Swift Playgrounds resources and 3rd-party playgrounds

Yesterday, I attended an event at Apple in NYC where the new Swift Playgrounds app was discussed. One interesting thing about it was the ability for third-parties (including teachers) to create a playground for use by others. Therefore, a few playgrounds not from Apple are already cropping up.

The following third-party playgrounds were mentioned:
- Dash & Dot Playground (Includes directions on how to get the playground onto an iPad.) - Control the Dash & Dot robots by Wonder Workshop - https://blog.makewonder.com/dash-dot-now-work-with-apple-swift-playgrounds-e24b73f2d2b5#.vnurdl7k3

- Sphero Playground - Control the Sphero robot - https://developer.apple.com/swift/blog/?id=38

- Geometry with Swift Playgrounds - Learn Swift programming through Geometry - http://www.danielbudd.com.au/home/2016/8/31/geometry-with-swift-playgrounds

To get a playground from a Mac to an iPad: unzip the file, AirDrop the entire folder from a Mac to iPad, then open with Playgrounds when prompted. (See the Dash & Dot link above for more detailed directions.) Once you have a playground on an iPad, you can also just AirDrop it from iPad to iPad.

Note that Swift Playgrounds requires an iPad with iOS 10.

On the general topic of Swift and curriculum for teaching it using Swift Playgrounds or Xcode on a Mac, the following free iBooks by Apple might be useful:
- Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 1 & 2 Teacher Guide - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/swift-playgrounds-learn-to/id1118578018

- The Swift Programming Language - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/swift-programming-language/id881256329

- App Development with Swift (HS textbook) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/app-development-with-swift/id1118575552

- App Development with Swift Teacher Guide - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/app-development-with-swift/id1118577558


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