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Sean Tibor and Kelly Paredes

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A podcast by Kelly Paredes and Sean Tibor about their adventures teaching middle school computer science, problem-solving, handling failure, frustration, and victory through the lens of the Python programming language. Kelly Paredes has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design and development. She currently teaches sixth and seventh-grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her fourth year using Python. Sean Tibor has worked in mar ...
 
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Sean and Kelly speak with Anaconda and their outreach program. Anaconda supports educators and learners with the ability to understand and interpret data. This leads to better decision-making and a world where people are empowered to create positive change. Episode Errata: The hackday event referenced in the episode was related to Pyscript and more…
 
Outside of Excel, you’ve seen and heard multiple data platforms on this newsletter and podcast. Everything from commercial data platforms to open-source platforms driven by communities. In this episode, you’ll hear the other side of the data platform ecosystem. David Yakobovitch is a general partner at DataPower Ventures, a venture capital firm tha…
 
Harry and Anna are high-school students who are passionate about coding, engineering, and design. When they’re not doing their homework, they’re busy writing tutorials, designing website wireframes, and planning the next courses for Mission Encodeable. Special Guests: Anna Wake and Harry Wake. Support Teaching Python Links: Mission Encodeable | Fre…
 
In this episode, Sean and Kelly talk with Computer Science and STEM teachers about our wins, our failures, and all about teaching Python. We're joined by teachers Dottie Holland, Andre Chmielewski, and Andy Colley to talk about everything from our favorite teaching resources, what it's like to teach after the exams are over, why Python over other l…
 
Holy cannoli. Somehow we’ve hit 100 hundred episodes of the Dear Analyst podcast. This podcast started off as an experiment because I was lazy and got tired of writing. I figured speaking about Excel and data analytics would be easier than coming up with prose. Ironically, I’m still writing because all the show notes for each episode are summarized…
 
MLOps, neuromorphic computing, next-generation enterprises. These are concepts you generally don’t hear about in the field of data analytics. This episode shows that you can parlay a career in data analysis into any field you want. That’s exactly what Ryan Cunningham did to become a Senior Associate Builder at AI Fund. Ryan studied finance and comp…
 
When you’re working in a marketing or advertising agency, you’ll work with clients across various industries. The data you analyze will also vary client to client, giving you exposure to various datasets and the business logic that drives these datasets. Wacarra Yeomans started her career as a graphic designer in the agency world. She always had a …
 
As a flex player on a data team, you might play the role of a data scientist, data analyst, or data engineer. Sarah Krasnik is one of those people who has held all these roles. In this conversation, Sarah gets into the weeds of what most data analysts do: helping business partners make better decisions with data. Prior to her current role as an ind…
 
What did the developer say to the DBA? It doesn’t matter, the answer is “no.” I’ve never worked with a database administrator (DBA) before but know they play an important part in the data lifecycle at a company. Sean Scott stumbled into the DBA world and has been in this field for 25+ years. He started his career working at a consumer electronics m…
 
In this episode, we will learn about the new features of this great alpha product for the micro:bit. Its main goals are to make coding with Python per se and Python on the micro:bit more accessible: An appealing user interface with bright colours Contextual help and autocomplete Example snippets of code you can browse and insert, like browsing bloc…
 
The motivation for this post/episode is a selfish one (scroll to the very bottom or skip to the end of the podcast to see why). As I thought about the framing of this post during my normal “thinking” moments (commuting, on the toilet, during useless meetings), I realized I’m going to take a different approach to why people should and shouldn’t use …
 
A common theme I’ve noticed from talking with many data analysts and data engineers is that they didn’t come from a “data” background. Helen Mary Barrameda someone who exemplifies this theme. She is based in the Philippines and started her career as a freelance writer in 2004 writing lifestyle pieces. She used her earnings from her writing gigs to …
 
We welcome David Cavallo an entrepreneur in using technologies to improve learning and promote social equitable development. Our topic this week is equitable computation learning and the reasons and methods for it. Special Guest: David Cavallo. Support Teaching Python Links: Amazon - Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50: Future Visions of…
 
This episode is quite different from other episodes for a few reasons. One, it’s the first time I’ve had two guests on the show at the same time. Second, it’s the first time I’ve had educators on the show. Third, the guests have a podcast about Python so they taught me a thing or two about interviewing guests on a show :). Kelly Schuster-Paredes st…
 
Kelly and Sean debrief on PyCon US 2022 on Sunday morning before flying home. From the Education Summit to the Expo Hall to the Talk Track, we cover it all. Most importantly, we cover the best food and coffee to check out for next year in Salt Lake City! Note - this is a live debrief with no editing. Enjoy! Support Teaching Python Links: Learn Pyth…
 
Data can come from different places, and one area I don’t hear about too often is from vehicles. Victor Rodrigues is from Brazil and transitioned into a career in data six years ago. Before that, he was working in various IT including network and infrastructure administration. He eventually relocated to Dublin working as a cloud specialist for Micr…
 
In the 2007 film, Shift Happens, Carl Fisch (later modified by Scott Mcleod) stated that “The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” Although the 65% figure …
 
In the 2007 film, Shift Happens, Carl Fisch (later modified by Scott Mcleod) stated that “The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” Although the 65% figure …
 
In the 2007 film, Shift Happens, Carl Fisch stated that “The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” While the data that was used during the video cannot be c…
 
In this episode, Sean and Kelly talk about the future. Looking into the past 20 years+ years of teaching and looking back at how we were taught as children, what has changed? Just as our teachers prepared us for our present, how are we preparing our students? We should no longer try to prepare our students for jobs that may not be there when they e…
 
Most people think of Requests as an intermediate or advanced area of Python, but what happens when we turn it loose on beginner programmers? Spoiler - lots of learning and surprises! Requests is a popular Python library for making HTTP requests in a simplified, elegant way. As the one of the top 10 most downloaded packages on PyPI.org, it's used ac…
 
Continuing on conversations about tech for good, helping our students build global competence, and preparing our children to be successful in an ever increasing digital world, Kelly and Sean speak with Will Richardson, founder of the Big Questions Institute. “Are we preparing students to identify and confront problems they care about, collaborate b…
 
This week, Kelly and Sean look over all that happened in 2021 for Teaching Python and commit to some bigger goals for 2022. What were the highlights according to our co-hosts? From the great guests to the wins in the classroom, Kelly and Sean catch up and kick off the new year together. Support Teaching Python Links: Amazon.com: Think Again: The Po…
 
We sometimes make assumptions when it comes to students and using technology, that students are savvy tech users. Although coding curriculum lends itself easily to incorporating many digital citizenship skills, even the best Computer Science course may not focus as much as you think on directly teaching these important skills. Furthermore, it is a …
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year as Kelly and Sean put together a gift guide for techie kids! From transformable robots to glowing toys to soldering stations, we cover the items on our lists for the holidays. Check the show notes for links that support the podcast! Support Teaching Python Links: Amazon.com : Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microsc…
 
This week Sean and Kelly are joined by Dr. Becky Smethurst from Oxford to talk about code and science. Dr. Becky is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Each week, she publishes a video on her YouTube channel explaining a bit about space, Special Guest: Becky Smethurst. Support Teaching Python Links: Dr. Becky - YouTube — Your frien…
 
This episode is all about working with the data we generate for students, whether it's in the classroom, your school, or your district. Special guest star Rusti Gregory joins us to talk about his transition from the classroom to the data manager role. Special Guest: Rusti Gregory. Support Teaching Python Links: Trick or Treat for Programmers — Sure…
 
Kelly and Sean revisit some of our favorite hardware that we use to teach Python. From the various versions of the BBC micro:bit to the ecosystem of CircuitPython boards, we talk about all the pros and cons! Whether you're just getting started with using Python in hardware or you're a seasoned teacher, this episode should have something for everyon…
 
Kelly and Sean interview Tom Lauwers, founder and CEO of BirdBrain Technologies about the role of robotics in the computer science classroom. We've used the Finch 2.0 robot, which is designed to use the BBC micro:bit as a foundation for coding and computer science. Whether you're in a traditional classroom, teaching after school, or just trying to …
 
Kelly and Sean discuss their latest experiments in the classroom, including student peer code reviews, testing code for correctness, and creating comfy environments for coding. Support Teaching Python Links: EarSketch — EarSketch helps you * Learn coding through music * Use our sounds or your own * Learn Python or JavaScript code * Produce studio-q…
 
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