[Edu-sig] Mentoring experiences
urnerk at qwest.net
Sat Nov 6 00:46:35 CET 2004
So I met with my 3rd grader this afternoon.
He was happy to have finally gotten Fedora running on a donated ThinkPad.
He suggested I add IDLE to the Gnome taskbar, which I did -- he had no
We hooked the ThinkPad to a classroom projector while booting a few Windows
machines (2000 and 98) into IDLE. As other students dropped in, we did a
quick impromptu intro to Python. Use it as a calculator, write a basic
The word of the week at this school is:
return word + 'ed'
The first function added 'ed' to the end, which didn't make a lot of sense
with this word as input, but oh well. Better to use verbs.
We only had a few minutes today. I quickly showed how to save these as .py
files for later.
And the 8th grader and I have been corresponding by email a bit. He's
learned enough Python to figure out some Roman Catholic holy days.
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