Mobile Apps Workshop to Help Students Learn Technology from Ground Up

Program Will Guide Students in Basics to Latest Innovations 

Helping students learn and use mobile apps in their studies and everyday lives will be the focus of an upcoming summer workshop. What mobile apps are, where the technology is headed and how to design and develop from conception to publishing are the focal points of the free-to-students program. Participants also will be schooled in Mobile Game Design, the latest technology associated with mobile apps, along with new developments in augmented reality and wearable computing.

ECPI University in association with the City of Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium (CTBC) will hold the Mobile Apps workshop for 34 Chesapeake Public Schools middle and high school students from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on June 24-27th at Chesapeake Central Public Library at 298 Cedar Road. The media is welcome to attend.

Gerry White, Associate Dean of Academic Technology and Department Head of Arts & Sciences at ECPI University and licensed Apple developer, is the instructor of the Mobile Apps workshop. The school will provide students with MacBook Airs - small, thin laptops with enough memory and processing speed to handle the graphics and app development environments.

“This workshop will open up a fascinating world of new opportunities for the students, as their futures in many cases are right around the corner,” White said. “Some of the technologies and skills we’ll be introducing will allow them to put their hands on their futures today. Mobile technologies are the near future, and we will also look at what's next.”

Dan Bell is the retired President of Canon Information Technology Systems and original co-founder of CTBC. The CTBC helps students learn about technology to advance workforce development, promotes Chesapeake technology companies success and assists Chesapeake in advancing their technology footprint.

"Our summer camps are a great product of collaboration and common interest,” Bell said. “Our goal is to show our kids what technology can do for them and what they can do for technology".

ECPI University’s partnership in the workshop is part of a wide array of education and career services it provides to schools, charities and other organizations in communities around their campuses.

“Not only will the workshop students begin to see many great career opportunities right in their own back yards, but they will also come away with a solid introduction to critical, thinking, problem solving, and logic in design,” White said.