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

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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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Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

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.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

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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