A Classroom set of Raspberry Pi’s

I attended #Picademy North at Easter (2015).  I committed then to a post about a Raspberry Pi project which would be a viable method of using Raspberry Pi’s in the classroom – initially for a coding club and subsequently for KS3 lessons.  Six months later I have sourced all the components; completed my testing, and linked my updated KS3 scheme of learning.

My aim is two stage –

  1. Support my Digital Leaders with using Raspberry Pi’s with the Coding Club on Thursday lunchtimes
  2. Integrate the use of a half class set (x16) of Raspberry Pi’s for KS3 class use.  I have worked out that this will be for 2 teaching units, one in Year 8 – using the Pibrella to model traffic lights using Scratch GPIO tied in with Flowol; and a Year 9 Control Project unit using Python, the RaspIO Protection board and the ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit (see bid).

In addition, the 16 Raspberry Pi’s need to be straightforward to use in class by pairs of students so that effective learning can happen every time.  So far I have see Raspberry Pi’s working as standalone hacking devices; managed by people who are already proficient with programming; and I have seen multiple examples of how Raspberry Pi’s do not function as required…


Overall, I plan to 16 always-out-Raspberry Pi’s, that are lifted down from shelves above the PCs, switched views using the KVM from the PC, and using either the Pibrella or electronics kit using the Raspio.  For details please see below.



DLs trial of Pibrella and RasPio/ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit

I have just sent out 4 packages of the following to Digital Leaders.  We will be trialling the Pibrella and the RasPio/ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit which will be the basis of Year 8 and 9 physical computing next year.


Here are the links for the installation and the resources:


#DLChat Questions and Google+ DLchat

Q1. How does having a differentiated badge framework help students? / DL Co-ords?
Q2. Would sharing ‘good’ DL activities help other DL Co-ords?
Q3. Are we ready for a Google Community for #DLChat? – see below
Q4. How could we use our Google Community to plan for DLs at BETT16?
Q5. Level 3 badges are like L2 but ‘bigger’ than school events. Discuss…


 #DLchat Google Community here


Here’s the Raspberry Pi Community – I’ve deliberately resized it to fudge the text.


“Where to go for help with a rapidly changing Curriculum…” #TMNorton July 2015

TMNorton link here

Google Slides are here (with comments)


Raspberry Pi Resources

My up-to-date shopping list for feasible network of 16 Raspberry Pi’s…

Google doc with links and pics of all resources shown at #picademy North docs.google.com/document/d/1p3… ready for showing to my DLs Monday.

Computing Links

These are well down the home page on the right – so have posted them here to make them more easily available.

Mark Clarkson OCR GCSE Computing an unofficial teacher’s guide
Mark Clarkson Python introduction
Mark Clarkson Videos
Alan Donohoe Videos
Little Man computer links

Poland Project Links

These are the links for our video and Jean Paul II Primary School’s Video.
Our shared talk is here Google slides and our talk was translated by an interpreter, as we spoke.



Poland Project – Meeting 2


In two months time, a group of Lady Lumley’s Digital Leaders are being flown to Warsaw to present at a Polish Education conference. This will be the highlight of two months collaboration with Polish students from the Primary School “Samorządowa Szkoła Podstawowa nr 6 im. Jana Pawła II” in Wrzesnia.  The coordinator had the idea at BETT when he heard us debate and learned we were Digital Leaders, which was a new concept to him.  Most of all he was impressed with how the we handled the debate in front of so many people with no intimidation. We will be presenting the results of our project during the conference on 15 May 2015. There will be a 30-minute slot for the debate which will be in Polish with a simultaneous translation provided for us through headphones.

“The What, Why and How of developing Digital Leaders” ICT for Education, Leeds Friday 6th March


Link here to google slides version


Why should we employ Digital Leaders

Great idea from @Shelibb – and thanks to #dlchat contributors – several of us will be using this in talks in the next couple of months.