Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Everyone Can Code!

This week is Hour of Code Week both nationally at here in Barrington 220! This week, each of our schools will give our students opportunities to learn how to code.

Students learn to code the Dash Robot

Swift Playgrounds: a free app for iPad for first-time coders with a complete set of Apple-designed Learn to Code lessons that make getting started fun and interactive.
Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 1 & 2 Teacher Guide: a guide that provides lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, downloadable presentations, and more to help any teacher bring Swift Playgrounds into the classroom.
Video Lessons for Swift Playgrounds on iTunes U: a great new course featuring helpful videos for anyone learning or teaching with Swift Playgrounds. Videos include classroom lesson instruction, puzzle overviews, and hints for making the most of the Learn to Code curriculum.
App Development with Swift: a multi-touch book that presents students with the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to build iOS apps from scratch using Mac.
App Development with Swift: Teacher Guide: a guide designed for use with high school and college students who are new to programming that provides lesson activities, presentation tips, and student reflection questions.
Students in the Gir1 C0de Club at Barrington High School

Several resources are available for teachers interested in coding, including:
Students code their LEGO Robot

Apple released a program designed to give all students the power to learn, write, and teach code with the Swift language. Swift is the language app developers use to code their apps in Apple's App Store. Here's more information about Everyone Can Code:

Apple states, "We created Everyone Can Code because we believe coding is an essential skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Learning to code teaches students how to solve problems, work together in creative ways, and build amazing things that bring their ideas to life. Swift is easy to learn and powerful, so your students can grow their skills to build their own apps and more. We've created free teaching and learning materials that make it easy for you to bring coding with Swift to your school."
Free materials are available for download on iTunes.
In addition:

Megan Ryder (@mrsryder58), an Apple Distinguished Educator from neighboring District 58 in Downers Grove created a fantastic podcast episode about getting started with coding, From Clueless to Coding.

If you're looking for more information about coding, for any grade level, I recommend following Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) on Twitter and reading a few of these articles:

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