How to Use A Raspberry Pi to Teach Your Kids at Home

Wondering how you can teach your kids with a Raspberry Pi? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. It’s a fact that teaching kids in 2021 isn’t a cakewalk like it was till a decade ago. Their syllabus has evolved to an extent that the ones in the fifth grade are learning coding and programming.

The question arises, how do we help kids with their studies? Well, several applications in the market help you deal better with your ward’s studies. One such application is the Raspberry Pi (which allows your ward to learn programming in the easiest ways possible and helps you keep yourself updated about their syllabus and academics).

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Here’s how you can use the Raspberry Pi to help your kids with their academics

1. Scratch

It is one of the best ways by which you could introduce your ward to the world of computer programming. It encompasses different concepts like variables, Boolean logic, and loops to create a better understanding of the subject for the kids. It includes all the basics related to programming and clears the concepts in the most simplified manner. Scratch has received amazing feedback from its users including teachers, parents, and students themselves. Scratch clears concepts using video lectures, notes, and practice sessions. It makes sure that their base is strong so that the empire of knowledge we wish to create is strengthened enough.

2. Code.org

Code.org is an organization that intends to make more and more kids comfortable with coding and raise them to be great programmers. It uses different methods like online courses, free tutorials, and video lectures to make coding easy for kids by simplifying the concepts applied. It hosts some events like the “Hour of Code” event, which encourages young minds to take interest in coding and make a future. It is even used by certain schools to develop pupils’ interest in coding and computer science and encourage them to pursue a career in this field.

3. Reading books

Reading is one of the healthiest habits that you could inculcate in your ward, as a parent. If you have the patience to read a book, you could refer to several books that have been written on programming and coding. You do not need to be fluent in English to learn programming. However, basic knowledge and understanding of the language could help you understand the concepts better since a lot of keywords are used in programming using the English language. If you find yourself comfortable in using the Raspberry Pi 4, you will be comfortable with most of the books in the genre.

4. Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jams are events that are hosted by Raspberry Pi. These help children and adults from different areas to come together and interact on the subject of coding, programming, etc. These meetups give your child an opportunity to interact with other children and scholars from different areas and develop a better understanding of a subject. These events are completely sponsored by the Raspberry Pi organization. If you do not have a Raspberry Jam in your area, you could refer to the guidebook provided by Raspberry Pi, to start one.

5. Games

Minecraft is a popular game you might have heard of. There is a version of Minecraft that Raspberry Pi uses to simplify the concepts of programming. Minecraft has been inspired by multiplayer games like ‘digital Lego’ that allows gamers to use it as a platform and build a virtual world, by using different coding languages like Java, Python, etc. These games enhance the interest of kids and adults in programming and it helps them pursue programming and coding with more passion. You could use programming and coding to create a virtual world in Minecraft.

Conclusion

The Raspberry Pi has made teaching programming and coding to kids extremely easy. There are several methods you could opt for, like Scratch, Code.org, books, Raspberry jams, and games. Scratch is a platform that uses the concepts of variables, boolean logic, and loops to simplify learning. Code.org uses tutorials, etc, to teach kids the concepts of programming.

You could also choose to read books on programming if you find yourself comfortable with English. Raspberry Pi even sponsors Raspberry Jams where people meet and interact on such subjects. Gaming is another method by which students can be encouraged to learn to code.

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