Throughout Computer Science Education Week (December 5- December 11), Apple has announced today it will be hosting Hour of Code workshops at every one of its 487 Apple retail stores.
Apple has been partnering with Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week’s creator, Code.org, since 2013 to help its mission of providing computer science education to all students.
While the Apple workshops will feature Code.org’s Hour of Code programs, they will also feature an introduction to Apple’s new free app that promotes the foundational learning of coding.
"The interactive interface of Swift Playgrounds encourages beginners to explore working with Swift, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple, used by professional developers to create world-class apps.”
Beyond the workshops, Swift Playgrounds will help students learn the language of coding in a classroom or in the comforts of their own home.
Similarly to Code.org, Apple is supplementing its efforts with resources for educators to bring the tools into their classrooms.
"Apple has developed a series of tools to extend Hour of Code into schools and community centers, including a free facilitator guide offering lesson ideas, group activities and more,” Apple said.
"Apple Teacher, a free, professional self-paced learning program supporting and celebrating teachers in the US, has added resources, badging and recognition for learning and teaching coding with Swift Playgrounds on iPad.”
Apple also notes it will be helping schools around the country who are participating in Hour of Code events via its commitment to the ConnectEd initiative.
"Continuing Apple’s $100 million commitment and ongoing partnership to provide 114 underserved schools with technology, services and support, Apple will provide materials and resources to assist ConnectED schools around the country to host their own Hour of Code workshops.”
Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor