Could your kid be the next creator of "Angry Birds"? Wouldn't it be fantastic, if digital users would not just be consumers but also creators? The mission of the MIT App Inventor project seeks to democratize software development by empowering all people, especially young people, to transition from being consumers of technology to becoming creators of it. MIT App Inventor is an innovative beginner's introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. The simple graphical interface grants even an inexperienced novice the ability to create a basic, fully functional app within a short period of time. In this workshop you will:
1) Get a tour of the App Inventor environment
2) Create your first app
3) Learn how to set up your phone for live testing or, if you don't have a phone, how to start the emulator
4) Learn how to package your app for your phone and share it with friends
Note: A Google account is required for the use of MIT App Inventor.
About Regina Peyfuss
Regina Peyfuss taught Computer Science at D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School for 13 years. During her teaching she coached Junior High X-Country, Robotics and Yearbook. Three years ago she joined the Colorado Legislative Council Staff to develop internal applications. She has worked on an iPad application using Titanium/Appcelerator as well as on the Capitol Tour Signup and Bill Status app using Spring Boot. In her free time you can find her on the trails hiking or biking or volunteering for F.I.R.S.T. Tech Challenge.
You can find Regina on Twitter @rpeyfuss (https://twitter.com/rpeyfuss).