@Susan: I'm not an Arduino user, but I've used the under-the-hood AVR microcontroller in quite a bunch of projects. I 'm not sure about using the Arduino with educational purposes, as it has been thought to be programmed using an extra layer of software abstraction -- instead of using the C commands for accessing the AVR resources, you have the Arduino API.
Raspberry, BeagleBone, etc. are the ideal tool for learning OS, both Linux and Android. The students can play with the whole filesystem and it they blow it away, the problem can be fixed by just replacing the storage SD.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.