Do you know any teachers? Preferably ICT teacher of department heads or even school heads and education policy makers.
We’re trying to organise a RaspberryJam event for September, which we hope will introduce many educators to the potential that the Raspberry Pi has for positively impacting learning of STEM in schools and we need some input and advice from the people at the sharp end. It won’t be too onerous, just come along at our next planning meeting on the 11th 14th of June - 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Sheffield (date change to avoid clash with France v. England match) and talk to us. If you want to get further involved after that great, if not that’s fine too.
If you haven’t come across the Raspberry Pi yet, it is a very small (credit card sized), very cheap (£25), fully functioning computer. All it needs is an SDCard for storage, a keyboard/mouse and a TV to run all of the usual desktop applications.
It has been specifically designed to be used in schools as a platform to teach kids about computing and programming (rather than just how to use Word and Excel). There are hundred of technologists playing with this new device to work out what it could be used for and getting very excited about the possibilities. However, as yet, there are not so many teachers who are aware of the Raspberry Pi.
Our conference in September will, we hope, introduce many, many teachers and other educator to the exciting possibilities of this device and address the practical issues that they will face when trying to bring it into their lessons. We imagine there will many questions to answer such as:
- what sort of thing can I teach on them?
- what lesson plans are already available?
- how do I make these devices applicable to pupils of varying abilities?
- can I teach things like creating social networking platforms but safely?
- what about robots? Can I do something with robots?
- how do I manage the devices?
- what happens if the technology stops working? Can I call someone?
how can I use these just to teach things other than computing/programming? What about in science or maths lessons?
If this is of interest, please get in touch by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you know someone who might be interested, please pass this message along.