Apple launches Everyone Can Code to teach kids Swift

More than 100 schools and districts have already signed up for the initiative.

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Education is "deep in our DNA", Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday, announcing a new initiative to teach children the Swift programming language.

Called Everyone Can Code, the initiative relies on a curriculum built around Swift Playground, the application for budding developers that was unveiled at WWDC earlier this year. Since June, more than 100 schools and school districts around the world have committed to teaching the curriculum this fall, Cook said.

Meanwhile, Apple is also participating in ConnectEd, a national initiative through which the government and tech companies are bringing technology to under-served schools. Through this program, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is providing more than 50,000 iPads for students, an Apple TV for every participating classroom, as well as a Mac and an iPad to 4,500 teachers.

"The program is having amazing results," Cook said. "Kids are engaged like never before."

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