Using MIT’s App Inventor 2 (AI2) to Design Apps for Education

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Logo Quiz QR Code (Scan to download the app!)

Creating assessments online are a great way to increase student interest. There are many different services to do so: SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, or OnlineQuizCreator are just a few of the hosts teachers can use in the classroom. Creating a fun and interactive Jeopardy game using PowerPoint would also allow for a more authentic and captivating assessment.

But today I would like to introduce and discuss a quiz I made myself, using MIT’s clever coding-with-blocks cloud-based software called App Inventor 2 (AI2). The quiz I created is based on the “President’s Quiz” tutorial chapter.

Since next week we will be starting our new media and persuasion based unit of inquiry, I decided to digitalize our logo quiz pre-assessment. The logo quiz I created includes ten (10) different logos, and has three different screens. Since my students are only 10 years old, I decided to help them out by providing them with three different options as answers, and I also capitalized answers so that they are not marked as incorrect. For fun’s sake, I also added Simpsons-related sound effects (Krusty the Clown and Homer Simpson’s words of wisdom…). After searching for quite a while, I found that SoundBoard offers the most free sound effects (with registration; but no unnecessary or spam e-mail!!!)

Although AI2 makes it much simpler to code Android-based apps, it is unfortunate that it still does not offer what seem to be obvious developer tricks, such as copying blocks from screen to screen, or copying entire screens within apps. I hope that as the popularity of AI2 grows in K-12 schools and in higher education institutions, our friends at MIT would add more options and capabilities to App Inventor 2.

Until that happens, here are more screenshots of my Logo Quiz and design blocks:

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Logo Quiz Blocks