I want one!
Those nice people at Raspberry Pi Foundation will shortly be releasing 2 versions of the Raspberry Pi computer at about £16 (700MHz ARM11 processor and 128MB RAM memory, one USB port and no Ethernet controller) and £22 (700MHz ARM11 processor and 256MB RAM memory, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller)
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that plugs into your TV and keyboard and can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like word-processing, playing games and watching high-definition videos.
Its real value, however, lies in its low cost which means that people from all over the world can use it to learn programming.
This takes me back to the 80’s when there was a huge British development of computers; BBC, Sinclair, Dragon, Acorn, Amstrad and Oric! This was an exciting time as we didn’t know anything about how computers worked and we spent hours writing programs to make daft bleeps or print out rude words to the screen which I used to find really funny on my trips to Currys!
What it means for as educators is that we can cheaply engage our pupils in the wonders of programming and hopefully inspire some developers of the future! Watch this space!