Getting Raspberry Pi into Schools
Last week I posted this over on the main Raspberry Pi forums
Unfortunately, in the subsequent "discussions" things went south quite quickly and I was banned
Its been 2 years since the Raspberry Pi has launched and unless I've missed something - its penetration into UK schools is quite small.
I believe a real drive needs to take place to assist schools in using them - and I mean by normal teachers not by computing guru's and geeks of which I am both.
In my opinion, instead of concentrating efforts into camera and touch screen display additions, efforts on making the Pi easy to administer in a typical school need to come first. Then the clever add-ons.
We need classroom management solutions that understand the current IT set-ups in secondary and primary schools.
I myself have some ideas and I've touted them around - others have other ideas.
But we are just amateurs trying our best - UK schools need professional help and the Foundation is currently best placed to do this and I (personally) would rather back them than someone else.
BUT if nothing continues to be delivered then UK schools need to move on- the new computing curriculum start in 6 months -we can't afford to wait any more.
Hopefully, this post post will be taken as a call to arms/action and not a criticism. Its time to fish :)
(Live by the sword - die by the sword - its their forum - their rules -c'est la vie)
(And I had previous - and I carried stuff over to twitter etc etc :( )
Anyway, as you can see, the management of this esteemed and venerable forum have re-arranged the furniture and amalgamated all the old Pi stuff into the section.
So if anyone has any thoughts on the subject and whether we should/can get Raspberry Pi/Arduinos etc into schools to backup the new computing curriculum as I feel that if you can get a computer to interface to the real world - it tends helps to make computing interesting and if pupils are interested - they tend to learn more.