Easily Manage a Raspberry Pi Classroom with PiNet!
Over the past year and a half, Raspi-LTSP has become very popular as a simple and easy-to-set-up way of managing Raspberry Pi users and files in a classroom setting. Its 18-year-old developer Andrew Mulholland has recently launched PiNet, the new incarnation of this very valuable, free, open source project, which you can read about in more detail here.
PiNet’s features include:
- Network-based user accounts, so any student can sit down at any Raspberry Pi in the classroom and log in
- Network-based operating system, so if you want to change the operating system (for example, by adding a new piece of software), you just edit the master copy on the server and reboot all the Raspberry Pis
- Shared folders to allow teachers to share files with students
- Automated backups of students’ work
- Automated work collection/hand-in system
- Super-easy to set up and maintain
- Completely free and open source.
PiNet is a replacement for Raspi-LTSP, not an upgrade, so if you’re already running Raspi-LTSP, you’ll need a new installation to get PiNet running on your server (PiNet will automatically update your SD cards the first time you boot up your Raspberry Pis after installing it, so you don’t need to make any changes to those yourself.) To make everything as easy as possible, a migration utility has been included in every Raspi-LTSP release since November to allow you to migrate user data and files to PiNet; read the migration guide for help doing this.
PiNet is already used across the world in over 30 different countries. To give it a go in your school, all you need is an old computer, a router and some networked Raspberry Pis! To get started, head over to the PiNet website at http://pinet.org.uk/ and hit Get Started!
We are hiring!
The Raspberry Pi Foundation are looking for a creative and enthusiastic educator with drive and passion to join our team develop our curriculum of resources, and play an active part in our day-to-day education work. Main duties of the role will include:
Find out more about the Head of Curriculum Development job role, and how to apply here. Closing date for applications is 1st May 2015.
- Developing a Raspberry Pi curriculum
- Creating an overview of our current curriculum from resources by identifying concepts, skills, and subject areas
- Setting up an advisory board to give feedback about curriculum that includes interested parties (academics, industry, community, etc)
- Identifying gaps in resources based on curriculum
- Creating resources for individual learners and teachers
- Helping to devise pathways and progression through resources
- Measuring impact and usefulness of resources
- Working with Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and contractors to develop and quality-assure resources