Apple reveals a new set of tools for educators to teach their students coding straight from grade school up until college. A lot of new features have also been added to the Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code curricula and the company has also started a new professional learning course for Develop in Swift for teachers, for free.
This course has been created in order to help teachers of any level of skill to have a foundational knowledge of app development, using Swift.
Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps, and Services, Susan Prescott said, “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. We’ve seen community college students build food security apps for their campus and watched middle school educators host virtual coding clubs over the summer break. As part of our commitment to helping 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 to code and teach the next generation of developers and designers.”
This tool is aimed at high school and higher education students as well as teachers who use both Swift and Xcode on Mac. Although Develop is Switch is somewhat advanced, any new student that is starting out will still be able to use Everyone Can Code.
Everyone Can Code will be aimed at students between 4th and 8th grade, where it will introduce coding to them by using puzzles and games that will teach them the steps of Swift using the Swift Playground app.
Develop in Swift has a syllabus that has been entirely restructured to help adapt to student learning styles. The redesigned curriculum contains four books, which are: “Develop in Swift Explorations,” “Develop in Swift AP CS Principles,” and “Develop in Swift Fundamentals,” as well as “Develop in Swift Data Collections” which will be made accessible later this year. All the books will also be available for free on Apple Books.
In the Everyone Can Code curriculum, a new set of books will also be released by Apple. “Everyone Can Code Adventures” has been created for students who have already completed “Everyone Can Code Puzzles” and it will provide a lot of advanced opportunities to build with Swift code. The “Everyone Can Code Adventures” student and teacher guides are also available for free in Apple Books.
In order to encourage these students and teachers to learn from home, a new guide has been released that is aimed at remote learning resources called “A Quick Start to Code” and it includes 10 coding challenges that are made for kids aged 10 and up, which is available on an iPad or Mac.