[Edu-sig] Fwd: [SIGCSE-members] Python environment - web based?

Andrew Harrington aharrin at luc.edu
Wed Jun 29 17:03:28 CEST 2011

This is a good subject to revisit, on web based Python.  I like his interest
in Python+math, too.

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From: Matt Brenner <mbrenner at csteachlearn.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Subject: [SIGCSE-members] Python environment - web based?
To: SIGCSE-members at listserv.acm.org


As long as Python environments are on the table...

Does anyone know if there is a web-based Python environment available? I am
working to weave together the traditional, analytical approach to math with
a computational approach. I call the approach CAAMPS (Computationally
Augmented Approach to Math and Problem Solving). The first implementation
will be for sixth grade public schools with average, high-stakes math scores
in the 2nd quartile (25th - 50th percentiles).

Getting software installed on K-12 computers can be very difficult. To avoid
that collection of problems, I would like to be able to host a development
environment on my own servers, so the students will need nothing more than a
web browser (and Internet connection). Does anyone know of any off-the-shelf
solutions? Though I'm leaning toward Python, I'm not yet committed.

By the way, I previously posted a link to a long essay, "The Four Pillars
Upon Which the Failure of Math Education Rests (and what to do about them),"
describing the state of math education and the basis for CAAMPS:


In the interest of brevity, I have boiled it down in an Executive Summary:


Comments are always appreciated.


Dr. Andrew N. Harrington
  Computer Science Department
  Loyola University Chicago
  512B Lewis Towers (office)
  Snail mail to Lewis Towers 416
  820 North Michigan Avenue
  Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-915-7982
Fax:    312-915-7998
aharrin at luc.edu
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