The use of Rasberry Pi devices in the modern technical education system

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Editura Universitara
In a time when technology is advancing with extreme rapidity, perhaps the greatest challenge to be answered by new generations is the development of the skills that allow them to function in a digitized society. This challenge is addressed on the one hand to the average man, for whom mastering the operation in the IT&C field is a functional necessity, as well as to those passionate about programming and electronics. If it is necessary for the first ones to identify the simplest and friendliest ways by which the new technologies can be implemented, the formation of the second category implies the inclusion in the educational process of the newest technologies and the familiarization with them up to the level at which it can unlock creativity and development. In this paper, we aim to address the issue of Single-Board-Computer (SBC) devices in terms of understanding the educational potential that these devices have, but also how they can be leveraged in learning. In fact, these devices have been developed specifically for educational purposes or to be used as embedded systems. They represent small computers having all components embedded on a single silicon board and having CPU, GPU, memory, input / output and other features required for a functional computer. For this purpose, we will analyze comparatively the content of the curriculum of the most important technical universities in Romania and abroad to identify the extent to which such devices are taken over by the universities, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of their use. Depending on the results obtained, we will develop a set of measures aimed at optimizing the educational potential of SBC devices, especially Raspberry Pi devices which are the most widespread SBC.