Students Learn Important Technology Skills and How to Build Mobile Apps

“I must say thank you to,” said Charles Fergins, a High School educator and graduate student in Southern California. “Teaching application development has been tough, but also very rewarding, and is something that could not have been done without the team at”

Charles Fergins, a high school teacher, has been teaching web design and application development to high school-aged children in inner cities and rural areas for the past 12 years.

Currently working in a school where more than 70% of the students are classified as “socioeconomically disadvantaged,” Fergins needed to adapt his curriculum to the new technology-heavy Common Core Standards, as well as bridge the learning gap for students who may want to become mobile developers. He had the idea to introduce application development and design through an easy-to-use, real-world product:

Fergins contacted Max Katz, Head of Developer Relations at, last summer with the idea. Max and the team were happy to help. Initially only expecting to receive one account to show students how to work, Fergins explained, “Max returned with enough licenses for all the classes I teach, allowing each of the students the opportunity to create their own mobile application.”

Over the course of a few months, the students learned the IDE, including how to code and build their applications. “I gave the students a real-world situation, where they were divided into teams and given a task to create a mobile application that would benefit future high schools,” Fergins continued. “They were very excited to have this chance. It truly was a great opportunity for the students. ”

With a new school year underway, Fergins is looking forward to the year ahead: “I can’t wait to see what the students can create with”