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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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.