Google Packed British Schools with Raspberry PiAdded: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
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The search giant has recently written a cheque to provide British schools over 15,000 free microcomputers. The company’s chairman Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton explained that the move should help raise a new generation of computer scientists and encourage kids to take up coding.
Google has said before that the schools of the United Kingdom were undermining the IT industry by rejecting to produce students who could create technology. Eric Schmidt is worried that current information and communications technology teaching is insufficient preparation for future jobs in technology.
The partnership and the initiative were announced at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge, where kids were given a coding lesson by Eric Schmidt and Eben Upton. Raspberry Pi co-founder hoped that his company’s cooperation with Google will become a significant moment in the development of computing education in the United Kingdom.
Upton believed it would be possible to turn around the constant decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to read computer science at university. Within the last decade, the numbers of people studying computer science in the country decreased by 23% at undergraduate level.
Eric Schmidt, when announcing Google’s Raspberry Pi giveaway, said that the UK’s innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world and now the company should inspire the next generation of computer genius. Google hoped that its donation would go some way towards that. In the meanwhile, Google is also sponsoring ICT teacher training through a scheme in conjunction with the Teach First charity.
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
|posted by (2013-02-06 13:21:49)|
|Of course they give them a cheque for 15k free systems....|
they want them to continue buying their software. They dont want everyone jumping on the cheaper linux bandwagon.
|posted by (2013-02-06 15:31:36)|
|Not that I am naive enough to think that paying for those 15000 free Pi is a completely selfless gesture (that's good PR - even if I think people like Eric Schmidt genuinely like transmitting the programming bug to a new generation, he also likes to portray his company as benevolent, so it's a win-win, and do not cost that much money to the company ), but :|
- Google money comes from online services and ads - that work just equally on Windows, Mac & Linux
- The Raspberry Pi will be used with Linux as an OS in 99% of the time (yes, there is also RiscOS, but most people will use Raspbian, ArchLinux, or many other Linux distributions)
(you can even use Android on the Pi, and Android = Google)
|I think Blueberry pie would have been better here.|
|Im wit 1shadowwolf, we need it here just as bad..|
|I have been a fan since the first model,Runs linux flavors easy from SD card.Be sure to get latest model though and a clear box from fleabay.Dont expect it to be running straight away(to newbies).Its a development idea meant for the user to find what works best.Have fun!|
|posted by (2013-02-07 07:28:14)|
|#1 Solyd I dont get what you mean -|
"Of course they give them a cheque for 15k free systems....
they want them to continue buying their software. They dont want everyone jumping on the cheaper Linux bandwagon.?"
raspberry pi runs on Linux? what software is google selling (android is based on Linux kernal plus I have never had to buy it)Raspian is Linux and free so why would google making coders of tomorrow have anything to do do with forcing you to buy software.
they are just ensuring some goodwill in their plot of world domination - the best new coders coming out of UK schools the geniuses they created remembering who got them started, next thing those well educated work for google and help in domination circle
I am a massive fan of the raspberry PI and have just ordered a second one in the hope that my kids might start to learn something themselves I wish google filled all the schools in world with Pi's
I do agree with # 2
|posted by (2013-02-07 07:34:21)|
|Thanx for the article Sam. I applaud Google for doing this, we are going to see some great Raspberry Pi projects come out of this. You can now get the RPI with XBMC pre installed on it. Thats a killer media player for only $45.|
|what the hell is that thing for?? )))|
|I think it's a great idea, yes a publicity stunt is involved but it's win-win for Google. Personally, I love Google, I have migrated all my online stuff bar my Bitcasa (Google doesn't offer unlimited cloud storage for $10USD) So everything is now Google based, all my photos are stored in my Picasa account so my phone has more space for applications, my phone being my Samsung Galaxy SII, soon to be upgraded to a Note 2. Samsung, Google and Microsoft are the way forward, and I think that kids these days do need better IT skills. Back when I was a kid I had to teach myself as most of you probably did, I was learning programming from the age of 5 with a Commodore Vic 20. I think Raspberry Pi is great. Think of a kids imagination coupled with the knowledge to complete the idea, who knows what they will come up with??!?!?!?!|
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