One micro:bit at a time

CC-BY-SA-4.0 Ravi Kotecha

CC-BY-SA-4.0 Ravi Kotecha

I’m fairly sure I won’t have to explain to people what a BBC micro:bit is as they have been in the news and on social media quite a bit for the last 12 months or so, but just in case here is an extract from the device’s Wikipedia page.

The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylized as micro:bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by theBBC for use in computer education in the UK. The device will be given away free to every year 7 pupil in the UK. At some point, it will be available for purchase by anyone.

Luckily for me I am our school’s Champion Teacher under the Samsung Digital Classroom project, as part of this we have been sent some micro:bits for our pupils to use. I have spent a couple of hours over half term tinkering around with one of them and evaluating what it is I could do with them in school. There are lots of tutorials out there but they are mainly – and understandably – geared towards the Year 7’s who will be receiving the device.

Therefore I am looking to develop some simpler activities for our Year 5 and 6 pupils. This led me to the Block editor as this is most like the visual editors the pupils are used to such as Scratch and Discovery Coding. I even whipped up a quick fortune telling script based on the old Magic 8 Ball toy as an example.

Over the next few weeks I’ll hopefully record my experiences using the micro:bits with our upper Key Stage 2 pupils and I’ll post any activities that are particularly successful for you to use should your school procure some micro:bits for yourselves.

In the meantime here is a little video of my 8 ball in action.


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