Quote from glenn66 on December 5, 2011, 00:27
Looks interesting. I've had Python/Idle on my Windows laptop for a while and never really used it much, but I'll follow your blog and see how I get on.
Do. It's fun.
I'm still going to promote Gambas2 as an alternative for exam courses becuase of its proximity to VB, which love it or loathe it is what most ICT teachers are familiar with, but I can see the sense in switching to Python in time.
The problem with that, as I see it, is that the VB/ICT "comfort zone" is all to do with ICT and *not* to do with computer science. It might allow "less motivated" teachers to get up and running faster, but only *if* they are pushed to do so. That push, sadly, doesn't look like it's gonna come down from on high, which means that the driving force is going to be motivated teachers like yourself, and, with a bit of luck, those "higher up the food chain" who can be swayed to provide some support.
Keeping programming fun is vital, IMO, and anything that's even close to "scripting your spreadsheet" or "accessing a database" is orthogonal to fun. Even for me.
 I was going to add something along the lines of "if you're not willing to learn, you're not fit to teach", but I'll desist. I know how hard it is to find time to do stuff that's outside the school workload, let alone trying to find time to put something together that's intended to go in under the radar and off the curriculum.