Our assignment for this class is to recreate the steps of the professor to create a simple app that involves visiting a zoo and checking when you see a Bear, Tiger, Bird or Wolf. (The instructor used different animals but I like these four and was able to find pleasant black and white illustrations that I liked on the website PixaBay.)
The MIT App Inventor is very intuitive and is drag and drop type coding from my desktop. I do not know how intuitive it would be for people that have never tried to code or thought about coding or are just not good at thinking in process diagrams. There is a logical thinking pattern that needs to be followed and I know from working with people to make flow diagrams, not everyone thinks in an A to B to C manner.
I am looking forward to showing it to my family. The 7 year old will catch on to the theory relatively fast. The 5 year old might need to learn to read a bit better before he will be able to use it but it is a fun thing. We like to expose them to lots of stuff and then let them pursue at their leisure. Sometimes it feels like throwing darts at a little dart board, we are never sure what might stick but when it does it’s a bulls eye.