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The Boston Globe | 09.13.16

Apple rolling out coding app for youngsters

Natasha Singer

D&S affiliate Natasha Singer reports that Apple has developed a free coding app for middle-school students, yet it may not be as accessible as advertised.

The Apple coding app is free, but it requires an iPad, the company’s tablet computer, which has declining sales and which many schools and families may not be able to afford.

“How much of the motivation is for selling of product, and what does that do for schools that cannot afford this technology?” asked Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied disparities in computer science education for more than two decades. “The threat is that it is going to replicate current inequities.”

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