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Week 4 Welcome

James outlines this week's activities and the learning objectives you will cover.
Welcome back for the final week of our physical computing course. Over the past three weeks, we’ve learned how to set up your Raspberry Pi and write your first bits of Python code. With it you’ve controlled physical outputs and reacted to input devices too. It’s been great to see the comments and discussions that have been had around the practicalities and pedagogy of teaching with physical computing. In your final week, you’re going to apply what you’ve learned to your own digital making project, which will be reviewed by your peers. This week, you’ll learn about what digital making is, why it’s important, and how it appeals to your students. You’ll hear from other teachers about their experience of introducing physical computing.
You’ll work through an example digital making project before embarking on a project of your own choice. In order to complete the course, you’ll share your project with your peers before both giving and receiving feedback on how you’ve applied what you’ve learned. And finally, beyond this course, we’d love for you to participate in our global educator community, which can be most readily accessed by using Twitter and the #picademy hashtag. We look forward to seeing you there.

Well done on coming this far in Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python! By completing the course, you can be recognised for your professional development and build skills you can use to educate the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Over the last three weeks, you’ve learnt about using a Raspberry Pi to create Python programs and to interact with physical components such as LEDs and buttons.

This week is a chance to apply what you have learnt to your own digital making project which will be shared with and reviewed by your peers.

You will:

  • Learn about “digital making”, what it is and how it applies to education.
  • Work through an example digital making project based on one of our resources.
  • Create your own digital making project to share and reflect upon.

Beyond this course we’d love for you to participate in our global educator community, which can be most easily access by tweeting to #RPiLearn.

Lastly, a quick reminder for teachers from England that this course can be used as evidence for your National Centre for Computing Education certificate. Visit the NCCE website for more details.

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