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A podcast by Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school computer science, problem-solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language.
Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches sixth and seventh-grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her fourth year using Python.
Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and founding a digital marketing agency. This is his fourth year teaching Python to seventh and eighth-grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Teaching Python Sean Tibor and Kelly Paredes

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A podcast by Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school computer science, problem-solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language.
Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches sixth and seventh-grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her fourth year using Python.
Sean Tibor has worked in marketing and technical management roles selling toothpaste and toothbrushes, designing chemical inventory and tv media databases, enrolling online nursing students, and founding a digital marketing agency. This is his fourth year teaching Python to seventh and eighth-grade students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    2021 Year in Review (or something)

    2021 Year in Review (or something)

    This week, Kelly and Sean look over all that happened in 2021 for Teaching Python and commit to some bigger goals for 2022. What were the highlights according to our co-hosts?


    From the great guests to the wins in the classroom, Kelly and Sean catch up and kick off the new year together.
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    Amazon.com: Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know eBook : Grant, Adam: Kindle Store — Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people's minds--and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he's right but listen like he's wrong. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners.Amazon.com: Terraform: Up & Running: Writing Infrastructure as Code: 9781492046905: Brikman, Yevgeniy: Books — Terraform has become a key player in the DevOps world for defining, launching, and managing infrastructure as code (IaC) across a variety of cloud and virtualization platforms, including AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and more. This hands-on second edition, expanded and thoroughly updated for Terraform version 0.12 and beyond, shows you the fastest way to get up and running.The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series 2017– ) - IMDb — A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.Amazon.com: LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 (10274) Building Kit; Displayable Model Car Kit for Adults; Great DIY Project, New 2021 (2,352 Pieces) : Toys & Games — This is the ultimate ECTO-1 building kit for fans of LEGO bricks and Ghostbusters looking to build their next model car or simply relax with an immersive hands-on hobby projectHacker News - We're two middle school teachers learning and teaching Python [audio] | Hacker NewsTeaching Python Episode 68: Learning How To Learn with Barbara Oakley — This week, Kelly & Sean chat with Barbara Oakley, author of the upcoming books Uncommon Sense Teaching and Learn Like a Pro. Together, we talk about everything from learning Russian to the ways that the brain processes information and how teachers can best help students learn.Teaching Python Episode 67: Mu Editor: Part 1 of the Education IDE Series — Kelly and Sean kick off part 1 of their Education IDE series with Nick Tollervey and the Mu Editor, a Python editor for beginners with modes for "pure Python," MicroPython, CircuitPython, PyGame, Flask web apps, and more.JoBase | Home — Welcome to JoBase
    JoBase is aimed at beginner coders who want to have fun making games with Python.
    Follow steps below to prepare your computer for JoBase.

    • 51 min
    Helping Kids Navigate the Online World with Richard Culatta

    Helping Kids Navigate the Online World with Richard Culatta

    We sometimes make assumptions when it comes to students and using technology, that students are savvy tech users. Although coding curriculum lends itself easily to incorporating many digital citizenship skills, even the best Computer Science course may not focus as much as you think on directly teaching these important skills. Furthermore, it is a lot of pressure for just one class to bear.
    In this episode of Teaching Python, Kelly and Sean speak with Richard Culatta CEO of International Society for Technology in Education and author of the book, “Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World and discuss ways that we can keep kids coding and being “active citizens” in their online and physical world!
    Special Guest: Richard Culatta.
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    Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World by Richard Culatta — When it comes to raising children in a digital world, every parent feels underprepared and overwhelmed. We worry that our children will become addicted to online games, be victims of cyberbullying, or get lost down the rabbit hole of social media. We warn them about all the things they shouldn't do online, but we don't do nearly enough to teach them the skills of digital well-being.We are ISTE | ISTE — We help educators around the world use technology to solve tough problems.Circuit Playground Bluefruit - Bluetooth Low Energy : ID 4333 : $24.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits — Circuit Playground Bluefruit is our third board in the Circuit Playground series, another step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the popular Circuit Playground Express and made it even better! Now the main chip is an nRF52840 microcontroller which is not only more powerful, but also comes with Bluetooth Low Energy support for wireless connectivity.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Holiday Gift Guide

    Holiday Gift Guide

    It's the most wonderful time of the year as Kelly and Sean put together a gift guide for techie kids! From transformable robots to glowing toys to soldering stations, we cover the items on our lists for the holidays. Check the show notes for links that support the podcast!
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    Amazon.com : Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification) : Electronics — Useful and fun for students, collectors, testers, and anyone interested in exploring the microscopic world. Includes a microscope camera yet cannot be used as a document cameraHakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D FX-888 (blue & yellow): Power Soldering Accessories: Amazon.com: Tools & Home Improvement — Introducing the HAKKO FX-888D Excellent thermal recovery Heater output has been increased by 30% compared to that of the conventional models HAKKO 936·937. Also FX-888D delivers excellent thermal recovery by using T18 series tips for their terrific heat conductivity. Amazon.com: Otamatone [English Edition] Japanese Electronic Musical Instrument Portable Synthesizer from Japan by Cube/Maywa Denki, Black : Toys & Games — BEST SELLING – One of Japan's best selling musical Instrument Portable Synthesizer toys!
    FUN & EASY TO PLAY - You can create different sound and pitch by pressing down the middle part of the Otamatone. By sliding down your finger up and down, you can create higher and lower tone.
    Otamatone's face is made out of rubber, and by pushing his cheeks and making his mouth move around, the volume and the bass of the sound changes.
    When you press the cheek, mouth will open. It is a musical insturment, you can enjoy the sound.Amazon.com: ropoda Shut The Box Dice Game Wooden (2-4 Players) for Kids & Adults [4 Sided Large Wooden Board Game, 8 Dice + Shut The Box Rules] Amusing Game for Learning Addition, 8.6 Inches : Toys & Games — ROPODA Shut the Box is a game of dice, commonly played by 2 to 4 people. Unconfirmed histories of the game could go back to 12th century Normandy. In pubs, Shut the Box is traditionally played as a gambling game. But nowadays, it becomes a popular board game during family events, party and festivals.Adafruit CLUE - nRF52840 Express with Bluetooth LE : ID 4500 : $44.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits — Get a CLUE here at Adafruit by picking up this sensor-packed development board. We wanted to build some projects that have a small screen and a lot of sensors. To make it compatible with existing projects, we made it the same shape and size as the BBC micro:bit and with the same edge-connector on the bottom with 5 big pads so it will fit into your existing robot kit or 'bit add-on.T9 Interstellar Agent — It may look like just a great fun toy, but T9 – the most advanced, programmable auto-converting vehicle to robot on the market -- is much, much more than that. Control it with a mobile device or with voice commands.

    T9 is also your shortest path to a rich learning experience -- for kids of any age who are excited by the field of robotics, one of the hottest technologies in the world today.Amazon.com: Tamagotchi Star Wars: R2-D2 Classic White (88821) : Everything Else — Train R2-D2 to master various skills with STAR WARSTM R2-D2 TAMAGOTCHI. Take care of R2-D2 by keeping him charged and clean and by playing two mini-games (firefighting and Dejarik “holochess”). There are 19 skills for R2-D2 to learn and 7 mini-games for him to unlock, depending on his skill level. Make sure you keep your R2-D2 happy. If you neglect him for too long, the Jawas may take him away!reMarkable 2 | reMarkable — Take handwritten notes, read, and review documents

    Take notes directly on PDFs

    Paper-like writing and reading

    All your notes, organized and accessible on all devicesCircuit Playground Bluefruit - Bluetooth Low Energy : ID 4333 : $24.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronic

    • 35 min
    Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Becky Smethurst

    Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Becky Smethurst

    This week Sean and Kelly are joined by Dr. Becky Smethurst from Oxford to talk about code and science. Dr. Becky is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Each week, she publishes a video on her YouTube channel explaining a bit about space,
    Special Guest: Becky Smethurst.
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    Dr. Becky - YouTube — Your friendly neighbourhood astrophysicist.

    I'm Dr Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford. I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don't know. 5 ways I use code as an astrophysicist - YouTube — I could not get my science done if I did not know how to code. Here are 5 things I use it for. Space at the Speed of Light: The History of 14 Billion Years for People Short on Time , Smethurst, Dr Becky - Amazon.com — From the big bang to black holes, this fast-paced illustrated tour of time and space for the astro-curious unlocks the science of the stars to reveal fascinating theories, surprising discoveries, and ongoing mysteries in modern astronomy and astrophysics.

    • 45 min
    Working with Student Data

    Working with Student Data

    This episode is all about working with the data we generate for students, whether it's in the classroom, your school, or your district. Special guest star Rusti Gregory joins us to talk about his transition from the classroom to the data manager role.
    Special Guest: Rusti Gregory.
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    Trick or Treat for Programmers — Sure, you know Trick OR Treat, but how about Trick XNOR Treat?

    • 39 min
    Python Hardware in the Classroom

    Python Hardware in the Classroom

    Kelly and Sean revisit some of our favorite hardware that we use to teach Python. From the various versions of the BBC micro:bit to the ecosystem of CircuitPython boards, we talk about all the pros and cons!


    Whether you're just getting started with using Python in hardware or you're a seasoned teacher, this episode should have something for everyone. We use hardware to give tactile and tangible feedback for our students when they write code. Students learn to do everything from make lights blink and shimmer to driving motors to using sensors to measure the environment.


    Join us on a journey into Python hardware!
    Support Teaching Python
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    CircuitPython — CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimenting and learning to code on low-cost microcontroller boards.Micro:bit Educational Foundation | micro:bit — Get creative, get connected, get coding!

    The pocket-sized computer transforming the worldPython Editor for micro:bit — Code and flash the micro:bit using the webCode With Mu — Code with Mu: a simple Python editor for beginner programmers.Amazon.com: Yahboom Micro:bit Expansion Board Piano Development Board for BBC Microbit Accessories for STEM Learning Code Compatible with Micro:bit V2 V1.5 (Micro:bit NOT Include) : Musical Instruments — Mini Piano Keyboard 】It possess 7 white note buttons, 5 black note buttons, 3 pitch buttons to switch high, medium and low tone, can play complete tune.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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