Serving Rasberry Pi in schools could be the next step in our children’s future

Getting technology into schools has been a big topic and getting up to date tech is another challenge. In today’s world tech and computers are everywhere, even more so in our homes but one of the largest challenges is being able to get affordable computers in all the class rooms for students to learn and study. Until now, Rasberry Pi Foundation has developed a cost-effective way of getting a powerful computer to be used in our education system. In comes the Rasberry Pi computer, sizing up at dimensions not much larger than a credit card this power house will run you $35. And for the price you get some impressive hardware and capabilities. Here is a brief list of the machines specs…

SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)
CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder
Memory (SDRAM): 256 Megabytes (MiB)
Video outputs: Composite RCA, HDMI
Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Onboard storage: SD, MMC, SDIO card slot
10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
Storage via SD/ MMC/ SDIO card slot

Digital camera and lcd interfaces are also present and it can run 1080P video including 3D.

Fedora, a Linux based OS is stored and run from a SD card and has a boot time of 15 seconds. With these specs this is not only a great affordable computer four kids to use and learn to program on but also for programmers and developers. There is a great array of interfaces to use for just about anything you want to make using this platform.

The Rasberry Pi Foundation is a non-profit Organization and one of their goals is getting donations to offer these new computers to schools who are not able to afford them. You could purchase one for $35 but the same day that they were available they quickly sold out. Not to worry though because you can register if your interested and will be notified once available. They will be offering a bundle if you want to get your hands on one. The Bundle includes the Rasberry Pi, Wireless mouse, Keyboard, wifi dongle, sd card reader and “all of the essential accessories”. Or if you just want the Rasberry Pi by itself you have that option as well.

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2 Comments on “Serving Rasberry Pi in schools could be the next step in our children’s future”

  1. grndplane March 8, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I tried to get one of these the day they went on sale, and the site was over loaded. I think a few people want these, can you say htpc 🙂


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