- We are using Pi mostly with a camera for Social Media campaigns. Our IT department uses them to monitor wireless networks.
Its pie season again… Raspberry Pi that is! Recently they announced they have an updated version of their mini-computer ready to buy. The new version, the Raspberry Pi 3, has an upgraded processor, built in WI-FI, and they claim will be faster! With a price tag of $35 how can you go wrong.
By now we’ve all heard about Minecraft, or maybe we know a child that can only talk about “Creepers.” With its popularity, many educators are looking beyond the blocks to what Minecraft can do for education.
One obvious choice that Minecraft can be used for is with programming. With just a $35 Raspberry Pi, you can setup a Minecraft sandbox where students can learn the programming language Python. Using this helpful worksheet, programmers can learn how to teleport in the game or even drop blocks as they walk. Check out our post about the Raspberry Pi to learn more!
Another thing educators are looking to Minecraft to teach is digital citizenship. Check out this video about how some teachers are using Minecraft to do just that:
At only $35, a Raspberry Pi might be a tempting addition to your makerspace or library. But what can it really do and can you make it work for your users?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that only needs a screen, keyboard, and mouse. It can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video and can be used to teach programming.
One of the big draws of the Raspberry Pi is to learn programming. It can be used to learn to program Ruby, Python, Scratch, and even setup your own web server. Besides teaching resources, the Raspberry Pi website even has an Education Newsletter you can receive via email. Need inspiration? Check out what others have done on their make page.
We know that Minecraft is extremely popular. Check out our post about using Raspberry Pi to program in the Minecraft world!
Finally, here’s a short video about the device and getting setup: