Apple CEO Tim Cook: Every child should be educated on coding
Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses how coding and creativity should be included in childhood education and shares his efforts on the Ed Farm program.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with teachers and students in Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday to lead the tech giant's expansion of an initiative to integrate tech-based learning in the local education system.
Cook's visit to Oxmoor Valley Elementary School occurred as Apple unveiled its Community Education Initiative in Birmingham, a comprehensive program meant to prepare students in select cities for advanced educational opportunities and the future workplace. Through a partnership with city and school officials and TechAlabama, the Apple-backed Education Farm will teach students in underserved communities how to code and boost learning through technology.
"The skills that people need as they graduate have changed," Cook told FOX Business Network's Susan Li. "We believe that every child should understand coding before they graduate, and so the act of bringing coding to schools in Birmingham City – big deal for us."
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Cook spoke with the school's principal and sat in on a fourth-grade class as students used Apple's iPad as part of their lesson. To date, Apple has provided Birmingham City Schools with more than 400 devices for use in the classroom.
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Both teachers and students will have the opportunity to learn how to code with "Swift," Apple's coding language. Educational opportunities will also be made available to local adults interested in learning how to code.
Apple's Community Education Initiative previously launched at schools in Austin, Chicago, Nashville and several other cities around the country.