Prototype training with the Detroit Police Athletic League

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Sep 16, 2020 · 5 min read

Michigan State University is offering a new training for educators to solve community challenges through basics of design and coding within the iOS ecosystem. Using Apple’s Challenge Based Learning curriculum, this training guides educators in understanding the app development process, practicing coding in Swift, and designing viable prototypes.

Computing in the 21st century

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U.S. society is surrounded by the Internet, apps, social media, and a multitude of other technologies. But while computing is responsible for most of the hardware and software we use, a considerable amount of students — with a higher rate for girls and underrepresented minorities — are not taught to understand, analyze, and create the tools and media they use on a daily basis.

The need for computing education

The iOS Design Lab

“iOS” is the tool

“Design” is the method

“Lab” is the mindset

Pilot with Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL)

Challenge-Based Learning

Design

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In this training, design is treated as both a verb and a noun. That is, we asked participants to design (ie., to plan, to sketch, to decide) for their app design (i.e., wire-frames, prototypes, user flow). First, we walked participants through decision making steps around user-centered research using the Internet, empathy maps, and informal user interviews. As a result, each group started building their own processes to visualize what their app would look like.

We then walked participants through rapid analog prototype sessions to receive peer feedback, both direct and anonymous. This allowed each team to get sense from potential users of what parts of their design works or needed revision.

Coding

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The training was centered around adult involvement around technology and app development for youth. It was therefore important for adult participants to see how children were interacting with coding activities. We encouraged parents to bring their children to the coding sessions and to work together on creating code and solving the Swift Playground challenges together.

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MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology

MSU Hub: Design and Innovation in Higher Ed

As an internal design consultancy for MSU, we help partners identify, accelerate and create new ways to learn and grow. We provide a spectrum of support for faculty, staff, and students to conceptualize learning, teaching, and programmatic opportunities and develop solutions.

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