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Upcoming Webinar - You could use it in ECS Unit 6 - Fun with Micro:bits! How This Tiny Computer Can Bring Learning and Fun to Your Classroom

We have a webinar coming up next Monday, April 9th.  Please join us! You could event use these fun Micro:bits in Unit 6 of ECS.

 

Have you heard of the new circuit board – micro:bit? Teachers worldwide are using this tiny programmable computer to foster creativity, connectivity, and coding fun for all ages. This tool can be used for creations from robots to musical instruments to data collectors for science and so much more. Micro:bits are relatively inexpensive to buy and best of all, you can bring in most any content area, or economic, social and cultural issue into a discussion and lesson around this fantastic technology. Come hear from our group of panelists about this new digital technology and how you might use it in your classroom.

Use this link to access the webinar.

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Submitted by Phillip Eaglin on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:33

Where can I find it?  Thanks!

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Submitted by Nicole Reitz-Larsen on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:27

Tonight we heard from four great panelists on using Micro:bits to bring fun to the classroom.  Our panelists were Hal Speed, Jacqueline Russell, Vicki Sedgwick and Carl Lyman. Hal shared with us what a Micro:bit is, the goal of the Micro:bit Education Foundation and research around using the Micro:bits. Jacqueline talked about the software available to program the tiny computer: Microsoft Make Code, Python editor and Scratch 3.0. Vicki shared a number of lessons that can be used across a variety of curricular subjects, and Carl shared some science demonstrations using sensors and then looking at the data it created.

 

Recording - https://air.adobeconnect.com/_a941146816/nicole/

Resources

Cross Curricular Page (shared by Vicky) - bit.ly/microbit-crosscurricular

  • Computer Science: Intro to CS course aka.ms/intro2cs. Explore & reinforce non-programming concepts: Computing Systems, Data Collection, Networking, Cybersecurity

  • Language Arts: Enhance the reading of a novel with physical computing projects like Micro:bit in Wonderland. Create games to reinforce vocabulary and more.

  • Social Studies: Create and use a compass. Explore the history of the telegraph or cryptography with a micro:bit telegraph or cipher encoder/decoder.

  • Math: Collect & display data using plot bar graph, explore coordinate grids, create games to support reviewing math facts, and, of course, variables, conditionals, etc.

  • Science: Use & modify simulations to explore natural phenomena, conduct science experiments, explore circuits, and more.

  • Music: Compose or recreate a song, create musical instruments, control music with movement.

  • Physical Ed: Create step trackers, heart rate monitors, stopwatches.

 

Lessons/Curricula

 

Accessories -  http://microbit.org/assets/documents/microbit-accessories_20170926.pdf

 

If you're on Windows 10, you can get the app here: http://aka.ms/microbitapp

 

Where to buy