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Excellent for scaffolding programming development, learning programming concepts, and understanding features of app design.

Phenomenal tool for teaching understanding, basics, troubleshooting and persistence of programming. This is a great starter program for app building. If students have familiarity with Scratch they'll advance faster with MIT App Inventor. If students have previous programming experience through Khan or Code Academy or Studio, (or with Java or Javascript of other types of programming) they will produce faster and more easily in MIT App Inventor. As an example, students can build a basic tic, tac, toe game from video and written tutorial instructions but then plan, design, and develop and more robust version. This is a great next step to basic programming skills, and a good first step for beginners. Student new to programming will exceed their own expectations after watching some tutorial videos on working with MIT App Inventor and using video tutorials (along with the written counterpart) to complete a project. MIT App Inevetor is a wonderful scaffolding tool for programming. Teachers can choose the level for students or let them challenge themselves by providing already created tutorials or new projects to work on from scratch (with no tutorial). Teachers should guide students through understanding the important elements in app creation (i.e. objective, reward, including instructions, visual experience, tactile experience, asthetics, organization, etc.) As an example, students can build a basic tic, tac, toe game from video and written tutorial instructions but then plan, design, and develop and more robust version. The emulator is necessary to see you working in app in progress, to beta test, and to use the final product. MIT App Inventor includes three types of emulators (that allow you to see your game/project in real time): AI (or AI2) Companion which runs on Android phones; the computer based emulator, and a USB connection type. We used the first two types exclusively in our program. Please note: in order to run the AI/AI2 Companion it is necessary to have all devices connected over the same WiFI (which is addessed in the instruction on the website). Students and teachers alike will learn, benefit and have fun working with MIT App Inventor. Teacher intermediate programming background required.
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The absolute best introduction to programming

This is the absolute best of the best for introductory programming on the middle or high school level. The tools are visual, but also carry references the programming language. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Juggling the "Designer," "Blocks" and live-testing screens is confusing, but this is still the easiest means I know of programming a phone's accelerometer, text-to-speech engine, or other nifty hardware features.

The biggest strength of MIT App Inventor 2 is that the simplest app you can write with it happens to be incredibly fun and to have a big "wow" factor. Of all the coding tools I've used, App Inventor provides the easiest way to take advantage of phone hardware. With just a few blocks of code, students can get their phones or tablets to do things when they shake them (i.e. when the accelerometer senses a shaking movement). And, while it might take seven or eight clicks and drags of coding to get the phone to display a message on its screen, it only takes three or four clicks and drags to get the phone to use its text-to-speech engine to actually say a message aloud. Students love it, and it opens the door to all kinds of creative inventions, including apps that can help people who might have a hard time reading or seeing text. Can I recommend App Inventor at this point, though? No. Unlike other block-based coding platforms like Scratch or Tynker, App Inventor forces students to switch back and forth between a "Designer" screen and a "Blocks" screen just to write the code. To test the code to see what they're actually doing, students need to run a separate emulator program or connect an Android phone or tablet and run the code on this separate device. That's a lot of juggling for a student who's trying to learn coding. It's also an obstacle to anyone trying to create or find a simple introductory-level tutorial that might include screenshots or step-by-step directions. Many tutorials exist, and they are quite thoughtful, but they are not simple or intuitive. My students and I also intermittently experienced technical difficulties using the wireless "connect companion" feature for live testing. The App Inventor forum wasn't able to help us find a solution. They ultimately recommended using the emulator, which at the time of my writing gets mixed reviews from other teachers writing Graphite field notes.
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Engages students in the process of creating and coding an application for mobile devices.

MIT app inventor provided my students with the ability to use an application that they envisioned then created and coded. This provided engagement for my students and they learned how to collaborate with others to find answers to coding questions they had. I really like MIT app inventor, it provided my students with the learning challenge and opportunity to code I was looking for. My only suggest would be that you have multiple android tablets or devices for students to use as they create and build their application. My students were disappointed that they could not use what they created on their iOS devices. Which we knew and understood before we started.
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Introduction to App Programming

This is a great teaching tool. However, if it were available for other phone types, then it would be even better. When students learned they couldn't use their app for their own phone, they lost interest.
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App Inventor is a great way to teach students coding while building an app.

App Inventor is a great way to have students problem solve and become critical thinkers. Students were up and coding on the website, but needed some extra support on how to use the website. We also needed to download and install some software in order to see how the app works on a phone, but our tech department did not want to do this. We are looking at a work around for that. Great site for students who know some coding, but are not advanced enough to write an app from the ground up.
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