Artwork created by B.A. artists was recently shown and recognized in a TED @London Talk by app developer James Alliban! Mr. Alliban presented the TED Talk featured in the video below in London as a part of a global talent search, with the hopes of being invited to TED 2013!  Vote for James and leave a comment on his video page to help him get selected.  You can link to his video page here or by clicking the image above.
Best of luck to you Mr. Alliban and thank you for the mention!

A little background information regarding B.A. Artists and Mr. Alliban:
We have been using Mr. Alliban's apps, Composite and Konstruct on our iPads in the art room to learn about augmented reality.  Last year, Mr. Alliban participated in a video Skype conversation with my 5th graders. 5th graders had invented ideas for apps as well as logos.  Mr. Alliban was kind enough to offer his expert advice for my students regarding their work as well as answer questions that students had about being an app developer.  Click here to view the video of our B.A. Skype chat with Mr. Alliban

Click the links below to view the B.A. Augmented Reality Artwork Mr. Alliban shares in his talk. 


My 5th grade artists have been collaborating and creating apps in art class. They communicated their ideas by writing about the purpose of their apps and app features. See icon artwork and app descriptions in student art galleries on Artsonia

Some students were able to participate in a Skype video call with app developer, James Alliban, from London (featured above)!  

James Alliban invented a couple of apps that we have worked with in the art room: 




Students were thrilled to be able to talk to Mr. Alliban about what it takes to be an app developer. It was pretty incredible for them to be able to get feedback on their ideas as well.  Thank you Mr. Alliban for taking the time to speak to us and offer such wonderful insight!

Learn more about James Alliban here:

Above is an inspirational Ted Talk by a 6th grade app developer named 
Thomas Suarez.  

5th grade students at B.A. worked in groups, pretending to be app developers. Initially, their task was to brainstorm and discuss what apps might help to solve problems or fill a need in the world. Each group then discussed the purpose of their app, the features their app may have, how much they would sell it for, and decided whether or not they felt that this app would be marketable. 

Working as a team required students to collaborate and communicate their ideas to ensure that their efforts would be successful. Many groups invented one series of apps so that they could each create a variation to be released at different dates. This idea required students to design a logical sequence that would be applied to each new app. For example, some felt it would be wise to release the first app of their series for free to gain interest. Then, if their app was a success, they said they could release other apps with more features and priced accordingly. 

After viewing various icons in the iTunes Store, students were required to design icons that they felt would best represent their products. They each wrote descriptions about their apps, and listed the app features and price. 

See 5th grade app ideas and icons in our Artsonia galleries:

Some students participated in a Skype Video call with an app developer named James Alliban yesterday. We have created art using a couple of Mr. Alliban’s apps in the art room (Composite and Konstruct ), so it was very meaningful for us to have the opportunity to learn about what it takes to be an app developer. Stay tuned to see the video footage that students took during our conversation with Mr. James Alliban.