1,000,000 Microbits go in to schools

 

 

The BBC have orgaised an exciting initiative in which all year 7 students in schools in England and Wales will be given their own mini computer to explore and program. At Southall School in Telford we have done a pilot project. Here are some of things that  we have found out.

 

  1. They have a  USB Lead and battery holder (you need 2 AAA batteries)
  2. The  25 LEDs encourage students to program them to make shapes and words. They can also create games to play.
  3. The accelerometer allows you to chase a light around the display
  4. The programming takes place online via the Microbit website
  5. The simplest language to start programming with is Microsoft Block Editor
  6. You can view your program in a simulator on screen to check it and then download it to the microbit ready to run.
  7. The microbit can also be programmed via a mobile app (on Samsung Phones at the moment) which is 'flashed' to the microbit via bluetooth.
  8. Students loved exploring the potential of this minicomputer. It is important to get lots of ideas from them
  9. Parents will need to be told about this new initiative with some students prefering to leave them in school.
  10. You can buy extras from businesses such as 'Tech will save us' https://www.techwillsaveus.com


 see an introductory video here

 

Other useful links

 

1. Codeclub content and local FREE clubs

2. Help for teachers and parents

3. Programming characters to move in Kodu (in most schools)

 

parent-letter-southall.docx
Example letter from Southall School
parent-letter.docx
From BBC