Raspberry Pi course

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Possibly the first standard WEA course (rather than event or staff training) to have its own twitter hashtag with links to course resources which will be held on this page.

Follow the live discussions starting on Monday 11th Feb using #weaPicourse

Clicking on the following link will allow you to search this hashtag


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

Course description

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

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 :-

R_Pi Session 1 – Initial assessment

The following is the material presentated in session 1 :-

Introducing the Raspberry PI

Exercise to discover how a Computing environment is put together :-

Computing environment

The following is the final assessment from session 1 :-

R_Pi Session 1 – Final assessment

Session 2
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 :-

1.1 Introducing the Raspberry PI – Session 2

2.0 Wheezy desktop review

3.0 Scratch

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.

5.0 Installing programs

6.0 Remote connectivity

7.0 Additional resources

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.



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  4. So sorry to have missed this… :/

    • Hi Matthew – sorry you missed it – we’re in the process of planning another run of the course – probably on Wednesdays in April so please watch this space for more info…

  5. Fink you need to get out more Neil!!

    See you in the morning…….

  6. Pi (Requiem for a Dream of Tomorrow)

    With a belly full of porridge and a thirst for knowledge I quit the emporium of technology that has become our homes and jump in the fatmobile. My bony arse will brook no truck with discomfort and sighs as it sinks into the plush velour adjustable-in-oh-so-many-planes driving seat. I exert my right calf muscle slightly and called to command the power of a thousand horses. Ish. I’m a god in my winged chariot, a hermetically-sealed homunculus, a king of the road. In my car.
    Rendezvous with Tezz: 9am at the top of the steps behind Argos. Punctuality is the politeness of kings. A gift from the gods. Tezz slouches up the steps and cracks a grin when he sees my idiot visage beaming through the grimy window – he can see from 20 paces that I’ve got Raspberry Pi all over my face.
    With Tezz seated beside me I have a passenger and as such important business must be discussed. Tuneage. Bearing in mind we’re going to be doing computing stuff today there is only one choice.
    Techno techno techno techno. Technology is called for. I insert a 3.5mm audio jack into the headphone socket of my Blackberry – it’s slightly reluctant at first, almost teasing, then I push it a little firmer with still-gentle but irresistible pressure. It slides all the way up to the hilt. It feels good. I glance across at Tezz. Our eyes meet. He averts his gaze…
    I turn away too. I turn to the dashboard and turn the car radio on. I tune it – not via search, this is too important an operation to rely on solid state uncertainties, I need fuzzy logic and manual dexterity. I tune it to the frequency indicated on the little device on the other end of the audio jack – 107.7Mhz. Mega Hertz. Frequency Modulation. Electomagnetic radiation beyond the visible spectrum about to bring us to eargasm.
    The tiny radio transmitter that is connected to my Blackberry broadcasts the signal all of a metre to the car’s radio aerial. The signal frequency can be selected from one of four presets, in case there’s a station with a stronger signal broadcasting on one of the others. Today the signal is strong.
    We have the technology; we have Deezer; we have Logical Progression. There is an indication of silicon genuflection in the air. I indicate right and pull out into traffic. I wind the window down and, fuck it, yell: “Ahm go gittin’ me some Raspberry Pi” into the cold Buxtonian multiverse. By the power of the internal combustion engine, some Ackerman angles and a limited slip differential we make boringly predictable, utterly quotidian progress towards our destination. Nottingham. Tomorrow.
    But first, to sleep. Perchance to dream…


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