April 22nd, 2019 | 47 mins 29 secs
abstraction, analytical thinking, python, teaching
Kelly and Sean get motivation from Michael Kennedy’s podcast Beginners and Experts. Where Michaels and the panelists discuss, how do you go about attacking a problem? In this episode, Kelly and Sean digest abstraction and analytical thinking in the school setting and how computational thinking plays a part in all this. They discuss the activities that are used to help promote these skills.
March 7th, 2019 | 43 mins 25 secs
education, innovation, teaching
With their school's Innovation Institute coming up, Kelly and Sean explore the topic of innovation in education. How do you cultivate it in yourself and others? What skills help you become more innovative? How do you teach it?
March 1st, 2019 | 35 mins 28 secs
edublocks, python, teaching
In this episode, Kelly and Sean talk to Joshua Lowe, a Python entrepreneur who invented Edublocks to help bridge the gap from Scratch to Edublocks and then into Python 3. Joshua started learning Python in 2013 and wanted to find a way to make Python easier for others to understand.
January 21st, 2019 | 37 mins 12 secs
pedagogy, persistence, python, teaching
Persistence is defined as the ability to stick with something. In the educational world, it is often used interchangeably with the phrases: Sticktoitiveness, grit, or perseverance.
In this episode, we will discuss how to develop persistence in programming for all learners. Whether your students already have an innate ability to stick with coding or if you are hoping to instill the “desire” in your students, Sean and Kelly will examine ways that they develop persistence in programming in their classrooms.
January 14th, 2019 | 42 mins 57 secs
microbit, python, teaching
In this week's episode, Kelly and Sean discuss one of the tools that we like to use in class: the BBC micro:bit. Thanks to the instant feedback and physical/tactile nature of the device, this inexpensive little IoT device makes the process of learning Python more intuitive for students. It's also an easy starting point for those teachers who are new to coding.