[IPython-dev] ipythonblocks & PyCon Talk

Matt jiffyclub at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 21:54:40 EST 2013

Hi all,

One of the (many) reasons I love the IPython Notebook is its potential for education. One way it can be leveraged is via the rich outputs possible, which allowed me to write the ipythonblocks package. ipythonblocks provides an object that displays itself as a colored HTML table that students can manipulate. See my blog post here: http://j.mp/ZNEBM5.

The Notebook has other education friendly properties, especially its ability to stand alone as a self-contained environment. No switching between editors, shells, and docs… At PyCon in March I'm going to be giving a talk on teaching with the Notebook (http://j.mp/TNSzda). I'll probably spend a couple minutes of the talk relaying thoughts and anecdotes from other Software Carpentry instructors and I'd like to invite anyone here who uses the Notebook as a teaching tool to send me any particularly compelling stories that illustrate the Notebook's value in the classroom.


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