Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Apple Offers Free App to Teach Children Coding (iPads Sold Separately) - The New York Times

A Swift move for education

"Apple’s app, called Swift Playgrounds, introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic, by asking students to use word commands to move cartoon avatars through a fanciful, animated world. Unlike some children’s apps, which employ drag-and-drop blocks to teach coding, the Apple program uses Swift, a professional programming language that the company introduced in 2014.

“When you learn to code with Swift Playgrounds, you are learning the same language used by professional developers,” Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, said in a telephone interview. “It’s easy to take the next step and learn to write a real app.”"
Apple Offers Free App to Teach Children Coding (iPads Sold Separately) - The New York Times
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