The smartphone is an information nexus in today’s digital age, with access to a nearly infinite supply of content on the web, coupled with rich sensors and personal data. However, people have difficulty harnessing the full power of these ubiquitous devices for themselves and their communities. Most smartphone users consume technology without being able to produce it, even though local problems can often be solved with mobile devices. How then might they learn to leverage smartphone capabilities to solve real-world, everyday problems? MIT App Inventor is designed to democratize this technology and is used as a tool for learning computational thinking in a variety of educational contexts, teaching people to build apps to solve problems in their communities.
MIT App Inventor is an online development platform that anyone can leverage to solve real-world problems. It provides a web-based “What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor for building mobile phone applications targeting the Android and iOS operating systems.
You will learn how to create applications by dragging and dropping components into a design view and using a visual blocks language to program application behavior.