Video of Sonic Pi, the Music Programming Program
One of the reasons I'm very excited for the 2014-2015 Ed Tech School Year or ETSY is that I get to be involved in tech clubs in the Elementary Schools in our District. So, naturally I took home and ordered some toys and try them out so that I'd have some cool things to share with the kids when we get these clubs officially going early this school year. I'm going to be doing more to keep up my blog this year and with the Tech Clubs starting up, I've got so much to talk about!
I received at about 10:30 am a package from Amazon that contained a Raspberry Pi Starter kit. I spent a majority of the afternoon (well, an entire afternoon) playing with it and getting used to the more command-based interface. At about 2 o'clock I hit a wall and wondered why this complicated tool would be valuable, but after a few exercises found on the Raspberry Pi website I had a breakthrough. The point of this terrific little tool is to teach us how to use line commands to get the computer to do specific things. The more I tried to learn the game, the easier it became. I'm not yet qualified to work for NASA but I'm closer than I was this morning!
So, just an overview of the Raspberry Pi- it's a small computer that is an open circuit board. It costs about $37 and runs the Linux OS. It comes to us from our friends Across the Pond who formed an organization to teach students in the UK to program and understand how computers work. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a very helpful website that really helped to break the ice for me today.
One of my favorite activities was to program the tune, Frere Jaques in the Sonic Pi application that comes free with the device itself. Instead of typing the notes (CDEC, etc...) I had to program "Play 60, Sleep 0.5, Play 64". It was very fun. I figured out how to program chords. I am looking forward to learning more about this little gadget and getting my students to see what they can control.
If you haven't tried to use this device and would like to, I'd like to share some support helps that were most helpful today:
This is a very cool tool that I'd love to collaborate with other educators and interested folks to find out how this is being used in classrooms. There is a community of Pi People that have provided their supports and resources that I will be frequenting here. I cannot wait to learn more! Please Tweet Me your ideas!
Katie Dewey Hill
This is a space to blog about my thoughts on mostly education technology.