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Weekly python live coding remote learning lessons

Weekly 10-15 min YouTube python video for students, teachers and parents with interactive remote learning activities

Pete Dring

Created by Pete Dring
last edited Jul 12 2021 by Pete Dring

These resources were originally released each week through the first COVID lockdown from March-Jul 2020 to support remote learning but I’m carrying them on as homework challenges for my Y10 students.

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:

  1. Improve your code typing speed and accuracy by typing out the code featured in the live coding video. Suitable for beginners

  2. Try out and adapt the code in your browser. Suitable for most students

  3. Tease out the key skills and concepts covered by the code with a KPRIDE activity. Suitable for most students

  4. 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.

More details here: or there’s an overview video here:

Episode 1: Boredom Buster: Random activity chooser:

Episode 2: Make a quiz:

Episode 3: Abstract art cartoon graphics:

Episode 4: Rainbow iteration:

Episode 5: Old McDonald had a CowPy:

Episode 6: Iteration Firework display:

Episode 7: Magic Button with tkinter GUIs :

Episode 8: Making games with PyGameZero:

Episode 9: Pixel art and images:

Episode 10: Animation on a BBC micro:bit (no device required):

Episode 11: Using lists to generate a random story:

Episode 12: Logging in with password hashes:

Episode 13: Encryption with a caesar cipher:

Episode 14: Robotics with a Raspberry Pi:

Episode 15: Writing data to a file:

Episode 16: Reading data from a file:

Episode 17: Validation (countdown timer):

Episode 18: Arithmetic operators (change calculator):

Episode 19: Sequence (Remembrance day):

Episode 20: Repetition and Iteration (Anti Bullying Week):

Episode 21: Data Types:

Episode 22: Secret Santa (File handling):

Episode 23: String manipulation (Palindrome detector):

Episode 24: String manipulation / MOD (Christmas Countdown):

Episode 25: Lists (Moon craters):

Episode 26: For loops (rainbows):

Episode 27: Procedures (stars):

Episode 28: Functions (password strength):

Episode 29: Lists (national storytelling week):

Episode 30: Sub programs, lists and CSV files (Safer Internet Day):

Episode 31: String formatting (Frequency Analysis):

Episode 32: 2D Lists (World Maths Day):

Episode 33: Validation (Mothers Day):

Episode 34: Micro:bit Red Nose Day (animation):

Episode 35: Time Zone Calculator (validation):

Episode 36: Martian Weight Calculator (arithmetic operators):

Episode 37: Password chooser (functions and procedures):

Episode 38: Password chooser (functions and procedures):

Episode 39: McDonalds Menu (Reading from a file):

Episode 40: Chocolate Cookies (Reading from a file):

Episode 41: Homework Excuse Generator (Writing to a file):

Episode 42: Drawing rainbows (Turtle graphics):

Episode 43: Turtle races (Turtle graphics):

Episode 44: Loading images from a file (Turtle graphics):

Episode 45: Greyscale images (Turtle graphics):

Episode 46: Colour images (Turtle graphics):

Episode 47: The Olympics (Turtle graphics):

Overview of how to use the remote learning resources & activities:

I’ve added a teacher guide here:

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!

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