MagPi looks nice. I guess it will look even better with a table of contents which, of course, implies that there is some content! I can help fill the void, and we need to be careful to structure it with kids in mind to make sure we don"t talk way over their heads, and yet, provide enough detail that we pique the interest of the various levels of intellect at which the R-Pi is aimed. In fact, I"m sure we will soon attract some quite talented kids who will be able to contribute and show us how it's done.
I"m a volunteer senior docent, artifact restoration engineer and historian at the Computer History Museum (http://www.ComputerHistory.org
) in SillyCon Valley and I lived through the microcomputer revolution from the S-100 boat anchors (as Jerry Pournelle affectionately calls them) through the various 6502 variants such as the Ohio Scientific, Apple I and ][, ///, Radio Shack Model 1, 2, 3, 100, the IBM PCs and the clone warriors, the Macs, and now the plethora of iDevices and Androids. So, the buzz surrounding the R-Pi is certainly stirring old memories (literally – I still have all of my original micros in operating condition! ).
We have been developing an educational program with school teachers that includes kids as young as four years old (they can understand how a flip-flop works!). I am promoting the R-Pi as a demonstration platform since many of the kids are low-income – like many areas populated by the wealthy, it"s both surrounded by and interspersed with some very economically-disadvantaged people. These range from inner-city ghettos in Oakland to barrios in East Palo Alto, to adjacent agricultural areas that extend outward for hundreds of miles.
This is going to be fun … and even moreso, if we ever actually get our hands on real R-Pi boards
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!