In a collaboration with Chicago public schools and Northwestern University, Apple decided to offer free professional learning to teachers in Chicago. This will allow educators a way to bring coding and computer science into the classroom.

“Teachers make a world of difference in their students’ lives, and we owe so much of our own success to their creativity, hard work and dedication,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “At Apple, we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code and we are thrilled to help provide new learning opportunities for Chicago-area teachers so they can bring coding into their classrooms.”

If you haven’t been trained yet in something like App Development, teachers can be trained with Swift course to address the national shortage of high school computer science teachers. Through citywide expansion of Apple’s Code program, there will be coding opportunities for up to 500,000 students. Chicago is ahead of the curve with computer science making it a graduation requirement.

As you know, most of the biggest companies in the world got to that point by leveraging their technology. Each company, such as Apple, is essentially a giant community of engineers and big thinkers with marketing, sales, and HR departments sprinkled in.

With all the money that Apple makes (and will continue to make), it’s important for them to invest in building this community beyond their own company. By collaborating with Chicago public schools, they will be able to hand pick the very best talent that comes out of these programs.

The Coder school is also building a community where it’s easier than ever to learn how to code. While online tutorials are great, they aren’t as impactful as having a Code Coach™ right there by your side guiding you every step of the way.

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If you’re spending time at theCoderSchool or in and around the dreamers of the tech world you’ll no doubt have heard of Augmented Reality. Snapchat may have started it in a sense while Facebook went out of the way to steal the idea but there are thousands of other companies fighting to get a piece of the action.

Snapchat and Facebook isn’t where this “story” ends but hats off to Evan Spiegal and Mark Zuckerberg for recognizing the value of it all before a lot of others. Imagine if your favorite video game played itself out off screen and in your living room and you’ll start to get a sense of what augmented reality can do.

 Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality at its finest!

Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality at its finest!

One company we’re especially excited about is Magic Leap, which started as a road trip to Austin with the question “what if computing could spill outside the computer?” This is a simple thought that a lot of us have had at some point in our lives but Magic Leap is working to make it happen.

Now the company is at the forefront of the augmented reality boom having raised $2.3 billion in funding so far. One of their recent partnerships is with the NBA and Turner with a goal of helping us move entertainment viewing from a “flat, two-dimensional experience into a vivid, three-dimensional experience.”

Imagine having a life-size Shaquille O’Neal talking in your living room (if he could fit, of course!) and that’s the type of entertainment augmented reality can bring to the table. We’re all familiar with the dancing hot dog that that captivated us through Snapchat. It won’t be too long before our entire entertainment experience is off of a two-dimensional screen and right in front of us no matter where we are.

You too can be a part of this revolution by joining theCoderSchool! Remember, coding is about more than just learning to code–it’s about changing the world for the better while advancing your skill set!

While Elon Musk is anti-Artificial Intelligence for fear it may one day turn against us, it isn’t a direct threat just yet. Right now, we’re still figuring out what it can do for the better while making exciting new discoveries along the way.

Take Google’s DeepMind, for example, which aims to “Solve Intelligence. Use it to make the world a better place.”

There are several interesting projects that DeepMind is currently working on. For example, “teaching itself parkour” for the purpose of understanding the “Emergence of Locomotion Behaviours in Rich Environments.”

What does that even mean? You’ll have to watch the video to get a good visual but to put it bluntly, you’re watching artificial intelligence learn how to run and jump!

Another way DeepMind is helping is in games. The best Go player in the world was defeated by the DeepMind AI powered “AlphaGo” which forced him to re-think his approach.

“After my match against AlphaGo, I fundamentally reconsidered the game, and now I can see that this reflection has helped me greatly,” he said. “I hope all Go players can contemplate AlphaGo’s understanding of the game and style of thinking, all of which is deeply meaningful. Although I lost, I discovered that the possibilities of Go are immense and that the game has continued to progress.”

By getting beat by AlphaGo Ke Jie, who is a master of the game, could potentially develop new strategies along the way that he never thought of. The first time a machine beat someone at their own game was when Gary Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue in 1997. Go, they say, is much more difficult to solve than Chess and most people thought that A.I. was at least 10-years away from accomplishing this feat.

If AlphaGo can help Ke Jie think differently or more efficiently, it could help us do the same with wide scale problems such as global warming or healthcare systems. By relying on A.I. to think through situations, we’ll find new solutions to age old problems.

These simple yet eye-opening experiments will only build over time until we’re able to apply them effectively to large scale societal problems. Here at coder school we’re all about changing the world for the better. By engaging in our after school programs you’ll lay the foundation for a long, lucrative career in an exciting field such as A.I.