5 Reasons why Apple Swift Playgrounds is a perfect programming app
By Nick Acton
Here are five reasons why I’m so confident…
Many programming apps provide a ‘building blocks’ platform for children to build algorithms with. These applications allow children to drag and drop instructions into lists that eventually create a string of operations. Swift Playground takes a slightly different approach. You have to type out the code using Apple’s swift language to programme anything on the app. The children are still approaching the tasks in a ‘step-by-step’ instructional manner, however, they are taught pretty early on to type rather than dragging and dropping.
For many schools, Swift Playgrounds has been the reason why they have invested in iPads. For others, it’s breathed new life into their existing devices. Whilst there have always been a variety of Programming apps out there, Apple has managed to step in and create something that works brilliantly for them. That’s an important thing to think about. Because the software is built by Apple for Apple, frankly, it just works perfectly. For me, it’s a no-brainer. If you have iPads already, download Swift Playgrounds and start using it. The programming curriculum will be enriched by its presence and the children will thank you for it.
Nick Acton is a Trainer Specialist at JTRS as well as being a part-time Computing and Music teacher. Through the creation of bespoke training, Nick specialises in empowering educators so they can embed education technologies into their day-to-day classroom practice.