Raspberry Jam 2.0 – Adults enjoy learning too!

Today I was lucky enough to attend the second Raspberry Jam event at Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing, you can read about the first jam here.

This time we kicked off with an intro giving everyone the opportunity to contribute either something they had to share or something they wanted to ask. It was suggested that we’d stick to 2-3 minutes although some people seemed to take a lot more than that – I’m also probably guilty. It was nice to have a bit of a nose about what people had done or wanted to do on their Pi’s and it was def a good idea for mixing afterwards.

There were more educators this time than last although not necessarily from Primary. It was good to see that people had seen the possibilities with Pi’s throughout the education system. As a school we are not yet at the stage of investing in some Pi’s, it is on the action plan, but until then I just love hearing ideas. There were some brilliant things which I would love to show my Digital Leaders, Pi’s with sensors powering flashy lights and motors!

What I did think would be absolutely fantastic would be if the children from school could see an event like that. So many of the children I work with are amazed that I still learn things as an adult although I try to tell them whenever possible. They understand that I get ideas from Twitter that I try out and we learn together what we need to do to make them work or review them but to actually see a whole room of adults choosing to learn new things I can imagine it blowing their minds. As well as the fact that we were all having loads of fun and inspiring each other.

After a while we had a breakout room where a brand new Pi was being unboxed and nice sharing people talked us through the basics of initial set up. You can see the Storify talking you through the initial set up here:

Talking through how to set up a Raspberry Pi from opening the box

http://storify.com/SwayGrantham/setting-up-a-raspberry-pi” target=”_blank”>View the story “Setting up a Raspberry Pi” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Setting up a Raspberry Pi</h1> <h2>Talking through how to set up a Raspberry Pi from opening the box</h2> <p>Storified by Sway Grantham &middot; Sun, Sep 30 2012 05:50:56</p> <div>Having an intro to setting up a @Raspberry_Pi at #raspberryjammk literally opening the box, throw away the piece of paper. Get a keyboardSway Grantham</div> <div>Incase you’ve not seen one before, here is @Raspberry_Pi to have a look at #raspberryjammk http://pic.twitter.com/UHxF35TSSway Grantham</div> <div>Watch out for dodgy power supplies – they won’t work! #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Power supply, keyboard, mouse and monitor and you’re ready to go! #raspberryjammk two video outputs, old and new… No VGA connectionSway Grantham</div> <div>Dvi to hdmi adapter may be necessary on older monitors #raspberryjammk you will have to connect sound separatelySway Grantham</div> <div>Be careful with SD cards, you need specific cards.Do not remove whilst it’s on and be careful when slotting it in the bottom #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Whilst on the burning SD process if you get an error about rites you may have knocked the physical switch on the card! #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>When info is written to card there are2parts: windows can read and windows can’t (Linux based) – can still backup on windows #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>When it’s all plugged in, the lights should start flashing and then the screen starts scrolling with text #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>There is no clock on the Pi, it doesn’t know the time of day unless you are plugged into the Internet #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Plugging into a school network Pi’s should run like any other computer unless someone tells you otherwise #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>When first loading you’ll see this screen, grey box with options…You want to ‘expand root partition’ #raspberryjammk http://pic.twitter.com/IFfHs5L3Sway Grantham</div> <div>It will take a while to expand SD, you need to reboot it and then entertain yourself for a while #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>You probably want to change the default password and then the time zone so that it knows where it is #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Now you reach the command line interface dun dun derrrrr ls – lists the files in directory, cd – change directory #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Startx will get you into the graphical desktop #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>On the desktop there are options for a python shell which is a different command line ‘thing’ you can type python commands #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Use lxterminal to get back to the command line from the desktop. Could do pearl or c++ languages defaultly #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>’Apt-get update’ command is needed to check which updates haven’t been installed, then ‘apt-get upgrade’ to install #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>For normal usage don’t be a super user called root, you will corrupt things! Pi user is normal user. Update using ‘sudo’ #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>’Sudo’ will let you do updates and stuff whilst logged on to the normal user account. Needs to be used per line of code #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div> <div>Have an explore of the desktop, be brave its not too different to windows #raspberryjammkSway Grantham</div>

After that we all had a bit more of a nose and then it was time to finish. Lots of contacts made and new connections to follow up. Learning was had by all and I look forward to the next event.

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