Mobile apps generally fall into any combination of these three categories:

  • Informational
    Provides levels of specific information in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.

  • Utility
    Provides a service to the user based on a real-world need or scope of needs.

  • Game
    Entertains the user while providing some sort of competition.

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Using App Lab

App Lab is a programming environment by Code.org that you can use to make mobile apps. It allows you to build applications using drag and drop code blocks or to code directly in JavaScript. Their website has instructional videos and sample applications. Get started with App Lab.

 

Watch the App Lab Demo Video

 

Using MIT App Inventor 2

MIT App Inventor 2 is a super useful tool that puts you on the express train to building your first mobile app. Its drag and drop interface allows you to arrange elements such as screens, buttons, text and more. You can then control those elements using logical “blocks” rather than direct code syntax. MIT App Inventor 2 also comes with its own Android emulator, so you can test the app from your computer rather than loading it on a mobile device.

As a demonstration, Tyler developed a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game for the purpose of exploring and learning how to use MIT App Inventor 2. To get started, download MIT App Inventor 2, the sample project and watch the demonstration video to get started using the MIT App Inventor 2.

Tyler Tic-Tac-Toe

Tyler developed a simple Tic-Tac-Toe game for the purpose of exploring and learning how to use MIT App Inventor 2.
Tyler Tic-Tac-Toe

For More Information

Tech Trends: Maine App Challenge

Three tech-savvy high school students from across Maine were recently selected as winners of the 2019 Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge, a contest that encourages students to develop a mobile application and create a video to showcase their design.

Read More in the Bangor Daily News