|Apple Has More Resources For Teachers|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Tuesday, 14 July 2020|
Apple has announced a new set of tools to help educators teach coding to students from grade school to college. In addition to significant enhancements to the Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code curricula, Apple is also starting a new online course for teachers, available at no cost.
The course is designed to supplement the need for computer science educators in the US, and helps instructors of all skill levels build foundational knowledge to teach app development with Swift. In addition, with many institutions operating remotely, Apple is adding resources for educators and parents to help ensure they have the tools they need to help students learn
Making the announcement of the new and enhanced materials, Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps, and Services said:
“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. 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 is also enhancing its two existing coding curricula with new materials.
Everyone Can Code is intended to introduce coding to students in grades 4 through 8. It uses puzzles and games to help teach the building blocks of Swift through the Swift Playgrounds app. Apple has now released a new set of books, “Everyone Can Code Adventures” for students who have already completed “Everyone Can Code Puzzles”. The latest titles offer more advanced opportunities to build with Swift code and introduce important programming concepts used in app development which will help students in the transition to the Develop in Swift curriculum.
Develop in Swift is geared toward high school and higher education students, and teaches both Swift, a powerful and intuitive open-source programming language designed by Apple, and Xcode on Mac to new and experienced coders. Its curriculum has now been completely redesigned to meet student learning styles, based on educator input continuously sourced by Apple. The new series includes four books: “Develop in Swift Explorations,” “Develop in Swift AP CS Principles,” and “Develop in Swift Fundamentals,” which are already available free in Apple Books and “Develop in Swift Data Collections,” which will be available this fall.
To support parents with kids learning to code at home, Apple is adding a new guide to its set of remote learning resources. “A Quick Start to Code” is now available and features 10 coding challenges designed for learners ages 10 and up, on iPad or Mac. 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.
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