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Apple announced on Thursday that it is launching a free online coding course for teachers as it expands its existing school coding programs with new material. The Cupertino, Calif.-Based company, which offers coding courses under the title “Develop in Swift” and “Everyone Can Code”, said the new course was developed to meet the needs of computer science teachers in the United States.
The new course will help instructors develop fundamental knowledge so that they can learn application development using Apple’s open source programming language, Swift. Everyone can code courses for beginners, while Develop in Swift programs are aimed at advanced programmers.
Apple said that https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/07/apple-updates-coding-programs-and-resources-for-educators-and-students is also redesigning and adding features to these existing programs. The “Develop in Swift” series will include four new books that will be available for free from Apple Books this fall.
The iPhone maker will also add a new set of books to the Everyone Can Code course, which uses puzzles and games to teach Swift through the Swift Playgrounds app. Online learning has become the new standard, with American schools and colleges closed since mid-March to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The trend may continue for colleges and universities in the fall, with Harvard announcing that the academic year 2020-2021 will be online.