A young boy carrying a Raspberry Pi in an African desert.
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You had me at Raspberry Pi

I was first introduced to Raspberry Pi through searching for local San Diegans creating innovative education to be speakers at an upcoming TEDx event. I found the group that was creating the original KA Lite, now Learning Equality, as a PhD project at the UCSD Cognitive Science Dept (the first CogSci Dept in the world) with With Jamie Alexandre and Richard Tibbles at the helm. At the time, I was obsessed with CogSci and really wanted to attend UCSD myself but it didn’t happen at the time. However! I did get to visit the core team at the little CogSci Building and I loved it.

KA Lite being used in a classroom in Africa. There are students at computers and a teacher standing over them. A pop up states that the deployment was for afterschool tutoring and the pedagogical model was blended and personalized learning.
This is a map showing the deployment of Ka Lite. Red dots indicate installation and green houses show deployment. The map is very full in the US, Europe, the north South American coast, mid to south Africa with may deployments, India, some in China, Japan Australia, New Zealand, etc

As you can see – they are supporting youth across the world. Now, through their Kolibri Learning Platform they are further able to ‘bridge the digital divide to foster effective learning. Cool stuff if you ask me!

The Learning Equality Vision

An equitable world where all learners develop their own agency, create positive transformation, and flourish. Take a look at our Theory of Change, which guides us as we work towards this vision.1

Years later…

I walked into my office at Learning Evolution and found my CEO tinkering with a Raspberry Pi.

He was experimenting with games and I had to sit down and take a look.

We ended up spending some fun time working with it for a prospective client. This is just one example of how we would expand our horizons learning open technology such as the Adapt Learning Platform as well as AR and VR early on.

Recently, it has popped up on my radar again and I am just “Wow” at how it all has progressed.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation2 is as active as ever.

The joy and the challenge of following SO MUCH in the area of education is that, while it takes an enormous amount of effort to keep up, gems like this do tend to pop back onto my screen.

I am glad this one did!


  1. https://learningequality.org/ ↩︎
  2. https://www.raspberrypi.org/ ↩︎

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