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

May 9th, 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.


Mark Shuttleworth presents to Manx students

April 20th, 2012

Mark Shuttleworth, creator of the Linux based Ubuntu operating system, gave a 1 hour presentation of his life to students at the Isle of Man College. It was a whistle stop tour of his life from the time he sold his first business to Verisign, to making reality his ambition to become a space tourist! Finally, he spoke about how he created and manages the Ubuntu project. This guy is a real motivator and we have been fortunate to have had the presentation recorded for future training needs.

For the open-source community there is also a lot to learn regarding his vision for the future of software developments, particularly his current project that will provide ‘easy to deploy’, open-source cloud solutions.

Many thanks to Mark for his motivational talk to our Manx students on the BSc Computer Science programme and to those students that’ll be taking the programme in following years. The presentation recording will be used for training and facilitating learning among our students for years to come; after all, it’s good to be motivated by someone who has done it their way, and for the right reasons (that is, open-source creativity). Mark’s passion for the open-source movement was strongly evident in his presentation, hopefully, it’ll be infectious among our learners also.

The event was organised by Roger Cowin, lecturer at the College and Young Professionals Group Liaison Officer, British Computer Society Isle of Man section . Could you be our next motivational speaker or know of someone who could be? Please contact me (

A special thanks to Manx TV (Paul Moulton) for recording the event. The follow-up interviews with Mark can be seen here and here.