Professional Development

Services

  • Full presentation regarding microcomputers, microcontrollers, classroom practices, project examples, visuals, and demonstrations. 
  • Extensive question and answer sessions. Strong advocacy for questions during general presentation for all participants. 
  • Hands-on demonstrations for teachers who are unfamiliar and who are looking to learn.
  • Setup of twelve Raspberry Pi stations (Pis, monitors, keyboards, mice). Ability to add more if district has computer lab for use.
  • Exposure to various sensors and additional hardware peripherals. 
  • Scaling of ideas for K-12, with emphasis on older students. 

Topics for Consideration

  • Magic Mirror - Smart mirror display
  • Learning Python through Minecraft
  • Scratch and Physical Computing - Using breadboards, LEDs, resistors, etc.
  • Plex Media Server
  • Sonic Pi - Live Coding through Music
  • RetroPie - Retro-gaming System
  • PiNet - School Solution for a Pi Lab
  • Koha - Full open-source library management program using MARC record structure
  • SenseHAT and the Raspberry Pi - Hardware that enables use of gyroscopics, barometrics, accelerometer, and LED matrix
  • Using Raspbian or Ubuntu

If interested in anything else, please ask!

FAQs

  • What can we expect to learn? Basically, participants will be exposed to and will be able to try out classroom elements with Raspberry Pi hardware and software.
  • Can we customize the content of the presentation? Absolutely. If your district is interested in focusing on setting up a smart mirror, learning coding with Minecraft, or building retrocade machines, the presentation will be modified. If you're looking to have an overview or hands-on experience, we can adjust to your needs.
  • How can we incorporate this into other courses aside from English? Luckily, with English class being built upon critical reading and writing skills, many of the project goals and ideas can be fit to courses that rely on creativity and standard skills.
  • Will you have example lessons plans for us? Sure! If you let me know ahead of time, I can customize a plan to fit your district or walk your participants through a lesson that I have already done. 
  • If we want to visit your classroom, would that be possible? Yes, I can give you an idea of when I'm working on specific projects and will clear it with the school for your visitation.
  • Can we contact you for further help or ways in which to implement some of our ideas? Yes! Bouncing ideas around is one of the best parts of this.
  • How does booking work? Please take a look at the Booking Page for rates. If booked, I will provide a Statement of Work detailing the specifics of the day and payment details. For payments, all checks, POs, vendor orders, PayPal, and credit cards are accepted and should be made out to Roman Classroom Consulting LLC. 

Testimonals

  • "Thank you so much for your thought-provoking presentation today! You really inspired and informed us..." - Dan, Bethlehem Township 
  • "I just wanted to thank you again for hosting a Raspberry Pi Jam at the library and dealing with unexpected busy first hour.  I think it was a great success!" - Maureen, Franklin Township