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Apple Trains Chicago Teachers To Put Coding In More Classrooms (engadget.com) 64

Apple has unveiled a partnership with Northwestern University and public schools to help teachers bring programming and other forms of computer science into Chicago-area classrooms. "The trio will set up a learning hub at Lane Tech College Prep High School that will introduce high school teachers to Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum," reports Engadget. "They'll also have the option to train in an App Development with Swift course to boost the number of high school-oriented computer science teachers. Teachers will also have options for in-school coaching and mentorship to make sure they're comfortable with the curriculum when they're in front of actual students."
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Apple Trains Chicago Teachers To Put Coding In More Classrooms

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  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2018 @07:54PM (#56344373)

    Which is actually true as long as a good outcome is not required. The results will be about as bad as with the coding though.

    • And yet we introduce the concepts that those brain surgeons will use in primary school.

    • by datavirtue ( 1104259 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2018 @08:25PM (#56344505)

      I'm all for this in the hopes that it will help those few who will go on to be programmers and would have anyway. I don't expect initiatives like this to create more coders. It could possibly result less coders; in fending off those who would later pursue programming and get locked into the industry before figuring out that they don't really like it.

      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        Might also have the opposite effect: "I love coding, but I would have to work with _these_ morons? No, better become an MD or a lawyer..."

        We are already seeing this effect, as all the moron coders have driven salaries down and made working conditions far worse. In fact, if you keep ideology out of it, this seems to be one factor that keeps the number of women in coding and in CS low.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Almost everyone can learn to read and write to a decent level. Almost everyone can master basic maths. Nearly every kid can learn to assemble Lego.

      It doesn't seem like school level coding should be any different. It's not brain surgery.

  • Lane Tech College Prep High School

    I went to a sock-hop at Lane Tech and Styx was the band. I didn't go there, but I dated a girl who went to Immaculata and she liked Styx, so she insisted. This is when Styx was still just a local Chicago band. I wouldn't have gone, but she was a freak.

    12/10, would endure Lady again.

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2018 @08:37PM (#56344565) Journal
    More teachers don't help with test scores.
    More cash did not help bring parts of the USA to some new educational level.
    Code and new computer devices don't improve grades every generation.

    All this support of computers got attempted over decades. The low test results stay the same.
    Teach the in poor areas students math and science. English.
    Use tests and exams to sort who should get a full scholarship to one of the very best colleges in the USA.
    On merit so only the very best students who can study get a full scholarship.

    Arts, biology, medicine, law. Work out what the community wants to see their best students learn.
    Computer "work" may not resonate with some communities in the USA with students who want and can learn.
    Medicine and law can be seen as the real pathway to a good wage.
    To some communities "computer" work is a computer shop selling computers. It has no value in the community as a worthwhile job for the best students.
    Stop making all students do something their community sees as a pathway to a below average job.
    Stop spending more on "computers" and see if the community wants more support for getting students into law and medicine for their very best students.
    For the rest offer support to get into a great number of vocational schools.
    Sport, art, music, languages, math, science. Stop expecting "computers" to magically fix every "gap" in education every decade.

    The only winners with "computers" is the brand that sells the computer and the sale of support coursework, robot kits.
    Try talking with the local community, see what they want for their best students who can learn.
    Support the rest of the students with coursework that actually interest them.
    Big brand computers for decades did not make poor areas any better educated.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Teach the in poor areas students math and science. English.

      Indeed.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Code and new computer devices don't improve grades every generation.

      Are they supposed to? Or are they supposed to shift the focus away from older, less valuable skills like cursive handwriting and towards more useful ones such as computer literacy, logic and basic programming?

      More teachers don't help with test scores.
      More cash did not help bring parts of the USA to some new educational level.

      Those things really helped in the UK. In particular class sizes (number of children per teacher) has been shown to have a significant impact on outcomes. There must be a reason why it failed to help in the US.

  • Most of these teachers will do the CPD, learn how to teach a little bit of Apple's coding curriculum, and say they're happy and have learned a lot from it. Only a few will go on to incorporate it into their classes (Apple's curriculum isn't on the Common Core, after all). Those teachers that do dedicate some of their own and their students' time to teaching the curriculum will have to divert their time from elsewhere on the compulsory curriculum. Some core concepts and skills will inevitably bet less attent

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