Something wonderfully new & pleasantly wonky

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Hello #clmooc! I’m so pleased to see you back this summer. I’ve participated (to varying degrees) in this mooc since its first year. This is a wonderful online community, and it warms my heart to see familiar names and faces from year to year – Sheri, Kevin, Terry & Karen – (others too!) your work and your regard for the work of others really helps to keep it all real.…

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Learning Project Summary: Week 6 – It’s only just begun… And now it’s over!

It is hard to believe that the six week learning project has run it's course. My Raspberry Pi (RPi) learning journey is ending. However, I know that I will be continuing this project for some time, I have only just begun to scratch the surface of what this little device can do and I am so impressed with the potential that it holds.…
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Raspberry Pi as media centre

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Today I decided to turn the Raspberry Pi (RPi) into a media centre, attached to my television so that my boys can watch their movies. We have collected a fair number of videos over the years and I have copied them all onto a hard drive that I attach to my computer which I would then connect to the TV in the games room so that the boys could watch their movies.…
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Learning to code is turning into what can the Raspberry Pi do?

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This week, after spending quite a bit of time learning a tiny amount about the world of Scratch, I decided to revisit the basic workings of the Raspberry Pi again.  I had read that there are a few simple projects that you can do with different operating systems and I decided to give a few of them a try.…
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Staring Across the Abyss

Visible Learning:  http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cDhUrEiiRA

This week I feel like I am standing at the edge of an abyss.  I have all the materials I need to build a bridge to cross to the other side…except one.  The pivotal piece that is essential to making the bridge hold together.  Without this integral piece I cannot cross to the other side.
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From Underwater Cables to Undersea Current Power

​This story on The Weather Network surprised and amazed me. Apparently Microsoft and Facebook have teamed put a cable under the Atlantic Ocean from the US to Spain to deliver high speed internet access to Europe. And Google did the same thing under the Pacific Ocean in 2014 in association with some Asian companies.…
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From Lurker, to Follower, to Leader: Mozilla All Hands in London Goals

The “Mozillian Lurker”

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Sitting next to Sunny Lee and Carla Casilli on on school bus exploring Vancouver during the the “Open Education” Conference in 2012, I discovered that I was already a Mozillian. Although on the fringes of the community, I learned about open badges and realized, that’s what I am doing already!  …

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Dancing cat, created using Scratch

 Well, I have coded my first code.  I used a language called Scratch, created by MIT and launched in 2009, which is designed for individuals (mostly children) who want to learn the basics of coding.  It is a graphical language where instead of typing the command codes into an code editor, you connect the command blocks together into a script that creates simple animations, games and a whole lot of other things.…
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www.raspberrypi.org/help

www.raspberrypi.org is where I started. I went to the website and after looking around on the homepage, I decided to click on the 'help' menu. I found a number of nice, short videos on all sorts of different things. Most importantly, I found a video titled "Quick Start Guide" and after watching it, I discovered I needed NOOBS.…
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