Apple launches free ‘everyone can code’ program for students

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Apple on Monday released new resources designed to bring coding education through the ‘Everyone Can Code’ program to even more students around the world. The program will offer new resources to open thousands of free “Hour of Code” sessions at its Apple Store facilities across the world to bring coding education to students.

The company said that the customers can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions, available at all Apple Store locations around the world from December 1 through 14.

For coding education outside of the classroom, Apple introduced ‘Swift Coding Club’ materials that will allow teachers, students and club mentors the tools they need to start their own coding clubs.

For the sixth year, Apple said it will host Hour of Code daily coding sessions through ‘Today at Apple’, which will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

“Kids Hour sessions will help children aged six to 12 explore coding with robots, while those aged 12 and above can attend sessions using Swift Playgrounds and iPad to learn coding concepts”, Apple said.

This is an initiative to help more people learn coding skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Apple has also encouraged teachers to attend its Computer Science Education Week, an educational campaign scheduled for early December to introduce computer science and coding to K-12 students.

Apple has created a new Hour of Code Facilitator Guide to help teachers conduct in-classroom education by using Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps.

The kit, designed for students aged eight years or old, will build their ability to collaborate, prototype apps and how to code an app.

Earlier too, Apple had launched Everyone Can Code program in 2016 which was a comprehensive curriculum to help students from kindergarten to college and beyond learn coding to solve problems and prepare them for the workforce.

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