EDTECH 597 App

Mobile Apps Design for Teaching and Learning
Fall 2012
Effective Fall 2014 this class will be known as EDTECH 534

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Mobile Apps
The following Android apps were developed Fall 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.
AECT Standard 2.2 – Audiovisual Technologies; AECT Standard 2.3 – Computer-Based Technologies; AECT Standard 2.4 – Integrated Technologies; AECT Standard 3.1 – Media Utilization; 2012 AECT Standard 1 – Content Knowledge: Creating; 2012 AECT Standard 1 – Content Knowledge: Managing; 2012 AECT Standard 1 – Content Knowledge: Using; 2012 AECT Standard 2 – Content Pedagogy: Using.

December 15, 2012 – Click on the file names below to download the mobile app files from Google Drive.

hellopurr.apk
paintpot.apk
molemash.apk
autotext.apk
ladybugchase.apk
srctour.apk
aerialtb.apk
fstopquiz.apk
cattletales.apk (final project)

All of these apps were made using MIT’s App Inventor.

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Hello World!
The following design journal post was originally published on September 16, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.
AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

September 16, 2012 – Fellow Edtechies in the app development course, here is my design journal. I just finished making the HelloPurr app, but because I don’t have an SD card in my phone yet, the editor couldn’t communicate with it. I had to use the emulator. I noticed that a few others in class used the emulator also, but either way, I made a change (or two) to the HelloPurr app as outlined in the tutorials by changing the text visible on the page and inserting a different sound file. Maybe you have to be familiar with cats to appreciate the changes. I think I should have named my app HelloGrrr, but its good enough.

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Going Deeper
The following design journal post was originally published on September 24, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

September 24, 2012 – Returning to build a second app in App Inventor carried a few not-so-surprising, but pleasant results. First, because I was more familiar with the interface of App Inventor, I was willing to play around with the component designer and blocks editor and found myself experimenting more than I did on my first try. Second, having discovered last time that the components and blocks really will come together into an working app, I spent more time preparing to make my second app look better and I put greater effort into making the app more useful. Though I was far from satisfied with its final appearance and functionality, I was happy with the changes that I made.

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Mole Mash
The following design journal post was originally published on October 1, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

October 1, 2012 – This third app (MoleMash) was more challenging than the first two (obviously, I suspect the text tutorials are written with such an intent). Last week I felt that I was able to accomplish almost all that I was hoping to accomplish, but this week was different.

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No Texting App
The following design journal post was originally published on October 8, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

October 8, 2012 – This app build went more smoothly than the last one (MoleMash). I did run into some trouble with runtime errors whenever I would download, uninstall, redownload, and attempt to reopen the app. I had to reboot the phone each time to get around these errors. This is the first app we have built in our coursework that I could actually see myself using on a regular basis as I travel from place to place.

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Ladybug Chase
The following design journal post was originally published on October 15, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

October 15, 2012 – I attempted to experiment more with the blocks editor this time (more than I have with previous apps). My focus with previous apps was often cosmetic and taught me several things about the component designer in App Inventor. Feeling more prepared to tackle the blocks editor, I attempted to make a few simple changes in the coding such as stopping the frog’s movement once it had eaten the ladybug and changing the energy given for each aphid eaten. I also added a counter that tracks aphids eaten and I attempted to add a high score feature. This is where I ran into trouble.

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Snake River Canyon Tour
The following design journal post was originally published on October 21, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

October 21, 2012 – First thing that I want to note about this app is that it was much simpler to build than some of the previous apps. I think this was the case because the blocks required to run the app were fewer and more straight forward than those used to make my last project.

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Where’s My Car … er, Property?
The following design journal post was originally published on October 29, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

October 29, 2012 – I was pleased to find a work-related use for this week’s app assignment. I’m just starting to offer aerial photography to real estate agents as part of my line up of services, and this app has the potential to save me time in the prep work that goes into preparing for the aerial shots. The app’s current configuration requires that I visit each site on the ground before returning by plane. While at each site, I can tell the app to remember the coordinates of the location and can then recall those coordinates once I’m in the air and lead me to the site.

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Aperture Quiz
The following design journal post was originally published on November 5, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

November 5, 2012 – This app was fairly straight forward for me. My customizations were mostly related to the content of the quiz and making it multiple choice. It was good to review the ListPicker element as I had apparently forgotten a few of the basics about working with this. Chapter 19 in the text (App Inventor text) was a good refresher and was very helpful.

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Picture Book
The following design journal post was originally published on November 12, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

November 12, 2012 – It looks like its time to turn our attention to our final app project. I’ve been looking forward to this because I have wanted to get to work on the final project, but, on the other hand, I’ve not been looking forward to this because it means that my practice time is over. I had hoped I would know enough when practice was over.

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App Design Proposal
The following proposal was prepared on November 12, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.
AECT Standard 1.1 – Instructional Systems Design; AECT Standard 1.3 – Instructional Strategies; AECT Standard 1.4 – Learner Characteristics; AECT Standard 2.4 – Integrated Technologies; AECT Standard 5.1 – Problem Analysis; 2012 AECT Standard 2 – Content Pedagogy: Assessing/Evaluating; 2012 AECT Standard 2 – Content Pedagogy: Creating; 2012 AECT Standard 2 – Content Pedagogy: Using; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skills: Reflection on Practice.

November 12, 2012 – Click on the image or link below to download my app design proposal.

Image by Everaldo Coehlo, LGPL 2.1
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Image by Everaldo CoehloLGPL 2.1

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Component Designer
The following design journal post was originally published on November 19, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

November 19, 2012 – As we focused this week on working with the component designer, I added a few features that I hope will be meaningful in the final app. I also focused on making them work in the blocks editor, however, as I don’t want my design aspirations to get ahead of what I can actually produce in the end. Doing this has also built my confidence in my ability to produce a working, final product and has actually inspired me to push harder than I originally planned (see below).

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Note: A screenshot of the component designer (app’s home page) and the design graphic for the component designer can be found on the final app learning log post.

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Blocks Editor
The following design journal post was originally published on December 3, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

December 3, 2012 – I’ve been working with the blocks editor since I started working on my final project, so this week’s assignment felt half-completed before the week began. I’ve been programming the blocks as I went because I felt a need to make sure that I could actually program everything I could dream up with the component designer. I’ve often felt a little unsure of my ability to work with the blocks editor, but working on this final project has given me a lot more confidence with this component of App Inventor.

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Note: A screenshot of the blocks designer (app’s home page) and the design graphic for the app’s behavior can be found on the final app learning log post.

 

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Revisions and Debugging
The following design journal post was originally published on December 10, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

December 10, 2012 – I found that most of my work this week was focused on refining the look and content of the app through modifications within the component designer. There were some modifications, of course, in the blocks editor, especially with regard to the sprites that were added for controlling navigation and the wording of the story, but the biggest changes were in the media used and the layout of the app.

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Final App
The following design journal post was originally published on December 15, 2012 for EDTECH 597 – Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning.

AECT Standard 3.2 – Diffusion of Innovations; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Collaborative Practice; 2012 AECT Standard 4 – Professional Knowledge and Skill: Reflection on Practice.

December 15, 2012 – Well, its finished. I have mixed feelings about my experiences with app inventor, but before I get to that, let me say a few things about the final app. Here are the components (and other details) that factored into this app:

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