At OSCON (the O’Reilly Open Source Convention), a panel of educators praised the Android App Inventor as a great asset for introductory, college-level computer science classes. Dave Wolber from the University of San Francisco said that he uses the App Inventor in a class that’s usually taken by students who are trying to avoid math classes. However, after using the App Inventor, many of those students went on to take other computer science classes. “Students love their phones,” he said, “and when they realize they can build apps, they are highly motivated to learn.”
Despite the success in the classroom, as a Google Labs project, the Android App Inventor may soon be shut down.