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The Raspberry Pi

The idea behind a tiny and cheap computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, including Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.

Something had changed the way kids were interacting with computers. A number of problems were identified: the colonisation of the ICT curriculum with lessons on using Word and Excel, or writing webpages; the end of the dot-com boom; and the rise of the home PC and games console to replace the Amigas, BBC Micros, Spectrum ZX and Commodore 64 machines that people of an earlier generation learned to program on.

Read more at http://www.raspberrypi.org/about

What is it?

… a $25 computer that is powerful enough to run Quake 3, a pretty intense 3D video game. It plugs straight into a TV with an HDMI output. Oh and have I already mentioned that it costs just $25 to buy!

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-28/tech/30564049_1_computer-broadcom-foundation#ixzz1oZM1Wh7U

March 8, 2012 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Flatland is a short, clever story that with great efficiency manages to teach some geometry, critique social values (of the period) and entertain all at once.

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