Apple today announced news related to teaching programming, whether for teachers, parents or pupils (from elementary school to college).
In addition to significant improvements in curricula Develop in Swift (Develop in Swift) and Everyone can program (Everyone Can Code), the company started a new professional learning course (from the Develop in Swift grid), available to educators free of charge.
The course was developed to complement the need for Computer Science educators in the United States and to help instructors at all levels to develop basic knowledge in order to teach app development using the Swift language.
In addition, due to the new Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Apple has added resources for educators and parents to have the necessary tools to help students learn and grow, wherever they are.
Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and we are especially proud to see how the Develop in Swift it’s the Everyone can program were instrumental in helping teachers and students make an impact in their communities. We saw students from community colleges create apps to secure food for the campus and we watched high school educators host virtual programming clubs for their summer vacation. As part of our commitment to help expand access to Computer Science education, we are excited to add a new professional learning course to help more educators, regardless of experience, have the opportunity to learn programming and teach the next generation of developers and designers.
–Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president for markets, apps and services
The Computer Science Teachers Association said that less than 50% of all American high schools offer Computer Science classes, and many college students are unable to attend the courses needed to graduate – partly due to the continuing shortage of available educators. .
With that in mind, Apple will begin offering a new free online professional learning course for educators. Taught by Apple experts, the course will help instructors at all skill levels to acquire the skills needed to teach Swift and Xcode, making it an ideal introductory course for teaching the curriculum Develop in Swift.
Interested educators can register today to participate in the course, which will be available from July 13th.
To help parents and children who are learning to program at home, Apple is launching a new guide called “A Quick Start to Code” [PDF], Immediately Available.
It features 10 programming challenges designed for students aged 10 and over, on iPad or Mac. Additional resources are available on the new website “Learning from Home”, where educators and parents can access on-demand videos and virtual conferences on remote learning, in addition to scheduling free virtual training sessions – all organized by educators in Apple.
New videos are being added all the time as part of Apple Education Learning Series – including videos about using Apple’s touted accessibility features.
Speaking specifically of student news, Apple is improving its programming curricula Develop in Swift and Everyone can program.
THE Develop in Swift is aimed at high school and college students, and teaches Swift, Apple’s open source programming language, and Xcode on the Mac – for both new and experienced programmers.
The curriculum has been completely redesigned to suit students’ learning styles, based on information from the educator. The new series includes four books: “Develop in Swift Explorations“, “Develop in Swift AP CS Principles” and “Develop in Swift Fundamentals”, which are available today, and “Develop in Swift Data Collections”, Which will be available in the fall of the northern hemisphere – all through Apple Books.
The Everyone can program introduces programming for younger students, using puzzles and games to help teach Swift building blocks through the Swift Playgrounds app.
Apple is also launching new books for the curriculum Everyone can program. THE “Everyone Can Code Adventures” was developed for students who have already completed the “Everyone Can Code Puzzles” and offers more advanced opportunities with the Swift language.
Students will learn about the important programming concepts used in application development while working on more challenging lessons at Swift Playgrounds. Both books are now available on Apple Books.