One of the highlights of my year thus far has been publishing iOS apps with kids. We’ve gotten two apps successfully published in the App Store and are working on several more. As of this writing, we have one in review that we hope will be approved soon.
I often get asked how we publish apps, since this is not something that is typical among school children, especially 11-12 year-old students (grade 6). Our app development process begins with students choosing a topic for their app. We find that informational apps work best, since the software we use is limited in its abilities and we are limited in our knowledge. Once students come up with an idea and talk with me about it, they set to work on the software. The software we use is called MobiOne and it’s developed by a company called Genuitec.
Genuitec has been wonderful to work with. Along the process, I asked for help on their support forum. The folks there were quick to respond and my issues even resulted in newer versions of the software being released. One feature that was recently released was the iOS App Builder. The software creates an .ipa file that you can upload to the App Store. I think that we were one of the first (if not *the* first) to get an app published using MobiOne. Although I cannot verify that.
MobiOne has provided me with a referral code to give to you. If you use this referral code, you will get 50% off the retail price of MobiOne. Normally it costs $99.99 but you’ll get it for $49.98!
The referral code is: CrossRoadsReferral (and is case sensitive) needs to be entered on the Buy page, like so:
There is a 14-day trial version you can download if you’re interested. Let me know how it goes!