Picademy Bytes: free physical computing training for teachers

Five years ago, the Raspberry Pi Foundation recognised a need for free, high-quality CPD for educators. In response, we started running Picademy, a two-day training event that provides educators all over the UK and North America with the knowledge and skills they need to teach computing with confidence, creativity, and excitement.

We are delighted to now bring you a new free training programme called Picademy Bytes for teachers in the UK who are unable to attend the two-day Picademy events. Picademy Bytes training sessions are 60- to 90-minute community-led events taking place at various UK locations, led by Community Trainers who we ourselves have inducted.

The aim of Picademy Bytes is to highlight the value of delivering curriculum objectives through physical computing activities: the programme provides teachers with the opportunity to experiment with physical computing in a short, face-to-face training session. Teachers can then take what they’ve learned back to their schools, to use or adapt for their own Computing lessons.

Introducing our Community Trainers

In June this year, we invited our first four Community Trainers to attend an induction session, where we introduced them to the resources for their Picademy Bytes sessions, and they gave us feedback on our plans and the session content.

All four Community Trainers are teachers and Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, having attended Picademy in the past. They volunteered to become Community Trainers because they are enthusiastic to help other teachers in their local areas to deliver exciting learning experiences for their students.

The first Picademy Bytes session took place in July at the Computer Science in Schools Conference 2019 at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, and most attendees were secondary school teachers. Attendees described the session as “well-balanced [between] theory and practical” and said that it was “very informative and provided ideas for the classroom”.

Look out for Picademy Bytes sessions in a city near you!

Upcoming Picademy Bytes sessions will soon be listed on the Computing at School website and on the Raspberry Pi Foundation website. If you are based in or near Belfast, Bradford, South Wales, Hull, London, North Devon, or Plymouth, look out for events near you from this month! And there will be plenty more events in locations across the UK after that. We look forward to seeing you there!


Namandhariwal avatar

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So plz give it to me
You biggest fan

Jaime Maicas avatar

Is there a place in the U.S. where this is also being taught to teachers?

Dana avatar

Hi Jaime,

Thanks for your comment. We are working to bring more local workshops to educators across the United States. Contact us at [email protected] and we can help you find a workshop near you.

Muhammad waseem avatar

how i can purchase this device

AndrewS avatar

There’s “Buy now” buttons on each of the pages at https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/ which will direct you to a local reseller.

Anne Carlill avatar

Is Picademy Bytes just for computing teachers? My daughter is just training, in her 40s, to be a maths teacher (in a school setting where they teach and train at the same time) after a career in finance. If she was interested, would she be suitable for your Bytes course?

Janina Ander avatar

Hi Anne,
Since places in these sessions are limited, we would give computing teachers preference over teachers of other subjects. However, if your daughter is interested in computing and how to teach it, she should take advantage of our range of free online courses for teachers: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/raspberry-pi

If she is becoming a teacher in England, she might also want to look into the support offered by the National Centre of Computing Education, which we co-run: https://teachcomputing.org

Carlos Merino avatar

Dear Sirs, Do you believe it would be possible to extend the training for teachers of PERU via the web?

Janina Ander avatar

Hi Carlos, we provide lots of free online training for teachers via FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/raspberry-pi

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