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At least 4 months ago (what now feels like an eternity) I participated in the Raspberry Pi Educators Road Test. Writing blogs based on my lessons using the Raspberry Pi was a truely engaging experience and I put all my enthusiasm into making my articles as interesting as possible. Lukily for me, I was awarded for my efforts; not without having gone through a drawn out processes of me emailing back and forth with element14 about when my prize would arrive. And eventually it was stated as true; a ...
While the Raspberry Pi Educators Roadtest is complete, I wanted to follow up with my belated post using the Raspberry Pi B+ Camera Kit to create time lapse photos. The school where I teach physics is undergoing a major construction project to rebuild the football field with new, larger bleachers and an artificial turf field. Using the Raspberry Pi Camera Kit, I have been capturing images of the construction out of a well placed classroom window.     While time lapse photography i ...
Thank you to all our competitors for all their efforts over the past months in this exciting RoadTest - the first RoadTest element14, MCM and CPC have done just for educators.   There are two Grand Prize winners who will receive a 3D printer worth $600. The judges have made their choices based upon the blogs provided within the allotted time.   We're pleased to announce that the Grand Prize Winners are kitfud (Kit Fuderich) and nbizzell (Neil Bizzell). Kit is a technology teacher at ...
The Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest has now concluded and all of the blog posts are in from the participants! We will now be decided which of our contestants in each area (North America & UK / Ireland) will be winning a 3D printer for their class!  Please follow all of the action on our blog and on the element14 STEM Academy page.   For a full description and list of rules for the Raspberry Pi RoadTest please see the Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest Page on element14     K ...
UPDATE 23:11 13 February 2015:   Alas, for many reasons some of which I have already stated in these blogs (but including the fact two weeks ago I suffered a painful leg injury in a road accident), I have run out of time!  Provided they are not locked down, I will complete these blogs and worksheets because I fully intend to use them myself, but I'm afraid they probably won't make the deadline tonight.  I have done the product review however and I hope that it is found to be usef ...
Due to the time constraints of this RoadTest I haven't had time to investigate the possibilities of all the projects which I outlined in my previous blog post.  Therefore I have decided to do the only one that is achievable in the current timeframe - the Garden Wildlife NightCam.  My original idea was to make this a wireless system running at the bottom of my small garden some 15 metres from the house.  I did investigate setting up the Rapsberry Pi up to be a wireless access point ...
This is my first post as part of the Raspberry Pi Educators Roadtest scheme.  Unfortunately I am a little behind with this blog mainly due to the delay in receiving the kit - I was expecting to have it well before Christmas when I would have some time off work to experiment with it, but it didn't actually arrive until the end of the first week in January.  This has given me a limited timeframe in which to work. The other surprise was that the camera supplied was a PiNoIR which has a di ...
I have enjoyed the chance to try out the Raspberry Pi Camera kit and look into the applications for educational use. The kit is a well put together combination of components to get started with photography using the Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately as I have been off work recovering from an operation I have not been able to put the full plan into action and have only been able to do the home education part of the project. I had planed to also use the Kit with my students at School to use the time ...
The Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest is well under way and was just extended by two weeks until February 13th! We have seen quite a few great blog posts from our participants. Please follow all of the action on our blog and on the element14 STEM Academy page. One of these three North American STEM educators will be chosen to win a 3D printer based on their project!   For a full description and list of rules for the Raspberry Pi RoadTest please see the Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest Page on ...
If you live on the east coast of the US then you know that this week was the week of "Snowmageddon." For those not in the know, an intense storm which was supposed to blow through causing massive disturbances on a scale not seen for decades. But as usual, a lot of the news reports ended up being hype however, this doesn't mean to say that we didn't get snow and that there were not delays. Specifically, for the 2nd time since I started blogging about my lessons utilizing the Raspberry Pi school w ...
I was able to set up the full experiment with my Home Education Computing group yesterday. We had got hold of some Copper Sulphate from ebay and stopped filming the snow.   We planned to film one form set of crystals from above using the Visual-Pi-ser as a stand and the other from below lit from the top.     To film from underneath a stand was made from a cardboard tube and a slit cut to allow the camera to be placed underneath. this would also double as a lightbox for other p ...
We had a little snow this week so whilst I was experimenting with timelaspe I thought I would try capturing the snow in our garden melting.   I attached the Raspberry Pi and the camera module fixed into the supplied case to my bedroom widow facing the garden.   As you can see there was no space to attach a monitor , keyboard and mouse so i used the Wi-PI 802.11n wifi adapter to connect to the RPi using SSH and VNC.   For some reason the first run (when using Raspistill -tl x ...
A few months ago I delivered some Raspberry Pi CPD for the South Yorkshire CAS (Computing At School) hub. I was introducing the Raspberry Pi and demonstrating how it could be used in schools. At the time I was very impressed with the AV set up they had at the University. I was able to use a PC with my presentation, a Raspberry Pi running the software I was demonstrating and a visulaliser showing how i was setting up the RPi. All of which were presented on the screen.   This was something t ...
The Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest is well under way and just a week before the contest ends on January 30th we have seen quite a few great blog posts from our participants. Please follow all of the action on our blog and on the element14 STEM Academy page. One of these three North American STEM educators will be chosen to win a 3D printer based on their project!   For a full description and list of rules for the Raspberry Pi RoadTest please see the Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest Page on ...
January feels like it has flown by but every time I sit down to write one of these blog posts I'm reminded of how each class is spaced one week apart.   That's a long time when you think about having to retain what you've learnt over a week ago and pick up again right where you started. Because of this I often find myself having to review what I covered previously; this is expected but then again, it bites into my ambitious lesson plans where I outline all the things I hope to cover during ...