Teach your kids coding with Swift Playgrounds, an educational app for iPad that makes learning to code fun and interactive.
Teach Your Kids to Code with Swift Playgrounds
We believe that coding and a knowledge of computer science is an essential part of our children’s education. However, the majority of schools don’t even teach computer science.
For the time being, it is up to us parents to initiate our kids into the world of bits and bytes. One of the ways we can facilitate this learning is through educational apps like Swift Playgrounds by Apple.
What’s Swift Playgrounds?
Swift Playgrounds is an educational app for iPad that makes learning to code fun and interactive.
Aspiring coders start off with the basics and then progress to more advanced programming concepts using Swift, a powerful and modern programming language created by Apple.
Starting with simple commands and functions, users will build up to more complex fundamentals of coding like for/while loops, conditional statements, and logical operators.
This app is most suitable for literate children around 8 years old or older. It’s also great for users all the way up to adults who wish to learn the basics of coding in an intuitive, fun way.
What We Love About Swift Playgrounds
Our kid-coder loves the vibrant graphics and the cute main character named Byte. She programs Byte to collect gems and toggle switches.
She enjoys the challenge of solving puzzles in the dynamic 3D world in which Byte lives. When she is particularly tested on a difficult level, she roars in triumph when her code finally works and accomplishes the goals she had set out to achieve.
We love that our kids learn and write actual code when using Swift Playgrounds. Swift is used by many game programmers and software engineers in the real world.
Many apps on the Apple App Store are written using Swift. While our kids are coding for fun at present, eventually they can transfer their code over to Xcode and start writing legit apps.
We have only tested the downloadable content, Learn to Code, for Swift Playgrounds. However, there are a vast amount of various challenges we have yet to discover.
Not to mention, Swift Playgrounds is also compatible with several bluetooth accessories, like drones and robots, which are programmable to the coder’s desire. How fun!
Overall, Swift Playgrounds has proved to be an excellent learning tool for our kid-coders. It has provided hours upon hours of entertainment.
We highly recommend it for those parents wishing to add more STEM-based material into their children’s education.
Why is coding important?
If you’re not convinced that coding is an important component of your child’s education, here are some quick stats from Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing educational opportunities in computer science for students across the globe.
According to Code.org, 90% of parents want their child to study computer science, yet only 45% of schools teach computer programming. 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing.
Of all school subjects, kids enjoy computer science and arts the most. Finally, computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States and these jobs are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.
The Department of Labor estimates another 546,200 coding jobs will be added by 2028!
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Meet Toni, the Maker Mom behind Our Family Code
Hey there, I’m Toni! I’m a software engineer and Maker Mom that finds my joy in unleashing my children’s curiosity by exploring STEAM concepts with my fantastic five!
When I’m not chasing toddlers or raising tweens, you can find me tearing things up and putting them back together over here at Our Family Code.
I am the owner and content creator of multiple educational websites designed to increase access to STEAM & STEM education with a focus on teaching computer science and coding to kids of all ages!
You can also find out more about me by visiting ToniGardner.com!