Coding is becoming a crucial skill for future generations, and including it in the school curriculum seems like a necessary next step to take in order to prepare students for their future.

As former US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it “Becoming literate in code is as essential as being literate in language and math.”

And so let’s explore the Coding Lab in the Windows Pro environment inside Acer’s Schools of Tomorrow: here there are the main tools which support students with an easy way to learn coding, allowing them to become familiar with one of the most important languages of our generation.

Acer CloudProfessor: an easy tool to learn coding

Acer CloudProfessor provides children an easy and fun way to approach coding and IoT (Internet of Things) for the first time, as its features were designed with young students in mind.

Simplicity

The CloudProfessor (CPF) uses mobile devices – such as the Iconia One 10 – as interface, making it very easy for the younger generation to maneuver. It also offers easy and engaging tutorials of Javascript, Blockly and LiveCode available on Android, Chrome OS and iOS devices.

Moreover, thanks to the brand new app CPF Arduino Blocky for Windows, available from the CloudProfessor website, the ecosystem of the platforms supported is now completed.

Creativity

It stimulates children’s creativity by letting them work on their own apps and IoT inventions, bringing them to life thanks to a world of accessories such as the CPF Sensor Expansion Pack or the Gigo bricks set.

 Connectivity

The kit’s Cloud feature allows students to store their projects, connect with their classmates, and even work as a team from remote.

Education

Children will understand how everything is connected, and will be able to experience first hand how the IoT works and how it applies to their everyday lives.

The importance of coding for the future generations

It’s never too early for children to learn how to interact with the IoT, with some apps meant to teach even kindergarteners: understanding how the world around us works, means learning how to use it to our own advantage in life. Younger generations risk becoming reliant on a system they cannot navigate, which is why the school system needs to guide them in the right direction from a young age.

Thanks to innovative products like Acer CloudProfessor, children will be prompted to investigate deeper into the IoT, understanding the relationship between coding and the everyday objects that surround them.

 

Computer Science graduates will soon become indispensable to our society, and students need to stop seeing code as something complex to the point of being unattainable. If today only 8% of STEM graduates major in Computer Science, a change in our schools approach to these technologies could potentially have a great impact on the future of these students and their place in the workforce.

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