Python Fundamentals for Secondary Teachers

Sanjin Dedic
Teacher, Robotics Engineer, Learning Designer
Learn the foundations of Python slowly and methodically, then use them to write a set of engaging python programs that your students will love.
Target Audience
Secondary Digital Technologies Teachers
12 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Python is an interpreted text based general purpose programming language, which is a key requisite of the 7-10 Digital Technologies Curriculum. Python is also the only professional programming language that was designed with beginners in mind, it is intuitive and easy to use.
This course is designed to help you both teach and assess the fundamental concepts of Python. The course slowly and methodically illustrates the core concepts: variables, user inputs, loops and if/else statements. These are repeatedly used in 3 text based applications as well as a set of visual activities using the graphical interface called Turtle.
Topics covered:
• Variables in Python (strings, Integers and floating point numbers)
• If /Elif / Else statements
• User inputs (saved as strings and integers)
• For and while loops
• Program Flowcharts
• Visual representation of code through the Turtle module

Audience

Secondary Digital Technologies Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Begin the course when it suits you. After completing the course you will still have ongoing access to review content.

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The online course covers all the concepts in great detail with video tutorials. The learning sequence is more methodical and systematic online, the online course is designed for an adult learner to acquire knowledge most effectively whereas the live course is designed to simulate the classroom environment with teamwork and student engagement playing a big part.

The online course also has built-in quizzes and self-marking coding exercises. My recommendation is for teachers to complete the online course over a week, working an hour or so each day. This is an easier way to absorb the material

Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.2.2 Proficient Level – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 7 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.6.2, 3.2.2 & 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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Sessions

Core Concepts

2 hours and 30 minutes

In this block of tutorials we cover variables, user inputs, if/elif/else statements and loops. All of these are covered with both text and visual outputs.

This part of the course also includes a quiz and a set of online exercises

Functions

30 minutes

In this set of tutorials we learn how to write functions in python and how to apply them to both organize complex code and increase functionality of visual programs

The section concludes with a quiz and a set of reflective questions

Dictionaries and Lists

1 hour

In this set of tutorials we are going to look at lists and dictionaries in Python and have a play with a list of string functions which can be used to improve a number of programs we created earlier

Pedagogy and Reflection

1 hour

In this set of tutorials we look at 3 pedagogical topics:
1. Pedagogical approaches to teaching Python (direct instruction, flipped learning and problem based learning)
2. Common mistakes and misconceptions of students
3. Extending advanced / gifted students

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

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Python Fundamentals for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
02/09/2019

Excellent – I was dreading doing coding as part of the new syllabus, however it was not that bad. A program of what to teach would be awesome!

Python Fundamentals for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
02/09/2019

Course progressed at a good pace. Content went from easy to some harder content.

Python Fundamentals for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
02/09/2019

Excellent Quality.
Great pesentation

Python Fundaments for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
22/12/2018

Excellent

Python Fundaments for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
22/12/2018

Good pace. And relevant content

Python Fundaments for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
22/12/2018

A good pace, but some spelling errors. The core concepts on variables, loops and IF THEN and functions were relevant, but not so much the dictionaries and lists.

Python Fundaments for Secondary Teachers - Sanjin Dedic
22/12/2018

Highly relevant. It addressed a number of the areas I will be needing a background it to teach programming to students.


About the team


Sanjin Dedic

Creator

Sanjin Dedić has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer. He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Queensland. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.