This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Pierre Huguet and Marie-Caroline Gries
Ecole de la deuxime chance is a public network of schools, created to offer an alternate solution for students that break out the schooling system with no degree nor professional qualification. This program addresses young men and women who volunteer to catchup on key subjects including French, English, web design, programming and robotics. E2C trains 15 000 young adults each year.
A 30 hours pilot workshop was designed with Bibliothques Sans Frontires, that drives digital literacy programs. Students were asked to learn App Inventor, and then build their own app in connection with city life.
The workshop started with basic apps, then focused on sensors, networks and development methods:
Student created Apps were the following:
Time was short, and students required significant help to complete a first version of their app, but the goal was reached to experience a full development cycle.
Projects were shown on the schools Digital label certification day (Grande cole du numrique) to Edith Cresson, founder and chair of E2C and former prime minister: Eliott shows an Uber like App and how smartphones can exchange data over the Web, Marouane explains the sports training App, Everest and Marwan demonstrate robotics. Students were surprised with their own App creation capabilities. They also improved their mental map of digital technologies (its not magics) and capability to use them. These were our priorities. For later workshops, we will take more time and connect with a course on the server side (html, php) and Web data sharing that is a key to socially relevant apps. We will also use existing geo-App frameworks to gain time.Acknowledgements: special thanks to Iris Lupianez (E2C) and Dorothe Arnaud (BSF)