Rasberry Pi in international development and education
We report on the adaptation of the OER4Schools programme to the Sierra Leonean context, including exploratory research on educational activities using the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer with female STEM education lecturers, as well as with female STEM education students.
Exploring interactive pedagogy through OER4Schools with the use of Raspberry Pi, we showcase concrete ways to contribute to quality in education, targeting particularly girls’ education. The trials span six African countries: Sierra Leone, Zambia, Kenya, Gambia, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso (with 1-2 educators per country, trialling with 5 pairs of students), and explore the use of Raspberry Pi both as a general purpose educational device (e.g. for document editing and subject-specific applications, such as GeoGebra, Scratch, Mathematica and others), as well as the use of Raspberry Pi for specific science and mathematics investigations (e.g. using temperature sensors). We seek to elicit a gender-specific perspective on the use of mobile technology in science and mathematics education.