Introduction to Raspberry Pi LiveLessons (Video Training)

Video description

The hands-on video guide to Raspberry Pi: the tiny $35 computer that’s changing the world! Use Raspberry Pi to learn programming and electronics, create Internet-connected projects, even build your own media server!



These easy video tutorials are the fastest way to get started with Raspberry Pi, the $35 credit-card sized computer that’s taking the world by storm! Raspberry Pi LiveLessons walks you through understanding the hardware, getting started, controlling your Pi, installing applications, creating electronics projects, building media servers, and more! Top Raspberry Pi instructor John LeMasney begins by touring Pi’s components, explaining what it can do, and showing how it’s similar to other computers—and how it’s different. Next, he guides you through installing and exploring the powerful Raspbian Linux-based operating system and new applications…starting to program with the simple Scratch environment and the powerful Python language…using your Raspberry Pi to create images, edit photos, and design visual documents…experimenting with electronic circuits…even using your Pi as a portable, low-cost media server. In less than five hours, you’ll be ready to make the most of Raspberry Pi…you’ll be limited only by your imagination!


About the Instructor

John LeMasney is a designer, artist, writer, poet, technologist, consultant, open web advocate, and open source evangelist who helps people use technology to improve their lives, work, and world. For over 20 years, he has consulted on technology, design, communication, and branding for academia, the enterprise, libraries, and consumers. He teaches at Rider University's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, as well as at Princeton Public Library, Princeton Adult School, Library Link NJ, and other venues. He was previously Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University. His many LiveLessons video tutorials include WordPress for Beginners LiveLessons and WordPress for Advanced Users.


Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

What You Will Learn

  • What Raspberry Pi is, and what it can do
  • What components are included in Raspberry Pi, and how they work together
  • How to install and use Raspbian, Raspberry Pi’s Linux-based operating system
  • How to get started programming your Raspberry Pi with Scratch and Python
  • How to use the Pi as a dedicated graphics and imaging workstation
  • How to start building electronic circuits with your Raspberry Pi
  • How to transform your Raspberry Pi into a portable, low-cost media server
  • How to use your Pi with webcams to create exciting new projects

Who Should Take This Course

  • Anyone who is comfortable using a computer and wants to explore the incredibly powerful and low-cost Raspberry Pi hardware platform

Course Requirements

  • Basic experience with computers
  • Linux experience helpful but absolutely not necessary

Table of Contents


Lesson 1: The Hardware of the Raspberry Pi

Tour the Raspberry Pi, check out each of its components, and discover how they fit together…review the specs of each Pi model…then, install your operating system and see the Raspberry Pi Desktop.


Lesson 2: Getting Familiar with Raspbian

Discover the power of Raspbian, the #1 operating system for Pi…learn how Raspbian differs from typical computer operating systems…use the command line…install new applications…browse the Internet…work with productivity tools…check out alternatives to Raspbian.


Lesson 3: Getting Started with Scratch and Python

Explore Scratch and Python, two great environments for learning to program your Pi…start building Scratch games, animations, and applications by snapping together simple “block” commands…discover the incredibly powerful Python environment for writing web, desktop, and other software…write your first Python script…plan to take your next steps with Python.


Lesson 4: Using the Raspberry Pi as a Dedicated Graphics Workstation

Transform your Raspberry Pi into a dedicated workstation for creating graphic designs, photo manipulations, and document layouts…install and use Inkscape to create graphics…install GIMP and use it to edit photos…install Scribus, and use it for desktop publishing.


Lesson 5: Building an Electronic Circuit with the Raspberry Pi

Connect your Raspberry Pi to a breadboard and start experimenting with LEDs, buttons, and wires…walk through the essentials of connecting components to the Pi, “talking” with them, and controlling their behavior through program code.


Lesson 6: Using the Raspberry Pi as a Media Server

Install and use RaspBMC, the Raspberry Pi Media Center, an alternative Home Theater PC Operating System…attach your media source…browse and stream your media.


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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction 00:04:24
  2. Lesson 1: The Hardware of the Raspberry Pi
    1. Learning Objectives 00:00:45
    2. 1.1 Understand the processor, GPIO pins, and RAM 00:08:33
    3. 1.2 Understand the difference between the audio jack/RCA video vs. HDMI options 00:06:07
    4. 1.3 Know the differences between the SD Card, Ethernet, and USB ports 00:11:58
    5. 1.4 Install Raspbian with NOOBS (New Out Of the Box System), and power up the Pi 00:22:24
  3. Lesson 2: Getting Familiar with Raspbian
    1. Learning Objectives 00:01:03
    2. 2.1 Work with the Raspbian Desktop 00:13:40
    3. 2.2 Use the command line 00:07:38
    4. 2.3 Install new applications on the Raspberry Pi
    5. 2.4 Browse the Internet
    6. 2.5 Work with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
    7. 2.6 Use other operating systems for the Raspberry Pi
  4. Lesson 3: Getting Started with Scratch and Python
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Open and navigate Scratch
    3. 3.2 Develop a simple application in Scratch
    4. 3.3 Investigate and build upon others Scratch projects
    5. 3.4 Open and navigate Python
    6. 3.5 Write and execute a Python Script
    7. 3.6 Use learning resources for Python
  5. Lesson 4: Using the Raspberry Pi as a Dedicated Graphics Workstation
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Install these applications on the Raspberry Pi
    3. 4.2 Use Inkscape to create graphic designs
    4. 4.3 Use the GIMP to manipulate photos
    5. 4.4 Use Scribus to do desktop publishing
  6. Lesson 5: Building an Electronic Circuit with the Raspberry Pi
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 Understand and handle GPIO, an LED, a resistor, a breadboard and wires
    3. 5.2 Write the Python code to blink an LED
    4. 5.3 Connect a breadboard, LED, wires, and resistor to a Raspberry Pi
    5. 5.4 Discover resources for using Python with the Raspberry Pi
  7. Lesson 6: Using the Raspberry Pi as a Media Server
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Use NOOBS to reimage the Raspberry Pi
    3. 6.2 Install RaspBMC
    4. 6.3 Attach media sources to the Raspberry Pi
    5. 6.4 Browse media items using RaspBMC
    6. 6.5 Stream media using RaspBMC
  8. Summary
    1. Summary

Product information

  • Title: Introduction to Raspberry Pi LiveLessons (Video Training)
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: May 2015
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134173244