The MIT Appinventor Project is proud to announce that we have been selected by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to join them in a four-year program to promote Coding Education in Primary Schools for Hong Kong. The program is a research partnership of the Trust with MIT, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the City University of Hong Kong. It will design, test, and analyze the impact of a curriculum that uses MIT educational computing technologiesMIT Scratch and MIT App Inventorto enhance computational thinking, computer coding proficiency, and interest in computer science among upper-level primary school students. This research and development will be based on pilot classroom instruction in 32 network schools and several Hong Kong community organizations during the 2016-2019 academic year. The program will provide curriculum materials, comprehensive teacher development, co-teaching support, and resources for parent education. If there is evidence of success, the ultimate goal is for the curriculum to be adopted territory-wide throughout Hong Kong.
For the App Inventor project, this is an extraordinary opportunity for us to explore how primary school age-students can use mobile computing to improve their self-image as active learners and their sense of mastery and empowerment in a world being transformed through information technology.
App Inventor is a joint project of the MIT Computer Science and Information Laboratory and the MIT Media Laboratory. For more information see appinventor.mit.edu