Teachers We Admire: An Interview With Ginger Brown

We are delighted to speak with Ginger Brown. In this interview, Ginger shares great ideas for inclusive classrooms. Ginger Brown was a pre-school Teacher of the Visually Impaired for Santa Clara County Office of Education for over 30 years. She facilitated inclusion of her students in the Head Start program, served as a mentor teacherContinue reading “Teachers We Admire: An Interview With Ginger Brown”

Teachers We Admire: An Interview With Brian Conroy

We are delighted to speak with Brian Conroy and thank him for taking the time to do this interview.  Brian Conroy holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and an M.A. in Folklore from San Jose State University. He taught theater, public speaking, debate, and fifth grade for 35 years in the Moreland and Evergreen SchoolContinue reading “Teachers We Admire: An Interview With Brian Conroy”

Why is Python so Popular?

IEEE Spectrum ranks the top programming languages each year. Over the last three years, it has ranked Python in first place out of about 300 other programming languages. The languages in the second, third and fourth spots in 2020 were Java, C, and C++, respectively. In 2014, Python was ranked fourth. What has driven thisContinue reading “Why is Python so Popular?”

Teaching K-12 programming shouldn’t be harder for remote classes

As schools pivot to fully online, synchronous online, and hybrid learning approaches, teachers face a daunting task: developing effective ways to teach programming in this new environment. At SPEL, we understand the challenges that teachers face and provide the resources they need to succeed when they teach introductory programming courses—whether in-person or remotely. Here areContinue reading “Teaching K-12 programming shouldn’t be harder for remote classes”

Our Python Digital Textbook

Your students have read all of their books and played their board and video games many times already. What if there was a fun, easy way for them to learn a valuable new skill instead? Merscythe is a perfectly ordinary thirteen-year-old—until one day, he goes down a hole under a tree and finds himself inContinue reading “Our Python Digital Textbook”