University of San Francisco

David Wolber
San Francisco, CA
$200,000
December 2012

The project will launch the Democratize Computing Lab in order to increase and diversify the pool of students who become engaged with computing. The Lab will leverage App Inventor, a new visual programming tool for beginners that significantly lowers the barriers to learning programming. A team at the University of San Francisco (USF) has developed an innovative curriculum that utilizes App Inventor, enabling non-technical students to cross the "programmer divide" and build interactive software for mobile phones and tablets. The curriculum has shown promise in terms of attracting a large and diverse group of students to successfully learn the technology skills needed to compete in the 21st century job market. This project will expand, refine, and disseminate the new curriculum to universities everywhere. It will build the App Inventor Education Community to further spread this unique learning tool, and develop an advanced App Inventor course at USF so that more students from all academic disciplines gain the skills required for success in today's increasingly technological world.

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