[Edu-sig] Teaching GUI's in Python?

Brian Wilkinson Brian.Wilkinson at ssfs.org
Wed Nov 9 17:58:30 CET 2011

Hello everyone,

Our upper school, looking to beef up their technology offerings, offered an introductory programming course this year using Python.  I am normally a technology coordinator, supporting teachers and students, but was tapped to teach this class (which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far).  The purpose of this course is to try and get kids excited about programming and so I would like to teach them a bit about graphics and GUI's.  My initial thought was just to have them work with tkinter, as that (to me) seems the easiest path.  After doing some reading, it looks as though wxPython and pyQt are popular options as well.

So finally to the questions:

1) Is teaching basic graphics too ambitious for an introductory course?
2) If the answer to #1 is no, do folks out there have suggestions for the best tool to use with the students?

I have enjoyed reading this group this year.  It has been a big help.

Brian Wilkinson
Sandy Spring Friends School
Technology Resource Coordinator

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

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