Micro:bit – flawed genius?

I have some genuine and hopefully not contentious questions for teachers and anyone with info regarding the strategy behind the BBC Micro:bit roll out.

Very sad to see some of these now appearing on eBay – whilst this was predictable it is a sad state of affairs IMHO.

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I was unclear from the campaign and available information whether the Micro:bits were being given to the students as a personal device or whether they were for the school, but for the children to use. However I do now believe it is the former. This leads me to some questions that I would very much like to find answers for.

  • Is the Micro:bit being given, as a personal device to each student?
  • Are Micro:bit lessons being integrated as part of the curriculum?
  • What happens in September – do next year’s year 7s get a Micro:bit too?

If the answer to the last question is no, if I was the parent of a current year 6 I would be mighty upset right now.

If lessons are not mandated, and the device belongs to the student I cannot see anything other than a significant percentage of them ending up on eBay and in the bottom of drawers across the country.

Every child *should* have the opportunity to learn to code – but not all of them will want to, that to me is obvious.

Am I completely misunderstanding the grand plan?  РI would sincerely love to be told that yes, I am!

I welcome all comments / opinions / replies about this (except the usual auto spam bot ones.)

DP.

 

 

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