[K12OSN] OT: Who is teaching Python?

Vern Ceder vceder at canterburyschool.org
Wed Jun 21 00:50:40 UTC 2006

We teach Python to our 9th grade Intro to Computer class and (for 6 class
periods) to our 8th graders. They all seem to pick it up fairly quickly.
We've found simple graphics using the turtle module is a good introduction
and the LiveWires libraries (http://www.livewires.org.uk) enable very
simple graphics game programming with very little learning curve. We've
also used PyGame in a more advanced elective, and it worked well.


> After reading these links
> http://www.byteofpython.info/
> http://ibiblio.org/obp/thinkCS/python.php
> http://www.cs.sfu.ca/CC/120/ggbaker/references
> I am seriously considering switching from teaching C++ to Python next
> year in my intro course using my k12ltsp lab.
> 1) How many other teachers on this list teach Python? I would love to
> hear your experiences/recommendations for or against.
> 2) One thing I am worried about is if 30 kids are running a python
> script. Will that bring my server (dual Xeon 2.8 / 4G ram) to it's
> knees?
> 3) Anyone have success teaching pygame at the senior high school
> level? Kids love to program games!
> --
> Robert Arkiletian
> Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
> Fl_TeacherTool http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/Fl_TeacherTool/
> C++ GUI tutorial http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/
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Vern Ceder, Director of Technology
Canterbury School, 3210 Smith Road, Ft Wayne, IN 46804
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