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You might not be too interested in the next iPhone but Apple’s free educational resources are something we can all get excited about. A few weeks ago, they posted iPhone photography tutorials to YouTube. Then last week they brought free sessions to every Apple Store.

And now Apple is coming to the classroom! No, I don’t mean the iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs that they’re donating to 114 underserved schools through the ConnectED program. Apple just launched an app development curriculum for high school and community college students.

“App Development with Swift” is a full-year course that will teach students how to code and build apps. Swift is Apple’s own programming language; popular apps like Lyft, LinkedIn and Airbnb were all built with Swift.

The Alabama, Columbus State (Ohio), Harrisburg Area (Penn.), Mesa (Ariz.) and San Mateo (Cali.) community college systems will offer the course. Local businesses near these community colleges will offer mentorships and internships.

“We are focused on preparing our students for life in a global and technological society, and in 2017 that means making sure our students have access to a state-of-the-art coding curriculum,” said Cesar Maldonado, who is the chancellor of Houston Community College. They will open an iOS Coding and Design School that will teach Apple’s curriculum.

It’s not just these select schools; anyone can download the curriculum from Apple’s iBooks Store. You can open these iBooks on your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer. Click here to download the “Get Started with Code 1” iBook and scroll down to view the other installments in the series.

P.S. Do you know a younger child interested in coding? Swift Playgrounds is a free app that introduces programming concepts to middle schoolers.

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