[Edu-sig] interactive python tutorial online (as tryruby)

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 20:17:37 CET 2008

try ruby! is pretty enticing, I agree, great use of AJAX to refresh
the cue cards at bottom.  Might be a fun Django project (I assume this
is Rails?).

I rarely have the challenge to initiate an interest in Python, as by
the time students have entered my class, studies the class
description, they've made up their minds.  Some of them have already
checked it out or used it in other classes.

Here's my current course description for Spring (written by Gail, other staff):

Computer Animation Programming

Supercharge your programming skills as you learn the software Star
Wars animators, Google engineers, and game designers use to make their
projects a success!

You will develop your Python skills using simple vector-based geometry
in an object-oriented approach. You'll get hands-on experience with
POV-Ray, a full-featured ray tracer that can create stunning
photo-realistic computer-generated images and animations and
experiment in VPython, a real-time game-like environment.

Other topics include data structures, classes and objects, control
statements, and reading and writing files.

I also don't work with children under 15 for the most part, and these
days am lucky to see anyone under 25 (I'm not a full time classroom
teacher, just venture there from my private sector perch in the
private sector).

I should remember my limited experience, as a former high school math
teacher in Jersey City, as an application developer.  I am not a
preschool specialist or administrator, although I did at one time
evaluate products aimed at this market for McGraw-Hill (a long time

Kirby Urner
@ Fine Grind (CFN)
Portland, Oregon

On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 12:21 AM, Jurgis Pralgauskis
<jurgis.pralgauskis at gmail.com> wrote:
> also would be a good to have interactive tutorial, which would
> comunicate with user/learner in similar manner as tryruby... or maybe
> more advanced chatbot..
> import intro
> or  learn, teachmeintro
> maybe smb knows of similar initiatives  ?
> and which text tutorial would you propose?
> I'd like it to be short kind of python in 5/10 minutes:
> http://www.poromenos.org/tutorials/python
> http://jamwt.com/misc/pyten.txt

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