Sep 5 2015
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 –
- Support my Digital Leaders with using Raspberry Pi’s with the Coding Club on Thursday lunchtimes
- 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.