Explore physical computing using the micro: bit device; finding out how it can be used to develop understanding of programming through creative digital projects.
During this CPD, you’ll learn how to get started with the micro:bit, exploring the in-built buttons, LEDs, and sensors for detecting movement, sound, light and heat. You’ll find out how to setup the device, how to attach add-ons to make use of the inputs and outputs, and how to teach using micro:bit, making use of freely available resources.
The micro:bit provides an engaging way to develop subject knowledge, through cross-curricular projects that provide instant feedback to develop understanding of programming in Key Stage 2.
Your local computing hub can provide a loanable micro:bit kit enabling you to implement activities using this device in your classroom.
Who is it for?
This course is aimed at teachers and subject leaders of computing, looking to develop physical computing in the classroom to complement existing approaches.
How long is this course?
This course consists of a single 90-minute session.
How will you learn?
Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- gain hands-on experience and confidence using the mico:bit
- explore pedagogy and lesson activities that make effective use of physical computing in the classroom
- plan to implement physical computing in the classroom making use of loaned equipment from your local computing hub