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Programming with GUIs

Learn what a Graphical User Interface is and write your own GUI-based applications with this practical course for teachers.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Gain hands-on experience building your own interface

Discover how to build your own Graphical User Interface (GUI) with guizero. On this course supported by Google, you will learn how to incorporate more interactivity in your program. You will experiment with different types of widgets and build the confidence to design more complex GUI-based apps in the future.

You will have the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt to practice using the guizero library. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to produce applications with interactive elements such as buttons and text boxes.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsHow can you design and create interactive visual applications using Python programming? This course will teach you how to create graphical user interfaces or GUIs in Python. You'll learn how to use event driven programming with the GUI zero package to make interactive apps using widgets, like buttons and text boxes. By the end of this three week hands on course, you will have made your own name generator app, text editor, and emoji matching game. This free course contains peer led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsWhether you're a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about improving your Python programming skills, this course will help you understand how to create GUIs to make your code interactive. Sign up now at rpf.io/guis.

What topics will you cover?

  • Using widgets to build a GUI
  • Responding to user inputs using events
  • Reading and modifying the properties of widgets
  • Designing GUIs and using boxes and either auto or grid layouts to implement them
  • Adjusting the appearance of your GUI to improve the user experience
  • Using time-based events
  • Decomposing a project to make it more manageable

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 2 Dec 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Experiment with different widgets that can be used to build a GUI
  • Develop a GUI that responds to the user through the use of events
  • Explain how event driven programming works, and the differences between an event driven program and a procedural program
  • Produce a countdown timer using guizero's built-in methods
  • Design several different GUIs, including a text editor and a picture-matching game

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers delivering computer science lessons at GCSE level or equivalent. It’s aimed at teachers who have basic experience with Python. If you don’t have much experience with Python, perhaps complete Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators first.

Who will you learn with?

Martin O'Hanlon

Martin O'Hanlon

I love technology and creating projects and learning resources for Raspberry Pi. As a child I wanted to be either a computer scientist, astronaut or snowboard instructor.

Who developed the course?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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