Using a visual interface rather than a programming language, Lightwell lets students create real iOS apps that they can share with nearby devices or submit to the Apple App Store. Although Lightwell is a professional tool, students can use the software to create simple apps as they learn the programming language. They will learn how to build layers and animations, create interactions (swipe, tap), and integrate audio. Lightwell consists of two applications: Lightwell Editor for MacBook or Chromebook, which is used for developing new apps, and the mobile app (iOS) Lightwell Previewer for testing and sharing. Completed apps can be exported to Xcode and submitted to the Apple App Store (publishing an app in the Apple App Store requires an Apple Developer account, Apple approval, and an annual fee). Lightwell is available on Mac OS X and Chromebook. Cost: Free download
APC by Schneider Electric invites educators to upload an image or video of their school’s messy, disorganized, or chaotic server room for an opportunity to win a $10,000 IT equipment upgrade for their school through the APC K–12 Server Room Makeover Contest.
The National Science Foundation is requesting proposals for Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), an applied research and development program providing direct student learning opportunities in preK–12. The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers.
Community in Crisis is a story-based literacy game in which students take on the role of director of a community center dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. In that role, students will need to work with their staff to prioritize relief efforts to best serve individuals and the community as a whole.