Google has launched the Android Development with Kotlin curriculum that gives instructors a plan to follow when teaching students how to write apps for Android devices. The course can be delivered in-person or in a virtual environment which really works well for the current situation where lockdowns are in place.
This new curriculum replaces an older one that was released back in 2018. The updated curriculum factors in Android platform changes such as the release of Android Jetpack libraries and Google preferring Android apps to be written in Kotlin rather than Java. According to the firm, Kotlin makes developers more productive with its “more concise syntax and improved code safety”.
Teachers are allowed to modify the curriculum when delivering it to students to make it work better in their specific circumstances. What’s more, is that instructors do not need to have prior Android or Kotlin experience although having a good grasp of programming is recommended.
Kat Kuan, Developer Advocate, Android said:
We’ve partnered with universities and skilling partners in India such as Shivaji University, I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University, Chandigarh University, Ganpat University, Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), and Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala, who will be some of the first to offer this curriculum to their students in the Spring, with more universities to follow in the Fall and coming semesters.
With the curriculum now available publicly, educators are welcome to start teaching Android development.
In addition to the new course, Google is also making its Android Study Jams programme available for all today. Android Study Jams is an online curriculum that teaches programming through hands-on lessons. The programme is tailored for peer groups who learn to build Android apps together with a study group.
The Android Study Jams programme comes with two tracks that students can follow. The first track is aimed at programming novices who have no experience while the other track assumes that you do have programming knowledge but that you’re new to Android and Kotlin.
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