In a technological world, understanding the technology behind everyday object is a major skill. Learners of today cannot miss the opportunity to learn how to code and program, so they can plunge into the next big thing: Internet of Things and the Cloud Technologies are already here, and their presence is only due to increase when today’s students will be graduated.
Back in 2013, former American President Barack Obama endorsed the possibility to learn a computer language for high school students. Ex US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor even declared that “becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math.” If coding learning even hit the political agenda, it’s because statistics are indicating a clear path towards computer science: 71% of all new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs are in computing, and yet only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science. Programming has a very high job demand: in a tech society, programming is seen as a basic skill. 2013 Code.org’s viral video What Most Schools Don’t Teach easily and directly expresses these needs:
Knowing how to program is like knowing the language of the digital age, especially for younger generations. How young? Kindergarten young: with apps like Scratch Jr, 5-year olds can learn coding skills as they program stories and games.
Generally, there are many reasons why kids should learn how to code. Let’s see three of them thanks to Tynker blog:
This flow is what makes coding a powerful educational tool.
Everything is connected: we can control every task from our smartphone, we can turn on and off our home appliances with a simple tap on an app, and we can create connected objects that can interact between each other. Internet of Things is a huge event: it is expected that there will be more than 30 billion connected devices within 2020.
Regarding the learning process, internet of things has many benefits:
Acer CloudProfessor is a hardware starter kit for students to make and learn Internet of Things coding, creation and development using mobile devices. The CloudProfessor IoT hardware development kit is available at Acer stand B109, at BETT event in London.