Two ways to create your own classroom app this summer

Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere and for many of us it’s time to work on things we want to use in our classrooms when school resumes in the fall. One of these things could be creating a mobile app specifically for your classroom or the course you teach. This may seem like a daunting task, but it is not if you use one of the following tools.Glide apps

Glide Apps enables anyone to create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets and create their own mobile app. If that sounds simple, that’s because it’s just that simple. The titles you put in your spreadsheet and the data you enter in your spreadsheet use Glide to create a mobile app for you that will work on Android and iOS devices.

In this video I have shown two ways to use Glide apps to create your own mobile app. The first method is to select one of the Glide Apps templates and then modify the information in the template. The second method is to start from scratch with a blank Google sheet. In my demonstration of the second method I explain and show how you can include maps and other multimedia elements.

MIT app inventor
If you want to create a fully functional Android app, MIT App Inventor is the place to start. The MIT App Inventor works in your web browser (Chrome recommended). The only download required for App Inventor 2 is the optional emulator. The emulator allows those who do not have an Android device to text their app on the desktop. If you have an Android device, you don’t need an emulator and you don’t have to worry about installing it. MIT provides excellent support documentation and curriculum for new users. My tutorial on how to use MIT App Inventor is embedded below.

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