Apps on the iPad or other mobile devices can be a great way for children to learn new subjects and interact with technology, as our many examples over the past few weeks have shown. But what happens when those children grow older, yet are still interested in the same devices and programs?
A remarkable tidbit from last week’s Apple developer conference is that out of the few thousand paid attendees, a hundred and fifty were under eighteen, allowed in for the first time in the event’s history. Not only is technology playing a bigger part in children’s lives but young adults are giving back by developing more and more of the same applications.
So what to do a few years down the line with a tech savvy kid? The $1600 Apple event is a big investment, and probably not that useful for beginners. Before that, maybe it’s worth it to consider the comparatively cheap $99/year iOS developer program. Not only does it include some of the software to make these programs, but also the tools from them to submit their creations to Apple’s App Store – and even make a return on investment. Beat that, piano lessons!
And who knows, maybe one day they’ll end up here developing children’s apps with us. That’s the App Circle of Life for you.
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[Wall Street Journal & Apple]