More education institutions in Singapore will offer curriculum based on Apple's Swift programming language, as the iPhone maker looks to expand its mobile app ecosystem and reach amongst app developers. The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and RMIT Online have introduced app development courses for adult learners using Swift, while special needs education institution Pathlight School will offer a Swift Accelerator scheme for its secondary students. The app programming language currently already is available to all schools in Singapore, according to Apple. In addition, Swift curriculum at RMIT Online and SUTD are included under the country's SkillsFuture programme, which offers Singaporeans credits that can be used to offset the cost of learning courses. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung noted that literacy played an important part in the local education system, with the country focusing on language literacy--specifically, English, for its value as a global business and working language, as well as the languages of its ethnic groups such as Chinese and Malay.
Education is "deep in our DNA," Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday, announcing a new initiative to teach children the Swift programming language. Called Everyone Can Code, the initiative relies on a curriculum built around Swift Playground, the application for budding developers that was unveiled at WWDC earlier this year. Since June, more than 100 schools and school districts around the world have committed to teaching the curriculum this fall, Cook said. Meanwhile, Apple is also participating in ConnectEd, a national initiative through which the government and tech companies are bringing technology to under-served schools. Through this program, the Cupertino company is providing more than 50,000 iPads for students, an Apple TV for every participating classroom, as well as a Mac and and iPad to 4,500 teachers.
FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, a person takes a photo of an Apple logo before an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple is expected to demand $1,000 for the fanciest iPhone that it has ever made, thrusting the market into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that has become an indispensable part of modern life. Melbourne University RMIT has teamed up with Apple to offer an Australian-first course giving students the chance to build apps and learn to code in the tech giant's Swift programming language. As technology seeps into all aspects of our lives, its increasingly clear that young workers who have an understanding of how to design and build software applications will have a huge advantage in the modern workplace. And partnerships with tech giants like Apple could help shape the future curriculums of educational institutions.
An educational program at Ohio State University teaching students app development and coding using Apple's Swift programming language will be available to the public. The program, which launched just over a year ago, features online-only courses where potential students can learn to code and make apps for Apple's App Store at their own pace. The program was originally only available to Ohio State students, faculty, staff and alumni. To date, more than 3,000 have enrolled in the program. The initiative was always meant to go public, said Cory Tressler, Ohio State's director of learning programs and Digital Flagship, during an interview with USA TODAY.
Apple is expected to introduce new lower-priced iPads to take on Google in the highly coveted education market. But Apple's CEO Tim Cook and other executives took that stage in an auditorium at Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School on Tuesday and unveiled a new education-targeted $299, 9.7-inch iPad, with support for the Apple Pencil stylus that was once only reserved for its premium iPad Pro tablets. Apple hopes this lowest cost ever new iPad ever will appeal to students and educators. The company's last budget iPad cost $329 for the base model and was introduced about a year ago and helped engineer a small turnaround, though schools did pay $299. Though the price of this new iPad is the same, the latest tablet is more powerful, with, among other features, an A10 Fusion chip that can handle augmented reality.