Ahh…my sincerest apologies again. Please tell your students that even adults have trouble reading the question prompt…
So before I launch into how you fix this, let me explain why you’re unable to copy the contents of the Zip file to the SD card:
When you inserted the card into your computer (presumably running Windows; correct me if I’m wrong or else the steps below won’t make any sense) the OS was only able to read part of the SD card that’s in a format that Windows can understand. So when you formatted it, you only formatted a part of the card. That “partition” of the card is only a couple hundred MB, so unable to fit all of the Zip file contents. This isn’t your fault, this is an ambiguity within Windows that fools its users into thinking this is the only thing on the SD card. Now, how to fix it…
These steps should get you to a point where you can simply put the SD card into the Shake and boot it up:
- Go to this page and follow the instructions in the section titled How to Remove Partitions From an SD Card. Doing this will allow you to format the entire card, not just that first readable partition.
- When you reach step 15, choose FAT32.
- Follow the same instructions you followed before to put the contents of the Zip file on the (now properly formatted) card.
- Insert the card into the Shake again and wait for it to do its thing. After 10-15 minutes, it should appear on the network, and you and your network admin can navigate to the web interface, which is hosted at the IP of the device (or http://rs.local, if your school network doesn’t scrub DNS names). In fact, you should be able to follow the instructions at our new education platform here: https://edu.raspberryshake.org/get-started/setup-guide/
Let me know if any of this doesn’t make sense. Again, sorry for the confusion and inconvenience.
Besides the brand new resources on the education homepage at edu.raspberryshake.org you may also find helpful info in the manual at manual.raspberryshake.org.
Don’t buy a whole other computer if you don’t need to! The SWARM software (explained in the video at the bottom of this page) works perfectly well on a Raspberry Pi, so you should be ok using another Pi as a display for the Shake data.