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MIT Center for Mobile Learning Launched Will Actively Engage Google’s App Inventor for Android

MIT and Google today, as of August 16, announced a new MIT Center for Mobile Learning, which will be actively engaged in studying and extending App Inventor for Android, which Google recently announced it will be open sourcing, informs Hal Abelson, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT.

Abelson said that the “new center, housed at MIT’s Media Lab, will focus on designing and studying new mobile technologies that enable people to learn anywhere, anytime, with anyone. The center was made possible in part by support from Google University Relations and will be run by myself and two distinguished MIT colleagues: Professors Eric Klopfer (science education) and Mitchel Resnick (media arts and sciences).”

“Google first launched App Inventor internally in order to move it forward with speed and focus, and then developed it to a point where it started to gain critical mass. Now, its impact can be amplified by collaboration with a top academic institution. At MIT, App Inventor will adopt an enriched research agenda with increased opportunities to influence the educational community.”

The core code for App Inventor came from Eric Klopfer’s lab, and the inspiration came from Mitch Resnick’s Scratch project.

App Inventor for Android–is a programming system that makes it easy for learners to create mobile apps for Android smartphones–currently supports a community of about 100,000 educators, students and hobbyists.” “Through the new initiatives at the MIT Center for Mobile Learning, App Inventor will be connected to MIT’s premier research in educational technology and MIT’s long track record of creating and supporting open software,” Abelson added.

[Source: Research Blog]

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