Empowering Students to Develop Mobile Applications by Using App Inventor for Android
Fujio Yamamoto, Masumi Kimura, Kenji Takahashi, Hiroshi Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Miyazaki, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Recently various kinds of smartphones are spreading rapidly. A lot of applications to operate with such a device are developed. The demand for applications for various fields will just increase in future. Conventionally, students who received full-scale programming education by such as JAVA played the role. However, it is expected that even the student who does not have such a programming skill can develop the application that oneself needs for one's study and for the work in the future workplace by oneself. We promote a project to have students use the App Inventor, an application development environment with a block editor function by excellent graphical user interface. By using this App Inventor, even the student who does not have a conventional programming skill can acquire ability to develop smartphone applications. We analyze how students utilized the App Inventor and, on the contrary, why they have stopped using App Inventor halfway.
Yamamoto, F., Kimura, M., Takahashi, K., Tanaka, H. & Miyazaki, T. (2013). Empowering Students to Develop Mobile Applications by Using App Inventor for Android. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2481-2486). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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