10 Python Teaching Resources You Really Should Be Using

A list of 10 teaching resources that helped me teach text-based programming with Python.

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Alan

A short biography with information about past and future projects and links to resources.

The best way to teach text-based programming?

If you had been challenged to develop a rock, paper, scissors game using a text-based programming language in less than 10 minutes starting from a blank screen – how far would you succeed? Next question – what would be the best way to teach the necessary concepts to a class of 15 year olds? If…

This week… 19Feb16

Originally inspired by Doug Belshaw’s ‘Week Note‘, I’ve decided to stick with this new format for now. Thanks for comments/likes last week. I think I’ll probably migrate this to a mailed out weekly newsletter in time. Don’t forget you can follow this blog by clicking on the ‘follow’ button that appears in the bottom right…

Hack your computer Sir?

Is your computer switched on? Is your browser open? Now just type in this command. You want to know why? Oh, it’s so that I can hack your computer. Once I do that I can access your files and records and well… you can probably imagine the rest. This is just a small snapshot of…

Surfing Safely in Hammersmith

Have you heard about this amazing new piece of software that completely protects children from the potential dangers lurking on the Internet? No? Well maybe because it does not exist. Perhaps I should be advising you that “Surf-Protect” (Exa Educations’s award winning filtering software) is that very silver bullet. If I did, I would be…

This week… 12Feb16

Inspired by Doug Belshaw’s ‘Week Note‘, I’ve decided to try the format myself. If you think I should “stop right now, thank you very much” or continue with it, your comments/likes would be appreciated. This week, I have: Published a blogpost about my trip to Northampton “Being in someone else’s shoes” Shared two cartoons on…

Being in someone else’s shoes

On Tuesday this week, I made an unscheduled visit to a shoe museum in Northampton. Speaking as someone who prefers being unshod, shoes are low down my list of interests – you could say they’re at the foot. All the same, I was curious to see what stories a shoe museum might reveal. Until my…

#GirlsinSTEM Minecraft Hack Jam

Durham Arts Council have commissioned a group of award winning architects to design a £4m public monument in celebration of local astronauts Holly and Lola who christened the ninth planet in our Solar System ‘Zues’ after the Greek god of sky and thunder when they visited the planet recently. Both astronauts are former pupils of…

Education Technology – A solution in search of a problem?

I recently read a sensationalist news story which claims that nearly half of teachers don’t feel adequately trained to use the technology they have available to them. The article in the Telegraph, suggests that half of the £623 million invested in school technology is under used due to lack of training. There is a response…

TRUST in me. It’s for your own good.

How would you feel if you asked someone for support with your training & development needs but a third party was pro-actively blocking you from accessing this support? That’s exactly what I discovered was happening for some schools; at first I couldn’t believe that it was true. When I dug a little deeper, I uncovered…

Minecraft Mini Hack Jam at MozFest

Mozilla Festival takes place over the weekend of 6th – 8th November at Ravensbourne College, London. #MozFest as it’s more affectionately referred to, attracts a world wide audience of digital makers ranging from journalists, teachers, community leaders to web and software developers. I submitted a proposal together with David Whale earlier in the year to…