CS4HS Workshop: Android App Inventor

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CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in high school and middle school curriculum. With a grant from Google's Education Group, the College of St. Scholastica will offer a free online workshop in July 2013, helping teachers learn how to incorporate Android App Inventor in their curriculum.  The workshop will be facilitated by Chery Takkunen in the School of Education and Jennifer Rosato in the Computer Science Department.  Participants will also have the option to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or complete a follow-up project to receive graduate education credits.

Why Your School Should Teach App Inventor:


Workshop Goals:

  • to provide computing education professional development to educators
  • to create a network of teachers interested in computing education
  • to share best practices for computing in 5-12th grades, including inclusive pedagogy for underrepresented groups
  • to empower educators to advocate for computing education in their community

Workshop Schedule (tentative):
We are anticipating participants will spend 7-10 hours/week on the workshop. 

  • Getting Started - week of June 30th 
    Learn more about the workshop, the course tools, the instructors and other participants 
  • Unit 1- week of July 7th
    Learn about computational thinking and creating basic apps using App Inventor 
  • Unit 2 - week of July 14th
     Learn about tech job fields and using more App Inventor features
  • Unit 3 - week of July 21st
    Learn to integrate App Inventor projects with your curriculum and attract diverse students to computing
  • Unit 4 - week of July 28th
     Create your own curriculum unit then review and share projects with peers
  • CEU Credits - to receive the CEU certificate, all activities will need to be completed by Friday, August 16th
  • (Optional) Implement curriculum for graduate credit - Fall 2013
    Requires $375 fee for 3 graduate education credits


  • Technical requirements - Gmail account (required), high speed internet, microphone and webcam (recommended), App Inventor system requirements
  • Skill level - comfortable with sending emails and attachments, downloading files, viewing videos, web searching
  • Teaching level - middle school or higher, pre-service and in-service teachers welcome as well as those running after school programs
  • Join with a colleague!  Just like sharing New Year's resolutions means you're more likely to complete them, joining with a fellow educator will make it easier for you to complete the workshop as well as give each other support in using App Inventor at your school.

Questions? Please contact Jen Rosato or Chery Takkunen at cs4hs@css.edu for more information.

Information on our previous Scratch workshops can be found at http://cs4hsatcss.wikispaces.com/.