Well at least it’s named after a fruit

Along with numerous Apple products, the world of electronic devices includes Blackberries.  Any of them could operate on the Orange network.  And now we have a product called the Raspberry Pi, which turns out to be all about encouraging technical, computer programming, skills among children.

Will it have an effect?  It certainly looks a neat device – a sort of 21st century digital version of a Meccano set.  It also looks good in that it encourages children to understand the hardware within a computer.  But if children want to learn programming, I do note that the BBC piece mentions a cheap Android tablet as a possible competitor, and it’s worth noting that there’s no reason why one couldn’t learn the principles of coding a game of snake using an app for a tablet device.

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