In Information Technology (IT) education, hands-on experience through the lab is crucial because students tends to learn thing better when observing how practically it’s been applied in real system. In general, the lab in IT education requires a variety of equipment such as PCs, servers, switches, and etc., which are relatively expensive. Due to this reason, virtual environment has played a big role in IT education since virtually multiple systems can be created, modified, tested, and deleted easily with little or no cost. However, virtual system still requires at least one PC and its capability is limited to providing additional Operating System (OS). Recently, emergence of Raspberry Pi provides a small and affordable computer, which is utilized in many different areas. This emerging technology has not been explored well to be adopted in IT education. In this paper, we will introduce and investigate Raspberry Pi and discuss its effectiveness in IT education. We will also introduce the building process of a low cost hands-on lab environment setup using Raspberry Pi.
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