I am considering placing a bid to our PTFA to purchase a number of RasPi's for our library. An option would be to purchase 10-15 and have them flexible to move between departments or rooms but I don't believe they will be used. My preferred option is to purchase only 5 or 6 and also a box of add-on boards so the pi's can be booked out to used by responsible students and they can be used in small clubs/groups after school - these sessions could give them the support needed to use them effectively and experimentally in their own time at break and lunch.
Has anyone any thoughts on this idea? Our school is full of very responsible respectful students and I do not think intentional damage or theft is an issue but obviously they are youngsters and accidental damage is possible but I'm not sure how fragile these things are to this sort of use.
Also, I'm curious how easily the device can be destroyed by accidental deleting of files or more importantly, as experimenting and mistakes are likely, how quick the OS can be restored.
Any thoughts welcome. I know our students are eager to discuss Pi's so I'm sure they would be well used.