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Teaching IT can be as easy as Pi – 28th May 2013

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does. It was designed and built in Cambridge by a group of people who were concerned about the decline and skills of A level students applying to specialise in Computer Science. Their aim was to create a cheap platform for kids to experiment with and they succeeded in creating a fully fledged computer that retails for under £20. Since its launch in February 2012 some 1.4 million Raspberry Pis have been sold, making the Raspberry Pi Foundation the fastest-growing computer company in the world ever.

Our speaker, Clive Beale is the Director of Educational Development for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He will be presenting on the history and background of the Raspberry Pi and its educational potential and use in teaching Computing. He will then focus on recent changes in UK curriculum and the impact they have on encouraging more students to pursue Computing subjects. We will also have a Raspberry Pi available for demonstration purposes.

Clive trained as a biologist and spent several years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before becoming a teacher in 2003. For the last ten years he has taught ICT and Computing at secondary school.

In late 2011 Clive got to play with a beta version of the Raspberry Pi and immediately saw the educational potential, helping to write Computing at School’s Raspberry Pi Education Manual. For the next year he worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in his spare time and in February 2013 he left teaching to work for them full-time.

Clive’s main areas of interest are teaching computer science in primary school and learning through practical computing. He still teaches A-level Computing once a week.

We’re sure you will find this event interesting, and hope it stimulates a debate around opportunities schools and parents have in the Isle of Man to encourage students to take up Computing.

The presentation will be held at the Sanderson Suite, Claremont Hotel, Douglas on the 28th May 2013, starting at 6:00 pm, with complimentary light refreshments available from 5:30 pm.

If you would like to come to this free event, please book your seats using the EventBrite form below, or drop us a line on the Contact Form.

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