Updated: Jan 8
I've been using Micro:Bit quite a bit in my past tech integration and innovation projects.
One is to use Micro:Bit as a tool to help people express their emotions (LINK); the other one is more accessible for all students in a short term - integrating Micro:Bit into MYP math learning as an extension activity for students to apply probability to game design (LINK).
Both of projects are based on the unique contexts and have some sort of guidance for students. Again, because of the versatility of Micro:Bit, I'm thinking about using it again in the upcoming project for Y6. Here, I want to explain a bit more of technology lessons I have with Year 6. All units and projects are designed based on their learning units and topics - I want to use technology as tools to expand students' horizons and abilities within the learning context. What's more, one of the purposes of technology lessons with Year 6 is to help them get ready for PYP exhibitions.
Therefore, I offer the opportunities for students to learn more possibilities of using technology, they could choose to apply what they have learned to their exhibition projects. Of course, Micro:bit becomes one of great resources and possibilities.
Because of the time limit, students and I will have 4 weeks to work on the Micro:Bit project. We plan to get familiar with Micro:Bit and use it as a tool to create interactive posters. (The unit they're having now is about how to express themselves and help NGOs to promote some ideas)
The learning materials I prepare should be universal - not only for this project but potentially for the further PYP exhibition. Meanwhile, I want students to understand individual input and output by doing hands on activities by themselves.
This is the material I've made a few years ago but I updated this time - a step by step introduction of Micro:Bit V1. If you have noticed what I mentioned before, I'm a big advocate of sustainability - not only bringing the concept to the classroom, but also by showing students and teachers on how to recycle and reuse old devices in a creative way.
In my current school, we have over 200 Micro:Bit V1, they're staying in the cupboard and dusted. I want students to use them and if the projects work out, they're allowed to keep the work - this could mean so much for them!
Okay, enough talk - you might wonder where the learning book is. Here's the overview of it.
Click the following link to download this book in PDF version.
Hope this could bring some creativity and enjoyment to your classrooms!