- By: Ken Gracey Published: 23 October, 2013 9 comments
With the launch of our C for Propeller educational program on Learn.parallax.com, Parallax is running our Educators Courses in Taiwan, China, Japan, Netherlands, and of course the United States. On Friday we returned from the Netherlands only to plan another trip to China. Our Dutch course was full of 30 instructors!
We've got a very strategic goal with these early courses: to collect important input from educators who use our program. We're also volunteering in local schools to get the student's perspective. Our plan is that the hardware will be used throughout high schools, colleges and university technical education courses (engineering, programming, electronics, and robotics).
We take this mission very seriously. First, we know that our personal interests and even career choices are ignited by a key teacher. Most of us at Parallax work here because we have some kind of passion for what we do that started at an early age. Second, we're putting tremendous resources into the Parallax Education program and we want to get it right, for teachers and students. Doing this properly means our Learn.parallax.com direction should also be lead by you. We're the keeper of an important educational program and we rely on your input to determine how the curriculum is presented.
We want your input on how we're doing with the new C for Propeller Multicore program! Having made our way through most of our Education roadmap, we're now focusing on the curriculum. Up until now, most of our efforts have been in the construction of our foundation: Simple IDE, PropGCC libraries, ActivityBot hardware and now the Educators Courses. With much of this foundation built, we expect to have more resources for the next steps.
And what we're hearing from you at our Educators Courses is that you'd like the following:
- Multicore projects beyond robotics, in sensors, art, process control and science
- Chinese, French, German and Spanish Language support of Learn.parallax.com curriculum
- Autonomous robot competition rules
- Exciting, high-level programming examples that motivate students
- Possible support on tablet devices
- Activity Kit parts, for all projects outside of the ActivityBot (i.e., Simple Devices and Simple Circuits)
- Libraries for serial, VGA, XBee, SD micro cards, etc.
- Focus on electronics and electronics theory
- Curriculum flow that includes explanation, example, and a "try it" for assessment
- Careful integration of STEM concepts
Are we headed in the right direction to help you solve the problems you're facing? Are there other areas in which you'd like us to focus to better benefit your class? We'd love to hear from you about which things are most important to you as an educator, so we can better prioritize our goals. Please login and post your reply below or drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org!