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Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 14 5:12 pm    Post subject: Raspberry pi Reply with quote
    

Has anyone on here actually bought one for a child? If so can you answer some length of string questions? How successful was it? How much parental input was needed, how much basic it knowledge was needed by said parent? How quickly can a child pick it up and get on with it more or less on their own? I am wondering if it would make a good present for my very bright nephew but I don't want it to be an extra burden on his ever so slightly frazzled parents.

chez



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 14 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jema very kindly gave Leo one; he and Arvo are entranced by it. I will bring the thread to his attention .

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 14 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ah Leo has an Arvo. I'm wondering if a few days with the best Aunt in the world (with easy access to downsized IT bods) would get him going.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 14 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

No idea what a raspberry pi is, but Jenna can work an ipad, and has been able to for a couple of years. I think basic it is a lot more initiative than it used to be. Thank goodness she can't spell yet!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 14 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A raspberry pi is all about learning to code. A car mechanic rather than a driver.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 14 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jamanda has it in a nutshell. It is a very low cost computer designed to help teach programming and peripheral integration.

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We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn how computers work, how to manipulate the electronic world around them, and how to program.

arvo



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 14 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

As long as you get all the right cables to connect it then its not to scary. Also there are lots of useful tutorials on the RasperryPi site. Here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/

Worth buying a 'Noobs' card to go with it. (SD card, pre-loaded with all the programs you'll need) It really helps get you going.

Good luck. Always up for questions about it. We've had fun so far and have more planned

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 14 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you. I think the nephews would go for this, I'd better speak to my sister first.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 14 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I consider myself educated!

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 14 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A child interested in computing and learning to code should have little trouble in getting to grips with the Pi, although this won't happen overnight and may need the odd spot of help from folks in the know - even basic coding has some dry, abstract concepts to grasp. However, I managed aged 13, and I've successfully taught coding to kids younger than that.

The problem would come from foisting the device on a child more interested in using the tech (Xbox, smart phone, laptop) than coding for it or learning how it works. The dry concepts could be a barrier, as could any abstract idea in any maths or technically orientated subject at school.

So if your nephew is up for it, I'd say go for it.

And there'll be plenty of help amongst us lot.

I don't have a Pi myself, but I entirely support what they're trying to achieve.

A.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 14 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks Andrew, he has an (alarmingly) enquiring mind. I don't think it's been considered because my sister and brother in law are not at all interested. I note your bit about foisting it on him though. I am looking for something that he will become absorbed in and give his parents perhaps one night a week where they aren't taking him swimming or to music lessons or running or football or tennis or or or

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 14 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Keep us postimacated!
A.

chez



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 14 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Leo uses it to code in Scratch. Very high-reward environment, animations etc..

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 15 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Raspberry Pi 2 looks interesting, it can even run Windows 10.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31088908

https://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/

vegplot



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 15 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Raspberry Pi 2 looks interesting, it can even run Windows 10.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31088908

https://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/


That will make it much more attractive to a larger community. Never a bad thing.

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