Introducing Object-Oriented Programming To Teachers
Written by Lucy Black   
Tuesday, 05 September 2017

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a new course Future Learn. Aimed at teachers, this four week course sets out to introduce the principles of object-oriented programming while creating an adventure game in Python and has just started its first ever presentation.

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Given the popularity of the Raspberry Pi as a means of teaching computer science in schools, it's not surprising that the Raspberry Pi Foundation is concerned with training teachers. As we reported when they were launched in February, its first MOOCs on the Future Learn platform were

Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python

Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

Both these 4-week courses have recently restarted and there's still time to join in.


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The new course, Object-oriented programming in Python, started on September 4th and lasts 4 weeks requiring 2 hours per week. It is free although if you want unlimited access to its materials and a Certificate of Achievement this costs £69 plus shipping. 

According to Future Learn:

This course is designed to take you through four weeks of learning about object-oriented programming. It is aimed at educators who have a bit of programming experience, but have never programmed in the object-oriented style. At the end of the course you will understand the difference between procedural and object-oriented programming styles. The course is very practical, giving you a chance to apply new knowledge by completing a range of programming tasks. If you wish, you can reuse these tasks to teach your own learners.

This video by its lead educator, Laura Sachs explains how the course is intended to take participants coding to the next level by learning object oriented principles through creating a text-based adventure game:

 

 

Another initiative we previously reported from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is Hello World, an online a print magazine for computing education. Its third edition is now available to coincide with the start of the Autumn term.

 

More Information

Object-oriented programming in Python

Hello World website

 

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