Wednesday, 13 May 2009
One of the things I love about the iPhone and iPod Touch is the excitement generated about new applications. It's great fun to see a group of colleagues huddled over their iPhones, swapping reviews of their favourite apps over breakfast. It's also great to be recommended a new app by a student. This happened to me yesterday morning when Michael and Amber stopped me outside the Drama Studio before assembly to tell me about Headspace, the new 3D mindmapping app. Given that Amber is now creating her own iPhone apps using Apple's Software Development Kit (SDK) I felt duty bound to download the full version for a very reasonable £1.79. I have been playing around with it a little and recommending it to anyone I know with an iPhone. It's a fantastic tool, a bit gimmicky perhaps, but brilliantly simple to use (the video demo on YouTube is a hoot) and great fun. The ability to move groups around, tilt and shift the perpective and stack group children in space is really impressive. Like all good mindmapping tools, colour is important and you are able to make connections between groups very simply. For me though, it's the aesthetic appeal which has me hooked.