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Raspberry Pi for Kids [Paperback]

Computeractive , MagBook , Jonathan Parkyn , Ian Jackson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Book Description

19 Sep 2013
The Raspberry Pi is the incredible £24 British computer that is taking the world by storm. It is ideal for children of all ages to experiment, play games and learn valuable skills at the same time. In our essential handbook, we explain why the Pi has such massive potential and show how parents and children can take full advantage of it. We will take you step-by-step through the basics of setting up and configuring the Pi and introduce tons of fun projects that families will enjoy working on together. Kids will love creating their own games and, in the process, they will learn everything they need to know about computer programming for the classroom and beyond!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781062145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781062142
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide - for all ages 28 Oct 2013
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This is a clearly written and comprehensive guide to the Raspberry Pi. It covers everything from plugging the Pi in and installing an operating system on SD card to using it to run iPlayer on your tv and writing complex games. It's hard to see why it's particularly "for kids", apart from the fact that kids are famously better at understanding technology than their parents are. This is the first book I've read on the Pi and gives me the confidence to order one and get programing. It puts me in mind of the good old days of the BBC micro (so clearly I'm no kid)!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Aimed at parents/grandparents - I am in the latter group - considering buying a Pi for their kids. It tells you what it is, what you need to get it going and what it does/doesn't do, with detailed procedures, written in an easy style which leads you gently into the inevitable code you will have to write to get it to a usable state. I have worked with computers since the 1980's, am familiar with UNIX, C, Java, PHP etc. and still needed the instructions in this book to get my Pi up and running.
If you are thinking about buying a Pi, read this book first, then work out what extras you will need for your particular situation, for example, the Pi is designed to connect to a TV, not a monitor. If you decide to get one, you can then use the examples in this book to set it up, then give the book to the kids and let them take over.
Two languages are covered in detail - Scratch and Python. Scratch is aimed at younger children and teaches the fundamentals of programming by dragging and dropping jigsaw pieces into position, whereas Python is a proper programming tool for creating apps and has quite a steep learning curve. Both these languages, especially Python, are covered in detail with examples. I came across a couple of annoying typos, but apart from this they can be typed in and work ok.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my son. He struggled with the language. The first few chapters were OK, but didn't explain everything clearly. After that the chapters were disjointed - they were clearly taken directly from magazine articles for adults. I have since purchased "Adventures In Raspberry Pi" which is a lot clearer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars informative but error ridden 27 Jan 2014
By Pugwash
I bought this to give to an 11 year old to get him up and running with a Pi we gave him for Christmas. The overall idea is good, but it is full of little niggly errors and typos. These don't matter too much in the text as you can guess what should have been written, but there are also errors in some of the code, for example the code to run Minecraft doesn't work as written in this guide, there is a missing ./ before one of the command lines. This led to some extreme disappointment from the aforementioned 11 year old, and we had to Google to find the correct code, which rather makes this pointless. With a little more attention to detail this would have done the job, as it stands its really really frustrating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you need 18 Jan 2014
By moc
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Ideal beginning to get the under 10s into computing.
Easy step by step guide which can be easily follwed by the novice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retail Price: 7.99 10 Dec 2013
This magazine is great - not just for kids, any novice to RaspberryPi. I bought it at Sainsbury's for 7.99, used it to set my Pi up as a NAS, and I'm now listening to music that I'm streaming from the Pi to my wi-fi speakers. Going to buy another and use it as a video streaming device for watching films. My laptop will be free from both of these tasks. All instructions to do this are in this magazine. I know you can find the info online, but this is simple, and saves time searching for entry-level instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Pi recommended reading 1 Mar 2014
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As complete novices, I thought this would be a good starter book for my 9 year old son and myself to get to know our Pi. I was not disappointed, plain, understandable english, I would recommend this book to anyone starting out with a Raspberry Pi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 22 Feb 2014
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The child whose Christmas present this was absolutely loved it. Like most adults I have no idea what this is…….
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