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.
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!