Apple is willing to deliver a free coding training app on Tuesday that it evolve with middle-school students in thought, in the advanced salvo between technology companies to earn the share in the education market and to nourish early product loyalty among children.
Swift Playgrounds,Apple’s app, proposes basic computer programming ideas, like sequencing logic, by asking students to apply word commands to drive cartoon avatars through a fantastic, animated world. Unlike several children’s apps, which apply drag-and-drop blocks to practice coding, the Apple program utilizes Swift, a professional programming language that the company launched in 2014.
In a telephone interview, Brian Croll, Apple’s vice president of Product marketing said:
“When you learn to code with Swift Playgrounds, you are learning the same language used by professional developers. It’s easy to take the next step and learn to write a real app.”
The intro of Apple’s app corresponds with a massive Silicon Valley campaign to urge public schools to guide coding. Tech officials have claimed that such education could help mark socio-economic diversity among students, by giving them with marketable job skills. In January, President Obama speaks that he was suggesting Congress to grant $4 billion in the funds for a computer science initiative in public schools.
Timothy D. Cook the CEO of Apple said :
“We believe every student should have the opportunity to code.”
Tech companies are in a fiery clash for the education market. Apple devices and Microsoft Windows software have lately lost market share at United States public schools to Chromebooks, low-priced laptops that work on the Google Chrome operating system.
The Apple coding app is available, but it needs an iPad, the company’s tablet computer, which has low sales and which many schools and families may not be able to buy.
“How much of the motivation is for selling the product, and what does that do for schools that cannot afford this technology?”
asked Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“The threat is that it is going to replicate current inequities.”
Mr. Croll of Apple state that the company was offering the app free so that the coding lessons are easy. While it is convenient for use in schools, individual students, parents and consumers could also practice the app to guide themselves to code at home, he said. He continues that Apple had designed the app for the iPad to ensure a high-quality user experience.
Apple announced that more than 100 schools and districts worldwide had accepted to try the coding app with their students.
Trang Lai, the director of educational services at the Fullerton School District, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade public school system in Fullerton, Calif said:
“We are hoping it will be a good transition between block-coding and language-coding,”
Ms. Lai said the district had purchased coding apps that did not work well on iPads, and that it was now anxious to try Swift Playgrounds.
“Right now, that is what is current,”
“That is what is available, and that is what is free.”