Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) is to provide specific mobile app building training for 30,000 Kuttikoottam members during the Christmas vacation in continuation of e@Utsav Camp during the Onam vacation in last September. The one-day camp would be held in different batches Dec 27 - 30. “Training venues have been set up in all educational districts, along with the necessary arrangements.”, K. Anvar Sadath, its vice-chairman and executive director told DC.
"The kids would be empowered to operate and take care of the hi-tech facilities in classrooms." App Inventor, the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) application which enables development of mobile apps through a drag and drop method would be made use of. All Standard VIII students have already familiarised Scratch Visual Programming software which is part of their ICT textbook. Without hitches of programme coding, students can easily develop mobile apps using this, by arranging the code blocks that appear.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the US supports the App Inventor, through which students would be able to learn and prepare Xmas app which sets out a Xmas song on a press of a button. The app will sound as we type with facilitates like handling media files on the mobile. Training will also be given on KITE’s Sites App which helps using various sites of it.
The Hi- School Kuttikootam programme which was launched by KITE by including over one lakh students of Std VIII and IX classes is the largest student IT network in the country. Students get extensive training in 5 different domains - animation, hardware, cyber safety, electronics and Malayalam computing.