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The next generation of Python programmers

The next generation of Python programmers

Posted May 1, 2014 21:26 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: The next generation of Python programmers by farnz
Parent article: The next generation of Python programmers

you don't need a "reasonable" keyboard, you need a keyboard. These are cheap and you can probably get donations pretty easily.

Yes you can say that they need to spend $135 to buy a TV, but given that you can get a HDMI/DVI monitor for <$100 on sale, why would you spend more?

And that's assuming that they can't use the TV. It's also possible for them to use the monitor and keyboard of the family computer without using that computer (with all the things people are worried about there)

It's also easy to have a 'lab' at school that just has TVs, or TVs + Pi computers (without the SD cards) so that there is no software maintinance hassle and let the kids use that at lunch and before and after school (you do need to pay for a teacher to sit in that room during that time)

Yes, there will be kids this doesn't work with. There are kids that schoolbooks don't work with, but you can get pretty good coverage here cheaply.


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The next generation of Python programmers

Posted May 2, 2014 10:27 UTC (Fri) by farnz (subscriber, #17727) [Link]

I think you've misunderstood my numbers; they're cumulative numbers. So, I've taken your $25 for a Pi and a memory card, and added $10 for a keyboard (Amazon Basics keyboards are $11.49, so $10 isn't unreasonable for a keyboard). This gets me a basic price of $35 for a usable device for a kid; note that IME, many family computers now are laptops without separate keyboards.

Then, I looked at Amazon.com for the price of a monitor. $100 seemed to be about right for a cheap TV or monitor, sans delivery. Allow for the fact you're buying in bulk, and you should be able to get monitors for $100 for the kids who can't use their home TV. That gets me to a total of $135 for kids who can't use a home TV either.

The next generation of Python programmers

Posted Jun 9, 2014 21:09 UTC (Mon) by Duncan (guest, #6647) [Link]

Monitors, $40 shipped (17" LCD), pricewatch.com.

Now based on years of shopping there and due to volatile prices and occasional undesirables at the very bottom, I tend to figure a bit up from very bottom, but there's several listings at $45 and more at $50, $55 and $60. So $50 is a good estimate, and that's shipped to anywhere in the continental US, so it's a reasonable quote for the US, at least.

$10 looks about right for keyboards, but at a guess a mouse would be useful as well. I see those for $5.30 shipped, or 10-packs for $4.00 each ($40). There's also keyboard/mouse/speaker combos for $20 or $18 each ($180) in 10-packs.

So let's do the $35 Raspberry Pi B as it's what's recommended for schools, $50 monitor, $20 keyboard/mouse/speakers. $105 total. With a $45 monitor it's $100, total. Tho that doesn't include case.

(Meanwhile, googling for this I see some very nice looking Pi starter kits. They're out of the price range discussed here and are more on the hardware hacking side, but for ~$80-130 they generally include the pi and a case, plus leds, resistors, documentation, etc. There's similar available for Arduinos, etc. Just the sort of thing I'd have loved to have as a kid. =:^)


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