Why the Pi?

1. In the latest NZCER survey, the cost of ICT provision and the challenges of equitable access to ICT resourcing are still of real concern for many teachers and principals.  The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive and affordable computing solution for schools which can help allay these concerns.  Our PLD package includes a full computer suite of 15 Raspberry Pis for under $350 (ex gst) a set.

NZCER Digital Technologies for Learning Infographic 2017
http://www.nzcer.org.nz/infographic-digital-technologies-learning

2. The Raspberry Pi combines physical computing with programming in one device. Unlike Chromebooks, laptops or tablets, the Raspberry Pi affords learners with the opportunity to deep dive into computing and progress through all the big ideas of the new Digital Technologies curriculum:

Algorithms
Programming
Data Representation
Digital Outcomes
Digital Systems

3. Learners can explore electronics and create their own physical projects, connecting their inventiveness with computing and the real world.  It is the most engaging of subjects, with over 78% of learners surveyed at the end of the SDT Project enjoying the experience and wanting to learn more…

4. The Raspberry Pi combines physical computing with programming so it can be used with other components such as temperature sensors, transmitters, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Picaxe microcontroller.  This enables learners to explore real-world issues and contexts at school, at home and in their communities.

See here for examples of Kiwi physical computing projects happening across NZ using this approach

 And finally…What is a Raspberry Pi? from Raspberry Pi Foundation on Vimeo.

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