Raspberry Pi in Education Newsletter - Issue 3 - December 2014
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Raspberry Pi in Education


Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team

It's been quite a year for Raspberry Pi in Education. We've expanded the education team, launched a new website with free resources and schemes of work, started to run free CPD sessions for teachers from around the world, begun writing our very own newsletter, and invested one million pounds in computing education projects through the Education Fund. We are looking forward to what 2015 brings!

Hour of Code is back!

Why not spend an hour on teaching and learning Computer Science with Raspberry Pi? Computer Science Education Week takes place this month, running from 8th December 2014 to 14th December and are asking everyone to spend just one hour during the week on a Computer Science-related activity, like writing some code or learning computing concepts. We have been busy writing and curating some Hour of Code activities and lesson plans for you to use as part of this initiative too. Why not take a look at our Hour of Code resource page, and have Pi-related fun next week?

Picademy February 2015

The Education team really made the last Picademy of 2014 go out with a bang for our last Picademy, by taking it on the road to Pencoed in South Wales, where Raspberry Pis are made. Attendees enjoyed two days of training with us and a tour of the Sony Factory to see Raspberry Pis being manufactured onsite. 
The next Picademy event will take place on Monday 16th February - Tuesday 17th February at Raspberry Pi HQ in Cambridge. There are 24 places on our free CPD programme for practicing primary and secondary teachers. Is Cambridge too far away for you? Well we also have five bursaries up for grabs to pay for accommodation and transport for those who could really benefit from our support. 
You can see what previous cohorts got up to at their Picademies by reading their blog posts and feedback either on our official Picademy webpage or by looking at the Twitter hashtag #picademy. 
If you are interested in becoming a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and joining our creative community of teachers using Pis in their classrooms, then click on the button below and complete the application form. 
Apply for Picademy

Raspberry Pi at the BETT show 2015

We mentioned in the last newsletter that the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team will be at the BETT Show from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January 2015. As our first major event in 2015, we are hoping that you will come and visit us on our stand where we will be running lots of hands-on workshops, and handing out free resources. We will also be hosting a whole bunch of special guests who want to share their experiences and projects with you, including Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and Pi people who are part of our wider family, like Dr Sam Aaron creator of Sonic Pi.
We will be making lots of noise about our work to get more young people started with their computing education: we would love you to be a part of it. If you are interested in speaking on our stand or running a workshop, then it is not too late to sign up. Just click on the button below and complete the form. We will announce the schedule in the first newsletter of 2015, in time for the BETT Show at the end of the month.
Submit your Bett 2015 session
Don't forget the Sonic Pi Competition entry deadline is 9th January 2015, so ensure you get your classes’ entries in before then. We are excited to hear them!
Keep on computing!
Carrie Anne
Education Pioneer
Raspberry Pi Foundation
Teach students to create a sorting hat using this new hour of code lesson plan from our Raspberry Pi Certified Educator - Simon Johnson
Check out our fabulous hour of code activities which include lesson plans and worksheets to help you teach, make and learn with Raspberry Pi.
Take part in the hour of code with the Sonic Pi 2 Competition and win prizes! Deadline extended till 9th January 2015.
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