[IPython-dev] ipythonblocks & PyCon Talk

Matt Davis jiffyclub@gmail....
Wed Jan 16 09:57:02 CST 2013


Definitely want to show that and Brian's pythontutor plugin.

- Matt


On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Erik Bray <erik.m.bray@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM, Matt <jiffyclub@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > One of the (many) reasons I love the IPython Notebook is its potential
> for education. One way it can be leveraged is via the rich outputs
> possible, which allowed me to write the ipythonblocks package.
> ipythonblocks provides an object that displays itself as a colored HTML
> table that students can manipulate. See my blog post here:
> http://j.mp/ZNEBM5.
> >
> > The Notebook has other education friendly properties, especially its
> ability to stand alone as a self-contained environment. No switching
> between editors, shells, and docs… At PyCon in March I'm going to be giving
> a talk on teaching with the Notebook (http://j.mp/TNSzda). I'll probably
> spend a couple minutes of the talk relaying thoughts and anecdotes from
> other Software Carpentry instructors and I'd like to invite anyone here who
> uses the Notebook as a teaching tool to send me any particularly compelling
> stories that illustrate the Notebook's value in the classroom.
>
> This reminds me--if you haven't already you might want to consider
> demonstrating ipython_nose in your PyCon talk.  Your mention of never
> having to leave ipython notebook reminded me of it.  It should "just
> work" if you `pip install
> git+https://github.com/taavi/ipython_nose.git` and then in IPython do
> %load_ext ipython_nose.  Then you can write nose tests right in
> IPython and run them with %nose.  It works in the CLI, but is
> especially slick in the notebook.
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