Creative coding with Pythonby Ivana Vezjak
Moving from visual to text-based programming is a natural flow in coding. While visual programming is often great for beginners, after a while, students may crave a new challenge. Text-based programming is the next step for anyone who wants to dive further into programming and computational thinking.
In this video, Ivana Vezjak introduces you to Python’s basic syntax. Python is one of the most popular programming languages today, used in many fields like data science, AI, machine learning, web development, etc. While Python is a powerful programming language used by experienced programmers, it can be used even by those without any coding experience because of its simplicity and clear syntax.
With Python, students can create quizzes about historical events, solve math problems and make physics simulations, create games, build websites, conduct data analysis for scientific projects, and much more. Python has a rich and extensive standard library, a large community, and a great number of tutorials and projects available online, which can be used for teaching, learning, and practicing. By coding in Python, analysing programs, and fixing bugs, students develop creativity and learn how to be consistent, persistent, and patient. They learn analytical thinking and problem-solving skills by breaking down complex problems into smaller components. These competences will help them in how they approach problems in every other domain of their lives.
Ready to share what you learnt with your students?
Choose one of the lesson plans below and organize an activity with your students.
- My first quiz, for Primary School
- Hangman, for Lower Secondary School
- Guess the flag!, for Upper Secondary School
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Invent your own computer games with Python
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Hour of Python
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