The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects.Our idea is to use this Raspberry Pi in school projects

The value of using Raspberry Pi in the classroom

The Raspberry Pi can be used to aid computer-based learning, but its value extends beyond STEM classes, with the potential to enhance education across disciplines.

Introduce technology, computing and programming to students

The simplicity of the Raspberry Pi makes it easy to get started, helping pupils to use basic digital, analogue and electromechanical components, and instilling an awareness of simple programming concepts. When combined with visual programming tool Scratch, students can even create animations and games on the Raspberry Pi without having to learn code. Once these straightforward skills have been grasped, teachers can then use it to set more complex tasks.

Encourage collaborative learning

Tomorrow’s innovators are unlikely to be inspired by activities that involve a solitary individual on a computer screen. Instead, students need the freedom to experiment, hack, and collaborate. The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic way to use technology to deliver more multi-sensory classrooms based on communication, innovation, and collaboration skills.

When it comes to the Raspberry Pi, students learn the most if they are hands-on with the kit. So, it makes sense for teachers to create collaborative teams that are well matched in skill level so that no student is left out. Rotating roles could also be given to pupils on a project by project basis (e.g. coder, builder, project manager, quality assurance, etc.). Classroom layout is also important, and groups should be encouraged to work in spaces designed to promote collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas.

Boost computational thinking

When it comes to the educational benefits of the Raspberry Pi, it’s not always about the code. By its very construction, the device will also help to instil computational thinking and skills such as decomposition, pattern recognition, logical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving.

Fire imaginations

Helping to inspire learning and creativity through firing young imaginations, there are a number of Raspberry Pi competitions which schools can take part in. For example, under the theme helping people to live healthier lives, the PA Consulting Raspberry Pi Competition turned imagination into reality. Pupils created innovative solutions to everyday challenges such as a robotic dog that helps motivate children to exercise, an eye tracking mouse to help people with physical disabilities interact with their computer, a device to monitor sleeping conditions, an automatic prescription dispenser, and a posture sensor.