The Micro Bit project builds on the legacy of the seminal BBC Micro, which was put into the majority of schools in the 1980s and was instrumental in the careers of so many of today’s technology pioneers.
Computing and digital technology has become ubiquitous since then, but for many, the emphasis has shifted from creation to consumption. The Micro Bit, and the wider BBC Make it Digital initiative, aims to help redress the balance.
The Micro Bit will be a small, wearable device with an LED display that children can programme in a number of ways. It will be a standalone, entry-level coding device that allows children to pick it up, plug it into a computer and start creating with it immediately.
It is designed to be a starting point to get younger children interesting in coding so they can move onto other, more complex devices in future. And the Micro Bit can even connect and communicate with these other devices, including Arduino, Galileo, Kano and Raspberry Pi, as well as other Micro Bits. This helps a child’s natural learning progression and gives them even more ways of expressing their creativity.
Supporting the curriculum
The BBC and its partners recognised that a hands-on learning experience could help children grasp the new computing curriculum in ways that other software and traditional classroom learning couldn’t. In particular, the Micro Bit can help learners develop an intuitive understanding of physical concepts in technology and computing, which helps develop complex thinking, analytical and problem-solving strategies.
Early feedback from teachers has shown that it encourages independent learning, gives pupils a strong sense of achievement, and can inspire those who are not usually interested in computers to be creative with it.
Inspirational broadcast content on CBBC and elsewhere, live BBC Learning lessons and other educational online content from the BBC and partners will help support teachers, parents and children to get the most out of the device.
- 12:30-13:00 - Arrival
- 13:00-13:30 - Registration
- 13:30-13:50 - Roadshow Introductions
- 13:50-14:00 - Sustainability for the BBC micro:bit in schools
- 14:00-15:00 - Workshop 1: BBC micro:bit lessons/ Getting around technical problems
- 15:00-15:20 - Room move
- 15:20-16:20 - Workshop 2: Exploring ideas for classroom pedagogy with the BBC micro:bit
- 16:20-16:30 - Plenary
There is a restriction of 50 people for this event and we ask for pertinent computing colleagues only as the number of participants is limited.
Please book a place via the above link.