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Quick Start Guide to the BBC’s new micro:bit device
By Hodder Education
09 Jul
The BBC, in association with Microsoft, has launched their campaign to distribute BBC micro:bit devices to all secondary schools in the United Kingdom as part of their ‘Make it Digital’ initiative.

The aim is to give all students at Key Stage 3 a simple device which enables them to use fundamental coding to build their digital skills. 

‘Hodder Education is very proud to be involved in supporting the BBC and Microsoft as part of the BBC micro:bit project. This initiative – part of the BBC’s ground breaking ‘Make it Digital’ project for the UK – has the aim of unlocking the potential of young people and enthusing them to develop their computing skills. Teachers are central to this process and with the support of Microsoft, Hodder Education has worked with leading authors and the BBC to create the BBC micro:bit Quick Start Guide for Teachers. This features key information about the entire project, what the BBC micro:bit is and what it is designed to do, how to create programs using the supporting website and TouchDevelop® editor and compile / run them on their BBC micro:bit device, and how to create tutorials to share with other educators and learners. Information on how the sample coding challenges and step-by-step guides relate to the Computing programme of study and can be incorporated into schemes of work is also provided.’
Steve Connolly, Publishing Director for Digital

Download your free copy of the Quick Start Guide

Supported by Microsoft, this indispensable guide features:
  • An introduction to the ‘Make it Digital’ initiative
  • An outline of what the BBC micro:bit is and what it is designed to do
  • Advice on how teachers and students can get the most out of the BBC micro:bit device, including how the hardware and supporting services work (including the BBC micro:bit website, code editors, code compiler and tutorial engine)
  • Guidance on how to get started with creating programs for the BBC micro:bit using the TouchDevelop® code editor, and how to compile them and upload them to your device
  • Coding challenges of varying difficulty with step-by-step walkthroughs and solutions for each activity
  • Support on how to create and share coding tutorials
  • Curriculum references for each of the challenges, providing educators with opportunities to introduce key computational thinking concepts and map outcomes back to aspects of the English computing programme of study
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