Apple offers free coding classes and learning materials


In December, Apple will offer free coding classes to teach kids and teens.
In December, Apple will offer free coding classes to teach kids and teens.
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Next month, there will be thousands of free Hour of Code sessions at all Apple Stores around the world. These will help people at a variety of skill levels learn coding

In addition, the company also just introduced new materials to help teach coding inside and outside the classroom.

Free coding classes from Today at Apple

Starting next week, Kids Hour sessions will help those from 6 to 12 years old learn the basics of coding by programming robots. Sessions for those aged 12 and above will use Swift Playgrounds and iPad to teach coding concepts.

This free training will be offered from Dec. 1 through Dec. 14. They’re part of Today at Apple, the company’s educational efforts at its retail stores.

Multiple coding education options

Not everyone wants to go to an Apple Store to learn to code, though. That’s why Apple created a new Hour of Code Facilitator Guide to help educators host sessions in their own classrooms using Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps.

To teach coding outside of the classroom, Apple introduced a new kit that includes the tools needed to start Swift Coding Clubs. With this kit, students aged 8 and up learn to collaborate, prototype apps, and do fun activities with Swift Playgrounds.

More about Swift Playgrounds

Almost all these educational activities revolve around Swift, Apple’s programming language. There’s also Playgrounds, a hands-on tool for kids to learn Swift. 

Playgrounds a free download in the App Store in 15 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.