The Raspberry Pi is a small computer — credit card sized — that was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation of the UK to help teach basic computer skills in schools. Public Libraries Online refers to them as "the Tinker Toys of the 21st century." They are so powerful, flexible, adaptable and affordable, costing as little as $35 for a basic unit. Now they are used in all sorts of settings for all sorts of purposes.
This session will include a presentation of the Raspberry Pi and how it can be used in public, school, academic or even special library settings to support maker education and maker spaces including learning how to program with the Python computer language.
Participants will learn how and where to purchase Raspberry Pi computers along with inexpensive peripherals including keyboards and mice. Participants will learn how to assemble a Pi, setup the software and connect it to a display terminal. A number of Raspberry Pi kits will be available for an actual hands-on experience - at the conclusion of the session, the kits will be raffled off to several lucky attendees to take back to their libraries!!
Participants will also learn where to find staff development materials along with some open educational resources which can be used in libraries to support a variety of topics including maker education.
**PLEASE NOTE: Following this event, session attendees and any other WNYLRC members are invited to join the WNYLRC CE Committee for another "Infomingle" event, being held at the Resurgence Brewing Company, just minutes from the Library: http://www.resurgencebrewing.com/
Join colleagues for conversation, food, drinks and brewery tours!
Don Watkins is an educator, education technology specialist, entrepreneur, open source advocate. M.A. in Educational Psychology, MSED in Educational Leadership, President of Blount Library Trustees, Vice President Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library Trustee. Retired from public education with 26 years as a technology director at Franklinville Central School. Currently writing for Opensource.com where I have authored over 100 articles about free and open source software including a half dozen about the Raspberry Pi platform. Currently teaching a weekly Python programming class for home schooled youth in the Franklinville, New York area.