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Episode 181: Computational Thinking & Learning Python During an AI Revolution

The Real Python Podcast

Nov 17, 2023 54m

Has the current growth of artificial intelligence (AI) systems made you wonder what the future holds for Python developers? What are the hidden benefits of learning to program in Python and practicing computational thinking? This week on the show, we speak with author Lawrence Gray about his upcoming book “Mastering Python: A Problem Solving Approach.”

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Lawrence shares how learning Python helped him through a dark and trying time. He developed lifelong skills that he wants to pass along through teaching and authoring a book.

We discuss what you can do to prepare for a future where coding jobs are automated through AI. He shares ways that Python can help build the higher-order thinking skills required by future careers. We also talk about how Python can help with computational thinking and promote cognitive development.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:29 – Learning Python and changing how you think
  • 00:05:07 – What is the goal of the book?
  • 00:05:59 – Discovering Python during a dark period
  • 00:10:32 – What is unique to Python that helped you?
  • 00:12:43 – How did you start teaching Python?
  • 00:14:40 – Teaching Python to art students
  • 00:18:52 – Sponsor:
  • 00:19:48 – Why write about computational thinking?
  • 00:21:55 – Why learn Python now?
  • 00:25:18 – Multiple modalities for Python
  • 00:29:32 – Other optimistic thoughts on the future
  • 00:34:15 – Reskilling a workforce
  • 00:37:16 – What skills can be developed?
  • 00:41:13 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:42:40 – Bloom’s taxonomy
  • 00:48:00 – Sharing the positive impact of Python
  • 00:50:26 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:51:32 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 00:52:45 – How can people follow your work online?
  • 00:52:47 – Thanks and goodbye

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