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Function rich app builder for everyone!

Hansa N.
Classroom teacher
Oberoi International School
MUMBAI, India
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
I used this unit as an introduction to coding with my 8th graders. The students identified a problem around them and used the Design thinking/IB MYP cycle to create the app. I like the fact that students learned how to build aesthetically pleasing and function-rich apps with database functionality that they could use in the real world. Creating tutorials and mini-challenges helped the students in becoming more confident in terms of using the platform and getting familiar with the coding concepts.
My Take
This is a great tool for middle schoolers with some coding experience and high schoolers who are being introduced to coding. The possibilities with this app are endless. I liked how students can use block programming to create apps of their liking but the interface needs a serious upgrade and can be made to look more inviting(like Scratch 3.0) Sadly, there were glitches with the emulator functioning and students who did not have an android phone felt a little helpless. I also feel some of their support material could also be upgraded!