Digital Portfolio Apps

Mobile App Trends

The trend in mobile app use is absolutely astounding. According to Statista, by 2022 some 258 billion apps will be downloaded worldwide, up from 205 billion in 2017. Currently most apps downloaded are social apps, with Facebook, by far, the most downloaded social app among adults, while YouTube and Instagram are most popular with teens. (Pew Research). Mobile games, already very popular, look to capture a wide mobile app audience in the near future. App stores lead the way. Total number of iOS apps in the App Store combined with total number of Android apps in Google Play reached 5.2 million, with Google Play holding the numbers edge in 2017.

App Essentials

*In the United States, 25% of internet users only access the internet on a mobile device (Hubspot).

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  • 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone,

  • 83% of those ages 30-49 have a smartphone (Pew Research)

With people on the go, more and more individuals rely on their phones to be their go-to device for information, communication, and learning.

What’s also true is that while individuals spend well over 100 hours a month on their phones, most often that time is spent on apps. It’s simply how we now gain easy access to information. It’s also true that, while people may have several apps downloaded to their mobile device, for the most part they rely on about 9 apps daily. With individuals backing out of an unresponsive app within a couple seconds, any app that is developed must be highly responsive, reliable, and provide up to date information that is easily accessed.

Kids and Phones

According to the Pew Research Center, a full 95% of teens in the United States have access to Smartphones. This is true across genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Teens use their phones to access the Internet, communicate, post to social media, and search for information. As students consider options after high school, it’s their phones that will do the legwork of searching for colleges and universities, locating recruiting offices, learning about employment opportunities. They will then once again use their phones to complete forms required to make that first step into post high school life. Next comes that all important first impression no matter where their journey leads them. That’s were technology can lead the way.

Smartphone access nearly ubiquitous among teens, while having a home computer varies by income

Maximizing Mobile

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens
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In the past many students would pull together a portfolio on a free website as best they could to share their interests and accomplishments. Yet, today students are looking to their phones to fill the role that desktops once held. How much easier it would be for students to have a portfolio app that could be changed, improved, and when appropriate, easily shared. The digital portfolio would virtually take the place of a resume with interactive video, images, and information highlighting a student’s interests and accomplishments.

PowerUp Design has the answer - its Digital Portfolio App, with the app template available for free schools. Schools just pay a small hosting fee / app to maintain the app securely and privately within a cloud environment. With it students can start their portfolio as 9th graders and continue to build out the app through 12th grade. Instructional videos guide students through the build process. No coding is required. With the school’s permission, the app is then published (made live) and can be shared via a text message, QR code, or email link. It’s the perfect and affordable solution to forward student accomplishments, build computer science literacy, and maximize solutions through technology.

Best yet, the PowerUp Design Digital Portfolio App is a progressive web application, so once the school district approves publication, it is easily shared with prospective employers, college admission offices, military and sports recruiters, and others. It can be continued for a small hosting fee for a year after high school and also can be made available in Google Play and the App Store. The app is student built, teacher monitored, and school district controlled. It is the perfect portfolio solution.

Find out more about the PowerUp Design Digital Portfolio app by emailing info@powerupdesign.net.

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