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Speak to me of the Pi- Raspberry Pi, I mean

Laura Thomas Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I've heard people reference Rasperry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org) and I'm intrigued. I'm not only a very minor-league geek, but also the mom of a budding major league geek. So I did my research, like http://www.edutopia.org/blog/radically-transforming-teaching-programming...
and
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/15-ways-teaching-students-coding-vicki-davis
and
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/computer-science-raspberry-pi-interview...

I attended a session at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (http://nhcmtc.org) in Manchester, NH earlier this month, and now I'm...stumped. I get why some teachers love it. I get how it can be useful for the motivated kiddo who has a role access to face-to-face mentors and good online access to the communities.

My question is this: What about the less-than- motivated budding programmer who has limited access to those things? Can Raspberry Pi work for him? How do we know if it's a good fit for our kids- because we all know that all tools aren't right for all kids. What makes it work- or not work?

Speak to me Edutopians. I may have some last-minute shopping to do.

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Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I'm in the same boat as you.

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I'm in the same boat as you. I just bought a magazine over at Barnes & Nobles about raspberry Pi and I'm trying to figure out what exactly I would need to buy to make this a reality. I'm just really getting my feet wet for the first time, so I'll let you know if I find anything interesting, but maybe we can hold hands through this exploration together.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Yes! I'm thinking that I'm

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Yes! I'm thinking that I'm going to make my son earn it- a piece at a time for doing all those things 12 year old boys don't want to do. But the starter kit (without the case 'cause making the case looks like 1/2 the fun!) may be a post-holiday buy. February is long and dark here in New England. This may be just the thing to get us through it!

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