Computational action in app inventor: Developing theoretical and technological frameworks for collaboration and empowerment

Mike Tissenbaum, Josh Sheldon

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Abstract

This special interactive session highlights the how the theory of computational action – which argues for an approach to computing education that is founded on the idea that, while learning about computing, young people should have the opportunity to do computing in ways that have direct impact on their lives and their communities – has informed the development of MIT’s App Inventor, a blocks-based programming language for building native mobile apps. Using examples from our work and from partner institutions, we will show how App Inventor has enabled learners from around the world to collaboratively engage in computational action. With an eye towards furthering App Inventor’s support of computational action, this session will also highlight: 1) The recently developed support for real-time collaboration between students working at different computers; and 2) How different App Inventor components allow students to engage in embodied, enactive, extended and embedded learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages985-988
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467248
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/17/196/21/19

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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Tissenbaum, M., & Sheldon, J. (2019). Computational action in app inventor: Developing theoretical and technological frameworks for collaboration and empowerment. In K. Lund, G. P. Niccolai, E. Lavoue, C. Hmelo-Silver, G. Gweon, & M. Baker (Eds.), A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 985-988). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 2). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).