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  1. Recantha2

    Is anyone else having doubts about the Raspberry Pi?

    And if you want inspiration for cases.... http://forum.stmlabs.com/showthread.php?tid=719
  2. Recantha2

    Is anyone else having doubts about the Raspberry Pi?

    Oh, I agree. Slight bit of rambling here: The whole educational goal aspect of the Pi has been neglected, in my opinion. I fear that the Foundation has missed the boat a bit on this by not doing the promised "educational version". I also think that the lack of a VGA output is a mistake, simply due to the number of VGA monitors schools have that could've been used had the port been added to the board. Leaving that aside, though, schools at the moment are under no obligation to teach programming or computer concepts in a manner in which the Pi would be an essential, so the market is limited to those in ICT who see the Pi and understand what it can do. There's the problem, of course, that schools love to teach students how to use MS Office which, of course (duh), can't be used on the Pi. So, it's not like schools can just buy Pis to replace their PCs. It would have to be in addition to the PCs. Straight away the question is "What's the point of getting the Pi?" At which point the answer becomes a huge burden on teachers to create their own mini-curriculum. I guess my point in all that is that the Foundation needs to come up with a plan for teachers - the why and the how of Raspberry Pis in education. And I'm not sure they have anyone actively working on that plan in their self-confessed techie group. That's not to say they do everything wrong, you understand. They're pretty good at getting themselves "out there" and the product known, it's just that they often leave people wondering "Okay, _now_ what do I do?" It's the difference between _saying_ that education is your goal and actually doing something about it.
  3. Recantha2

    Is anyone else having doubts about the Raspberry Pi?

    @Bacterius - what would you choose to get someone interested in computers, out of interest?
  4. Recantha2

    Is anyone else having doubts about the Raspberry Pi?

    I believe someone on the RPi forum said it succinctly: "It does exactly what it says on the tin. It runs Linux or RISC OS. You can program it. You can learn how right from the lowest level. What you can't do is jump in the deep end and magically swim. You need guidance, from parents or teachers or scout leaders or books or the net. If you throw a kid in the pool you'll have drowned kids. If you let them learn with guidance you may get an Olympic swimmer. The educational material will be coming."   Now, of course, this "educational material" is a bit of a mythical beast at the moment, and in my opinion a lot of info has been too long coming.   The important questions I have for Shaquil are: What do you want to do with the Pi? How much do you know so far? Where are you stuck?   If you could let us know what you're looking for, in terms of help, I know of several people from the meetup I go to who would be glad to help.   -- Mike
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    Is anyone else having doubts about the Raspberry Pi?

    Hi. I've had a Raspberry Pi for 6 months now. I've done some software bits and pieces and some stuff with hardware, such as temperature sensors and small LCD displays. There are lots of blogs out there for beginners. Can I suggest, to start with, looking at http://raspi.tv , especially some of the early posts, for some ideas for projects. I've got a blog at http://www.recantha.co.uk/blog that has some beginners stuff on it too.   If all else fails, the forum on the raspberrypi.org website is a good place to shout for help. You normally get a reply within a few hours and people are, on the whole, very friendly.   -- Mike
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