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08 June 2012

Making Apps

Watch this video of  Jarrod Robinson's presentation at ICTEV2012 (ICT in Education Victoria)

The app building sites he refers to are:

If you're interested in building apps, also have a look at MIT's free App Inventor (which will seem very familiar to you if you've used MIT's Scratch programming software.

Many teachers are writing apps for their classes.  One is Jason Welker - you'll find his Economics apps here.

Do you have to be a teacher to make apps?

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Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

"A 10-year-old has invented an app that keeps track of reading homework...Students are required to turn in a reading calendar every month. Daniel designed an app where you click the day and enter the number of reading minutes and then save. At the end of the month, hit the email button and the homework is sent to the teacher." Read the news story here, and watch the news clip below.

 Besides that it's fun, and an intellectual challenge, are their other reasons why teachers and students should investigate app building? 

ISTE calls it "Computational Thinking"