OERs in Practice: Repurposing Jupyter Notebooks as Presentations

Over coffee following a maps SIG meeting last week, fellow Jupyter notebooks enthusiast Phil Wheeler wondered about the extent to which tutors / Associate Lecturers might be able to take course materials delivered as notebooks and deliver them in tutorials as slideshows.

The RISE notebook extension allows notebooks to be presented using the reveal.js HTML presentation framework. The slides essentially provide an alternative client to the Jupyter notebook and can be autolaunched using Binder. (I’m not sure if the autostart slideshow can also be configured to Run All cells before it starts?)

To see how this might work, I marked up one of the notebooks in my showntell/maths demo setting some of the cells to appear as slides in a presentation based on the notebook.

I also used the Hide Input Jupyter extension to hide code cell inputs so that the code used to generate an output image or interactive could be hidden from the actual presentation.

Get into the slideshow editor mode from the notebook View menu, select Cell Toolbar and then Slideshow. Reset the notebook disable using View > Cell Toolbar > None.

To run the presentation with code cell outputs pre-rendered, you first need to run all the cells. From the notebook Cell menu select Run All to execute all the cells.  You can now enter the slideshow using the Enter/Exit RISE Slideshow toolbar buttom (it looks like a bar chart). Exit the presentation using the cross in the topleft of the slideshow display.

[Live demo on Binderhub]

PS building on the idea of using mapping notebook cells into a reveal.js tagged display, I wonder if we could do something similar using a scrollytelling framework such as scrollama, scrollstory or idyll?

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