Let’s face it, coding can be confusing for students and teachers alike. But with iPad, learning code has never been easier - and the good news is that you don’t have to be a coding expert to teach it. By the end of this article, you’ll know why iPad is the smarter way to code.
1. Use Swift Playgrounds to make coding fun and easy
Children learn best by doing and what better way to ‘do’ than by using interactive games and activities to learn?
Swift Playgrounds is an app by Apple that helps guide you and your students through the fundamentals of code so you can learn together, no matter what level of existing coding knowledge you have.
Make drones and robots come alive, guide colourful characters around imaginary worlds, create a real-life camera app and let your students conquer new levels – all through the code they create in lessons.
Teach your students the same programming language used by the Apple software that powers some of the most popular apps today. Set them up for success with Swift app development certifications to equip them with practical skills needed to stand out to future employers.
2. Create more time to focus on learning
You know all too well that the process of setting up coding lessons can be time-consuming, leaving little time for actual, well… learning. From getting all your students onto the right programmes to collecting assignments in one go without any pieces mysteriously going ‘missing’.
With iPad, you can streamline your coding lessons so you can focus less on admin and more on supporting your students. Apple Classroom enables you to easily manage your classroom, while the Schoolwork App and Showbie allow you to easily distribute lesson activities and assignments to your students. Rather than wasting time giving step-by-step instructions to get pupils onto the right applications, you can assign coding activities from your iPad which automatically opens the tasks on students’ devices.
Any assignments you set are seamlessly organised on your students’ iPad by due date and class to help them keep on top of their work, and they can easily submit their completed tasks at a push of a button. All of this work is collected on your device in one place, giving back the time you need to focus on what you do best – teaching.
3. Provide more tailored support for students on their coding journey
One of the issues with teaching code using more traditional methods is that it’s difficult to truly understand how your students are doing. Although many programmes help teach code, they may not be able to measure pupils’ performance or provide insights to show you where they are on their coding journey.
When iPad is seamlessly integrated into coding lessons, all work that students complete is pulled onto your teaching dashboard so you can see how each student is really doing. Apps like Swift Playgrounds allow you to quantify your students’ overall comprehension, while Showbie and the Schoolwork App give you access to insights like test scores, time taken on tasks and progress on modules. iPad empowers you to understand which areas students are strong in and where they need extra support, so you can tailor your lessons to the individual needs of your students.
And you’ll no longer have to worry about students using coding lessons as a personal internet surfing session. You can see what your students are up to on your iPad and have centralised control over their devices. Use the Jamf School App to send a message for redirection if you can see they’re going off track and lock their screen if you think they need a break to refocus. The power is in your hands.
4. Make collaboration easy
‘Coding’ and ‘collaboration’ may sound like an oxymoron, but with iPad, it’s possible to make your coding lessons collaborative to help enrich learning.
Whether using 1:1 devices or sharing, iPad allows students to work together to solve problems so they can see first-hand the rewards of good teamwork. The Swift Playgrounds app provides practical challenges like guiding a real-life robot through a tricky obstacle course using code to get students excited about solving challenging code problems with their peers.
In addition to this, using Apple Classroom to AirPlay allows you to connect your students’ devices to the projector to encourage them to showcase their work, explain their logic and encourage discussions to maximise the learning experience.
5. Let your students learn code no matter where they are
Now more than ever, it’s important to give your students the tools they need to be able to carry out their work from anywhere. When it comes to teaching code, this can be extremely difficult because of the need for specialist software and equipment, which most students simply don’t have access to.
With 1:1 iPad packed with clever Apple apps like Classroom, students can continue learning from home, with everything they need to learn code in one place so you can teach them in real-time, from anywhere.
For your students, connecting to coding lessons is as easy as answering a call. When connected, you can navigate your pupils to specific coding apps, view their screens and see a summary of their engagement at the end of class. You can also add written or verbal feedback to their documents and use Apple Pencil on iPad to mark-up Pages documents as easily as you do on paper.
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