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Raspberry Pi for Kids Paperback – 19 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (19 Sept. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781062145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781062142
  • Package Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Dunno about for Kids great adult learning book :) :)
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Nice book. Could be called Raspberry Pi for Grown-ups. Doesn't spend too much time telling you about the project.
There are loads of projects the grandchildren and I can get on.
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Yes, my son found it very informative and is still reading it :) So got to be good!
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Even for complete novices like me its very easy to pick up and understand and start learning your way round the raspberry I and learn coding
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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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By Ro on 27 April 2014
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This magazine is for adults to read rather than for a child to follow.

IF you want to work through things with your child (or your child to work themselves possible for a tween/teen) I would go for adventures in raspberry pi
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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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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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