Creator at Head Start Academy
The Vision for Head Start Academy:
I believe that coding is an extremely useful and universally valued skill. Today most students in Australia experience some coding in school or in after school programs. Some students enjoy it immensely and are left wanting more, these are the students I want to help. My goal is to build on that enthusiasm, introduce them to like minded peers and help them learn the skills and habits that will set them on a path to excellence in Computer Science.
In our classes students will experience the following:
• Small group learning: 6 - 12 students
• Instruction from an educator who has university level qualifications in both education and Digital Technologies
• Minute by minute peer and instructor feedback on their code
• Lifetime access to learning materials (videos + pdf guides) for all the content covered
• Research skills and best practice use of coding websites like Stack Overflow and GitHub.
I was a technology enthusiast from as long as I can remember with a special love for robots. I completed my Robotics degree at A.N.U and majored in Computer Vision. In 2012 after 5 years working as a Design Engineer, I decided to get into education. My first passion was bringing Arduino Programming and 3D printing to schools but I as the years went by Python became my new favourite toy for creating text based applications like chatbots and 2D games. Since 2015 I have been teaching part time while authoring books and online courses used by tens of thousands of students across Australia as well as doing extensive teaching training in collaboration with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria.
This is a freely available resource for students and teachers in Years 7-10 funded by the Education Services Australia
Teachers and students are led through a series of video tutorials to develop a Python program that can break down and analyse the content of a complete text, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and use smart sentiment analysis to attempt to determine the villain(s) and hero(es).
This is a free resource for students and teachers in Years 7-10 funded by the Education Services Australia
Teachers and students are led through the coding in Python of a chatbot, a conversational program capable of responding in varied ways to user input, including with the use of smart sentiment analysis. Each tutorial includes optional tinker challenges.
The books are co-authored with Nathan Alison and are exceptional in that they help students build habits which are best practice in the industry and differentiate each activity to 3 levels: Build, Tiinker and Jump Off
This is a video based online course designed to get professional developers up to speed with Pyhton.
This is an Online Course sponsored by DFRobot. It takes students through 30 Arduino electronics projects from the most basic breadboard circuit to advanced circuits involving libraries and 2D visualisation software called Processing
See first 15 tutorials: HERE