November 29, 2022
Apple expands its educational resources on coding with a new Today at Apple session
The free session comes at Apple Store locations worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, which begins December 5
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Apple is introducing a new coding session – Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App – at Apple Store locations around the world. Designed to inspire participants ages 10 and up to explore app development in a fun and inviting environment, this new experience is the latest in Apple’s resource library to help students, families and educators begin their journeys in the growing field of computer science.
The new sessions begin December 5 as part of the Today at Apple program, which offers free daily in-store sessions that help customers unleash their creativity and get the most out of their devices.1 Anyone, including families and groups, can register now at apple.co/coding-sessions.
“Across the world, our stores are centers of community, where people of all ages are invited to discover the most innovative products, learn new skills, and explore their creative passions,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail +. People. “Whether you’re trying something new like coding, or looking for tips to get started with a device, today’s free sessions at Apple have something for everyone — and our talented team members are always there to support you.”
Programming with Today at Apple
During the lab, Apple Creative Pros will lead aspiring programmers and their parents in an interactive activity with iPad and Swift Playgrounds – Apple’s fun, easy-to-use app that takes learners from their first line of code to their first app. Working in the About Me playground, participants will use SwiftUI and a new real-time preview of the app to customize and bring their app to life with fun fonts, background colors, Memoji, and more.
After its launch, the new Lab will become part of Apple Today’s rotating Apple programming, with sessions scheduled at child- and family-friendly times. Customers can also sign up for Code Skills: Getting Started with Swift Playgrounds, another session of the Today at Apple app that introduces the Swift programming language and core concepts through an interactive game, allowing participants to explore programming basics such as commands, functions, and loops.
Anyone—regardless of experience level—can visit apple.com/today to sign up for Today at Apple sessions scheduled at their local Apple Store, or they can schedule a private lesson for their group, organization, or class at a time that works best for them. Today’s sessions at Apple are free and use Apple-supplied hardware for all activities.
Resources for learners and educators
The Today at Apple coding sessions are just one of the many free resources Apple offers to learners of all ages.
For educators interested in introducing app development with Swift to their students, Apple has created a companion guide to building apps in Swift Playgrounds. Available in the Apple Learning Community, the Your Celebration of a Teacher guide to a beginner’s project using the About Me playground is where learners customize an app template that celebrates a place or tradition that’s important to them. The guide can be applied to any topic in the classroom or can be used by coding clubs on campus.
Learners ready to explore additional topics in Swift and Xcode on the iPad and Mac can refer to Apple’s resources on Programming and Development in Swift. Teacher guides also help teachers build foundational computer science knowledge for incorporation into their classrooms–from elementary school to college and continuing education.
jobs for the next generation
Apple coding resources are designed to teach essential skills while preparing learners for high-demand positions in computer science. Earlier this year, independent analyzes showed that the iOS app economy continued its track record as an engine of economic growth and opportunity, supporting more than 2.2 million jobs in the US in 2021. This includes jobs for app entrepreneurs and their teams, with roles in software development and project management. design and more.
Aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, and designers can also advance their skills and businesses through the Apple Developer Academy. First founded in Brazil in 2013, the Academy now operates in 17 locations around the world, including Detroit; Naples, Italy; and Pohang, South Korea. Thousands of participants have graduated—armed with a technical fundamental and core professional competencies—and have gone on to pursue careers in the burgeoning app economy, or even start their own businesses.
- Sessions may not be available in all markets. Please check local listings.
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