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The DAIN project was focused on Digital Inclusion for ALL – the Raspberry Pi completely aligns with this focus on Digital Inclusion.
The foundation behind the Raspberry Pi quote :-
“We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t think that the Raspberry Pi is a fix to all of the world’s computing issues; we do believe that we can be a catalyst. We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere; we actively encourage other companies to clone what we’re doing. We want to break the paradigm where without spending hundreds of pounds on a PC, families can’t use the internet. We want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children.”
Described as the majicians reveal, the content on this page will grow as the material has been delivered to the group
The Raspberry Pi was awarded Innovation of the year 2012 by T3.com and STUFF magazine. This course “Introducing the Raspberry Pi – the 21st century educational computer” will introduce the Raspberry Pi, and explain why this technology marks a landmark in computing in the 21st century. You will discover how a tiny and inexpensive piece of technology is easy to use and will help develop your computer skills, including coding and programming.
“If your not inspired by this incredible piece of technology after this training then I have missed something” – Steve Stocks
Learning Outcomes for the course
- Describe the Raspberry Pi’s design
- Explain what components are required to get it up and running
- Demonstrate how to find, install and setup the Raspberry Pi computing environments
- Create computer programs using drag and drop programming and simple scripting tools
- Identify, obtain and install additional programs and tools e.g. Office productivity suite or Media server
- Provide two examples of how the Raspberry PI might be used in the near future (i) Scientific monitoring equipment (ii) Catch up TV internet streaming service. Describe how these solutions may affect everyday life.
- Explain how the Raspberry Pi could be used to good effect in educational and training contextsIdentify further learning and opportunities for developing the use of the technology.
The course will be delivered over two sessions
Session 1 will take learners on a journey, understanding what a computer environment is. The history and background of the Raspberry Pi technology, it’s design and development, why it’s such a fundamental change to computing, through to how to setup and configure the desktop environment, finnishing up at a completely operational Raspberry Pi desktop.
The following is the initial assessment from session 1 :-
The following is the material presentated in session 1 :-
Exercise to discover how a Computing environment is put together :-
The following is the final assessment from session 1 :-
Session 1 culminated in the booting up of the Raspberry Wheezy desktop environment
Session 2 continues the learning journey, of this cost effective solution for digital inclusion, by
-Reviewing the components that make up the Wheezy desktop
-Using tools provided to carryout simple coding and programming development.
-How additional programs can be installed into the Wheezy environment.
-How and why to connect to the Raspberry Pi remotely.
-Further resources and places to investigate taking your learning of this great technology further.
The following links provide downloads of the content used in the training session :-
4.0 Is about PYTHON and is not formerly documented for the initial course, this being due to the complexity of PYTHON programming and this being an “INTRODUCTION TO” course for complete beginners to computing.
The following blog post shows how the WEA, through courses such as the one on this page, are embracing effective cost effective solutions to closing the digital divide now that the digital connectivity is seen as a standard utility in our daily lives.