We are delighted to announce a new way for people to learn about digital making from Raspberry Pi: two free online CPD training courses, available to anyone. Each course runs for four weeks and is facilitated by FutureLearn, a leading platform for online educational training. Sign-ups are already open, with the courses themselves starting on 20 February 2017.
Here’s the lowdown on what you can expect:
Course 1: Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python
This course will introduce you to physical computing, showing you how easy it is to create a system that responds to and controls the physical world using computer programs running on the Raspberry Pi. You’ll apply your new-found knowledge to a series of challenges, including controlling an LED with Python, using a button press to control a circuit, and making a button and LED game.
If you’re a teacher, you’ll also have the chance to develop ideas for using the Raspberry Pi and Python in your classroom, and to connect with a network of other educators.
Course 2: Teaching Programming in Primary Schools
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to programming, designed for primary or K-5 teachers who are not subject specialists. Over 4 weeks, we’ll introduce you to key programming concepts. You’ll have the chance to apply your understanding of them through projects, both unplugged and on a computer, using Scratch as the programming language. Discover common mistakes and pitfalls, and develop strategies to fix them.
To sign up to a course, visit: rpf.io/trainonline