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Mar 09 2015 - 12:00am
Radio App Encourages Kids to Speak Up

As computer programming classes gain popularity in diverse learning settings, advocates point out that students aren’t just learning computational thinking, but essential problem solving skills too. There are already so many innovative programs for kids who want to code, but the Innovation Lab at Youth Radio has expertise in media and a focus on creating apps for social good make it a little bit different from others.

In this video, technology and media educator Asha Richardson talks with MIT Professor Hal Abelson about students’ work at the Innovation Lab. Though some lessons seem universal, there are plenty of unique learning experiences at the lab, like the opportunity for students to build apps that promote their radios stories at Youth Radio.

Take a look at this program on Vialogues and add your thoughts to the conversation. What other types of apps do you think students would be interested in building?

@02:30 johnlee: With the expertise of content creation at Youth Radio, the app lab further gives youth the capacity to create technologies and platforms to communicate these content meaningfully and effectively!

@03:04 johnlee: Thinking of apps as another medium. Interesting perspective!

@03:23 johnlee: Iteration is a crucial lesson for creating apps: no apps would be the same as one's original prototype design at the end.

Posted in: New Learning TimesVialogues|By: Ching-Fu Lan|35 Reads