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When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example

For example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.

They need to get to:

  • starter code copied to there personal folder.
  • idle started and on one side of the screen.
  • code loaded into idle.
  • code run.
  • output window on other side of screen.

Common errors:

  • running code without idle (so they can not edit it).
  • running my copy of the code (so they can not edit it).
  • overlapping windows (so they are frustrated that they can not see, and spend a lot of time moving windows). (This one can be solved with better digital literacy, at the start, or a bit at the start of each lesson.)

I have had the same problems when teaching spreadsheets, and am anticipating it with web design. I was hoping to use the brackets editor. The start state would be.

  • starter code copied to there personal folder.
  • brackets started and on one side of the screen.
  • root folder loaded into brackets.
  • live preview started.
  • browser (output) window on other side of screen.

The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example

I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.

They need to get to:

  • starter code copied to there personal folder.
  • idle started and on one side of the screen.
  • code loaded into idle.
  • code run.
  • output window on other side of screen.

Common errors:

  • running code without idle (so they can not edit it).
  • running my copy of the code (so they can not edit it).
  • overlapping windows (so they are frustrated that they can not see, and spend a lot of time moving windows). (This one can be solved with better digital literacy, at the start, or a bit at the start of each lesson.)

I have had the same problems when teaching spreadsheets, and am anticipating it with web design. I was hoping to use the brackets editor. The start state would be.

  • starter code copied to there personal folder.
  • brackets started and on one side of the screen.
  • root folder loaded into brackets.
  • live preview started.
  • browser (output) window on other side of screen.

The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

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When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For exampleFor example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

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When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often 1one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example, I have had a lesson, where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often 1 or two sides.

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example I have had a lesson, where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, often one or two sides, of mostly screen snips (So this also takes a long time to prepare).

What can I do to make this easier for pupils?

For example, I have had a lesson where I have had detailed instructions on setting up Python/Idle: Starting the editor, finding starter code, they contain many screen shots. This took me a long time to prepare, and is not easy for the pupils. They are not productive at the start of the lesson, and get demotivated.


The computers are the schools desktop computers. Unfortunately they are running MS-Windows.

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