Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Get Kids Coding with Apple Swift Playground
Apple announced the Swift Playground App for the iPad to get kids coding. Apple wants to bring a new approach to coding, where everyone can learn, write and teach code.
The app will be available for free from the Appstore from this Autumn. Swift is a powerful programming language developed by Apple and used by many developers to build apps today. Coding is taught through a series of puzzles and challenges in a fun and graphically pleasing way.
It's not entirely Block-Based coding like, Scratch, so kids will have to be able to read and type. It looks like you can drag and drop text code blocks to create your app.
We think Swift playground will be popular in schools with the built-in lesson plans, especially schools already heavily invested in Apple iPads.