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Swift Teachers is an international discussion of teachers who use the Swift language to teach programming and basic computer science topics to students ranging from primary school to high school and university. Teachers share their insights on the why, how, and what of teaching Swift one lesson at a time toward Swift World Domination.

Swift Teachers is an international discussion of teachers who use the Swift language to teach programming and basic computer science topics to students ranging from primary school to high school and university. Teachers share their insights on the why, how, and what of teaching Swift one lesson at a time toward Swift World Domination.
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United States

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Swift Teachers is an international discussion of teachers who use the Swift language to teach programming and basic computer science topics to students ranging from primary school to high school and university. Teachers share their insights on the why, how, and what of teaching Swift one lesson at a time toward Swift World Domination.

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English


Episodes

23: ‘Once You See the Matrix, You Can’t Go Back.’ with Casey Liss

5/1/2018
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I am excited to share the very special conversation I had with Casey Liss for this episode. Casey is a developer, podcaster and writer based out of Richmond, Virginia. He has been developing software professionally for 14 years and in an amateur capacity since long before then. Day to day, Casey writes an iOS app for a local company; in his spare time, he records the podcasts ATP and Analog(ue), as well as writing for his website. Casey Liss: Casey's Website - https://www.caseyliss.com/...

Duration:00:53:29

22: ‘Now they understand we can play, learn - with Swift. with Charlotte Billot

4/17/2018
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In this episode I had an interesting discussion with a fellow ADE and coding colleague, Charlotte Billot. Charlotte teaches in primary school in Toulouse, France. Charlotte is an engineering school graduate in 1994 and considers herself a life-long learner. Charlotte believes that it is most important to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for her students so that they are happy learners because happy learners are better learners. Charlotte has been teaching since 1998 in five different...

Duration:00:31:21

21: 'There's a Negation of Failure in This Beautiful, Utopian Space.' with West Chester University Swift Playgrounds Study Group

3/13/2018
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Alternative Title: 'Swift Playgrounds App: It's the Macaroni and Cheese to Where You Put the Vegetables That Is Computer Science!' I had the distinct honor of interviewing four professors from West Chester University of Pensylvania: Dr. Chris Penny, Dr. Laquanna Cooke, Dr. Heather Schugar, and Dr. Jordan Schugar. They recently conducted a study with their undergraduate education majors that looked at coding in the Swift Playgrounds app. We had a thoughtful and extensive discussion on...

Duration:00:55:56

20: ‘Coding Is the New Literacy.’ with Larry Reiff

2/6/2018
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For episode 20 I had a fun and fascinating discussion with my friend and ADE colleague, Larry Reiff. Larry is an English Language Arts & Computer Science teacher at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, NY. He was one of the first teachers in the country to pilot a full 1-to-1 iPad program with one of classes and now leads professional development classes on tech implementation in the classroom. In the summer of 2017, Larry became the coding instructor at NJY Camps in Milford, Pennsylvania. This...

Duration:00:41:48

19: ‘My Students Ask Can We Make the Drones Fly With Swift.’ with Junichi Nakamura

1/23/2018
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For this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Japanese educator: Junichi Nakamura. Junichi works at Saga Municipal Yamato Junior High School in Japan. He is an English teacher for 25 years that has taught at public junior high schools in Japan. Mr. Nakamura's fields of study are moral education, using technologies for education, drama education, statistics education, design, and other topics. He is Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. Junichi Nakamura: Facebook: Junichi...

Duration:00:22:53

18: ‘Kids That Are Users of Technology Can Become Creators of Technology.’ with Cindy Herren

1/9/2018
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If you are an educator, especially at the elementary level, you are going to love this episode. In this episode I spoke to Cindy Herren. Cindy Herren is a K-12 Technology and Innovation Leader at Waukee Schools in Waukee, Iowa. She’s taught for 18 years in a variety of settings, and enjoys collaborating and sharing best practices of integrating technology in the classroom. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, 2015 PBS Lead Digital Innovator, Code.org Affiliate, Seesaw Ambassador &...

Duration:01:00:17

17: ‘Swift - It Is By Far My Favorite.’ with Bob Brown

12/19/2017
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For this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the leading Swift educators in the world: Bob Brown. Bob is a teacher at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL. He has been there for 20 years teaching both Math and Computer Science. Bob is a new Apple Distinguished Educator in the class of 2017 for his innovation in teaching Swift and app development. Additionally, Bob does contract work for Mobile Makers EDU. Bob Brown: Twitter: @jhhsbrown -...

Duration:00:41:01

16: Swift Playgrounds in the Classroom

11/3/2017
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I am really excited to share my interview with Joe Moretti, Anders Randler, and Daniel Budd, the authors of the new multitouch book *Swift Playgrounds in the Classroom.* We had a fantastic discussion of all of the materials available to to teach Swift, about the process of starting a coding program, and the many fantastic third party accessories that can be used to teach programming in Swift. I think you will really enjoy the episode. Note: please excuse the audio in some points in the...

Duration:00:36:08

15: ‘Where Is the Apple Pi?’ with Dr. Nicholas Outram

10/10/2017
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In this episode we conclude the two-part discussion I had with Dr. Nicholas Outram. In this episode we discuss embedded systems, third-party hardware tools used to teach Swift, and possible outcomes for post-secondary educators having students who already know some computer science basics. Dr. Outram obtained a first-class (hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2002, then later a Ph.D. in Biomedical Signal Processing from the University of Plymouth, UK in 1997. He worked...

Duration:00:43:18

14: ‘You Can Almost Teach Everything with Swift.’ With Dr. Nicholas Outram

9/26/2017
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I would like to share the first of a fascinating two-part discussion I had with Dr. Nicholas Outram on a little bit of computing history, the advantages of compiled programming languages, industrial design, and computer science in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Outram obtained a first-class (hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2002, then later a Ph.D. in Biomedical Signal Processing from the University of Plymouth, UK in 1997. He worked as a Development Engineer first...

Duration:00:46:54

13: 'With Swift I have the Opportunity to Teach in a Protective Environment With a Real Language.' with Giovanna Busconi

9/12/2017
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I am pleased to share my discussion with my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and coding educator colleague, Giovanna Busconi. Giovanna is a recently retired computer science teacher in a technical school. Previously, Giovanna taught math and physics teacher at a high school. Currently, she works with teacher training in Piacenza in Italy. Giovanna's blog - https://radicedimenouno.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @giobus - https://twitter.com/giobus Show links Swift - https://swift.org/ Swift...

Duration:00:16:05

12: 'They Will Take Those Ideas Back and Improve Their Own Code.' with Kane Pittard

8/29/2017
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In this episode I had an insightful discussion with Kane Pittard. Kane is a Humanities and computer science teacher from Butler College in Butler, WA. He is responsible for the creation and ongoing development of the Butler College IT teaching program. Kane’s passion is using digital learning across all learning areas. Previous to becoming a teacher in 2013, he worked as a systems administrator and owned computer consulting business. I would to thank Kane for taking time away from his...

Duration:00:41:23

11: ‘My favorite part is the looks on the faces of my students.’ with Carlos Garcia Garcia

8/8/2017
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I would like to share the interesting discussion I had with Carlos Garcia. Carlos lives in Valencia, Spain and has an Audiovisual Communication degree for Universidad de Valencia and a Master’s in Secondary Education. Carlos worked for ten years as a scriptwriter for television series of comedy, drama, and entertainment programms. After working those ten years in TV, Carlos changed careers and moved into the exciting world of teaching. In addition to being a teacher, Carlos is the...

Duration:00:35:47

10: 'I like Swift as a teaching language.' with Chris Barnabei

7/26/2017
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I am pleased to share the great and varied conversation I had with Chris Barnabei. Chris is a librarian and technology integration specialist for a STEM high school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He supervises the school's 1:1 iPad program, library/makerspace, and professional development initiatives. In addition, Chris teaches classes in Swift programming, iOS app development, and video production. Coding has been a recent interest of his, and along with a team of students published an...

Duration:00:49:49

9: 'I have a student who says leave me alone I want to solve it' with David Brown

6/27/2017
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I am excited to share the great and varied conversation I had with David Brown. David is the Education Technology Integrator at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School located in Karrinyup in Perth Western Australia and is passionate about using technology to improve student learning. He has been at SMAGS since 2015 and his main role is to develop and assist staff in enhancing pedagogical teaching practices with the use of technology. He also teaches digital technology classes which is where he...

Duration:00:51:31

8: 'Swift makes it very hard to get it right by accident, which is good.' with Fraser Speirs

6/13/2017
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I am pleased to share my conversation with Fraser Speirs in this episode. Fraser is the Head of Secondary at Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland. Before that, he was the Head of Computing and IT responsible for the school’s Computer Science education and IT infrastructure. I would like to thank Fraser for taking time out of his busy teaching, blogging, and podcasting schedule to share his expertise and knowledge. Fraser's Blog - http://speirs.org Out of School Podcast -...

Duration:00:46:46

7: ‘The kids get to be so creative with coding.' with Mike Yakubovsky

5/30/2017
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I am happy to share my conversation with Mike Yakubovsky. Mike is the STEM Coordinator and lead engineering teacher at Coppell High School, a 1:1 iPad Apple Distinguished School. He has been with CISD since 2003 and started the CHS School of Engineering in 2006. The School of Engineering is a 4-year pre-college engineering program focusing on design in which learners work on projects that prepare them for college STEM disciplines. Activities expose learners to design, applications of math...

Duration:00:43:40

6: 11th Grade TCTC Web & App Dev Students Speak Up

5/16/2017
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_Note: This episode was recorded in my classroom. Please excuse the audio issues we had at times. They were a result of recording in our school._ This is a very special episode I recorded in my classroom. Six of my 11 grade students shared their views on learning to code, the Swift language, the Swift playgrounds app, and other coding related topics. I was really excited to get their feedback and thoughts about this school year so that you could hear their insights. I would like to thank...

Duration:00:36:07

5: 'Your job is to be an expert learner.' with Stacy Sniegowski

5/2/2017
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5: 'Your job is to be an expert learner.' with Stacy Sniegowski In this episode I had a great Swift education conversation with Stacy Sniegowski. After graduating from Purdue University in 2005, with a BS in Mathematics Education and minor in French, Stacy began her career in the Chicago Public School system. Over the next ten years, she worked in the district as a teacher and instructional coach to design learning experiences for K- 12 students and teachers in math, science, engineering,...

Duration:00:40:54

Swift Teacher Special Announcement

4/29/2017
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I will be co-moderating a very special coding #ADEchat on Twitter this Tuesday evening at 9 pm eastern with @cindyherren. You can participate by using the #ADEchat. We will be discussing coding in k-12 and across the curriculum. We will be sharing ideas, best practices, and resources used in our classrooms. So I hope you will join me and Cindy Herren Tuesday evening at 9 Eastern, that's 6 Pacific, 3 pm Hawaiin time, Wednesday morning 9 am Western Australian time. Coding chat on Twitter -...

Duration:00:00:51