Hartford Area Technical Publishing Company Set to Launch National Television Channel

October 17, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
LearnToProgram announced today that it would be launching a featured channel on Roku's streaming internet television service. The channel will make LearnToProgram's unique technical training programs available to over 3 million Roku customers in the United States. The Roku device has been among the most successful internet television streaming devices made, with programming offered by major media companies like HBO, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.

"It's about accessibility," Mark Lassoff, President of LearnToProgram stated. "We will be bringing entertaining, informative and effective technical training programs right to the user's television." LearnToProgram will launch the new channel with two programs developed just for the Roku audience. The first program, Coding Your First Web Site, will guide viewers through the process of developing their first web site. The second new program, Creating an Android Application will teach viewers how to create an application for the Android platform.

Future channel content will continue to teach new skills in the areas of software, web and mobile development. Programs will include development for Apple's iOS platform, and a show featuring Adobe's popular Photoshop software.

Lassoff continues, "There's a real crisis in computer science education today, and we hope our new channel will make real technical training accessible to millions."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently estimated that by 2014 over 70% of jobs in science, technology and engineering will be in the computer science field. However, computer science is still ignored in many public schools across the United States. A 2010 study called "Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K12 Computer Science in the Digital Age which was funded by the Computer Science Teachers Association (part of the Association for Computing Machinery) concluded that "U.S. K12 education has fallen woefully behind in preparing students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for future success."

"By making this kind of content easily accessible, " Lassoff said. "Students of all ages will be able to engage with our courses and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in today's job market—or just enjoy learning new, important technical skills."