Blog Post 5: App Recommendations

Overview

For Blog Post 5, you will recommend 3 mobile apps that can be used to help fill the gap between what is and what ought to be. It is your choice whether you recommend apps for iOS, Droid, Windows, etc. It is ok to recommend apps for multiple platforms, or that are available on multiple platforms.

Structure

Evaluation Criteria

You should evaluate and ultimately select apps based on the following criteria:

  • Icon: This is what appears in the store and on the home screen. It provides the first clue to the aesthetic style of the app. Include this image in your post.
  • Price: Is the app a good value for its price? Is the app free, or does it offer in-app purchases?
    • **You do not have to spend money for this assignment. It is ok to rely on the app store’s user reviews and website (all platforms require apps to have a website), as well as write-ups that exist elsewhere on the web. At the same time, do not plagiarize the review of someone else; process the information and write your own review.
  • Description/Features/Functions: What does the app do? How would it help address the problem or gap you are attempting to fill?
  • Screenshots: Does the app appear to be intuitive and easy to use? Does the visual style match the app’s feel? Does the interface make sense?

You should be able to justify your recommendation for each app and explain its purpose and features. This means you must write a paragraph (or two) about each app.

Citations

You should include the following for each app you recommend:

  • App Name: make this a link to the app’s webpage or to the iTunes/GooglePlay/Windows store.
  • App Developer: Who makes the app? For example, Fitbit is made by Fitbit, Inc.
  • App Price: If the app is a native app — like Apple iOS Reminders — then indicate this, too.
  • App icon: include the icon image, which you can typically find on the appropriate app store. Searching “[app name] icon” in Google Search will often turn up the file you need. Make sure you resize it so it fits into your post (the Fitbit logo below has been resized to 150 x 150)
  • Platforms available: Is this app available on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc.?
  • Suggested Uses: Is there a non-obvious way this app can help your problem?
  • App Ratings: Share the average ratings of the current version as listed on the app store, as well as the total number of ratings. For example, the current version of the Fitbit app for iOS has an average rating of 3 stars (307 ratings), as shown below:

Fitbit

Average Fitbit iOS rating

Taxonomy

  • Categorize your post as “Assignments.”
  • Tag it as “kine320” with no spaces between ‘kine’ and ‘320’
  • Tag it as “bp5” so that I can easily find this post
  • Tag it with “apps” and the appropriate platforms for the software you are recommending (e.g., iOS, Android, etc.).
  • Add any other relevant tags that will make it easier for a reader to navigate your content or find your blog if they use a search engine for appropriate keywords.

Submission and Title

This assignment should be published to your WordPress blog no later than 6pm on the Monday of Week 9.

Be sure to give your post a catchy title that is descriptive of your problem, and not “Blog Post 5: App Recommendations.” Yes, I understand the irony in this requirement, but my blog’s target audience is you, and you are looking for instructions on completing a requirement. Your target audience is looking for information on a topic, and an inviting title is critical in turning a surfer into a reader. Please see my previous blog post about phrases you probably want in your blog title for suggestions and tips.

Summary

You may be fortunate enough to find an app that directly addresses your problem/gap. But think about your problem/gap from all angles: the underlying causes, the people it affects, the people who can help, the solutions, etc. For example, assume your problem/gap is related to Diabetes. You could recommend apps that:

  • Help a user track their sugar intake
  • Find diabetic-friendly recipes or restaurants with diabetic-friendly menus
  • Increase physical activity to manage glucose levels
  • Remind the user to monitor their glucose and insulin levels, or take medicine
  • Find doctors, support groups, or information on the topic
  • Anything else that you can justify as being a helpful aid to a reader seeking to address this gap. It is ok if the app has other purposes, too.

Examples from Past Quarters

Finally, you can check out blogs from Fall 2014,  Winter 2015Spring 2015, or Fall 2015 for examples of Blog Post 5 from previous quarters.

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