What is the BBC MicroBit?

The Micro:Bit is a small, half a credit size, microprocessor – think of it as a small computer but without its own operating system (most laptops and computers are run by Windows, IOS (Apple), Linux or Chrome OS). This means you have to create the code using another device and then copy it across via USB or Bluetooth. The Micro:Bit will then run that one bit of code. The benefits of this approach include being able to run the Micro:Bit from 2 AAA batteries and carry it around.
The Micro:Bit has two buttons that can be programmed to respond to a user’s input, some sensors including a light and heat and a 25 LED screen which can scroll text or show small images. It also includes an accelerometer and compass. Along the bottom are a number of pins which can be used to connect the Micro:Bit to external projects such as electronic games, tools such as an anemometer and buggies.
 
Rotating BBC Microbit

How do you code the MicroBit?

Microsoft’s MakeCode editor is the perfect way to start programming with the BBC micro:bit. The colour-coded blocks are familiar to anyone who’s previously used Scratch, and yet powerful enough to access all the features of this tiny computer. Select the code block you require and drag it onto the workspace.

You can also switch to JavaScript to see the text-based code behind the blocks. It is also possible to code the MicroBit using Python.

How does ToodleBit help?

ToodleBit videos take the learner on a journey from the very basics of connecting a MicroBit to the computer and first coding steps to more complex projects such as building their own Morse Code machine or remote control buggy. The videos are designed to put the child in control of their own learning with plenty of support and extension activities.

The videos provide the specialised knowledge and language required by the Computing curriculum. ToodleBit also has unplugged lessons to help support pupils understanding of the elements that make up computational thinking.

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