Author: Ovi Barcelo

OviBarcelo_copyOvi Barcelo (@ovibarcelo) Valencia, Spain I am the IT Coordinator of Grupo Sorolla, a cluster of four schools, all of them involved in Microsoft’s Innovative Schools Program. I am also an Microsoft Innovative Educator this year and the last, and I have participated in many Global Forums representing my school, presenting projects and also as a project judge. I also run an apps blog together with many innovative educators around the world. The page is where Windows 8 apps are analyzed by teachers and shared with the community. Last but not least, I am a primary teacher in Julio Verne Bilingual School.

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The developers of the Insigniolabs, Play Your Music, and Corinth, mentioned below.

Ovi Barcelo: Developers, Developers, Developers!

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain One of the best things I have gotten from apps is the chance to meet some of their developers. Apps now are everywhere, even in the classroom, and we can say so because this new ecosystem has socialized the development of software. Now, (almost) everybody can be an app developer and even achieve great success in the digital world. The coding part is not very difficult and the tools provided by the big companies are user-friendly, in most cases. On this point, I want to highlight Microsoft’s Project Siena (pictured above). This is remarkable in that it is an app to create apps. This simple blank canvas is the typical drag-and-drop environment. With everyday updates, Project Siena allows all kind of users to develop their own apps.

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Ovi Barcelo: 10 Things We Need to Know About Apps in the Classroom

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Nowadays it is very difficult to look to the past for longer than 4 or 5 years. We think that Whatsapp, for example, has been around forever when in fact the app is only 5 years old. The same goes for Angry Birds (launched 2009) and Twitter (which was also translated to other languages starting 2009). So, what will be our apps landscape be like five years from now? Can we trust our methodology only in apps? My answer is: no.