Josh and Kurt shared some great apps for us to check out in the previous two days. I am a big technophile and am always on the lookout for new apps to download. I’ve owned an iPhone for nearly five years and just got myself an iPad mini. I’ve downloaded hundreds of apps over the years. I’ve even written several articles on my personal blog about apps for youth ministry. So believe me when I say I love all things technological—especially my beloved iOS devices.
I thought about giving you my own list of apps I use in youth ministry. Evernote, Flipboard, Fantastical, Spotify, Skydrive, and Opus Domini are some of the ones I use almost daily. But instead I want to share something a little different. I want to encourage you to remember this: Technology makes a great servant, but is a terrible master.
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We’ve all seen it: people at sporting events, concerts, out to dinner with friends, or any other place where they should be having a great time. Yet, heads are down looking at the little 4-inch glowing screen. They might share an Instagram photo or a Tweet declaring how much fun they are having, but the truth is they spend more time looking down at the phone and not out at the world.
Got a smartphone? Chances are you’re working at integrating some great apps into your youth ministry world. We do the same thing—and while Angry Birds Star Wars and Temple Run 2 take up a little too much of our time if we’re honest, there are some incredible apps for youth ministry.
Josh gave you his yesterday, and today Kurt offers up his 3 favorites. Add your favorite apps in the comments, too:
Okay, I’ve got a confession to make: I’m FORTY-SEVEN years old, so phone apps aren’t a big part of my daily routine. I haven’t loaded any new ones on my phone in a while.
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So, instead of acting like I’m hipper than I am, I’m just gonna list a few that I have on my phone that I use from time to time. And, I’m pretty sure they were all free ‘cuz there’s no way I’m paying money for an iPhone app…I have a kid in college!
1. PicFrame ($.99)
PicFrame lets you put multiple pictures into one nstagram shot before you upload it. It divides the screen into a variety of pre-determined patterns for you to choose from.