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Prof B Buchanan OBE
For every iPad that we buy kids at school, we could have bought more than 10 R-PIs and network switch, along with sensors, wifi, Ethernet, 16GB memory, LEDs, motors, etc ... and which could be replicated at home, and get parents involved. We have a whole lot of new inventors
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Orian Mendes Feb 22
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Dr David Telford Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier
iPads teach kids to be consumers rather than curious and inventors
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Murray Feb 22
Replying to @Davie_T @billatnapier
Got son #3 MBot for xmas - Arduino powered robot with ultrasonic and line sensors, voltage, light and sound sensors, audio, LEDs, encoder motors and lots of interfaces for other kit. Wasn't cheap, but it was a great starter. He's learning C and Python currently.
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Geek Culture & Tech Feb 22
We should stop teaching kids how to tap! We should help them understand how things work! None of my kids has a tablet and they understand that mobile devices are useful tools and not social media platforms. It helps that I do not use tablets to avoid interacting with them!
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David Gilmour Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier
Are there low cost ways to solve the problem of schools not having the peripherals needed, especially displays, to explore this? Even in suited rooms, there's reluctance to disturb permanent PCs.
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Darren Townsend Feb 23
Replying to @dgilmour @billatnapier
Suitable monitors are often seen as a major barrier to getting Pi's in school, but this is only the case of you're looking for HDMI monitors. Older monitors with DVI (or even VGA) inputs can be used with a simple (£3) cable and are often available for free.
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John Mason Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier
Schools not buying new PCs, they have no money. My dept running with 6/7yo devices. Shrinking computing dept (intertwingling of move to 30s/drop in uptake/course choice changes/lack of staff) leaves a PC room free for “whole school use”. However I agree with your central point.
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Ian Kendall Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier
Trying not to be facetious, but most parents who don't work in IT would struggle to implement a home LAN, and those who do work in IT probably already have one. But yes, Pis are great for learning, but (sadly) not every kid wants to know how to subnet...
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Steve McKee Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier @pine64
Getting a bunch of devices (laptops, tablets, single board computers, etc) would be much more extensible - investing in creation rather than consumption..... In fact there’s the campaign title : Creation > Consumption
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Taner Feb 22
Replying to @billatnapier
Totally agree.But without passionate Teachers even the best teaching tools are paperweights. I've worked in education for 10+ yr now, good teachers can teach with nothing at all and still make impact. Give them the right tools, you can make amazing teachers and inspired pupils.
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