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App Inventor for Educators

This is an educational community for MIT App Inventor educators. It is intended as a common online area to share ideas, resources, and find answers to questions. While there are many great resources and information on the App Inventor site, this site is a place specifically geared towards educational discussion and resource sharing.

Elisabeth Seop, Youth Radio

Star App Inventor Educator

Each month we will highlight an educator who demonstrates exemplary work with App Inventor.

Elisabeth Soep from Youth Radio talks about how her students learn to become creators of technology platforms that distribute media stories.


  • Photo analysis with Microsoft Cognitive Services, using Makeblock CamVision extension

    This is a simple project combining App Inventor and Microsoft Cognitive Services: Computer Vision API. The app can upload a picture to Microsoft Cognitive Services: Computer Vision API after the photo is taken, then retrieve information about the picture, such as a description, background color, foreground color and tags.

  • Imagnity Tutorials

    A collection of various tutorials to build apps and to learn how to use specific components. Tutorials include: sprites, lists, sorting, location sensor, procedures, Web component JSON response, and games.

  • LEGO EV3 Tutorial: Pet Robot

    Tutorial for building an app that allows the user to instruct an EV3 LEGO robot to do certain maneuvers and actions through voice commands. The user can pick one of several commands: forward, backward (reverse), stop, forward slow, forward fast, disconnect, circles, right turn (turn right), left turn (turn left). The robot will follow the user’s voice commands and perform the action for half a second before prompting the user for another command. If the user provides no commands, the previous command will be executed until another command is registered.

  • LEGO EV3 Tutorial: Color Search

    A tutorial for how to build a mobile app that instructs an EV3 LEGO robot to search for a certain color on a white surface bordered by black. The user can pick one color out of red, green, blue, or yellow for the robot to search. The robot will search across the white surface and turn around if it gets to the black border. Demonstration Video:

  • App Inventor Summit 2016 Mobile CSP

    This workshop will provide a brief demo of the online Mobile CSP course, and a summary of the online professional development program, followed by a hands-on session during which participants can try one or more Mobile CSP lessons. Links to more resources can be found in the document.


  • How to make 16 million colors

    A recent blog post by Felicia Kamriani called Hue New?(ref#1) inspired an idea shared by a high school teacher during a recent Android App Freestyle(ref#2)which gave birth to the MakeColors tool(ref#3). The simple tool helps learners to understand the RGB color system(ref#4) and gives creatives the ability to generate all of the 16,777,216 possible colors. Using the slider component, MakeColors expands the color palette in the MIT App Inventor beyond the built-in 14-color and 70-color palettes. […]

  • Welcome to our new educator site!

    As a way to build an educational community around teaching App Inventor, we are launching this site. We hope that this site will be a vehicle for resources, questions, conversations, and collaboration for App Inventor educators. By moving the conversation to this separate site, we hope you can focus on what is important to you as an educator using this tool. Please feel free to post in the forums, add your own resources, and tell […]

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