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Frequently Asked Questions by Educators

Please refer to the general App Inventor FAQ for questions not specifically related to education >

Do my students need to have Google accounts?

App Inventor users need to have Google accounts. The login authentication and storage for projects is linked to a Google account. But students don't need to use that account for any purpose other than App Inventor.

Can I have my students all use the same account?

App Inventor is not set up to deal with multiple users of a single account. With multiple users creating projects simultaneously, the information for the different users will interfere and the projects will become inconsistent.

Do I need to provide phones for all of my students?

We encourage those educators who have chosen to use phones to share ideas and experiences on the App Inventor for Educators website about how they have acquired them. App Inventor offers the ability to develop using the Android emulator that shows up in a window on the computer screen. Using the emulator isn't as good as a physical phone, because students can't carry their apps around with them. But using the emulator does mean that you can run a class with only a few phones: Students can develop on the emulator and then load the apps on the phone for final testing and demonstrations.

Will there be curricula available using App Inventor?

We hope that educators will make their courseware available publicly and we intend to foster a community of educators for sharing information and resources. We encourage everyone to join and participate in discussions on the App Inventor for Educators website. There are shared resources for education available at the App Inventor for Educators Resources page, and will continue to be updated as more educators submit their ideas.