I live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and my kids attend the Rio Rancho Public Schools District. One of the changes that have happened over the last couple of years in the district is the adoption of the Google Education infrastructure and the use of Chrombooks throughout all the schools. I’ve seen investment in classrooms where teachers now have over 30 chromebooks to use for classroom instruction.
With these changes, what I have not seen is any general education for the students, siblings, or parents in the community (and surrounding tribal communities). I decided to try and change that with the free resources available through the City of Rio Rancho.
I am a volunteer with the city and this enabled me to teach my Raspberry Pi classes in 2017 at the Loma Colorado Public Library. This library has great resources … rooms, tables, chairs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, and great internet bandwith! So all I really needed to do was schedule and coordinate to get this new set of classes started.
One of the challenges in starting anything new is awareness, so I decided to use the Meetup.com to raise awareness initially, then moved on to a email list. The email list page is at:
We had our first class/meetup on July 27, 2019 at the Loma Colorado Public Library Auditorium, I brought 12 Chromebooks for folks to use … we had 11 people attend, some hands on time, and many questions around the Chromebook and Google services. I was excited about the attendance and am looking at holding this class once a month for now and maybe more frequent based on interest and demand.
I will be scheduling new meetups or classes via meetup.com so, keep an eye on this website for new events or check out to the library calendar.
I’ve been looking for some time for a solution to run the GnuCash free accounting software local on the Chromebook, now we have it.
This is not the android version of GnuCash via Google Play, this is a full install of GnuCash Linux running in a Linux Container on the Chromebook.
Here is how to install it.
Turn on the Linux (Beta) container for your Chromebook under the settings (you might need a more current Chromebook, I’m running Google Chrome OS version 73 on a Samsung Chromebook 3 XE501C13-K02US as of this writing).
Once the Linux (Beta) is installed and run (this will take some time), you will get a command prompt, this is containerized Linux. From here you can use the apt-get command to install GnuCash from the default Debian repository. Simply type:
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install gnucash
Once the gnucash install is finished (this will take some time too), you can run the GnuCash program by just typing the command “gnucash” (as indicated in the above image).
This will launch the GnuCash user interface and one can start creating a new GnuCash file or use an existing one.
A couple of notes:
- The current version in the Debian repository is GnuCash version 2.6.15, the latest in the version 2.6.x series is 2.6.21, not sure if this will be updated anytime soon.
- The current latest version of GnuCash is 3.5, so for simple accounting the 2.6.15 version may be suitable
- The gnucash files are installed in their respective directories to run the program and any .gnucash data files can be saved in the linux container which is also available as a folder on the Chromebook after installing the Linux (Beta).
- I’m looking into more if the current GnuCash 3.5 code can be manually installed in the linux container (it should), but will take time to understand it more and get it running.
- A GnuCash Icon will be added as part of Linux App group on the Chromebook (see the image below).
So for the cost of a Chromebook one can now get into free double entry accounting software.
I started on the board of directors for CNM Ingenuity, Inc back in February this year and this has been one of the most visible and impressive efforts of this organization so far (after the deep dive coding boot camp). This new maker space allows anyone in the Albuquerque area access to tools and support to truely innovate and bring business ideas to life. Check out the website!
This last weekend (Saturday 2/25), I held my first Introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I had a total of 8 attendees (full house) ranging from youth to adults that wanted to know more about this inexpensive computer. Feedback was great and it ranged from having a great experience with a new educational computer to interest in physical compute (using the GPIO pins) and more advanced topics.
I am looking forward to refining the content for the future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:
- March 18, 2017
- April 8, 2017
- April 29, 2017
- May 20, 2017
Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.
If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link … https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/
Here are several pictures from the class:
I also want to thank the City of Rio Rancho and the Loma Colorado Public Library staff, the facility is a great place to teach about technology, the support was awesome to make this event happen, and the internet access speeds are some of the best in the state!
After some back and forth with the local library, I will now be teaching some free Raspberry Pi computer classes at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, NM starting at the end of February 2017 (#RaspberryPiNM). Space is limited because this is a hands on event, so keep a eye out for the signup links on the Rio Rancho Public Libraries Calendar of Events page.
The planned dates are as follows:
- February 25, 2017 (start with 8 students)
- March 18, 2017
- April 8, 2017
- April 29, 2017
- May 20, 2017
The content of the class will be based on some previous teachings on the Raspberry Pi which I have included here:
On Tuesday this week, September 27, 2016, I presented the Raspberry Pi computer to the Rio Rancho Public Schools (RRPS) – Native American Parent Advisory Council meeting. I had a 15 minute slot to cover this new little computer and show how it can be used as a tool to begin a journey learning about computer science, programming, and how to tinker with electronics. I passed out two Raspberry Pi 3s and one Raspberry Pi Zero for the show and tell portion. The audience was enthusiastic and really liked having the four Raspberry Pi 3s in the back of the room to check out and play with. Here is a link to my presentation and some pictures of the event. I’m looking forward to taking this talk to some of the local tribes here in New Mexico.
This video was made from the slides and recorded audio from a presentation I gave to the 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Montessori class at Sandia Vista Elementary School (SVES) in Rio Rancho, NM on 2/4/2015. My oldest son is in this class. Enjoy!