Weekly 10-15 min YouTube python video for students, teachers and parents with interactive remote learning activities
Created by Pete Dring
last edited Jan 19 2021 by Pete Dring
These resources were originally released each week through the first COVID lockdown from March-Jul 2020 to support remote learning. I took a break from weekly videos from Aug - November but I’ve relaunched them at the start of the second lockdown to support blended learning and and the new national lockdown.
Each lesson will link to a variety of free online remote learning activities. No downloads, installs or signups required - all browser based with some activities that anyone can do (type out the code as fast and as accurately as you can) and some that stretch the more confident programmers (debugging challenges and open ended create you own project ideas).
It’s mostly pitched at students from Y8-Y10. I’ve never done anything like this before so any feedback or suggestions for future project ideas are very welcome.
The plan is to take a problem solving approach rather than a sequential skills-based approach. There are other great tutorials out there that work through all of the python concepts for beginners from the ground up. The idea here is to teach students something new in the context of a real life problem to solve with some differentiated activities that are easy enough for beginners to complete and challenging enough to maintain the interest of more proficient young programmers.
Each video links to 4 free interactive remote learning activities:
Improve your code typing speed and accuracy by typing out the code featured in the live coding video. Suitable for beginners
Try out and adapt the code in your browser. Suitable for most students
Tease out the key skills and concepts covered by the code with a KPRIDE activity. Suitable for most students
Read up more on the theory and work through related code challenges. Suitable for those wanting to further develop their skills
KPRIDE is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning programming that builds on Sue Sentance’s PRIMM model. It aims to help students celebrate creativity and embrace mistakes as a necessary and fun way of learning.
Keywords: improve your vocabulary by identifying which line number you can find key python concepts in the code. Predict: improve your code comprehension by estimating what the code will do before you run it. Run: improve your understanding by comparing your prediction with what the code actually does. Investigate: feed your curiosity by tweaking the code. Debug: improve your resilience by fixing common mistakes. Extend: use your creativity to make your own projects.
Episode 1: Boredom Buster: Random activity chooser: https://live.withcode.uk/#e1
Episode 2: Make a quiz: https://live.withcode.uk/#e2
Episode 3: Abstract art cartoon graphics: https://live.withcode.uk/#e3
Episode 4: Rainbow iteration: https://live.withcode.uk/#e4
Episode 5: Old McDonald had a CowPy: https://live.withcode.uk/#e5
Episode 6: Iteration Firework display: https://live.withcode.uk/#e6
Episode 7: Magic Button with tkinter GUIs : https://live.withcode.uk/#e7
Episode 8: Making games with PyGameZero: https://live.withcode.uk/#e8
Episode 9: Pixel art and images: https://live.withcode.uk/#e9
Episode 10: Animation on a BBC micro:bit (no device required): https://live.withcode.uk/#e10
Episode 11: Using lists to generate a random story: https://live.withcode.uk/#e11
Episode 12: Logging in with password hashes: https://live.withcode.uk/#e12
Episode 13: Encryption with a caesar cipher: https://live.withcode.uk/#e13
Episode 14: Robotics with a Raspberry Pi: https://live.withcode.uk/#e14
Episode 15: Writing data to a file: https://live.withcode.uk/#e15
Episode 16: Reading data from a file: https://live.withcode.uk/#e16
Episode 17: Validation (countdown timer): https://live.withcode.uk/#e17
Episode 18: Arithmetic operators (change calculator): https://live.withcode.uk/#e18
Episode 19: Sequence (Remembrance day): https://live.withcode.uk/#e19
Episode 20: Repetition and Iteration (Anti Bullying Week): https://live.withcode.uk/#e20
Episode 21: Data Types: https://live.withcode.uk/#e21
Episode 22: Secret Santa (File handling): https://live.withcode.uk/#e22
Episode 23: String manipulation (Palindrome detector): https://live.withcode.uk/#e23
Episode 24: String manipulation / MOD (Christmas Countdown): https://live.withcode.uk/#e24
Episode 25: Lists (Moon craters): https://live.withcode.uk/#e25
Episode 26: For loops (rainbows): https://live.withcode.uk/#e26
Episode 27: Procedures (stars): https://live.withcode.uk/#e27
Overview of how to use the remote learning resources & activities: https://youtu.be/WQFSTIzAJsI
I’ve added a teacher guide here: https://bit.ly/python-remote-learning
You can use any of these as free, standalone activities with no signup or setup or you can create a free school account so you can track your students progress and join in with weekly competitions. It’s a very long way from perfect so do let me know if you’ve got any suggestions. I haven’t got oodles of time but I’ll do my best not to be too dismissive!