Apple launches new coding tools for educators and students.

  • Apple launches a new set of coding tools to help educators and students.
  • It also offers a free of cost professional learning course for Development in Swift to educators.
  • Apple has stated that it is enhancing ‘Everyone can code’ and ‘Development in Swift.’

Apple launched a new set of tools that will help teachers/educators teach coding to students from grade school to college. This will mostly be about Swift and Xcode to encourage students’ interests in app development.

It also offers a professional learning course for Develop in Swift available to the educators, free of cost.

The Develop in Swift curriculum is completely redesigned to meet student learning styles, provided with educator inputs sourced by Apple. It also helps educators of all skills to develop a foundational knowledge so as to be able to teach app development with Swift.

“Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and we’re especially proud to see how to Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code have been instrumental in helping teachers and students make an impact in their communities,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps, and Services.

 “We’ve seen community college students build food security apps for their campus and watched middle school educators host virtual coding clubs over summer break. As part of our commitment to help expand access to computer science education, we are thrilled to be adding a new professional learning course to help more educators, regardless of their experience, have the opportunity to learn coding and teach the next generation of developers and designers.”

Apple announced that it is enhancing ‘Develop in Swift’ and ‘Everyone can code’ curriculum. ‘Development in Swift’ is mostly targeted to high school and higher education students and teaches both Swift, an intuitive open-source programming language, and ‘Xcode’ on Mac to new and experienced coders.

‘Everyone can code’ is meant for students for grade 4 to 8. It uses puzzles and games to introduce the whole concept of Swift through the Swift Playgrounds app.

‘Everyone can code Adventures’ is available for the students who have completed ‘Everyone can code Puzzles.’ It offers more advanced opportunities to build with Swift code.

Students will learn about important programming concepts used in app development as they work through more challenging lessons in Swift Playgrounds.

Moreover, the courses are also available for parents. “Additional resources are available on Apple’s new Learning from Home website, launched this spring, where educators and parents can access on-demand videos and virtual conferences on remote learning, and schedule free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions, all hosted by educators at Apple,” Apple states.

“Develop in Swift was released in 2019, and today more than 9,000 K-12 and higher education institutions worldwide are using the Everyone Can Code and Develop in Swift curricula from Apple,” Apple states.

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