Lesson Plan Android #1: Getting Started. Setup. Topic Description

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Lesson Plan Android_#1: Getting Started. Setup.
Topic Description: Getting users set up to use AppInventor on Androids.

Assumption: Students will have access to phones.
Objectives: By the end of this lesson students should have setup/and or know the location of :

  • A gmail account

  • Registration for an App Inventor Account

  • Know the location of the web based tutorial information from HFOSS

  • Know the location of the web based tutorial from Google App Inventor team

  • If students are going to use phones to run AppInventor software:

  • A list of software that they need to download to their phones.

  • Completion of phone setup.

Outline of lesson:

  • Students should set up gmail and AppInventor accounts in that order.

  • Students should research the topics of Open Source Software and AppInventor.

  • Students should have a basic understanding of Open Source Software and AppInventor by the end of the class.

  • Students should have access to google notes and HFOSS notes on AppInventor Tutorials.

Student Activities:

  • Setting up accounts

  • Research AppInventor and Open Source Software on web and be able to give a reasonable explanation of what both are.

  • Have access to the tutorial websites for GOOGLE and HFOSS so they can prep for the next lesson.

Teaching/Learning Strategies:


  • Start the lesson by giving the students a quick overview of AppInventor on the Android phone. Talk about open source software.

  • Ask students to briefly look on the web for references to AppInventor and Open Source Software. Have students write group definitions of Open Source Software and a quick writeup of AppInventor in their notebook/journal.

While students are researching - teach representative so set up GMAIL & APPINVENTOR ACCOUNTS:

  • At the end of this instruction each representative should return to their group and show their team how to set up the accounts.

  • Teach reps how to set up a gmail account: (www,gmail.com & create and account.)

  • Teach reps how to register for an AppInventor account at


While students are researching - teach rep's to Download software utilities from AppStore:

team how to set up the account

  • Hit the home icon to get a list of the applications on the phone. Choose the market

icon . At the top of the screen hit the search icon and tap the search box so the

keyboard pops up. Search for the following two apps:

- TTS Extended Services (Text to Speech extended service -Eyes-Free Project- Free)

- Barcode Scan (Barcode scanner, ZXIng Team - Free)

Note: The barcode scanner allows students to upload apps from AppInventor to their phone.

The TTS Extended service allows sound

  • Show students how to download the WORKITOUT app using this barcode

Review what we've done and get class definition of Open Source Software and AppInventor.

  • During the last 15 minutes of class go over the two definitions (Open Source) and (App Inventor).

  • Homework. Have the students look at the tutorial page for AppInventor and read about Hello Paw.


  • Each student should have access to a PC and the internet.

  • www.mail.google.com/mail (gmail – register for an account)

  • http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/ (App Inventor website – register, need gmail)

  • http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/ (App Inventor tutorial)

  • http://notes.hfoss.org/index.php/AppInventor:Tutorials (HFOSS tutorials)

  • http://sites.google.com/site/appinventor/home (Googles Appinventor site)

  • http://sites.google.com/site/appinventor/app-inventor-text-v0

Under this site look at: -FAQ's, Tutorials, A draft of an App Inventor text book

Note: Use the following site to store your webpage URL's. This allows you to store your favorites and access them using different id's, computers, etc.

  • https://www.google.com/bookmarks/

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