Apple and Northwestern University Partner to Train Chicago Teachers on 'Everyone Can Code' Curriculum

Apple today announced it will establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, which will serve as a hub for teachers at Chicago Public Schools to learn and subsequently teach Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum.


Apple is developing the hub in partnership with Northwestern University, whose professors will lead the sessions. Teachers will gain expertise in Everyone Can Code, a free program designed to help students learn how to code, and they'll also have the opportunity to be trained on App Development with Swift.

In addition to the free professional learning sessions, Apple says educators will also have access to in-school coaching and mentorship opportunities to ensure they are comfortable teaching the complete Everyone Can Code curriculum. Apple will outfit the Center for Excellence with iPads, Macs, and accessories.

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

Teachers make a world of difference in their students' lives, and we owe so much of our own success to their creativity, hard work and dedication. At Apple, we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code and we are thrilled to help provide new learning opportunities for Chicago-area teachers so they can bring coding into their classrooms.

David Figlio, Dean of Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy:

We strive to bring Northwestern's research, teaching, and service missions together in our local communities to make lives better in our hometowns of Chicago, Evanston and beyond. By collaborating with visionary companies like Apple and the education experts in the Chicago Public Schools, we have the chance to do something transformative for Chicago and the world.

This effort is an extension of an existing collaboration between Apple and Chicago to bring coding opportunities to the city's nearly 500,000 students through a citywide expansion of Everyone Can Code.

Apple hosted an education-themed event at Lane Tech College Prep on Tuesday, where it introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, a new Schoolwork app for teachers and students, and more.

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34 months ago
Everyone can code, just not on the iPad that we want students to use.
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34 months ago
After my 25 years in Higher Education this sounds exactly like the kind is thing that is great in a managers meeting but is rapidly forgotten and everyone gets on with the job with methods they know will work.
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34 months ago
Apple have 2 products crying out to be re-purposed for the education market - Mac Mini and iPad Mini - they are missing the boat so much on this!!

Mac Mini with bundled keyboard and mouse, Xcode pre installed, year of developer account access included for new accounts. No, no, no, iPads and Apple pencil for all! How does Apple Pencil support help students code?! Even sticking with the iPad theme, smart keyboard support would have been a better feature!
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34 months ago
The fact is, this was nothing to do with education. Apple thrives on brand loyalty, this was about getting Apple products into kids' hands as early as possible.
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34 months ago
I read this as "Everyone can code... with Swift for Apple platforms"

But at least it's a start.
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34 months ago

What's the point? More and more coding jobs are heading overseas. Software development is a shrinking field in the US. You want some career advice kids? Specialize in something that requires a person on site to perform the work. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, service industry...all jobs with futures.

Software development? Very little future as long as companies believe they can hire someone in India for 20% of the cost of a US developer and get the same level of service.

If they get everyone into coding, the wages will plummet to dirt and Apple can profit. ;)

If they really want students to learn, get them some Raspberry Pies (or similar) so they can code, learn Linux, learn electronics, interface with all kinds of things and APIs, etc.
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