I went looking for an application uniquely Canada in the Apple App Store. It was about the War of 1812 so I started poking around and, what happens often more than I care to admit, I got sidetracked. I’ve always searched by title or concept but was so pleased when I saw this menu in iTunes.
Made in Canada, you say? Pitty. (my apologies to a certain tea company)
I followed the link and found this wonderful brightly red web page.
It should come as no surprise. There are great computer science schools in the country graduating smart programmers; there are lots of media companies and they thrive on reaching their audience in this way; there are great startups located throughout the country.
So, now firmly sidetracked, I started poking around and was very pleased to note that some of the applications that I already have installed are from the Canadian collection. Ever the educator, I poked around in the education category. With all the applications available, there are good reasons to make sure that you’re focusing on Canadian content – the spelling, the actual images of the currency, the museums that are uniquely Canadian…
I would encourage you to poke around yourself. In a great connected world, it’s sometimes difficult, or maybe even necessary, to know where your apps come from. As a Canadian though, you might just feel a little proud of what was developed right here.
And, of course, what teacher’s toolkit would be complete without this one?
- Geographers put kids and Canadian boreal forest on the map (metronews.ca)
10 Great Canadian apps for the iPhone & iPad (The Next Web)