on kid’s literacy development. But as time goes on, the use of tablets will only grow, so it’s something more and more people will want information on.

As a parent, I think nothing beats a parent reading out loud to their kids from a print book, but storybook apps are a nice option to add to that.

Let’s discuss this topic during our weekly #storyappchat this Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the hashtag to join in!

Transcript for the 9/23/12 #storyappchat: the iPhone5

Oh, the horror.

Here at #storyappchat, we have no budget for anything, including transcript services. Therefore, from time to time the free option we’ve been using encounters a glitch, or decides to start charging for a feature we’ve been depending on. Hey, everybody deserves to make something for their efforts, but this can mean that occasionally there is a delay in producing an otherwise seamless and elegant transcript.

At any rate, the transcript above is complete, if not beautiful, and efforts to find quality and free Twitter transcript services continue. Enjoy our discussion about Apple’s latest and greatest (?) product above, and don’t miss the next chat, where we’ll talk about “Storybook Apps and Childhood Literacy Development.” Be there (September 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) or be square!

Topic for the 9/23/12 #storyappchat: the iPhone 5

Half an inch.

That is the amount Apple’s added to the screen size of the latest iteration of its flagship product, the iPhone 5.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal, does it? Not if you like black bars on either side of the display. And really, no one does. So: everybody, repeat after me: back to the drawing board!

While certainly an inconvenience for many of us, this extra space has opened up the doors of innovation for some. Several developers quoted in this Wall Street Journal article, for instance, are excited about finding ways to make use of the new pixelated real estate–but not everybody sees the change as positive.

So: do you plan to update your storybook app right away? How do you intend to make use of the iPhone 5’s extra screen real estate? Let’s discuss this (and other new iPhone 5 features) Sunday, September 23 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just grab your #storyappchat hashtag and we’ll greet you at the door!

Transcript for the 9/16/12 #storyappchat: Kickstarter with Julia Brannon

App marketing expert @Julia_Brannon served ably as our guest host for this edition of #storyappchat, where we discussed using Kickstarter for funding a storybook app project. Enjoy all the wisdom we shared in the transcript above with our compliments.

Don’t miss next Sunday (September 23) at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT because we’ll be talking about the brand-spankin’-new iPhone5, its new larger screen, and what this will mean for those of us developing for the platform. Join us, wontcha?

Topic for the 9/16 #storyappchat: Funding Your App With Kickstarter

Kickstarter LogoIf you’ve done any reading of technology news over the past year, you’ve probably heard of Kickstarter. This is a website that allows anyone to find funding for an upcoming project via crowdsourcing. Basically you enter the details of your project and come up with some creative incentives to give people who donate to your project. Enter a deadline and voilá: the money comes rolling in, via your friends, their friends, and others who fall in love with your project through SEO. Hooray!

Well, maybe. There are some of us within the #storyappchat community who’ve tried Kickstarter and didn’t reach full funding (Touchoo is one example). But that doesn’t mean the endeavor wasn’t a success. Writer/illustrator Will Terry tried his own Kickstarter campaign for a storybook app idea, and shared his experiences on his blog.

There are many reasons why you might want to consider Kickstarter for your next project. Join us as we welcome digital marketing expert Julie Brannon, who has had some recent success with Kickstarter and will lead our discussion for the next #storyappchat this Sunday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Looking forward to seeing YOU there–just start tweeting using the #storyappchat hashtag to participate!

Transcript for the 9/9/12 #storyappchat: App Review Sites

Last night’s chat was just great–and we were fortunate to have several representatives from the world of app review sites sitting in and sharing tips for getting your app reviewed. Here is just a sampling of what was mentioned:

  • Familiarize yourself with the sort of apps the review site specializes in, and be sure your app fits their market
  • Check the site’s submission guidelines and follow them to the letter–fill out the form if the site has one
  • Plan ahead and expect reviews to take months, not weeks–the app market is flooded with new apps and many of the review sites are backed up
  • If you are lucky enough to get some constructive criticism, be open to it and don’t take it personally
  • Reach out to reviewers on social media, and help them by retweeting/reposting their reviews
  • Realize that most review sites are run by real parents like you, and their site may or may not be profitable yet

Soak up all the wisdom in the complete 18-page transcript above, and don’t forget to stop by next Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. We’ll be talking about the feasibility of using Kickstarter to fund your next app project!