I really believe in teaching students about developing code, especially with mobile apps. You figure a kid designs a popular app, charges $0.99, and make a nice little allowance. In our school district, our Career-Tech track offers computer programming courses. In Computer Programming II, they begin Visual Studio to design games for Xboxes. How awesome if we could have an alternative, to teach kids to develop for Android. Of course, the complaint would be there are no curriculum, like Microsoft gives freely for their Visual Studio.
But alas, MIT comes to help. On their http://appinventor.mit.edu/teach/ website, they provide step by step directions and modules to go through app creation. You setup the App Inventor, then begin developing your first app. Best of all? The cost–free under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
THIS is what we need to see in schools. Let’s train these kids with a RELEVANT skill. Microsoft Office? No, that’s past. Let’s get them designing apps. Hey, they could even develop one for your school district.