Teacher Review for MIT App Inventor

The absolute best introduction to programming

Tom A.
Special education instructor
Edward R. Murrow High School
Brooklyn, United States
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My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 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 use this tool with a robotics club. We use it to teach introductory programming to students with no experience whatsoever. It introduces a wide variety of computer programming logic with a series of tutorials to give students a foothold with their new skills. After students learn the introductory skills, they can create apps on their own - limited only by their own creativity - and can load them onto their android phones using QR codes or usb cables.
My Take
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.