How mainstream is mobile? The number of people owning a smart phone rose 10 percent in three months over the summer, to 82.2 million according to comScore Inc. Out of 234 million people using mobile devices in the U.S., 35.1 percent have a “smart phone.”
What makes a phone smart is that it can run “apps” (short for “applications,” but you probably knew that).
Are you smarter than an 11th grader?
When I was in high school, there were no cell phones. As a junior I wrote for the school newspaper, and it was a big deal just to put out a paper once a month.
Now a 16-year-old junior named Zachary Christopoulos has created an app for his high school. (Boy, do I feel like an underachiever.)
The first mobile app for a high school
The Tesoro HS App collects school news from multiple sources to make it more easily accessible. Like Steve Jobs and other inventors, Christopoulos created his app because “It was something I wanted personally,” as he explained to the Orange County Register.
Computer science class
Christopoulos studied computer science at Tesoro during his sophomore year. Las summer he attended a week-long course on mobile app development at the University of California Irvine.
Launched in August, Christopoulos’ app provides mobile updates on school events, and integrates information from the school website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts. There are currently about 1,200 users.
Putting the app to the test
The new tech tool was put to the test early on. During a major power blackout that occurred near the beginning of this year’s school term, the Tesoro HS App sent out a push notification informing users that school would be closed as a result of the outage.
Programmer for hire
As you might guess, Christopoulos is aiming for a career in computer programming. Version 2.0 of the Tesoro HS App is already in the works. According to The Register, Christopoulos encourages other schools and businesses to contact him at info@zChristopoulos.com.
Now I just need a bumpersticker that says, “My kid’s high school has its own mobile app.”