Since the Raspberry Pi will be with us soon-ish (well, about six weeks I
am told, for mine) does anyone have any interesting ideas about what they
might do with it/them?
I've heard of car computers, TV boxes, PBCes as ideas...
Use the BIG mirror service in the UK:
All of that I can do with a nicely cased repurposed thin client PC. And
there are thousands of those scrapped at prices next to nothing.
I think (but hope not) a number of them are destined to a place in a
lonely drawer shared with long lost dusty socks and broken iPods...
Kind of reminds me of Uncle clive and his use the zx 81 to control a nuclear
power station ideas.
The point I think is to get people to learn the language of python or
however its spelled. Its very powerful, but not that intuitive like a good
basic could provide to get the kids sucked in.
Brian Gaff....Note, this account does not accept Bcc: email.
graphics are great, but the blind can't hear them
Yep - perl is better for this. Start like BASIC, end up like C.
OK - it's not as clean as python, but it is noth a grat hacking/fiddling
langauge and it *can* easily be made to do more in a clean way (but that
It maybe needs something like this to make it a decent toy -
Sounds ike one of Acorns earlier efforts, took em on to the BBC Micro
and Risc which brings full circle to the RP...
Which involved half a day of typing to shoot a full stop from an
inverted V at traveling X`s...
If you were lucky had a C2N or , now highly collectable small keyboard
PET with the built in cassette drive, the seriously rich had the 8"
Been a while since you looked at current dev kits, Arduino has taken
off in a big way, with even GUI based programming methods aimed at the
under 10`s, getting a stepper motor moving is a plug in` shield` and
bolt together `sketch` of code...
Rasperry PI has onboarrd keyboard mouse and probably crucially HDMI
out, it costs the same as cheap video card but has the rest of the
P.C. attached, can see it gaining big traction in markets where
networked screens are used...
Extra I/O in similar format is an obvious aftermarket.
There are some people who went from the software industry into teaching
but there aren't enough of them. There are far more teachers who have
been handed the brown and smelly end of the stick. Pretty much without
exception they would like to teach something more exciting than how to
format a paragraph in Word. But we aren't suddenly going to hire another
20,000 experienced IT professionals as teachers even if there were that
many able and willing to do the job.
So we have the situation that we have.
On Monday, 5 March 2012 12:39:45 UTC, Bernard Peek wrote:
My wife is one of those IT teachers. I'm sure she wouldn't mind me passing on that she has a degree in Geography, A levels in Maths, Geography and Economics and only a passing interest in computers. She can't program a computer (never been near it) and has only ended up as a teacher in the IT department because after her various maternity leave's there were some gaps in the IT department (but not the geography one which she left before giving birth).
She is a good teacher - in that she can teach well - but her expertise in IT is limited, and when she gets stuck with aspects of Word / Excel / Access / etc she asks me!
I'm sure several of her colleagues in the department have a similar background too.
I'd love to. Now how do I explain this to friends who are being laid
off from our local university, where they were already doing just that
as their full-time job? This "rework ICT" initiative sounds great at
first, except that it also seems to be being used as an excuse to dump
its teaching from state-funded schools and onto the voluntary sector.
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