The Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team have been working on a new way for people to learn about digital making: two free online CPD training courses, available anywhere in the world. The courses will run alongside the current live educator training offerings (Picademy, Skycademy and Code Club Teacher Training) and are facilitated by FutureLearn, a leading platform for online educational training. Here’s the lowdown on what you can expect:
Course 1: Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python
This 4 week 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 newfound 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 4 week course will provide a comprehensive introduction to programming, designed for non-subject-specialist primary or K-5 teachers. Over 4 weeks, you’ll be introduced 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.
Sign up begins today with the courses themselves starting in mid February 2017. We hope they will inspire a new army of enthusiastic makers around the world!