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These are several programming languages that I used to program the Micro:bit platform (online and offline options):               1. JavaScript Blocks Editor - https://makecode.microbit.org/         a. Online   First time the web page is loaded it took me around 15 seconds. But only the first time. After that, the page loads fast.   The interface is very intuitive (very much like Scratch). There ...
A partial build of the Scary Tapping project above.     This started out as a Halloween project – Scary Tapping. It makes the sound of someone, or something, tapping behind a wall, floor, what have you. But it seems to have turned into a "robot spoon musician." It isn't a bad thing to have a just a general tapping machine.   This is more of an exploration of servo control using the Micro:bit. You can control the rotation and the sequence the servos take.     ...
I have to be honest, when I first read about the micro:bit when it was announced, I wasn't overly impressed. With the large number of single board computers out there it felt a bit under powered. The display was 5x5 LEDs. It didn't support WiFi (it did Bluetooth but what use is that). It didn't run an operating system. I didn't look much more into it.   A while later when I had started teaching a Code Club with 9-10 year olds. I now had hands-on experience with Scratch, Python and Raspberr ...
I run a Code Club for kids at my local primary school. I've received 10 micro:bits in the mail and the plan is to spend the next term (nine one hour sessions) teaching the kids using the micro:bits. Sounds like we need a plan...   Step 1: Pick some projects   Since we've been running the club for just over a year the kids are quite familiar with the Code Club project format. And luckily, there are (at the time of writing) six micro:bit projects available: Interactive Badge - change ...
Together with three other volunteers I run a Code Club for teaching New Zealand year 5 and 6 students (9-10 years old) to code. We have up to 23 students coming this term once a week after school. Luckily I was chosen to be one of the winners of the Great micro:bit Education Giveaway, so during the school holidays I got delivery of 10 shiny new micro:bits that we are going to use this term: And thanks to the nice people at element14 I also got a dancing robot (my kids loved it): I thought ...
lrjones

Struggling to learn--GEMS

Posted by lrjones Oct 20, 2018
AM preparing for the all-day GEMS camp where we will use and give away the microbits. Am terribly frustrated by software--can't find the block for IF-DO--and you can't do much without that!   Tried to make them work on tablets, but not having much luck there. Does anyone know how to find/get this block in logic in MakeCode?   Note: three hours later ( I am determined) we are going to use MakeCode anyway--old computers don't have the bluetooth. Will just tough if out. I thik that may ...
Our girls did great, and were very enthusiastic about the micro:bit.  The house parents, as well are very keen for them to learn.  These are the lower grade students.  The University Students will also be learning.  We will have a special early class for them. A great success! They were to program each button to scroll their names.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ0iNQNWE7g ...
Even being bathing in technology, my sink still leaks, and I don’t know until it’s flooded in the cupboard. It’s almost ridiculous to NOT know when your basement is flooded. Tubs, washing machines, even the refrigerator could leak at any time.   Anxiety is the inspiration for this Micro:bit project.   This is version one of the water sensor. In other words, the simplest way of alarming someone when water is detected. A flashing light and buzzing speaker is what th ...
Hello again!   Last Friday we had a grand unboxing of the micro:bit club pack that I was awarded in the giveaway. This is a video of that exciting event     More to come as we start working on our clock projects.   /Peter ...
Hello!   I am one of the lucky winners of a micro:bit club pack in the Great micro:bit education giveaway. I am very happy to be selected and I am really looking forward to working on this project for the next ten weeks. We will be working with math and technology goals, but since this is a blog in english we will also be practicing our language skills and work on how to present our work in english.   In the next few days I will start posting about the work we are doing in the class ...