Apple redesigns its free coding courses and resources for teachers and students
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on July 15, 2020
Apple has announced a new set of resources to help educators teach students how to code and develop apps. The company also says it has improved its free programming courses, “Develop in Swift,” which was launched in 2019 and “Everyone Can Code,” launched in 2016. Both programs are available in Apple Books free of cost.
“Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and we’re especially proud to see how Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code have been instrumental in helping teachers and students make an impact in their communities,” says Susan Prescot, Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps and Services.
Apple notes that the “Develop in Swift” programs have been redesigned based on feedback received from educators. The program targets high school and higher education students. It teaches both Swift, the open-source programming language designed by Apple, and Xcode on the Mac.
Students in grades 4 through 8 who take the “Everyone Can Code” course are introduced to coding and learn the building blocks of Swift through the Swift Playgrounds app. The course uses puzzles and games to make learning how to code fun and easy to understand.
Apple also states in the announcement, that according to the Computer Science Teachers Association, fewer than 50 percent of all US-based high schools offer computer science classes and that many college students aren’t able to get into the computer science courses needed to graduate partly because of a shortage of educators.
To help curb this shortage, Apple is offering a new, totally free, online professional learning course for educators to learn how to teach Swift and Xcode and use the “Develop in Swift” curriculum. The course is now available on the Canvas Learning Management System.
For parents who want to teach their kids coding at home, Apple has also released a free guide, “A Quick Start to Code.” This guide features 10 coding challenges designed for learners from the ages of 10 and upward.
Additional resources can be found on Apple’s new “Learning from Home” website, including on-demand videos and virtual conferences on remote learning, and free one-on-one virtual coaching sessions. Also, in the “Apple Education Learning Series,” educators can find educational videos about using Apple’s accessibility features.