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  • 1. FELS Mobile Learning Day - DIY Mobile AppsMobile apps can support different types of learning activity but not many mobile apps arecurrently designed for higher education. Using Google Apps Inventor allows you or yourstudents to develop home made apps. This activity will explore why you might use Google AppsInventor and how you can use it.What is App Inventor?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_App_InventorApp Inventor is an application originally provided by Google and now maintained by the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology. It allows anyone, including people unfamiliar with computer programming,to create software applications for the Android operating system (OS). It uses a graphical interface,very similar to Scratch and the StarLogo TNG user interface, that allowes users to drag-and-dropvisual objects to create an application that can run on the Android system, which runs on many mobiledevices. The application was made available through request on July 12, 2010, and released publicly onDecember 15, 2010. Google terminated the App Inventor on December 31, 2011. MIT Center for MobileLearning is now supporting it under the name "App Inventor Edu".How do I get it?App inventor is available from: http://www.appinventor.mit.edu/This site has three sections: Explore: http://explore.appinventor.mit.edu/ Blog, forums, user stories Teach: http://teach.appinventor.mit.edu/ Teaching materials Invent: http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu The actual development envvironmentThe development environment comes with a set of documentation, including guides andtutorials: http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/learn/Editing a user interface is done on-line, but in order to download your app to a phone, you willneed to install the desktop component: http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/learn/setup/index.htmlThe easiest way to get started is by following the “HelloPurr” tutorial:http://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/learn/setup/hellopurr/hellopurremulatorpart1.htmlhttp://beta.appinventor.mit.edu/learn/setup/hellopurr/hellopurrphonepart1.htmlhttp://cs.usfca.edu/~wolber/appinventor/bookSplits/ch1HelloPurr.pdfQuestions?Yishay Mor, Yishay.Mor@open.ac.uk

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