Apple has announced that it is opening registration for free “Hour of Code” coding workshops set to take place at all 487 Apple retail stores globally during this year’s Computer Science Education week.
Those workshops will be held from December 5 to 11 and teach computer science basics with programming tutorials from the non-profit website Code.org. A particularly big highlight of this year’s workshops will be an introduction to Apple’s new educational coding app Swift Playgrounds for iPad.
Alongside these workshops, Apple will also be adding a new Hour of Code challenge to that app. This will enable any user to easily prepare their own one-hour coding event, while a new Learn to Code 3 sets of lessons and a companion Teacher Guide will help people to continue developing their coding skills.
Apple will also be bringing tools, including a free facilitator guide with content including lessons and group activities, into schools and community centers in order to further extend the Hour of Code initiative’s reach. The free professional learning program Apple Teacher has been given resources, badging and more to help with teaching coding through use of Swift Playgrounds.
Apple’s dedicated Hour of Code webpage has apparently not yet been updated with details about this year’s workshops, but will presumably be where registration soon becomes available.