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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.

  • Episode 82: Helping Kids Navigate the Online World with Richard Culatta


    January 3rd, 2022
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    1 hr 4 mins


    coding, computer science, digital citizenship, education, teaching

    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!

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    Episode 81: Holiday Gift Guide


    December 13th, 2021
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    35 mins 29 secs


    games, gifts, technology, toys

    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!

  • Episode 80: Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Becky Smethurst


    November 29th, 2021
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    45 mins 46 secs


    astrophysics, education, python, science, space

    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,

  • Episode 79: Working with Student Data


    November 18th, 2021
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    39 mins 58 secs


    data, education, python, student data, teaching

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    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.

  • Episode 78: Python Hardware in the Classroom


    November 3rd, 2021
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    1 hr 5 mins


    circuitpython, hardware, micropython, python, teaching

    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!

  • Episode 76: Current Teaching Experiments


    September 28th, 2021
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    37 mins 45 secs


    code reviews, coding, python, teaching, testing

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    Kelly and Sean discuss their latest experiments in the classroom, including student peer code reviews, testing code for correctness, and creating comfy environments for coding.

  • Episode 75: Lunch with Kelly & Sean


    September 9th, 2021
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    47 mins 5 secs


    livestream, python, teaching

    A lunchtime livestream with Kelly and Sean talking about setting up learning environments for students, coaching and setting high expectations for students, and the new tools we’re using this year for teaching code.

  • Episode 74: Bringing CS Standards to Life


    August 5th, 2021
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    53 mins 35 secs


    computer_science, csta, teaching

    With the new school year upon us, we’re talking about CSTA standards and how they can be applied to the classroom environment. Join Kelly and Sean as they talk through ways to plan, deliver, and assess CS student standards.

  • Episode 73: Designing Curriculum with Quinten Sheriff


    July 23rd, 2021
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    56 mins 17 secs


    curriculum, python, teaching

    The Teaching Python podcast speaks with Quinten Sheriff COncordia , an Instructional Designer, e-learning implementation specialist, and curriculum developer with global experience on four continents. A systems thinker who uses instructional models such as ADDIE, AGILE, SAM, ARCS.

    In this episode, we will explore topics such as designing curriculum for the next year, and what it means to design for instruction versus designing for content.

  • Episode 72: Catching Up


    July 6th, 2021
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    1 hr 5 mins


    learning, machine learning, python, teaching

    It’s been a few weeks since we recorded, so this week’s episode is all about catching up on listener questions and mail. Highlights include the new AWS machine learning course we’re taking, whether we’d rather be teachers or coders, and the new Adafruit hardware we’re trying.

  • Episode 71: Summer Professional Development with John Mikton


    June 21st, 2021
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    1 hr 16 mins


    learning, professional development, python, summer, teaching

    With summer finally here in the northern hemisphere, Kelly and Sean meet with John Mikton from the Principals Training Center to talk about professional development resources for teachers during these long summer days. From technical resources to pedagogical research to classroom layout ideas, we’ll talk about some of the things we’re excited to learn this summer.

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  1. I'd be elated to see a school program which just gives out PI Zeros.

    At 10$ each kids can lose or break em. Now I'm imagining some super programmer origin story, where a old Unix coder gives a poor kid a PI and said kid ends up at Google later.

    Back before I got my first salary job I was building apps on a old laptop. While struggling with Windows , Ubuntu ran like a champ.

    I largely learned to program on that thing, got my first salary job and now I can buy whatever computer I want.

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