Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 08:40 UTC
In the News "Dozens of teachers specialising in computer science are to work in English schools thanks to a partnership between Google and the charity Teach First. Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said money would also be provided to buy 'teaching aids, such as Raspberry Pi's or Arduino starter kits'. He said that without investment in the subject, the UK risked 'losing a generation' of scientists." My Raspberry Pi should arrive via UPS today, assuming they don't mess up. I'll try and get a few photos and first impressions up if it does arrive.
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

The plan is to train computer teachers then send them off to the schools with a pocket full of budget to buy equipment. The Pi is one potential option they may spend that budget on.

Microsoft could simply continue the practice of swooping in with a truck load of hardware to donate complete computer labs.

Pi @ 35$ > MS donations @ 0$

I think it would be a travesty if MS did such a thing just to keep the "get them early" loyalty program going but it has been there usual response to schools choosing other branding.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The plan is to train computer teachers then send them off to the schools with a pocket full of budget to buy equipment. The Pi is one potential option they may spend that budget on.

Microsoft could simply continue the practice of swooping in with a truck load of hardware to donate complete computer labs.

Pi @ 35$ > MS donations @ 0$

I think it would be a travesty if MS did such a thing just to keep the "get them early" loyalty program going but it has been there usual response to schools choosing other branding.

You say that as if there's not any mutual benefit. How exactly does it harm a school when their entire computer lab costs them $0? How exactly does it harm the students that they have a computer lab to use? Lastly, what do you expect in a system that's been forced to see out their own sponsors and partnerships because they've been grossly underfunded by the politicians? If you remove big business from our education system, you have practically nothing left at all. Would that be better?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

If you remove big business from our education system, you have practically nothing left at all.


If that's he case maybe you should get cracking on creating s system that doesn't suck.

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