Doug Stone – Update from the SALT Conference

SALT_logoI just completed a presentation on mobile learning at the Society for Applied Learning and Technology (SALT) conference in Reston, Va. The topic was, “The Superpower of Web-based Mobile Apps”.   I believe I was the only presenter in the mobile learning track who delivered their entire presentation on a mobile device.  I demonstrated MetaMedia’s Crush web app that we developed for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The app is designed for teen girls as a means to educate them on birth control alternatives. Using a web-based app through social media will help to disseminate the URL/app to a wider and growing audience  – a key goal for the CDC.

My presentation was delivered from my phone using Keynote. I switched between Keynote and demonstrating the actual app to make the presentation highly interactive.  The presentation was very well attended. My  goal was to show the audience how the app was developed from winning the proposal, to creating working prototypes, to final deliverable. I demonstrated social media, quizzes, and a variety of customized WordPress plugins, such as a pregnancy counseling clinic finder. Web-based apps are best used when content needs to be continuously updated. There is no co-dependency on storefronts and the vetting process associated with true Apple type apps. I am enjoying the conference and look forward to the other presentations.

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