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A Project-Driven Approach to Teaching Python: A Showcase of Student Work and Achievements

One of the greatest advantages the teaching of the Digital Technologies has over most other schooling disciplines is the ease and speed with which students can see the result of their learning. New knowledge and skills go from being concepts they've never seen before to working code and applications very quickly, resources to assist them are everywhere, and feedback throughout the learning process is immediate. This presentation demonstrates some of the work graduating students from my Year 12 class have produced in their final year - projects that demonstrate mastery of computer science concepts like path finding, Bayesian spam filters, Markov chain-based predictive text generators and Artificial Intelligence algorithms. With the right support and guidance, students can go from programming novices to Python ninjas in a time frame as short as two years. Come along and see what high school students are capable of, and how we can help them get there!

Bruce Fuda

Bruce Fuda is currently the Associate Principal and Director of Technologies at Gungahlin College in the ACT. He has been teaching programming to students in years 6-12 since 2005 - the majority of those years using Python as the primary programming language. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the development of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies during the writing phase and has been involved in projects across multiple Australian jurisdictions developing teacher capability and lesson resources to support the implementation of the curriculum. He is also President of Information Technology Educators ACT (InTEACT), an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator and was recently named the 2016 Australian ICT Educator of the Year. He believes that the skills and knowledge that you develop through an understanding of the digital technologies are the modern equivalent of magic, and wants to see all students have the opportunity to become masters of this mystical art.