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Want to engage students? Have them create apps
Reiman said some of his students are building apps for local businesses, such as an app for the local movie theater that displays show times. “There is a community outreach aspect to this as well,” he said. “I see [the program] continuing to grow.”
The next step could be teaching students the actual coding behind their apps, he said—and Crescerance “has the tools to teach this as well.”
Giving students an edge
At Hunters Lane High School in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, students are learning how to create mobile apps through a partnership with nearby Griffin Technology.
Griffin, a maker of cases, cables, and other accessories for smart phones and tablets, has purchased a monthly subscription for Hunters Lane students to the iOS programming curriculum from Treehouse Island of Orlando, Fla.
The online, video-based curriculum allows students to learn at their own pace, said programming teacher Ashley Ross.
Students’ initial project was to create a “Magic Eight-Ball” app, in which users ask a question, shake their phone, and receive a random answer such as: “Signs point to yes.” In completing the project, students learned the actual coding to build the app.
Seeing the results come together so quickly “helped them want to do it,” Ross said. “That was great for them.”
Ross said she plans to have students develop their own music app next year.
Students “use apps every day,” she said. “To … actually know how to create an app gives them an edge” in planning for their future.
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