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Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching

On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.

Raspberry Pi

Exciting news from the UK, The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced their plans to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. Version 1.0 will be the size of a USB thumb drive, and will plug into a display. Price should be about $25.

The current specs are:

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

Development is largely due to David Braben, the games developer responsible for Elite, Frontier and Zarch (and other great games). Very much looking forward to seeing this.

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