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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


AppInventor

by David Wolber
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 27, 2014 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: App inventor is a tutorial on learning to build apps for Android devices. It is aimed at beginners. The instructor uses step by step videos to start with a basic app and to build up to a more complex one. The site itself is very comprehensive, clear, organized, and easy to use.
Learning Goals: Learn to create apps for Android devices Use the site as a tool to teach how to create apps for Android devices
Target Student Population: High school, college, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Online tutorial
Recommended Uses: This site can be used in self-paced learning to create, build, and execute Android applications. Alternatively, this tutorial can be used in a beginning to intermediate Android programming classes.
Technical Requirements: Chrome, Firefox, Java, Safari, Internet Explorer Mac or PC Systems: Linux, Ubuntu Solid internet access

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The tutorial site is very well done. The instructional videos and the step by step format are easy to follow. Everything is done professionally and is easily accessible.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The website is well organized and there are plenty of tips along the way (blog). There are examples of real life fun projects (http://www.appinventor.org/projects). There is help every step of the way. The site is potentially very effective as a teaching and learning tool.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Any user will benefit from easy to use guides, step by step instructions, and video tutorials. This tutorial is a good example of teaching a fairly complex topic without "scaring" the learners away.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: There is wealth of resources for beginning, intermediate, and advanced app programmers. There are news and blog sessions for all audiences. Anyone who would like to teach, build, or learn about programming Android apps should start with this site!