Review by James Denby, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2019

Glide

Create and share a functioning app from only a Google spreadsheet

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  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
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6–12
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Pros: Incredibly easy to use with no coding required; good support materials.

Cons: As it's not designed specifically for K-12 students, Glide lacks classroom features.

Bottom Line: A simple way for students to use Google Sheets data to build real and useful apps, without mastering coding.

With Glide, students can share their learning, plan an event, collect and record data, or create their own learning tools. Because it runs in tandem with Google Sheets, your students will need a Google account, but once they do, it will be quite easy for them to build their app. If you give students a little bit of training in the ways spreadsheets work and then use the Glide tutorials or templates to get them started, you could have students creating apps for data collection (social studies or science), for showcasing an app-based guide (about a particular historical period or for a language class), or even for organizing a school event.

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Glide is a website that can pull data directly from a student's Google spreadsheet to create an app that can run on iOS and Android devices. Students can take an existing spreadsheet (from Google Sheets) or create one from scratch and then use Glide to design the interface of a fully functional app. The app can then be shared via QR code, link, or even phone number. The app responds to the input of different users, updating the original spreadsheet and the app in real time. There's no coding required to build the app; students simply need a well-organized spreadsheet and a sense of design for the user interface. For new students, Glide provides extensive support tutorials and templates to work from.

 

Glide wasn't created as a learning tool, but it's a powerful way to demonstrate learning. Though students don't actually write code for an app (they create a spreadsheet instead), Glide can help show students the power and importance of data; by collecting and organizing data, they create the underlying structure for an app. 

Because Glide is so flexible, the only real limitation on what teachers and students can create is imagination. As long as it can be connected to a spreadsheet, it can become a Glide app.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Because Glide isn't targeted at a student audience, it needs a creative teacher to help students see its potential.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

While not explicitly intended as a learning or teaching tool, Glide helps students creatively demonstrate knowledge without the use of code. Along the way, students will recognize the importance of data in app creation. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Glide features a full range of learning materials as well as a number of app templates to use as starters.


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James Denby Educator/Curriculum Developer

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