There are apps for everything now this days. I’ve being wondering how all these programming stuff came about. But indeed, they are helping the world move faster.
Android programming has been one of the fastest growing mobile apps in the market. A lot of smartphones operate on this Android platform. This programming seminar has been led by Christopher Kegu and Rosemond Ayitey from Kofi Annan ICT centre Accra.
Their mission is to encourage students in high school into android programming for smartphones and also inspire them to start programming early. I think their inspiration was from this adage “A little drop of water makes a mighty ocean” the workshop commenced on Tuesday March, 10th 2015 at Ketasco ICT lab. Arrival of the Guest and the participants.
The participant who were students’ representative and teachers. In all we had 50 students and 10 teachers. Time was scheduled for the commencement of the workshop from 8:00am to 4:00pm. On Tuesday teachers were trained to acquire basic skills required for the workshop, which was really nonchalant with the introduction. We learnt about how to install the Java Development Kit, WinRAR, Android SDK and Eclipse IDE. After the setting up of the required stuffs for the developing, we launched the Eclipse IDE for the first time and we closed the welcome message, and glanced through the window. Quickly we created an Android Virtual Device of which we created the emulator to run our .apk application on. See details below
How to create an Android Virtual Device and Launch the Emulator
We really had a great time learning a new skill. Every teacher who took part was thrilled to make something happen. The next day was for both student and teachers. We the teachers are to monitor the students on what they were supposed to do. We had to guide them on how to go about everything needed to make a progress. The students were eager to learn more about the android app development. Guess what? A lot of girls were involved too. I wish you were there to see how desperate they were….Uh! I can’t even described it. Below are some interviews I conducted during the ongoing workshop. Noah Alorwu: Hi
Monaliza Ocloo: Hi
Noah Alorwu: How are you doing?
Monaliza Ocloo: Tremendous
Noah Alorwu: Nice, so how is it going with the android apps development workshop you are part of?
Monaliza Ocloo: Well as you know, we girls don’t like this stuffs relating to computers, we are only interested at being a Medical doctor, lawyer, nurse, pharmacist, Bank manager etc. But this workshop has put that fear I have for technology away. I can do something from what I have achieved so far.
Noah Alorwu: Have you been to any workshop like this?
Monaliza Ocloo: Not really, but I’ve been part of the Mobile Learning Society of which I am open to all stuff relating to computer.
Noah Alorwu: Wow! Thanks for talking with me.
Monaliza Ocloo: You are welcome.
Noah Alorwu: Hello
Aryeh Joyce: Hi! Noah Alorwu: Can I speak with you for a moment?
Aryeh Joyce: Yeah, why not
Noah Alorwu: Tell me of your experience about this workshop
Aryeh Joyce: Well, it was really fascinating. I learnt how to launch an android app on the emulator. Ever since I came to this school, I didn’t participate in any workshop and this has made me learn something new. I also learnt how to install the Java Development Kit and also code in the activity_main.xml
Noah Alorwu: What is the meaning of the extension .xml?
Aryeh Joyce: Extensible Mark-up Language also known as (XML) is a mark-up language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which is both human-readable and machine-readable.
Noah Alorwu: That is absolutely correct
Aryeh Joyce: Thank you
Noah Alorwu: Hi
Francisca Klutse: Hi
Noah Alorwu: I saw you coding today, it was really nice to see you dedicate your time for this ongoing workshop
Francisca Klutse: Yeah! I feel like I am loosing something great in life. Coding today has really made me proud. I can also do something astonishing. We girls are great users of technology but lack the skills to and also make something from it.
Noah Alorwu: Do you think girls at your age can also code?
Francisca Klutse: Hahaha! What men can do women can do better. If I can make it, then they can too. I think the earlier you start the more experienced you will become. So I entreat all girls to get involve.
Noah Alorwu: Thank you for your time.
Francisca Klutse: You are welcome
According to James Dafeamekpor the program was very beneficial to him and is going to help him build up his skills as an ICT student. He also aimed at developing an app after the workshop. Edmund Amanor also shared his experienced so far with me. He said that “it is nice and encouraging. The teachers have taken their time to explain the concept of the programming” In conclusion, great android developers will soon hit the market. Our next target is to win a competition coming off this year where the school is to participate.
Source: Noah Alorwu