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    History of the microbit

    Various people in England have acknowledged the need for for computers and coding in the curriculum.

    In the 80's the BBC released a computer called an Acorn for schools and backed it up by a series of TV programmes to teach kids how to use them.

    Recently, the BBC revived it's interest and supported the development of the microbit. 

    The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with up to one million BBC micro:bits delivered for free to every year 7 student in England and Wales, year 8 student in Northern Ireland and S1 student in Scotland in 2017.
    News story about microbits

    The microbit is available commercially and the profits go to help fund curriculum and teaching resource to help teachers and students learn to code.

    Other hardware solutions available in schools include the arduino and raspberry pi

    There are many other solutions such as Scratch, Makey-makey, Hour of Code, ect. BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
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      Useful resource sites from England

      BBC microbits

      . The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylized as micro:bit) is an open source hardware ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK.

      Connectivity. Bluetooth LE, MicroUSB, edge connector. 

      microbits home page

      Barefoot computing

      Now funded and run by British Telecom in partnership with Computing at School (CAS), Barefoot was created by British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Department for Education in 2014 as a one year programme to help primary school teachers across England prepare for the changing computing curriculum. The content was developed by teachers for teachers and this continues today.

      Barefoot computing

      Microbits for Primary Schools

      mb4ps.co.uk provides a range of resources to allow primary school teachers to deliver engaging lessons using the microbit. Created by experienced primary school teacher and university lecturer Neil Rickus, the resources have been used with primary school pupils nationwide to introduce physical computing using this exciting new hardware platform. 

      mb4ps

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        Before a student starts

        A student needs access to the following

        Computer/laptop 

        Using microbit with raspberry pi

        A student also needs to be able to 

        • create and edit images
        • be able to create and edit various google docs within the google classroom

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