Apple has today announced that it would be extending the “Everyone Can Code” initiative to more than 20 colleges and universities outside of the United States. The schools will offer App Development bundled with Swift curriculum. The curriculum will be designed by Apple Engineers in tandem with other educators. The course will be construed in such a manner that it is accessible to students of varied levels.
The Swift programing language used by Apple is one of the “hot-skills” and the students taking part in these courses will get an early adopter advantage. Furthermore, skillsets like this will also help students decide on their future path. Apple’s full-year course is developed by RMIT University which is Australia’s largest higher education institution and is usually involved in the deployment of the App Development and Swift Curriculum. The course will be facilitated via the RMIT Online and scholarships will be offered for school teachers who are interested in learning to code.
This is what Tim Cook had to say about the initiative, “We launched the Everyone Can Code initiative less than a year ago with the ambitious goal of offering instruction in coding to as many people as possible. Our program has been incredibly popular among US schools and colleges, and today marks an important step forward as we expand internationally.” He further added that “We are proud to work with RMIT and many other schools around the world who share our vision of empowering students with tools that can help them change the world.”
The curriculum is aimed at teaching the kids the basics of coding by using intuitive methods. We have already seen a host of apps on iOS that employ storytelling to teach coding. As they say “Catch them young and watch them grow.” I personally hope that a program of this magnitude reaches every corner of the country and help bring students onboard the technology learning curve.
The article is co-authored by GK.