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Courses

The following are my courses for 2018/19:

  • Year 08 Digital Design for 8CW and 8DS. Using the MYP Design cycle, you will learn the basic principles of computer programming which will include spending a semester using the Lego EV3 robotics kits.
  • Year 11 Digital Design as an elective course intended as a precursor to Diploma Computer Science. This course assumes no prior programming knowledge but by the end you should be fairly competent with the Python programming language!
  • Diploma Computer Science the International Baccalaureate Diploma course for Computer Science.
  • ASA Coding club: The after school coding club runs twice a week. You can choose from Wednesdays 16:00 or Thursdays 16:00. While all Secondary studens are generally welcome, the focus is on those in Year 9 and 10 who are unable to study programming in a curriculum setting.

In addition to my regular classes above, I have a number of other programming resources hosted through this website.

About me

I am a Secondary Computer Science teacher currently at the International School of Lausanne in the beautiful Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) region of Switzerland. I was previously based in Perth, Western Australia where I was raised. I have been teaching since 2006, prior to which I worked as an IT Manager and freelance programmer for a number of years.

As a Computer Scientist, I like to keep current with industry and generally either have a programming project running on the side or am in the search for one. I consider myself a full stack developer with my current preferred tools being Python and Javascript with HTML5 and SQL technologies. Past commercial projects have used PHP and C# .NET. I'm also proficient in using Node.js, Java, Processing, and Arduino C amongst other technologies.

The primary purpose of my website is as a curriculum resource for the students I teach. I also use it as hosting space for various side projects that require an online presence.

Whether you are here because you have to be (ie: a student of mine), or are just looking to develop your Computer Science or programming skills, I wish you well on your journey! Computer Science is a fascinating industry of unending change and learning. There are so many exciting technologies emerging at the moment, it is a great time to learn CS!

More about me.

Paul Baumgarten
August 2018