December 12, 2015

Pycubator - Open Source Python Training

Preparing to teach my first Python class, I searched the web for teaching materials I can use and came up almost empty handed. There is a great variety of Python open books like Dive into Python and How to Think Like a Computer Scientist but they are all for autodidactic purposes and not for classroom teaching. Pycubator is my attempt at establishing an open source Python training slides and exercises that the community of Python teachers can use and hopefully contribute to. Read more

September 23, 2015

Project-based learning

Context The Python course I’m instructing at Avratech (see earlier post and CNN story) is advancing and the students are already a month and a half into their group projects. This post is about my personal experience with shifting my class from teacher-led learning to project-based (learning), but first, have a look at the 5 beautiful projects they’re working on (you might want to use Google to translate the websites if your Hebrew reading skills aren’t in shape ☺): Read more

July 10, 2015

Teaching Python to Haredim (and a CNN visit)

For the last couple of months I’ve been involved in a great project: getting Haredic (ultra-orthodox jews) man into the software world! Last week, we got an exciting visit from Oren Libermann, a CNN reporter, who published this nice story. My job in the training process is to teach them the Python programing language. Were doing a 3 month course, in which we go from learning the basic features of the language to writing a full blown (but small) software project. Read more

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