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Everyone Can Code: Free Lessons & Resources from Apple

September 25, 2016

There are so many exciting things happening at Apple Education! In addition to the Apple Teacher program I shared with readers earlier this fall, Apple has announced the Everyone Can Code initiative which includes lots of free resources for teachers. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and former one-to-one iPad teacher, I am also proud to be connected to an organization that embraces the power of coding in education.

Everyone Can Code

Apple Education has released a new iPad app called Swift Playgrounds. This app is designed to help learners of all ages dive into coding. It was made for folks who are totally brand-new to coding and looking to explore and master this computer science language.

everyone-can-code-free-lessons-resources-from-appleThe new Swift Playground and corresponding resources are fantastic for people of all backgrounds and interests. What I’m most excited about are the Teacher Guides. They certainly help educators bring coding into their classrooms.

Free Coding Lessons

When you visit Apple’s Everyone Can Code website you’ll read through an overview of coding and introduction to resources. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll find links to download two teacher guides: Learn to Code 1 & 2 and App Development with Swift

How could you incorporate the Everyone Can Code initiative into your school?

  • Create a coding club with a specific goal in mind. This include reaching a particular group of students in your school community.
  • Introduce Swift Playgrounds as part of 20% or genius hour for students.
  • Invite guest speakers, family members and community leaders to demonstrate the real world connection to coding.

Have you tried out these resources in your school? Share your experiences in the comments below!

10 Must-Have Coding Resources for Schools

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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