Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

App Developer Aims for Christian 'Edutainment'

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

App Developer Aims for Christian 'Edutainment'

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New applications for mobile devices are downloading into the Christian world with the help of a Finnish app developer. Over the past 14 months, Congregational Mobile Technologies has been producing apps for an array of Christian audiences.

"Mobile devices are becoming so integrated in everyday life, especially with younger generations, that churches can't neglect on reacting to this development." project manager Ilkka Jormanainen said in an email to NCR.

The term "BYOD" (bring your own device) has been coined as an acronym instructing students of various types to learn about the faith.

"[The] 'BYOD' principle is changing ways of teaching and learning in general, and we see that mobile apps would fit especially well for teaching in confirmation work." Jormanainen said.

Driven by a demand for relevant Christian presence in the mobile sphere, the company has already crafted two games that can be downloaded in most popular app stores. Both games are aimed at youth education and entertainment, if you can read Finnish.

-CROSS 2048" is perhaps their most popular game. It mimics the incredibly successful math puzzle game, "2048," which emerged in May. In "CROSS 2048," users connect any two symbols of faith (such as a cross, a dove, a candle or two keys) in order to create one new symbol. The goal is to reach the highest symbol without filling up a 16 square board. Each symbol represents an important part of basic Christian education. In order to learn about a symbol, one must find it in the puzzle first. …

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