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City of Montgomery launches innovative technology initiative with Apple to bring coding education to local students

The City of Montgomery has partnered with MPS (Montgomery Public Schools), Ed Farm and Apple to launch MGM Codes, an advanced technological initiative designed to expand innovative learning opportunities for local students.

MGM Codes will bring the latest technology to students and teachers, according to the City. It was created by the City and MPS in collaboration with Ed Farm, a nonprofit committed to transforming classrooms and uplifting communities, and Apple, which has a long history supporting educational programs in Alabama and across the country.

The release says the partners seek to advance innovation, creativity and outcomes for Montgomery middle school students by increasing access to high-tech tools and teaching assets. The initiative also includes comprehensive professional learning opportunities for Montgomery’s teachers to give them the tools to successfully integrate the new technology into their classrooms.

The initiative will introduce Montgomery’s students to coding and creativity using iPad and Apple’s Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create curricula. Ed Farm will assist in offering programs that target teacher fellows, student fellows, classrooms of tomorrow and code clubs.

Mayor Steven Reed applauded the City’s partnership with the private sector.

“Student’s experience with MGM Codes will allow them at an early age to understand coding, and to understand some of the basic skills that will prepare them for opportunities outside the classroom,” said Reed. “Really what we want to do is to have more tech-savvy students that are creating software that are doing things that are not only going to help themselves, but to help our community as well.

He added, “And by getting this initiative with Apple, by putting their support behind it and their curricula with Ed Farm, we believe this will give students a well-rounded and competitive opportunity to start learning things about technology.” He goes on to note that this initiative will deliver education to students that they would otherwise not have access to.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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