App Design 101
Time 7 hrs
Prerequisites Programming 101
Departments Human Technologies
Authors Ross Parker
Minimum Year Group None
Want to build a mobile app? This unit builds on the previous learning encountered in Programming 101 and Web Design 101, and should result in a working Android app which you can run on your phone.
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Make Your Phone Do Your Bidding
- Want to make your phone do exactly what you want?
- Learn how to make a mobile app, and change the way people use their phones.
- Learn with Thunkable, and later graduate to XCode for iOS or ADK for Android.
- Thunkable is a great way to start learning how to make apps for iOS and Android
- It is easier to use than Apple's XCode for iOS or Google's ADK for Android, yet it makes real apps that can run on your phone.
Thinking & Planning
- Spend some time thinking about the kind of app you want to make, looking online for ideas.
- Try to pick something that is simple to start, but which you can build up as you go.
- Once you have an idea, start playing around in Thunkable to see how you can make your idea work.
- If your idea does not work, try and come up with a new idea.
- Once you have an idea that works, build a simple version.
- Keep improving your work until you have a version that you are happy with.
- Although Thunkable enables publishing your app to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, as a student working on a lesson in school, we would ask that students not publish their apps.
- Publishing requires a developer account, which is not free. Apps published in an online store are also available publicly to anyone else to use, and this is much more exposure than we'd like to see for your initial apps.
- You can still share your app via email using Thunkable's download options.
- Becoming an app developer takes time and practice. If you're interested in continuing to develop your app skills and eventually publish a real app in the app store, let us know and we're happy to help you learn more about the process to become an app developer.
- Once your app is ready, shoot a short video of one of your peers using the app for the first time. Try to capture their reaction, and ask them to comment on how the app works, looks and feels.
- Add a title, CC license and credits to your video, and then submit it as evidence, along with the app itself.
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Shared on 02/03/2015