Best App Inventor News Ever: MIT Launches New Center for Mobile Learning!

MIT announced the launch of the new Center for Mobile Learning. The Center’s first activity will focus on App Inventor for Android! The center will be led by App Inventor mastermind Hal Abelson, Mitch Resnick of Lego Mindstorms and Scratch fame, and Eric Kopfler, the director of teacher education at MIT and an expert in games and simulation. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

Dr. Maggie Johnson, Google’s Director of Education and University Relations, sees the Media Lab initiative as the ideal next step for App Inventor. “Google incubated App Inventor to the point where it gained critical mass. MIT’s involvement will both amplify the impact of App Inventor and enrich the research around it,” said Johnson. “It is a perfect example of how industry and academia can work together effectively.”

This news boomerangs the negativity surrounding Google’s discontinuation announcement last week. To the many teachers whose curriculums have been energized by app inventor, and to the thousands of newly empowered app builders: Rejoice! The fun has just begun!

Update: Hal Abelson discusses the move at Google Blog. Google is helping fund the center.

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7 Responses

  1. Nice!
    What I would like to see next is a “state-of-the-AI” statement, from MIT or from others, of where AI is (place it in the geography of software development) and in what direction it should go. This means both from a high level (what “use-cases”), and then, what is needs to be added to allow those uses to be realized.

  2. [...] технологический институт анонсировал создание нового Центра Мобильного Обучения, начало которому [...]

  3. [...] Google将在年底关闭教育工具Android App Inventor,让外界颇感失望。但事态发展旋即又峰回路转,MIT接过了Google的烫手山芋。 [...]

  4. [...] decidido discontinuarlo como proyecto interno. Ha convertido en opensource la base del proyecto, y la ha donado al MIT, quien continuará evolucionando y manteniendo Google App Inventor. Rate this: Share this:Like [...]

  5. Hab mir gerade ein neues buch zu ai gekauft, und wollte mich gerade richtig in das thema vertifen, als die meldung kam google stellt dass ganze ein! Hoffe wirklich das ai lebt weiter!

  6. Perfect, thanks for information.

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