Just over a year ago, I had a wonderful experience teaching some Primary school children to write music, using Sonic Pi, written by Sam Aaron.
The MagPi Essentials eBook
Everyone should dip into Sam’s latest publication. (It’s a free pdf download)
This blog post is to introduce you to the berryclip scratch handler, a simple way for primary school aged children to control lights, a buzzer and use a physical button with their scratch programs.
‘The Overland Launch’ themed school term saw my wife’s school use the highly effective 6 LED BerryClip Addon board and the popular MIT Scratch programming environment. The children were able to build up their understanding of Scratch whilst also being able to light things up and make a noise. Each week they mastered a different aspect of the BerryClip, they were then able to create simple morse code examples and various light patterns. By the end of the term each group had designed and created an RNLI pager using their own creativity and their newly found computing skills. Continue reading
First thing you’ll need to do, if you want to get teaching with the Raspberry Pi is to buy all the relevant kit. The basic list for each pi is as follows
- Raspberry Pi 2 (£25)
- Micro SD Memory Card (£5)
- Case (£7)
- Power Supply (£5)
- USB Keyboard (£8)
- USB Mouse (£7)
- Monitor cable (£4)
- Monitor (£80)
- [optional] speakers and speaker cable (£5)
The prices next to each item are for budgeting, we actually managed to get the above for less, your mileage may vary. Read on for a more detailed guide of what you need.
This post is my way of introducing myself and the goal I’ve set myself in creating this blog. I’m the husband of a Primary School teacher, and it’s my mission to put the Raspberry Pi to effective use in her classroom.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’m the geek of our family and it soon dawned on me that “non-geeks” may struggle to bring a Pi based class to fruition (pun intended). Although the Raspberry Pi is an amazing thing, the average Primary School teacher will (likely) not have the time and resources to get started in using a Raspberry Pi in their classroom – as not all teachers are geeks!. Continue reading
Python is your friend
Python is the swiss army knife of computer programming. It promotes good layout due to it’s insistence on good indentation of code. It’s a language that is extremely powerful and flexible, yet is free of a lot of the special syntax that other languages expect. Continue reading