Summer Web Design Class Day 5

Posted by admin on August 14, 2014 in Summer 2014 |

You made it to Friday!  Congratulations!  You have done a lot this week!

1.  Creating an app

We are going to spend the rest of our class focusing on  apps!

Apps are designed for phones and tablets.  They are software for mobile devices.  Often, things done in browsers on a computer need to be done through an app on a mobile device.  Examples: email, Facebook, games, etc.

Before we create an actual app, we are going to use a fun prototyping tool to create a rough draft of an app:

https://www.fluidui.com/- Open in Chrome

You can either re-create an app you really like or invent a totally new one!

2. Creating apps for Android with MIT’s AppInventor

Today we will use MIT App Inventor to create mobile apps.

 With App Inventor, you will use a visual programming editor to create apps.  App Inventor can only be used to develop apps for Android devices, not for Apple.

We will test the apps you create on the test Droid phone I have and we will also use something new today- the Android emulator. The emulator is a “fake phone” on your computer that you can use to see how your app would look on a phone.

To begin, go here:


Then click Create

At this point you will need to log in using your Gmail information (username and password). If you don’t have a Gmail account you can use my school account.

We are going to do a tutorial together as a class.

Here is the tutorial we will follow:



Check out some more fun AppInventor tutorials you can follow to create another app.

What else to do?

Here is a big list of some helpful app tutorials. If you are interested in learning more about app development for Apple and/or Android, this list is a good place to start.

3.  What if you want to do this at home?

Here are some resources if you want to continue learning:

- Download Notepad++ to use as an HTML editor- http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

- Get other free programs for your computer- http://ninite.com/

- Free photo editor (advanced is similar to Photoshop)-http://pixlr.com/

- Create apps for free for Android devices (you will need a Gmail account)- http://appinventor.mit.edu/

- Check out this list of best resources for learning programming online for free.  Code.org is also a great place to go.  Also seeMadeWithCode.com.

- Links to even more cool things-http://www.mhswebdesign.com/cool-stuff/ and http://www.mhswebdesign.com/after-school/

Questions? Feel free to email me at agoldsberry@gmail.com.

4.  Please take this short survey to give feedback about this class

5.  Work on whatever you want!

Try some tutorials, add more in Notepad++ to one of your pages (check this out) or try this (both use CSS to position content on your page), work with FluidUI.com, etc.

6.  Check out this cool tutorial to try at home if you like MineCraft and want to learn Java (a programming language that is used to make apps for Android devices)

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