Tag Archives: python

Nice to have help from your friends – Catalyst

It is quite challenging for teachers to get their heads around new programming (and other) standards notwithstanding moderators reports, exemplars etc… especially with time, expertise and budget constraints. With new Level 2 and 3 programming standards being implemented, there is … Continue reading

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Python in New Zealand

Interesting little publication that found its way to my desk at school. Not surprising given Python is now taught in many secondary schools, and from 2019 I started teaching it at Year 10. Most students prefer Python to Scratch even … Continue reading

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Datacom support for teachers appreciated

I have just finished facilitating a Level 3 Python course for teachers covering object orientated programming and event driven programming via a Graphical user Interface. Being a course for teachers, pedagogical practices and assessment design were integrated, this is important … Continue reading

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Mention in Datacom annual report…

As the facilitator of the above mentioned course I am pleased it is successful. Full report can be found here.

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Persistence and systematic problem solving required for programmers

The code below was expected to generate the above example of using an image as background to a window. It didn’t. And after a couple of hours I only just got it working. The problem was largely the development environment … Continue reading

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Datacom hosts Level 2 Programming course

I spent part of the school holidays at Datacom, Wellington, teaching teachers how to teach Level 2 programming using Python (both technical and pedagogical aspects). As a follow on to the course, participants have access to technical support, advice and moderation (at … Continue reading

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The Teachers Register and the smart young lady

I recently made a renewed attempt to get a complete copy of the Teachers Register in CSV format – for teaching SQL. (See previous attempt) My request was declined, again and I have lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman. To … Continue reading

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Datacom generosity in support of Teachers learning Programming

I just spent the last two days teaching 16 Teachers from around New Zealand  NCEA Level 1 programming.  We had the added complication of also teaching them how to program in Python(an open source programming language) – many doing programming … Continue reading

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Python quiz question

I gave the following code to my Year 12 class and asked them what it would output (multichoice): age = 14; driversage=16; print (“You are:”, age, “the drivers age is:”, driverage, “Sorry you have”, driversage-age, “years to go”) They had to … Continue reading

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Python vs. Perl humour

Python vs. Perl according to Yoda — EXTERIOR: DAGOBAH — DAY With Yoda strapped to his back, Luke climbs up one of the many thick vines that grow in the swamp until he reaches the Dagobah statistics lab. Panting heavily, … Continue reading

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