Apple Announces 'Swift Playground' to Teach Kids Mobile Coding

SWIFT SWOOP: At its Worldwide Developers' Conference June 13, Apple announced Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app aimed at teaching young students to code, reports TechCrunch. Using a playful interface, the game instructs students to solve puzzles using Swift, Apple's mobile and tablet language. Players guide a character shaped like a pear with eyes through a cartoon world using simple commands in code then move on to more advanced concepts. The app is free and will be available fall of 2016. Students can also further develop their ideas into apps as Swift Playgrounds integrates with Xcode, Apple's mobile coding environment.

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