Today we took a step back to review how to use Appy Pie in the creation of the apps. Appy Pie is a great non-coding tool, however in a middle school classroom environment it has many limitations. To utilize all Appy Pie has to offer, a lot of planning and setting up of other resources needs to occur. There are pages to direct app users to mobile websites, Facebook resources, blog posts, and You Tube playlists. And because the schools have many resources blocked, the students had to redirect their focus of the app to text pages, weblinks, and maps.
Once we established how Appy Pie could be used by the students they began designing their apps. They took time to decide their app names and the pages they would use.
The minimum number of pages the students had to use is four, an Appy Pie requirement. We encouraged them to use as many as they needed to give users the information they had learned. They really liked the use of the maps to show places to exercise. And using the website page lets the students share the online places they learned about obesity.
If the students had access to other online resources and had more time to plan those resources, they could have used Appy Pie features to the full extent. However, given the limitations, the GigBridge project has really given the students an idea of what organization and research is needed to create an app.