Teacher Review For MIT App Inventor

Introduction to App Programming

Julie C.
Technology coordinator
Falcon Creek Middle School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I introduced this site to students in my Motion Graphics and Gaming class. I downloaded the App Inventor Cards and use them as self guided lessons in addition to the other lessons available in the teacher section. As a beginning app programming site, it shows students what is possible in the world of programming. I like the emulator because not every student has an android phone.
My Take
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.