“We believe every student should have the opportunity to code,” Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple.
According to a New York Times Article by Natasha Singer on September 12, 2016,: Apple is releasing a free coding education app for iPad. Developed with middle-school students in mind, the app is called Swift Playgrounds, and introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic. 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.” This coincides with a larger Silicon Valley campaign to press public schools to teach coding. Tech executives have argued that such training could help address socio-economic differences among students, by providing them with marketable job skills. In January, President Obama said he was asking Congress to provide $4 billion in the budget for a computer science initiative in public schools. (Congress has not yet passed a budget.) To learn more, read the article by Ainsley O'Connell at Fast Company.
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