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LP-Setup Devices

Topic: Setting up App Inventor accounts and mobile devices

Objectives:  Students will be able to:
  • register as a user on App Inventor's development server.
  • setup and configure their device (phone or tablet) for use in the course.
  • create a simple app to test the setup.
CS Principles Learning Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • 1.1.1 Use computing tools and techniques to create artifacts. [P2]
Essential Knowledge: Students need to know:
  • 1.1.1a How to set up a user account on the App Inventor server and get things configured for building mobile apps.

  • Lesson Starter (5 minutes): App Inventor is an online application. 
  • Walkthrough (30 minutes):  Setup walkthrough.  Each student will set up a user account on the App Inventor server, configure their mobile device to interact with the companion and run a simple app to test the set up.
  • Wrap up (5 minutes): Students run the test app on their devices

  • Lesson Starter:  App Inventor is an online application, hosted by a server on the Internet.  It is accessible through a Web browser.  For best results it is recommended that we use the Google Chrome browser.  Go to App Inventor 2. Users can register to use the App Inventor service through their Google G-mail accounts. Have the students sign in using the accounts they created for the class. 
  • Walkthrough:  Before using App Inventor to run an app, set up the devices. Walk students through the step-by-step setup instructions. After setting up the devices walk the students through the instructions for the Test App.
    • Depending on the number of students in your class, you should have students pair up (if needed, have one team of 3.) Have one student in each group use their Google account for setting up the device (unless the device being used can hold multiple Google accounts.) Each student should follow the instructions for the Test App. But, have only one student in the group connect the device to their App Inventor companion. The other group members should look on while the connection is being made between the device and the companion.
  • Wrap up: Observe the students. Have all of the students been able to successfully run the test app on their devices?
  • Formative Assessment: Observation that students can successfully set up their devices and run the test app.
Notes for Teacher:

Reflection for the Teacher (Learn Adapt Teach Reflect):

  1. Is there anything else you would need to have or know to teach this lesson effectively?
  2. What specific elements of this lesson (examples, activities, etc.) would you change?

  3. How would you modify or add to the interactive exercises (formative assessments)?

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