I’ve just come across this very intriguing site from Google. Called the App Inventor, it is going to allow non-programmers to build Apps for Google Android devices.
This is going to make the mobile market very, very interesting. Right now, Apple leads the charge on App numbers for their iPhone and iPad. They’ve also resisted attempts to allow non-Mac owners and non-programmers to be able to create Apps.
Google, by offering this App Inventor, will no doubt see a massive surge in their market place and I can imagine this will quickly draw them level with Apple. Add to the mix the number of different Android tablets scheduled to come out this year and Apple are going to have a fight on their hands.
That’s the business report out of the way. For us regular users interested in e-learning, I suggest buying an android phone next time your subscription is up. Imagine building your own quizzes and getting your students to complete them from their own mobile devices? Or how about building a GPS game and watch as your students conduct mapping and measuring exercises. Augmented reality – how about virtual teachers located around field trip sites?
If Google pull this off, the future of e-learning could get a LOT more mobile. I’ve signed up already and am waiting for my account. Expect e-learning App posts soon!