The TIES 2010 conference drove home that point that mobile devices in education is a hot topic, and one of the niches in this larger story is how teachers and schools can go about taking their own creative content and turning that into a mobile app. If you start from the ground up, building your own app means learning how to program C, Objective-C, and then Cocoa. For most educators, this isn’t a feasible option.
However, one area that seems to be growing is the number of tools available to help educators build their own apps. ReadWriteMobile recently created a public Google spreadsheet called Mobile App Builders/Services, and it’s an interesting collection of do-it-yourself tools and vendors that can help turn your app idea into a functioning app. Quite a few of the options look worth exploring, and it can provide a good starting point to explore the option of building your own app.
The caveat I have with the list is that it seems to be getting invaded by vendors, and I question how helpful some of these options might be. A spreadsheet like this is only as good as the vetting process that culls the information. I’m hopeful that ReadWriteMobile will stay on top of the spreadsheet so that it can remain helpful.