Python for Teachers

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Accepted Session
Long form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 1:45 – 3:30pm in Burnside

Excerpt

Bring your laptop with Python installed and follow along as we go through examples from a 21st century high school mathematics curriculum, such as we're currently prototyping and implementing in niche markets.

Description

Portland is at the cutting edge when it comes to pioneering a world class 21st century education for its students. The Silicon Forest is stepping up to the plate. Python plays a role in the action.

Starting with West Precinct, Hillsboro Police Department, Saturday Academy has been teaching FOSS concepts (free and open source software), later morphing into a more mainstream form of “Pythonic Math”. Winterhaven (Portland Public, a “geek hogwarts”) has also gotten in on the pilot studies

Kirby Urner, former math teacher and consultant to McGraw-Hill, veteran of OSCON, EuroPython and Pycon circuits, will give you the inside story on all of the above, having been an active player in helping Portland remain a “FOSS capital” (Christian Science Monitor, 2005). Kirby is a curriculum writer for 4D Solutions, also CMO for a FOSS project involving coffee shops. He is also an IEEE member and past web wrangler for the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI.org).

Bring your laptop with Python installed and follow along as we go through examples from a 21st century high school mathematics curriculum, such as we’re currently prototyping and implementing in niche markets.

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Kirby guy

    Kirby Urner

    4D Solutions

    Biography

    Kirby moved to Portland from Chicago when his dad joined the Portland Planning Bureau, after which the family moved overseas to serve planning clients in Libya, Philippines, Egypt, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Lesotho.

    Kirby attended Princeton University, focusing on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein for his thesis, while haunting the “E-Quad” (engineering quadrangle) for computer science courses, having fallen in love with APL (Princeton had scattered APL terminals, slaved to an IBM 370, throughout the campus).

    After serving as a mathematics teacher in an exclusive Catholic academy for young women, and as a contributing editor for computer literacy materials for McGraw-Hill in the 1980s, Kirby returned to Portland to pursue a career in programming in the not-for-profit sector, starting with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Center for Urban Education, and later as an associate with Dawn Wicca & Associates (DWA).

    Kirby’s background in philosophy and computer science continued to inform his approach to education whereas the development of the Internet enabled him to discover his global team of peers, including within the Python community.

    Sessions

      • Title: Python for Teachers
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Burnside
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Bring your laptop with Python installed and follow along as we go through examples from a 21st century high school mathematics curriculum, such as we’re currently prototyping and implementing in niche markets.

      • Speakers: Kirby Urner