How Huge is Apple's Latest Announcement?
Last week, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and amongst its usual glitz, glamour and announcements, the firm released the details of a new coding app for iPads - Swift Playgrounds.
What is Swift Playgrounds?
The revolutionary new app will launch in autumn and is designed to make learning Swift - Apple’s programming language - interactive and fun. Puzzles will help to master the basics of swift, and a series of challenges will then develop the user’s knowledge. The app doesn’t require any previous coding knowledge, so can be used for anyone regardless of their knowledge.
We’ve been discussing the news in the office and our team of experts feel that overall, Swift Playgrounds is a positive development.
The Team's Verdict
Oomar Mauthoor, our digital editor, was impressed that the app would be free of charge.
We’re also all pleased that Apple are helping children to learn this relatively new skill and developing learning in the digital world. Our MD and Founder, Dr Amanda Gummer commented:
Anna Taylor, Research Assistant, agreed:
And with Apple as the developer, we feel assured our children are in good hands, as Oomar suggested:
The way that children learn with Swift Playgrounds was a key point for our Commercial Director, Georgina Dalton.
In true Apple style, the new app will fully integrate itself into everyday life. Georgina continued:
As well as the fun side, though, Apple is taking the education of coding on board and offering ideas for lessons and group activities for the classroom or after-school programmes, as well as presentations, tips, and ways to track students' progress. Amanda Gummer adds: