Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Using Google Slides to Design a Mobile App

This fall I'm teaching a couple of computer science courses. One of the courses is designed for freshmen students to get a broad overview of all the possible avenues to pursue in computer science. Currently, they're exploring some app design concepts with an end goal of putting together a functioning Android app with the MIT App Inventor.

In an effort to make my students think about all of the menus, items, and media that their apps will need, I have my students using Google Slides to outline the design of their apps. They're doing this by having each slide in their slidedecks represent a screen in their apps. Then they're using the hyperlinking function in Google Slides to link between the slides in their slidedecks. Again, that's done to simulate tapping screens in the apps they're designing. In the following video I explain this process a bit more.