Raspberry Pi Camp

Guest blog by Dwight Goodwin, Director of Instructional Technology in Denton ISD.

Denton ISD just completed their second annual Raspberry Pi Camp in which middle school students worked together to learn computer skills beyond the graphic interface, programming, project planning and most importantly problem solving.  The first day of the camp was all about learning and developing computer skills.  Students completed task such as: installing software from the terminal and writing a simple program in Python.  The last three days of camp students planned and created projects with their Raspberry Pi’s.  Projects ranged from building their own games in Scratch to a Wi-Fi enabled juke box that played songs from Pandora.  The best part of the camp from an educator’s point of view was watching the kids think through problems and the lengths they would go through to research and solve the problems that they encountered to make it work. 

What’s a Raspberry Pi? 

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.  Raspberry Pi’s run on a free Linux distribution called Raspberian for their operating system. 

The supporting premises appears in New Digital Learning Environment in Creating a New Vision for Public Education recognizing the importance of learning in and outside of school.

I. A. The technologies that make this new digital world possible must be viewed as opportunities and tools that can help us in educating and socializing the young both in and outside of school.


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