Pushing ahead with Python

So this summer I’ve been coding in Python.

I’v decided to push this in my A Level classes more than learning VB.net, Javascript & PHP. Not because I don’t enjoy doing these languages, but that some students would struggle with switching between these. Perhaps code agnostism only comes with a maturity of having to learn different programming languages over the years?

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Bitesize Revision for GCSE Computer Science






I’ve created a podcast for GCSE Computer Science students to revise topics in small “bite size” chunks.

I’m slowly releasing new episodes, but I’ve committed to doing an episode a week, as I realised people were actually listening to them.

You can either listen using the embed above or go direct to the page here, https://anchor.fm/bitesize-computer-science where you can leave an audio message, which I might include in a future podcast.

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Python exercises in the browser from Data Camp



#use the variables below to print out "Hello Laura"
name = "Laura"
greeting = "Hello"

print out "Hello Laura"

name = "Laura"
greeting = "Hello"


print(greeting +" "+name)


test_function("print")
success_msg("Good stuff!")


Put variables into a print function

https://github.com/datacamp/datacamp-light-wordpress



#print the numbers 0 to 19

print the numbers 0 to 19

for i in range(10):
print(i)


for i in range(20):
print(i)


success_msg("Good stuff!")


Change the 10 to 20

Visualise line by line code execution in Python

I stumbled across this website that allows you to visualise line by line execution ina Python program. This may be useful for students who are unclear about how a function (or blocks of code) run within a program:

http://pythontutor.com/visualize.html#code=def%20hi%28name%29%3A%0A%20%20%20%20print%28%22hello%20%22%20%2B%20name%29%0A%20%20%20%20%0Ahi%28%22bob%22%29%0Ahi%28%22jeff%22%29&cumulative=false&curInstr=8&heapPrimitives=nevernest&mode=display&origin=opt-frontend.js&py=3&rawInputLstJSON=%5B%5D&textReferences=false

This was recommended by Al Sweigart in his Automate The Boring Stuff with Python (https://automatetheboringstuff.com/)

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FutureLearn – Object Oriented Programming in Python

I came across this course on the Raspberry Pi Certified Educators Course this October. It piqued my interest as it uses a text based adventure game to introduce OOP concepts to learners.

I had previously done this with an idea of a Space Invaders game using Visual Basic.NET. This was a fun introduction to concepts and it is easy to create classes and objects in VB. However my current cohort of learners are mostly unfamiliar with VB and have a better grasp of Python.

The course is written by Laura Sach, who I finally met at PiCademy after years of following her on Twitter. And I  thouroughly recommend it as an accessible way of understanding Object Oriented Principles in Python

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/object-oriented-principles/