Today Google announced a simple-to-use DIY app maker called Google App Inventor.
Google App Inventor brings Android development to non-programmers, employing a design scheme that relies on visual blocks rather than writing pages of code, the App Inventor -- In true Google style, still in Beta, of course -- has functions for just about anything you can do with an Android handset, including access to GPS and phone functionality.
I can imagine this would be fantastic in classrooms.
more information here: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/
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