08.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Teaching with AppInventor workshops organized to empower educators during QITCOM

As part of the TumuhaTEC Digital Youth Festival organized by Qatar’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications on 7 March 2016 in Doha, UNESCO Doha invited Felicia Kamriani, an Instructional Designer and STEM Education Consultant at the University of San Francisco and co-author of AppInventor 2:Essentials, to provide workshops for educators and students on developing mobile apps using AppInventor to make learning and teaching more interactive and engaging.

Felicia Kamriani was one of the key speakers as part of the “educators empowerment zone” created by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for TumuhaTEC (‘Your Aspiration’ in Arabic) Digital Youth Festival.

Felicia Kamriani gave a series of presentations during which she shared practical and hands-on tips and recommendations to both teachers and students on how to develop mobile apps that are relevant and can have a positive impact on education, teaching methods and learning outcomes.

AppInventor is an open-source web application developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab which provides an innovative beginner's introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. In 2015, the MIT App Inventor community consists of nearly 3 million users representing 195 countries. 

AppInventor is the main tool used as part of UNESCO's YouthMobile project, which seeks to provide youth with the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop mobile apps for sustainable development that can solve local issues. The project is currently being implemented in several countries across the world, including Qatar. 

UNESCO Doha also invited Felicia Kamriani as part of the TECH Talks series organized during the Festival on the occasion of International Women’s Day to celebrate women in tech, during which Felicia Khoja shared her aspiring story with female school students to encourage them to consider careers in the field of STEM. 

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