theMolisticView

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My Rant…

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Today I received an email asking me to basically hand over everything I know and have done in teaching my students how to produce mobile phone applications. This blatant forced robbery of intellectual property drives me crazy. What makes matters worse in my opinion is that I have already provided these people with a clear outline as to what is required and the substantial costs involved in delivering such exciting learning outcomes for students which go far above those required by any current syllabus in NSW.

Obviously I understand that as an employee all works I create for my job belong to my employer however, in this case I say no! Why? The cost incurred by me to deliver this content for my students, which I am happy to absorb for them to have a better education. There is no way known to me that my employer would pay the money required to teach just 20 stage 5 students how to develop mobile phone apps on just one platform yet alone all three. On top this there is the fact that to do any mobile phone development you have obfuscate the school internet connection.

I won’t list the reasons why you wouldn’t use Google’s Android as I am sure even @Benpaddlejones would admit how hard that is to implement as a school teacher in our system, so i’ll just demonstrate the cost per school for iOS iPhone development.

  1. 13″ Macbook Pro $1,349.
  2. Current iPhone $799
  3. Developer account $99 USD (to unlock the phone so as to test applications on the device)
  4. Developer tools free

note: before anyone says you can just use the free tools and the phone emulator, yes you can however the emulators have restrictions and are not as authentic or as valuable to students when they actually run their own app on a phone or device.

So if you want my stuff for mobile phone development for stage 5, remburse me a little and I’ll help out, until then use Google search and see if you can afford to offer this across the states high schools.

Written by theMolisticView

June 14th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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