I'm the kind of person who is on a first name basis with the IT department within hours of starting a new job. It's not that I'm a tech genius; far from it. If there is a new and novel way to crash the system, I will find it. So when it comes to parenting in the twenty-first century, I have a knot in my stomach that has been growing day by day. Will I be able to understand what kids are doing with technology? How do I monitor what is happening when I don't have the faintest idea about how it all works.
Image - own work
Two children using a computer - Photo by Llewi034 under GNU Free Documentation License (Wikimedia Commons)
The tools were remarkably easy to use and it only took a few hours to create a block game app and a webpage. For the webpage, you can either start from scratch or 'remix' an existing template to make your own. We remixed one and below is a screenshot of our creation.
The 11 year old decided to create a simple block game app. To play launch the app (which only works on Android), click here.
It was fun, and the family got a kick out of using the appmaker (especially launching and playing the final products). It has given me more confidence to play and have fun with technology and a useful tool for starting the conversation with the kids.
Fyrefly Trayle is not associated with Mozilla when this review was written (other than using its programs from time to time).