Any teachers who would like to learn some programming and underlying computing concepts: I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend Udacity's free, online course CS101. It assumes no programming experience and runs from Monday 20th Feb for seven weeks.
So, if you facy learning some Python by the Easter holidays - and you can squeeze in a few hours a week at a very busy time of the year - then this might be worth a look. You can sign up till Feb 27th.
Disclaimers etc etc
1. I know that There are lots of other resources to learn stuff like this (I'm in the middle of writing a blog bit about this from a teacher's point of view) but I like this model as: a) it's from a respectable educational source b) the structure and time limit and community is a motivator (for me anyway ) c) it seems like a nice mix of programming and concepts. d) No twilight sessions at some dodgy campus a hour's drive away .
2. I know that Udacity is mentioned elsewhere on the forums.
3. I have no personal interest in Udacity or this couse, and have no detailed knowledge of the syllabus. It might be rubbish, it might be the Charles Atlas course of the computing world. I don't know. Hence "going out on a limb" when recommending this. All I'd say is that you have nothing to lose!
4. It's not limited to teachers
5. Please don't post about "better" courses, "better" languages etc etc. This is a heads up about a specific course, that's all. Please save the flames for the upcoming blog