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Apple's Tim Cook: Classroom tech 'not a substitute' for teaching

Apple chief executive Tim Cook believes the increasing presence of technology in the classroom is a "compliment to tradition teaching and not a substitute", during a visit to a north London school.

The Apple CEO was at Woodberry Down Community Primary School in Harringay, which is part of the New Wave Federation group of schools that have incorporated Apple's iPad and related software into lesson plans.

The school is also a certified Apple Distinguished School, a marker the technology giant reserves for schools "that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments".

Students learn basic coding through Apple's Swift Playgrounds software, while Mr Cook also saw students working with the company's GarageBand music app as part of their lessons.

Technology has moved on considerably. It gets kids a lot more engaged because they're living in a digital world. We're all living in a digital world. This school has done an unbelievable job of integrating it.

– Tim Cook, Apple

Mr Cook said Apple was thrilled by the introduction of computer coding to the curriculum, suggesting that for future generations it would be a crucial tool for communication.

We think coding should be required in every school because it's as important as any kind of second language.

– Tim Cook, Apple