I recently received my invite to Google’s App Inventor. Obviously, with all the new Google tools, this one is on a limited entry, so I was pretty surprised to see my invite in my inbox. Why did I want it? I want to create apps, of course. I do not yet possess any great ideas, but I wanted to see the tool and hopefully that would get my creative juices flowing. I really would like to find some creative uses for K-12.
Of course I also use this to highlight the differences between Apple and Google. Google provides this free. At least at first, and I think still, you need to pay $100 or more to Apple for the same privilege. I can see that for a commercial developer, but what if we want students to create apps? I can see eventually a course in high school, or even online, to show students how to create apps. I doubt we will spend thousands of dollars on the Apple side, so it would be Android. Why does Apple not see that?
Anyway, I will explore this over the next few weeks and report as necessary. Apps away!