Google Pi project ?


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by mikerr » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:29 am
So what is the "Google Pi project" ?

This:
15,000 Raspberry Pis for UK schools – thanks Google!
Today’s been a bit unlike most Tuesdays at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Today we’re the recipients of a very generous grant from Google Giving, which will provide 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs for schoolkids around the UK. Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has just been to visit Cambridge, and he and Eben have been teaching a classroom of local kids to code all morning. Lucky kids.


We’re going to be working with Google and six UK educational partners to find the kids who we think will benefit from having their very own Raspberry Pi. CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR will each be helping us identify those kids, and will also be helping us work with them. You’ll already have seen the Raspberry Pi teaching materials from Computing at Schools; OCR will also be creating 15,000 free teaching and learning packs to go with the Raspberry Pis


http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/3158
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by Old Frank » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:39 pm
To those of us some distance from the English "Hyme Kynties" this seems like another example of "let the rest of the UK go hang".
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by rpdom » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:06 pm
Old Frank wrote:To those of us some distance from the English "Hyme Kynties" this seems like another example of "let the rest of the UK go hang".


Why? Just because the RPF is based in Cambridge, which is why the meeting and demo was there, it doesn't mean the schools that will benefit need be in that area.

Also, most RPi are made in Wales these days, which doesn't sound like "let the rest of the UK go hang".
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by SteveDee » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:00 am
We have received 5 of these boy-o! (that's the only Welsh I know).

Each kit comes in an OCR/Google box and includes a nice jelly baby!

We are going to make up a few more (buy some bits) for September, and I'm looking at networking options. To keep everyone happy, I was thinking of keeping them off the site network and just link them into an old server, so pupils can save/backup their work.

Due to limitations in classroom work space, we will replace a few of our VGA monitors with dual input types (VGA & DVI) so we can use existing Windows workstations and RPi. There are a few cheap (around £2) HDMI to DVI leads available through Amazon.
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by jamesh » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:14 am
rpdom wrote:
Old Frank wrote:To those of us some distance from the English "Hyme Kynties" this seems like another example of "let the rest of the UK go hang".


Why? Just because the RPF is based in Cambridge, which is why the meeting and demo was there, it doesn't mean the schools that will benefit need be in that area.

Also, most RPi are made in Wales these days, which doesn't sound like "let the rest of the UK go hang".


What he said. The Google kit is going to those that need it, not those that need it except for those in N. Wales.
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by bmstrong » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:12 am
Any pics of the kit? Sounds neat.
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by SteveDee » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:05 am
bmstrong wrote:Any pics of the kit?........


Yeah, there is a video here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/news/view/over-50 ... o-schools/
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by mikerr » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:58 am
The video is from a school in Fulwood, Preston - so obviously not just southern schools !

The kit appears to be:

  • Raspberry Pi model B in clear case
    (same as the default "cased Pi" from CPC)

  • SD card
  • Power supply

  • OCR getting started ring bound book - looks laminated
  • Simple hardware project kit - (Flash an LED, Singing Jellybaby touch input - maybe more
    - see the projects at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by ... pberry-pi/)
  • a copy of MagPi magazine


The six educational partners working alongside Google are linked below:

OCR, Coderdojo, Codeclub, Computing At School, Generating Genius, Teach First

Join your school to those if not already...
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by mrpi64 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:14 pm
The only problem will be the obvious fact: HOW are they going to use them? PLug them into a single monitor? Give them a whole ICT/IT suite? Or just let them take it home?
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by jamesh » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:23 pm
The devices, IIRC, are NOT being given to schools - they are being giving to deserving students. So they would go home with them (I await Clive's comments - he is the man with the plan)
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by teaker1s » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:15 pm
All sounds a little back biting, I think it is great that there is support and encouragement to learn.

At 34 years old I remember the bbc/acorn etc.

I wrote a basic computer program for a gcse and it fustrated me the little time on computer at school.

From this I see chance to fire imaginations and also chance to tinker at home.

People are quick to run things down and want instant gratification-hopefully such negativity is ignored.
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by johnryan465 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:08 pm
Are Irish Schools included in this promotion?
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by clive » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:44 pm
Old Frank wrote:To those of us some distance from the English "Hyme Kynties" this seems like another example of "let the rest of the UK go hang".
They've been distributed throughout the UK so your comment is a) uniformed and b) wrong.

We'll be using this forum to celebrate what young people are doing with their Raspberry Pis from Google. Summer is quiet of course -- but watch this space :)
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by clive » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:44 pm
johnryan465 wrote:Are Irish Schools included in this promotion?
No, it's UK only.
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by mrpi64 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:51 pm
I guess that north Ireland will be included?
I'm happy to help.
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by Zarkopafilis » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:12 am
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by a9971256 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:14 am
I still wonder why our school uses MACs for just internet browsing! I think a Pi stripped of crap would be good enough for inet and word processing! I find that LibreOffice launches faster on the Pi than the Macbooks we have!
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by SteveDee » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:50 am
a9971256 wrote:I still wonder why our school uses MACs for just internet browsing! ...


Not sure there is much of a case for using MACs in a cash-strapped school for anything, given that you can probably buy 2 or 3 PCs for the same price (actually we buy a lot of HP refurbs for £200 each).

Each technology type (e.g. PC, iMAC, RaspberryPi & so on) carries its own overhead in terms of technical support (training), application deployment (apps are generally pushed out across the network), security, (possibly) additional servers and other network tools.
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