Uses for Raspberry Pi in Schools

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by ctabsher » Tue May 29, 2012 1:51 pm
My son, Andrew (age 13) loves programming & ways of making computers accessible to all learners. We are working on rebuilding our computer science program in our middle & high school (Westchester, NY). There will be a robotics component and we think that science research and data collection/analysis will be important components, as well as possibly some FabLab machines, equipment & projects. (Pretty cool!!) He wants our schools to be among the first to feature Raspberry Pi's!! So he is writing a persuasive essay on this topic - he has ordered a RasPi and we hope to get it very soon. The Raspberry Pi can be used for programming projects and to hook up to keyboards and monitors for working in a cloud environment. We welcome suggestions for the interesting ways Raspberry Pi's can be used in school settings - in whatever subject area discipline or manner that replaces the need for a tablet or laptop.

In addition, Andrew developed a list of questions - see below please. Thanks for any help!!

Questions for Raspberry Pi Org and Forum Members:

What specifically is required for the Raspberry Pi to be used?

Is there a discount for schools that are buying the computers in bulk?

What are the strengths of the Raspberry Pi, including web browsing etc…?

If we started a contest to design a new case what could be the prize?

How can we get programs that are not on the pi on the pi? (We could get the source code for some of them)

What type of power supply is required (I know the rating, but where can I get one that works with the pi)?

Thanks for all suggestions!!
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by bredman » Tue May 29, 2012 2:08 pm
To answer some of your questions...

What specifically is required for the Raspberry Pi to be used?
See http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware_Basic_Setup

What are the strengths of the Raspberry Pi, including web browsing etc…?
The RPi is really poor at web browsing.

How can we get programs that are not on the pi on the pi? (We could get the source code for some of them)
There is a lot of software ready to install. See http://elinux.org/RPi_Install_software

What type of power supply is required (I know the rating, but where can I get one that works with the pi)?
Use any micro-USB power supply for a modern mobile phone or Kindle.
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by jbeale » Tue May 29, 2012 2:37 pm
You probably already know, but just to be clear: the Raspberry Pi Foundation plans an "educational release" of the R-Pi, with accompanying educational materials and that has not happened yet, AFAIK it is not even scheduled yet. What is being sold now is the "developer's release" for software and hardware developers and brave early adopters. Being the "first" to do something has some drawbacks, as you can guess by a close reading the "troubleshooting" wiki here: http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting (and that's mostly just the hardware, to say little of software).

I think the Pi has great potential and I'm not saying it can't be done, but don't just assume that "everything works" right now and that it is suitable for any particular intended purpose. I would not want to see someone making promises that the Pi can't deliver.
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by geev03 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:33 am
Raspberry Pi is yet another tool to catch and nuture the natural curiosity of children of all ages.. This link http://goo.gl/JGgDQ (Linux is the Operating System on World's No 1 Supercomputer AND Raspberry Pi ) , I think , is yet another reason for RPi use in the class room.
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