Now that many of you have received your Raspberry Pi computers, it is time to start unboxing them. Lucky for you, there is a video series that is available to help.
I have found that videos are very helpful in getting something like this off the ground for the first time. The community that supports the Raspberry Pi is huge and goes far beyond this group. So if there is a problem, chances are you are not the first to experience it, and someone has written about it. The videos that Element14 put together are enough to get you started with using the RPi.
After that, as I have mentioned previously, you will want to find a project of your own, so you can see that training in a context. There is nothing like problem solving on the fly to build your confidence in tiny steps. For inspiration on those first projects I would recommend checking out the Raspberry Pi resources page. There are a number of project there that are easy to start and don't require a lot of peripherals. If you are ready for something more advanced, check out Make Magazine and Adafruit for some additional ideas.
Next week, I plan to start a project where I start using a temperature probe to measure some cooling curves and long term temperature trends. More to come!