Coding is the next level of literacy, says Apple software boss

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Hair Force One wants everyone to become a coder.
Hair Force One wants everyone to become a coder.
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Teaching your kids how to code is pretty much as important as teaching them to write, according to Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, in an interview promoting the company’s Hour of Code project.

Apple is turning all of its retail locations into coding centers for kids this week. The classes will offer hands-on instructions into the basics of coding that Federighi says will hopefully set of a spark with the young learners.

Apple offers kids free ‘Hour of Code’ programming classes

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Apple is doing its bit to encourage the coders of tomorrow.
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Apple is once again supporting Code.org’s “Hour of Code” initiative by offering a range of workshops and other special events for kids aged 6 and above at Apple Stores around the world.

Other participating tech companies include Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. Apple is presenting a range of interesting sessions, including a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming taking place on December 10 at local Apple Stores.

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Pay whatever you want for these nine lessons covering HTML5, Ruby, Python and plenty in between.
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Learning to build 20 iOS games will cost you 20 bucks with this lesson bundle [Deals]

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