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Student Success in App Creation During a Cross-Disciplinary Course

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 1

Alicia Conroy   Dr. Kevin Merges  
See how students at Rutgers Preparatory Middle School in New Jersey build apps to demonstrate their mastery of concepts. Learn about the design of the project and how to facilitate app building and make the transition from traditional presentations to app building and content creation.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
Related exhibitors: CoSpaces , Wonder Workshop , littleBits , Sphero , MERGE , Makey Makey , Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We hope participants will understand the benefits of having students design and build apps to display the information they wish to teach their peers. The students were encouraged to choose a topic in any course and use the app to teach other students. Other teachers in the Middle School became aware of the potential of the app-building portal through the presentations. This is a new approach to the course and we look forward to presenting the results.

Supporting research

App-building portals are very new and there is little research to support proof of their educational value. However, there is significant belief in the education community in the value of having students make presentations to their peers. This new form of technology is just another format that can be used by students to display what they have learned.

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Alicia Conroy, Rutgers Preparatory School
Dr. Kevin Merges, Rutgers Preparatory School

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