Raspberry Pi Foundation launch new tech courses for teachers

In collaboration with FutureLearn, two new online courses introduce teachers to makerspaces and the programming world

Two free online CPD training courses have been launched aimed at giving teachers the skills to use digital making effectively in the classroom.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the launch in partnership with FutureLearn, the social learning platform. One course focuses on building makerspaces for young people while the other deals with teaching the tricky transition from block to text-based programming languages.

The courses are now open for registration, and are available to educators – or anyone with an interest in digital making and computing – all over the world, and on any device.

Build a Makerspace for Young People shows educators how to create a makerspace – an area inside their community or school – which young people can use to apply digital skills to the real world. It explores different approaches to makerspaces, the pedagogy that underpins the maker movement, and gives lots of practical advice on getting started.

Scratch to Python: Moving from Block to Text-based Programming has been created in response to feedback from educators. While block-based programming languages like Scratch make it easier to teach programming, it can be quite challenging to move young learners on to text-based programming languages such as Python. This course helps educators with that transition.

Interim Head of Educator Support for the Raspberry Pi Foundation Lauren Hyams commented: “The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a simple, but ambitious mission: to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world and now many more teachers across the world can learn a new skill or develop their teaching practise in an interactive and flexible way.”

“Digital skills are in demand in many sectors and industries,” Nigel Smith, Head of Content at FutureLearn commented, “and education is no exception. We’re delighted to be collaborating with Raspberry Pi to continue to support teachers, by helping them to navigate the digital transformation in the education sphere.”

People can sign up with both courses starting on 12th March 2018.