When Douglas Blank first encountered IPython in the browser, he saw its immediate usefulness for the classroom and began reengineering tools he had been developing with colleagues to work with these new technologies. The expansion of they Jupyter ecosystem—its kernels, languages, metakernels, libraries, and magics—helped him transition to a flipped-classroom design, engaging students at multiple levels. For the last four years, Douglas has used nothing but Jupyter in the classroom—from a first-year writing course to a course on assembly language, from biology to computer science, from lectures to homework.
Join in to learn how Douglas has leveraged Jupyter and discover the successes and failures he experienced along the way. Nicole Petrozzo then offers a student’s perspective.
Doug Blank is an associate professor of computer science at Bryn Mawr College, an all-women’s college outside of Philadelphia. He has been using Python in education for 20 years and Jupyter since its creation. He has developed many languages and tools for Jupyter specifically for pedagogy. His research focuses on combining artificial neural networks and robotics in order to give robots self-motivation.
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