iPads for Coding = No Brainer!

Kia ora fellow tech enthusiasts,

I wanted to share my experience using the Apple iPad for coding within a school environment, and I must say, it has been a game-changer! If you're a student or a teacher interested in coding education, here are some reasons why the iPad is an excellent choice:

Portability and Convenience: The iPad's compact size and lightweight design make it easy to carry to class, the library, or any other coding hotspot. No more lugging around heavy laptops!

Versatile Coding Apps: The App Store is packed with fantastic coding apps suitable for learners of all levels. Whether you're a beginner exploring Scratch or an advanced student diving into Python, there's an app for you.

Swift Playgrounds: Apple's Swift Playgrounds app is a gem for learning and teaching coding. It's interactive, engaging, and designed to introduce programming concepts gradually.

Multitasking Capabilities: The iPad's multitasking features allow you to split the screen, making it easier to reference documentation or stack overflow while you code.

Long Battery Life: You won't need to worry about your iPad dying in the middle of a coding session.

Updates and Support: Apple provides regular software updates, ensuring your iPad remains secure and up-to-date with the latest features. You can also request an app to be pushed out with Jamf when all devices are managed.

In summary, the Apple iPad is an exceptional choice for coding in a school environment. Its portability, vast app ecosystem, and integration with the Apple ecosystem make it an invaluable tool for both students and teachers. If you're serious about coding education, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Do you have any questions about using the iPad for coding in school, or perhaps you'd like to share your own experiences? Let's discuss!

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November 17, 2023

In England, 2% of schools teach Swift and the most popular choice is Scratch (in Primary school). My school was an early adopter of the Everyone Can Code curriculum and we made this choice because:

  1. the curriculum and resources are free, progressive and build skills towards using a text based language by 11 years old.
  2. the text based language is simple, easy to read and familiar for pupils who are confident in English.
  3. younger pupils in the earlier years of primary use symbols in Everyone Can Code but are exposed to Swift text on the practical resources.
  4. pupils move from a block based language to Swift blocks (in Tynker) and are scaffolded with a predictive text keyboard in Swift Playgrounds, eventually confident to type the text independently.
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