Overview

  • This is a complete intermediate Python coding course that includes videos, slides, worksheets, exercises, and an assignment
  • A simple step-by-step classroom for your students is here
  • This course assumes introductory coding knowledge. Students and teachers should have completed our introductory course before attempting this course
  • This course is in beta testing with several schools, and new lessons are being published weekly in October and November 2020
  • The course covers the coding requirements of the Victorian Levels 7/8 and Australian Digital Technology curriculums Years 7/8. Read more here
  • The course is designed for classes of two hours per week over ten weeks, that is, twenty hours in total
  • It is built by the team at CS in Schools for Australian secondary schools
  • CS in Schools is offering free support to a small cohort of teachers who are helping beta test this programme; more teachers will be supported in 2021, and you can apply for free support here
  • The materials are free and open, you can use them for any purpose as long as you keep the attribution to the CS in Schools team

Structure

  • The Year 8 programme contains 6 core lessons that cover intermediate coding concepts using the Python language:
    • Integer or number variables, and simple maths using variables
    • String and integer variables, variable casting, and formatted printing
    • More complex decisions using if, else, and elif
    • Boolean variables and while loops
    • Calling functions and random numbers
    • Calling functions in libraries and APIs
  • The course has an assignment (which is being revised at this time, and will be released in early November 2020)
  • In addition, the following supplementary lessons accompany our Year 7 programme and may be useful additions to this programme:
    • An artificial intelligence discussion (Lesson S1), which is useful when there’s a need to avoid coding content. Best used after Lesson 2, but can be used anytime
    • Unplugged activities (Lesson S2). See the lesson plan for details
    • More supplementary lessons on topics including object-oriented coding, robotics, and graphical user interfaces are coming in 2021

Using the Lessons

  • Always start by watching the teacher preparation video and reading the lesson plan for each lesson. You need to create an account to do this
  • The teacher preparation video shares an overview of the lesson goals and plan, helps teachers set up required tools for the classroom, explains each of the worksheets and tasks, and shares tips and tricks for teaching the materials
    • The teacher prep video is easily accessed through a URL shortcut that combines the lesson number and “tv” (for “teacher video”). For example, to watch the teacher prep video for Lesson 2, use: https://year8.io/2tv
    • Teacher prep videos download to your computer and are mp4 format. They can be viewed using all popular media players
  • Lesson plans download to your computer and are PDF format
  • The lesson plan is a written document that contains:
    • Steps to take before the lesson starts
    • Lesson overview: what’s in the lesson
      • Goals and outcomes
      • Content that’s covered
      • Exercises that you’ll do
      • What to distribute to the students
      • How to extend your students
    • Learning notes: tips and tricks for the lesson
    • Logistics notes: suggestions on what and how to deliver the materials
    • Timings, topics, and links: how long to spend on each topic, and direct links to the key materials
    • Note that each lesson has suggested timings that sum to 90 minutes, while the recommended class length recommended by CS in Schools is 120 minutes; this creates flexibility to give the students a break, add in additional materials, and the ability to spend more time where it is needed.
    • The lesson plan is easily accessed through a URL shortcut that combines the lesson number and “p” (for plan). For example, to read the lesson plan for Lesson 5, use: https://year8.io/5p
  • We’ve included slides, student videos, worksheets, an assignments, and unplugged activities in our course. Students do not need an account to access these
  • We don’t recommend downloading our materials and storing them in your Learning Management System (LMS).
    • If you do this, you’re missing out on updates and won’t necessarily be using the same version as everyone else
    • If you must download the materials, do it just before term starts, and download a new version every term

Using the Shortcut URLs

  • All of the materials are accessible at https://year8.io
  • The student classroom “homepage” is accessible here: https://year8.io/classroom
  • Accessing teacher materials requires a free user account
  • We have created shortcuts that make it easy for you and your students to get directly to the right materials:
    • Always start with the teacher prep video and the written lesson plan.
    • There’s a student video that allows student to study the materials at their own pace that combines the lesson number and an “sv”. Example: https://year8.io/1sv
    • The slides link combines lesson number and “s”. Example: https://year8.io/1s
    • The worksheet link combines lesson number and a “w”. Example: https://year8.io/2w
    • A second (and so on) worksheet link combines lesson number and a “w2” or “w3”. Example: https://year8.io/2w2
    • The folder that contains all of the above lesson materials has only a number. Example: https://year8.io/4
    • The Python reference sheet is: https://year8.io/cheat

The folder that contains everything is: https://year8.io/home

Support

These CS in Schools lessons plans, worksheets, and other materials were created by Toan Huynh and Hugh Williams. They are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Some materials are included from the EdPy Lesson Plans Set by O’Brien, Kennewell, and Boyd that are also licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. These source materials have been modified.