How 7 Chicago-area schools are putting app design in the classroom

This school year, nearly 500 high school students in northwest suburban Chicago will learn to design apps for the devices many of them carry in their pockets.

The Mobile Makers for High Schools program launched this week at Barrington High School and at six high schools in Arlington Heights-based Township School District 214. Through the year-long course, students will learn to build apps for Apple devices in the company’s new programming language, Swift. The course calls for the teens to develop nine mobile apps, with their teachers acting as clients.

“Students get to start coding on Day One,” said Brandon Passley, Mobile Makers Academy’s founder and CEO. “They’re going to understand what it’s going to be like to work on a technology team.”

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