sabridges wrote:I also have very little time, so I'm not in a position to 'try it until I figure it out' like I used to be. I'm loving the idea of Python on Pi, but until the setup/configuration of even the environment (path variables? really?) gets distilled down to the shiny and 'ready to go' stage teachers are still gone lean toward products like SmallBasic.
I last edited the path variable on my Windows PC a week ago, and I've been on holiday for a week.
The Pi will get the sort of support you need. At the moment it's looking a bit scary because you are looking at the first rough draft. When you teachers get your input into the process and work is done to implement what you need, then it will get much less confusing.
My father was a builder, so I am used to seeing houses in various states of being built or being extended or re-modelled. It quite surprised me to realise that many people are rather disturbed to see their homes with the floor boards removed or with holes in the walls and exposed brickwork. The Raspberry Pi is in a similar state now; all the major work has been done, but we are waiting for the last few parts that the builder's merchant has on order, and we're waiting for the home-owner to choose the lights and decide where he wants the sockets, so we're not quite ready to put the floor-boards back and finish the plastering. At the moment, to the untrained eye, it looks a bit of a mess, but to the trained eye, almost everything is in place and the job can be finished up very quickly and very simply.