Build your own mobile app

Google has released a video and some information about a project they’re working on with Harold Abelson, an MIT computer scientist, to open the doors of creating apps for Google’s Android mobile operating system.


The software is App Inventor.  Using a drag and drop interface, users can create applications in just a few minutes.  In a New York Times piece about the project, Abelson noted that the tool was designed to make creating an app easy for even young students.  One, for example, make a program that informed a list of friends where he was located every few minutes; a nursing student at Indiana University created an app that sent an emergency message or made a call if someone fell.  Google has released a video showing someone creating a simple app in one minute that plays a sound when a photo is tapped on their phone.

The software tool is currently being tested; interested users can sign up to be included in a beta at Google’s site.

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy Riddle is a Senior Consultant in Duke Learning Innovation and consults with faculty in the Social Sciences on pedagogy, learning, student assessment, and integrating technology into teaching practices. His professional interests include active learning, “flipped” classroom methods, inclusive classroom strategies, and integration of e-learning tools, social networking, video and multimedia, and data visualization into the daily work of teaching.