App Inventor for Android is a visual language which has empowered thousands of new mobile app developers. It is great for prototyping, for building “situated” apps with personal and small group utility, and as an introduction to Android development. It also is perfectly suited for education and inspring beginning programmers from middle school to the university level.
In this talk, USF Professor David Wolber and Google Engineer Sharon Perl will introduce the language, describe its benefits and on-going developments, and discuss the recent transition of the language from Google to MIT’s new Center for Mobile Learning.
David Wolber is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco and co-author of “App Inventor: Create Your Own Android Apps”. David teaches App Inventor in his “Computing, Robots, and the Web” course at USF. The apps created by his students– mostly humanities and business majors with no prior programming experience–were chronicled in articles of the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch, Fortune.CNN.com, and Yahoo news.
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