Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ courses likely headed for Alabama schools

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Chicago schools teach programming with Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” educational tools. Birmingham might be next.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook will unveil an education initiative with TechAlabama tomorrow. This is likely an extension of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” programming courses to Birmingham schools.

Cook will be joined by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for the announcement, according to WBRC. And there will be representatives of TechAlabama, whose mission is “to encourage, inspire and ignite children and adults to discover and explore technology, learn to code and pursue STEM careers.”

Apple believes ‘Everyone Can Code’

Apple often emphasizes the importance of learning to write software. And the company created “Everyone Can Code” to teach children and adults the fundamentals.

Courses revolve around Swift, Apple’s programming language. And for younger learners, the company created Playgrounds, a hands-on tool for tech kids to write Swift code one step at a time. It’s been successfully used by children as young as five years old.

“Everyone Can Code” debuted back in 2016, and it was adopted by Chicago public schools and city colleges soon after. This educational initiative expanded to dozens of colleges and universities in Europe in 2018.

Birmingham is likely to be following in Chicago’s footsteps. Expect more details following tomorrow’s announcement in Birmingham.