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The BBC Micro:bit is an exciting piece of technology for exploring computing.  There are a vast range of resources and this page hopes to guide you to how it could be used in your school.

Just Starting

If you are about the use the Micro:bit in the class for the first time then there are a few things that you should check.

  • Check that you can get to the website you want to use
  • Make sure the Micro:bit can be used on ALL the machines in the classroom (yes you do need to check all of them!)
  • Considered delivering through paired work
  • Train some Digital Learners to help in the lesson
  • For the first lesson set simple outcomes but allow extension work for those that progress quickly
  • Use a bookmark service such as Padlet to direct learning (https://padlet.com/somersetelim/microbit)
  • Consider using the Microsoft PXT editor (https://www.pxt.io/) which gives an online screen tutorial
  • Use this animated PowerPoint slide to demonstrate how to flash the program onto the Micro:bit

Using Python

There is a python online editor on the BBC site.

However, you might like to consider using MU (http://codewith.mu/) which presents a simple interface and allows the direct flashing of the program to the Micro:bit.  The download does not install itself as a program but as a file and therefore can be used from USB etc.

In the subscriber resource area there is a lesson on creating a simulation of a sweet dispensing machine.

Projects

One of the thrilling things about the Micro:bit is that it allows technology projects to be created.

There are some ideas on the BBC Micro:bit site

The are some other wonderful ideas on the Tech Will Save Us site - http://make.techwillsaveus.com/

We have had fun asking learners what they would do with a Micro:bit and run sessions along a Dragon's Den principle.

School Support

 eLIM have some BBC Micro:bits and will quite happily come into schools either train staff or deliver master lessons or days.  Contact contact@somersetelim.org for further information.

This work could be at no extra cost to subscribing schools.

Click on the buttons to make the micro:bit work

 


 

Documents and Links

 

BBC Micro:bit site - https://www.microbit.co.uk/

Microsoft PXT online editor - https://www.pxt.io/

MU - MicroPython Site - http://codewith.mu/

BBC micro:bit MicroPython documentation - https://microbit-micropython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html

Tech Will Save Us - http://make.techwillsaveus.com/

eLIM- Flashing the Micro:bit Powerpoint slide

 

Subscriber resources

 
 
 
Powerpoint to accompany Scheme of Work