Nigerian States and Capitals

Nigerian States and Capitals

Welcome to a new week. Last week challenging but I was able to create my first App Inventor application. It marks the end of the search for a simple, easy and free tool for mobile application development.

Nigerian States and Capitals is finally on the Google Play store. I am glad to have done it. Regardless of the outcome, I went the distance.

Development was easy. I tested it using BlueStacks. BlueStacks is a tool for running Android applications on the desktop. For me it allows me to develop and test my apps from my PC.

After successfully completing the edx App Inventor Course last year, I took the Mobile CSP course. It inspired me to really complete this application.

Nigerian States and Capitals is my first mobile application using App Inventor and I am just getting started. With  App Inventor my laptop has become an app factory capable of mass producing mobile applications. For the rest of the year, I intend to develop 1 mobile application each week.

For now take a look at Nigerian States and Capitals.

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Elementary Maths Challenge 2016

Math Challenge 2016

Happy weekend everyone!

Next week at work we will be starting the Elementary Maths Challenge 2016. It represents a fun and unique way of teaching Mathematics to kids in a variety of formats.

At work we have The MathsRoom. It is a place for every kind of kid both haters and lovers of mathematics. In The Maths Room, kids are taught Mathematics using real life simulation, multimedia and fun activities. The method is perhaps one of the best ways of learning the subject.

The Maths Challenge provides additional stimulation for kids to learn Mathematics using the element of competition. By encouraging creativity, collaboration and communication we offer a child the chance to learn Mathematics in a fun and engaging format.

To find out more about The Maths Room and the Elementary Maths Challenge 2016, you can click this link.

Have a great weekend.

Teaching App Inventor to Kids

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At work, its been really busy. With the start of a new year, we decided to teach mobile application development to kids ages 7 and above.

That decision led to me doing the edx App Inventor course last year. This year, I have developed a learning curriculum to teach the kids mobile computing. The lesson plans have been completed and our portfolio site is up. Some material from Mobile CSP was used in creating the curriculum so I dare say that I have done my homework.

I wish I could say I wasn’t nervous about tomorrow but it would be a lie. My experience in teaching kids has made me acknowledge the fact that kids have a way of throwing out the plan. So whilst I am confident of the content that I have spent time developing, somewhere at the back of my head is the knowledge that I might have to adapt my curriculum to the needs of the class.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Deciding to Work on The Battle of Adwa

Do not wait

4 weeks from now we will be at the 1st of March. The Battle of Adwa is a classic battle fought on the 1st of March 1896 between the Ethiopian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy near the town of Adwa, Ethiopia, in Tigray. It was the climactic battle of the First Italo-Ethiopian War, securing Ethiopian sovereignty.

I must admit that the idea to work on this story came to me at a bad time. With all the stuff going on in my life I have decided to work on this story. This story will be the focal point of all my efforts this year.

I made this decision because this moment will never come again. After this point any other coverage of African history I will undertake will feature a story of humiliation and defeat. That is why the time is now.

At my company, I have dropped everything to work on this. So if you like what we churn out as a company or think it is crap know that I did my best with what I knew and I worked with what I had in the time I was given.

Global Game Jam Lagos Update

Global Game Jam Logo

Welcome to a new month!

Last month was awesome. I attended my first Global Game Jam. It felt good hanging out with game developers of the future.

Its been 5 years since I created my first game. With certain personal events, I have lost my fire. Being in that room made me remember why I started.

Initially I didn’t want to go as I just wanted to take the weekend off and rest. But fate intervened and I had to go. I missed the Friday session (big mistake) and went on Saturday. For me one day was enough to find my fire again.

The event held at Center 4 Tech. In my 5 years in the industry, I have never visited this venue. A friend assured me that it would be awesome and true to type, the event did not disappoint.

I don’t have the final head count of those who attended but in all 6 games were developed. You can view them here. Yours truly built a simple crossword puzzle with the words that make up ritual. It is called Ritual.

I wanted to build a falling object game. Sadly missing Theme Friday put me way behind of the thought process. So I settled for something simple.

All in all, I had fun. Let’s do it again next year. Special thanks to the guys at Center 4 Tech for making this event happen.