EDIT- 23rd August:
Jim from the Learning Through Technology Team sent out a spreadsheet last week to all secondary schools requesting a contact and S1 data, could you please ensure this is returned by Wednesday 26th August to secure Micro:bits for all your S1’s
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.
Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go – all you need is imagination and creativity.
The BBC micro:bit is completely programmable. That means each of its LEDS can be individually programmed as can its buttons, inputs and outputs, accelerometer, magnetometer and Bluetooth Smart Technology.
The BBC and partners are developing a wide range of support resources for parents, teachers and group leaders. These include projects and ideas on using the device straight away, so children can get coding in minutes.
There will be examples of both formal and informal learning resources. Informal learning resources will be usable outside the school environment, whether that’s at home, events or enthusiast groups or clubs.
We have been informed by the Scottish Government that they are in discussion with the BBC re their MICRO:BIT launch and they are very keen that they get this right in Scotland and that all S1 pupils receive their micro:bit.
They have suggested to the BBC that rather than every secondary school (362) applying separately, instead local authority representatives would apply on behave of the local authority. This would reduce the risk that some S1 pupils would not receive the micro:bit and also help co-ordinate the dispatch of the micro:bits.
Susan is at a meeting on 9th September where this will be discussed, further information will be posted shortly after.