Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit

Sanjin Dedic
Teacher, Robotics Engineer, Learning Designer
The Digital Technologies Curriculum is anchored in computational thinking, real world problem solving and design. This is the ultimate tool that brings all of these con...
Target Audience
Secondary teachers of digital technologies or STEM in the years 7-10
12 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The Digital Technologies Curriculum is anchored in computational thinking, real world problem solving and design. The ultimate tool that brings all of these concepts together is the BBC micro:bit, a programmable standalone computer that is smaller than a credit card and comes with sensors as well as connectivity. In this workshop you will learn the basics of programming the BBC micro:bit with both block code and Python and then apply these basics to several open ended projects. At the end you will go home with a semester’s worth (several hundred pages) of micro:bit project based curriculum that you can do with your students.

Audience

Secondary teachers of digital technologies or STEM in the years 7-10

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 15/11/2019 Sydney CBD Places available $379 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Introduction to the BBC micro:bit and the Digital Technologies Curriculum

1 hour

In this session we will broadly cover the concept of physical computing and see where it fits in the Digital Technologies Curriculum. We will learn about the features of the BBC micro:bit and we will also touch on other technologies that teachers successfully use in the secondary classroom.

Project 1 Magic 8 Ball (Block Coding)

1 hour

In this activity we learn how to use basic functionality like loops and branching to create a digital magic 8 ball. Once the basics are done we tackle 5 tinker activities where we expand upon the basic functionality of the magic 8 ball

Project 2 Reaction Timer (Python Coding)

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this session we learn the basic python micro:bit commands and we apply them to a program that will measure reaction time in milliseconds. We then tackle a number of tinker challenges one of which is to compare how fast humans can make a decision as opposed to just react to a light.

Open Ended Project

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this session we will broadly discuss various design processes that are currently popular in schools and implement what is termed a ‘shotgun’ design process to design (and if there is time build) a prototype that uses the micro:bit to solve a real world problem

What To Bring

Teachers need to bring a laptop with a charger.

User Rating

4.7

Latest Reviews

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Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

Good for approach. Very knowledgeable.

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

Very good, although some parts were rushed and it would be good to go over the fundamentals and basic knowledge, there was a lot of assumed prior knowledge.

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

The content was very good. Probably need more than one day to get around it. Very useful.

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Debbie McGowen on 14/04/2019
Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

There was a lot of content which was great but the pace was a bit too fast. Would like hand outs of key python terms + also external connectors – input + output device

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Allison Connell on 14/04/2019

Clear well communicated. Good pace – step by step. Excellent resources!!!

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Maria Tereza Fleming on 14/04/2019
Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Joe Rimmer on 14/04/2019
Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

Good books, expert trainer, great in targeting needs

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Olimkhon Ikromov on 14/04/2019

The course was well taught. However, I would advise to cover some aspects of syllabus and how it may relate to it.

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
by Dene Patterson on 14/04/2019

I would love to have copies of the A/V presentation emailed.

Digital Technologies Curriculum with the BBC micro:bit
14/04/2019

About the team


Sanjin Dedic

Creator

Sanjin Dedić has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer. He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Queensland. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.