App Inventor is a Google/MIT creation that lets you make apps for your Android phone. Programming in App Inventor involves assembling blocks together, just like in the famous 'Scratch' program also developed by MIT. In fact there are four steps: in the DESIGNER webpage you drag components onto a virtual phone screen and set their properties. Then in the BLOCKS EDITOR (a Java app) you write the code by assembling blocks. Then you test your app on an emulated Android phone. Then you can use a QR code to transfer the app to your real phone. This is a shorter (4 minute) version of the video at youtube.com/watch?v=nC_x9iOby0g . My version is silent and therefore ideal for use in the classroom. See beta.appinventor.mit.edu/about .

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