JetBrains Debuts PyCharm Educational Edition

From the site:

If you’ve ever wanted to learn Python programming, get ready to be blown away.

Today we’re launching the free and open source PyCharm Educational Edition for students and teachers. This easy-to-use yet powerful Python IDE includes special interactive educational functionality to help novice programmers learn the craft and turn professional quicker than ever before! It combines the easy learning curve of interactive coding platforms with the power of a real-world professional tool.

Programming for Everybody – from University of Michigan

“This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course”

“The idea of the course is not to be a first Computer Science course – but instead to be a “programming literacy” / “computational thinking” aimed at somewhere between middle of high school and freshman in college or adult learners looking for an “on ramp” for learning about technology”

The course is based on 100% CC-BY materials available from