App Inventor Basic

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Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: App Inventor Basic

Description: If you’ve ever used Scratch- you’re in luck. With App Inventor 2, you can create and publish your very own Android App! Quest has its own store in the Google Play store. For this first time, you can get your feet wet, by running a few of the App Inventor tutorials, and testing your app on a real phone.

What you’ll need:

  1. http://ai2.appinventor.mit.edu
  2. http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html
  3. An Android Phone with the AI Companion App. (if you don’t have this, a student or teacher is bound to have an Android device nearby.
  4. The App for the Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.mit.appinventor.aicompanion3&hl=en

Part 1: Get Making! 

Open http://ai2.appinventor.mit.edu and sign in with your Google Account. Choose one of the beginner apps to make over at this link: http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html. Watch the overview videos, and pause, and start them as often as needed. There are four beginner apps to get moving on, so choose one (or TWO).

Part 2: Finishing Up and Publishing

For this app, let’s not publish it in the Google Play store, but upload the APK file to Google Drive.  To do this, you’ll need to download the .APK File. Go to Build—>  Save .APK to my computer.

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Then go to drive.google.com and upload your .apk file.

In Drive, click on the file, and choose the share icon on the top choices.

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Make sure that “Anyone with the Link” can open the file, then COPY that link. You’ll use that link as evidence for your badge!

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Final Step! Create a quick demo video. Use the Google Drive link and the video as evidence of completion! Now you’ll have 2 pieces of evidence!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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