The MIT App Inventor 2 Android app development tool is a good introduction to Android app development for school children used to using visual programming languages like Scratch and Blockly which teach programming concepts using drag n drop coding blocks.

Visual Programming Language Blocks

Visual Programming Language Blocks

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You can see in the image above showing Scratch Blocks, Blockly Blocks and MIT App Inventor 2 Blocks they are similar in design, making moving between them far easier than learning many non-visual programming languages.

MIT App Inventor Sample Project

As part of the App Inventor 2 Course in a Box Tutorial (an App Inventor starter tutorial) there’s a sample App Inventor project called “I Have a Dream” soundboard app (app blurb below).

MIT App Inventor 2 I Have A Dream Android App

MIT App Inventor 2 I Have A Dream Android App

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Build the “I Have A Dream” App.

“I Have a Dream!” is an educational “soundboard” app that plays the famous speech of Martin Luther King. Its a great way to get started with App Inventor and programming.

It’s a simple Android app consisting of three images, two of which are buttons which when clicked play a Martin Luther King speech.

MIT App Inventor Blocks

From a learning Android app development in the classroom perspective it’s the visual language block based code which makes the tool accessible to the school environment: the teacher doesn’t have to be a software engineer to use App Inventor 2 as a teaching aid.

MIT App Inventor 2 Programming Language Blocks

MIT App Inventor 2 Programming Language Blocks

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Like Blockly and Scratch it’s really easy to use: relative to learning to program in Java, Javascript etc… Simply drag n drop code blocks to build an android app.

David Law