U of M to debut new smart phone application building class

7:51 AM, Jan 29, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- When Albert Einstein said, "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity," he may have been talking about Steve Jobs, Apple, and the iPad.

Apple unleashed its latest development on Jan. 27: a tablet-sized device called the iPad. Application designers, or "app" makers, are preparing to feed that beast.

Leading the way is Dr. Charlie Miller. He will begin teaching his doctoral students how to create apps for smart devices.

He's got big hopes for his students when the class begins this fall at the University of Minnesota.

"I really hope to see at least a few of these projects show up in the App store," said Dr. Miller.

The web design class is part of the learning technologies graduate program. It will be held on the Twin Cities campus.

Dr. Miller says he already knows many students eager to sign up.

"They show up anxious to learn and excited to learn, so I really let them dictate the kind of apps we will build," said Dr. Miller.

He says the apps can be education tools, games, or any other void the app world has yet to see filled.

"It is for us to explore together and have a good time for a semester," Dr. Miller said smiling.

The class is open to only 40 students, and Dr. Miller says he's already been approached by many students asking to take it.

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