Apple Introduces Teachers to Coding at Summer Workshops

Apple today highlighted various app prototypes that educators came up with during five weeklong Teacher Coding Academies it held this summer. The workshops were part of Apple's Community Education Initiative, which introduces coding opportunities to underrepresented communities across the United States.


Educators from nearly 70 institutions attended the first of these academies in Houston, Austin, Boise, Nashville, and Columbus, according to Apple, presenting prototypes of their apps to various community organizations. Together, the educators and community organizations plan to continue working on the apps.

Examples:

In Boise, the teachers designed an app to help the police department better serve and communicate with the city's homeless population, connecting the community to open shelter beds and food banks.

In Austin, teachers focused on Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides housing for families whose children are receiving critical medical care. In this case, they created an app prototype to help families communicate with the charity during their stay.

And in Columbus, the educators devised an app that helps firefighters log and monitor the amount of time they were exposed to dangerous carcinogens while on the job.

Learn more about the educators and their app prototypes on the Apple Newsroom.

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16 months ago
If I’d have known it was that quick and easy to write software I wouldn’t have worked so hard to figure out how to do it these last 40 years.
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16 months ago

Had to take it for 2 semesters at my university, 5 to actually pass it and I still don’t get it. Coding is one of those things you either get and are passionate about or you don’t get it at all

It helps to be as dumb as a computer. :) I got started on the ground floor in the 70's when you had to have an idea about what was going on under the hood (or bonnet). If I started now it would all just seem like magic, and I probably wouldn't get it, either.
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16 months ago
Had to take it for 2 semesters at my university, 5 to actually pass it and I still don’t get it. Coding is one of those things you either get and are passionate about or you don’t get it at all
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16 months ago

If I’d have known it was that quick and easy to write software I wouldn’t have worked so hard to figure out how to do it these last 40 years.

Oh the wonders of Swift.
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16 months ago

Had to take it for 2 semesters at my university, 5 to actually pass it and I still don’t get it. Coding is one of those things you either get and are passionate about or you don’t get it at all

Exactly! I’m not against these efforts - but Tech companies need graphic designers, UX people, marketing, project managers. You don’t have to be too cynical to think this is all about the $$$$ - there’s resentment that too many white males (and congrats to Asian males - they lump you in too) are making big money writing apps.
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16 months ago
“Coding” on an iDevice. How cute.
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