September 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
education, python, teaching
Let’s take a look at the tools we’re using in our classroom for the 2020-2021 school year to teach Python for middle school students. From IDEs to flash cards, coding challenges to Colab notebooks, and micro:bits to eBooks, we’ll look at what we’re currently using and how each one contributes to the learning experience of our students.
September 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
programming, python, teaching
Let’s take a deeper look at how we teach students about one of Python’s most venerable data structures: the list. For many learners, the list is the first data structure that they encounter and it can be tricky to understand at first.
August 28th, 2020 | 49 mins 5 secs
distance learning, education, python
Kelly and Sean discuss many of the upcoming changes for a school year heavily influenced by COVID, distance learning, hybrid/flexible classrooms, and prioritizing health and safety over content.
April 1st, 2020 | 41 mins 25 secs
parenting, python, teaching
Python for Parents, so you want your child to code? Sometimes it just takes a few creative ideas and a short amount of time to make some fun little projects. Sean and Kelly, with the help of Anthony Shaw and his lovely daughters, ‘ Zebra’ and ‘Jaguar’ have a little fun with this topic!
March 2nd, 2020 | 41 mins 19 secs
computer science, game design, gaming, python, teaching
Trying to find an easier way to get students excited about programming? Feeling stuck with the PyGame library? Paul Craven, maintainer of the Arcade Python library joins us to talk about using game design to teach programming.
February 3rd, 2020 | 52 mins 16 secs
education, lego, python, robotics, teaching
It's not always easy to be a Python teacher. Whether it's trying to find the right words to explain something, handling severe frustration, building perseverance, or losing students while coding together, Python teachers are facing problems beyond just the code. Sean and Kelly discuss five of the things that frequently go wrong in the classroom and how we handle it.
January 12th, 2020 | 54 mins 55 secs
education, elementaryeducation, python
Peter Chan is a 4th grade teacher in Quebec, Canada. In addition to using Python in his classroom, Peter also employs maker techniques, math exploration, and English language skills.
December 18th, 2019 | 38 mins 53 secs
diversity, education, learning, python, sel
In this episode, Kelly and Sean explore the idea that everyone should learn to code-- not to become a programmer but for so much more! How do we continue to foster an interest in coding for those kids that are not so interested in computer science?
November 28th, 2019 | 16 mins 11 secs
buying guide, education, python, teaching
In celebration of the great retail holiday of Black Friday, Kelly and Sean share their holiday buying guide for computer science teachers, including 3d printers, #PythonHardware, and books.
November 25th, 2019 | 56 mins 29 secs
interviews, python, teaching
Kelly and Sean interview Eric Matthes, author of Python Crash Course, about how he began programming, what led him to teaching, and the important lessons from Python to be learned both inside and outside of the classroom.