[ June 19, 2019 by obige 0 Comments ]

micro:bit workshops & talks @ ISTE 19! June 23-26

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation will be at ISTE 2019 Philadelphia from June 23-26! Find us at booth 1052 at Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Philadelphia, PA.

We’re running workshops so you can come and learn more about the BBC micro:bit, our worldwide partners, and some of the amazing things you can do with our deceptively simple device.

About the workshops

Here’s a taste of what you can get involved with…

Microsoft will be getting visitors coding and making a wearable rock-paper-scissors game.

The Scratch team from MIT will be running workshops on how micro:bit is the perfect compliment to Scratch 3.0.

Tynker will be dropping by to announce two exciting new micro:bit courses! One using blocks and another using Python.

The team from Birdbrain will host sessions on how to ‘Create with CS’ using their Hummingbird Robotics Kit and the Finch Robot.

Kitronik will join us to share their ‘Lesson in a Box’ teaching solution – anyone can craft and code a simple micro:bit-powered robot in these hands-on workshops.

Plus, familiar and friendly faces from the Micro:bit Educational Foundation will be with you to help you get to grips with using Python for micro:bit, and to run ‘Drop-in and play’ sessions at the start of each day

There is much more going on, so to get the most out of your visit to ISTE 2019, be sure to keep across our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

Workshop timetable

Please note these times are subject to change. All sessions are first-come, first-served but there will also be some space to watch if you’re unable to take part directly.

Remember, on Sunday 23 June you’ll also find us at the Computer Science Network Playground – an interactive event to learn about updated resources for computer science and computational thinking.

Monday 24 June
9:30 – 10:00Drop-in and play
10:15 – 10:45Create with CS using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit
11:00 – 11:30Lesson in a box ‘simple micro:bit controlled robot’
11:45 – 12:15Scratch and micro:bit
12:30 – 13:00Workbench and Bluetooth devices
13:45 – 14:15Getting started with micro:bit – make a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ wristband
14:45 – 15:15Create with CS using the Finch Robot
15:30 – 16:00Tynker Blocks
Tuesday 25 June
9:30 – 10:00Drop-in and play
10:15 – 10:45Create with CS using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit
11:00 – 11:30Getting started with micro:bit – make a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ wristband
11:45 – 12:15Scratch and micro:bit
12:30 – 13:00Python and micro:bit
13:45 – 14:15Tynker Python
14:45 – 15:15Create with CS using the Finch Robot
15:30 – 16:00Lesson in a box ‘simple micro:bit controlled robot’
Wednesday 26 June
9:30 – 10:00Drop-in and play
10:15 – 10:45Create with CS using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit
11:00 – 11:30Getting started with micro:bit – make a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ wristband
11:45 – 12:15Microsoft Hacking STEM

Source : https://microbit.org/en/2019-06-19-iste-timetable/?fbclid=IwAR0BZVLhguK8xGgPzNbbVgZwIy14cPfDxtQQT3X_ca3HMF49Mc5yfCaLDCY#timetable

[ April 12, 2019 by obige 0 Comments ]

Save the date! micro:bit Live 2019, 4-5 October

Apr 12, 2019

Save the date! micro:bit Live 2019 is coming to BBC MediaCityUK, Greater Manchester, England on October 4-5. This will be the very first annual gathering of the global micro:bit community of educators and partners.

Could you host a workshop or a talk about your experiences of micro:bit? We want to hear from you!

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation’s mission is to inspire every child to create their best digital future. micro:bit Live 2019 is an opportunity for you to share the experiences, tips, and best practices that are helping to achieve that mission.

You’ll discover the latest teaching and learning materials, as well as finding out what’s new in hardware and software. Learn how micro:bit is being adopted around the world and hear how we’re meeting the challenge of broadening participation in computing for all children.

All the info you need on micro:bit Live 2019 is coming very soon. Sign up for email updates about the event here. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for regular updates too.

Submit your proposal for micro:bit Live 2019

Would you like to contribute a proposal for a workshop or talk at micro:bit Live 2019? We need your valuable experiences and insights to help make this a truly memorable event. All successful applicants will receive a registration ticket to the event. Please note that this event will be in English.

Fill in our form now to submit your proposal. Deadline for proposals is Friday 24 May. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Credit: https://microbit.org/en/2019-04-12-microbit-live/?fbclid=IwAR29rpyhCq3lVzHuxyvfbJ_svJDA7QuGJJKGPUOjVDoQcgTFoORS-PwBVZk

[ April 9, 2019 by obige 0 Comments ]

15 finalists from 9 countries announced for the 2019 WISE Awards.

The projects tackle a number of pressing educational issues including: early childhood education; girls’ education; coding and digital skills; innovative higher educational models; providing education to marginalized population; improving teacher training and motivation, education in emergencies; career counselling; stimulating critical thinking and creativity; alternative ways of learning for employment, and children personal safety.

The 2019 Finalists are: 

To date, the WISE Awards have recognized 60 projects for their innovative, transformative impact. Explore the growing network of WISE Awards winning projects and learn more about these outstanding initiatives.

Credit : https://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-awards-2019

[ February 20, 2019 by obige 0 Comments ]

SoftBank’s ‘IoT Challenge’ brings micro:bit to schools in Japan

Feb 20, 2019

This January, SoftBank Corp. have announced the ‘IoT Challenge’, coming in April 2019. The challenge will provide micro:bits to 100 elementary and junior high schools in Japan, free of charge.

By linking Pepper – the humanoid robot – with micro:bit and related teaching materials, SoftBank Corp. – a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. – aim to provide more creative learning of programming and nurture interest in AI. The challenge encourages students to use micro:bit as part of creating solutions to familiar tasks and issues in schools and communities. Interacting with micro:bit, Pepper, and sensors helps children to notice that programming plays an important role in everyday life.

These efforts cover 100 schools participating in the ‘Pepper Social Contribution Program’ and ‘Pepper Social Contribution Program 2’, which lend Pepper the Robot to local governments and non-profit organisations. IoT Challenge classes will begin in April and a contest for participants to show their learnings is planned for the future, too. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Credit: https://microbit.org/en/2019-02-20-pepper-the-robot/

[ November 14, 2018 by obige 0 Comments ]

13 Year-Old micro:bit Maker from Turkey

Nov 14, 2018

Musab is a 13 year-old Maker from Turkey. Below is his brilliant Motorbike Simulator Make tutorial, all powered by the micro:bit!

Hi, I’m Musab. I’m a 13 year-old programmer from Turkey. I started programming at the age of 10 and recently started with the BBC micro:bit. I loved it and created some projects with it, such as my Motorbike Simulator Make.

Today, I will share some of my experiences, ideas, plans and advice for children like me.

Let’s start with my adventure. I started coding 3 years ago, by wondering how games that I play work and how I can create one. Then I learned about programming languages, coding platforms etc. I taught myself and started coding. I think doing what you like is the key for coding(and everything!). I like programming and creating projects, so I never gave up. I worked with C# and Java, but I prefer Python and JavaScript to others.

Recently, I found micro:bit and loved it! I looked for projects and other cool stuff and discovered an amazing module “bitio” by David Whale. I immediatly started working with the module by Mr. Whale and created some projects. Then I attended Istanbul Mini Maker Faire 2017 with my projects. I showed some of my videos that I took in the faire to Mr. Whale and thanks to him, I’m writing this blog 🙂

I actually have a lot of ideas and plans for the future. I am currently taking some Machine Learning courses online, and planning to make a project(a bot that plays a traditional Turkish game). Other than that, I’m planning to create a user-friendly enviroment for a micro:bit game controller.

Advice? Always do what you love. Learn, discover and try to understand how things work. Question the things around you and try to understand it. Set some goals and try to achieve them, it is fine when you can’t, just keep trying. Look for good learning sources. Always try to make the best.

That’s all, for now. Happy coding!

[ July 21, 2015 by obige 0 Comments ]

New Development in Ghanaian Educational Technology

Education is the key to success yet how one is educated determines their level of success. Education in Ghana is taking new turns with the development of educational soft wares and applications not forgetting the gadgets.  The introduction of InterActive learning commonly known as ilearning has aided the Ghanaian educational system. One of such educational technology company is the OBIGE ILEARN Company.

OBIGE ILEARN is an Educational technology company that creates award-winning learning interactive books, reading systems and educational gaming that are age-appropriate. It has already proven its capability of project execution with more than 100% client satisfaction.

OBIGE ILEARN products combine robust technology, curriculum and popular characters to create engaging experiences that make playing and learning even more fun.

Many of their products connect to the Internet for enhanced learning with additional interactive experiences. Those connections also empower parents with personalized insights and recommendations, helping them see and share in their child’s learning progress.

Their reading pen   which adopts international optical image recognition technology of the latest high-tech product, after learning machine, point reading machine is a new generation of educational learning tools. The pen builds skills in Pronunciations, words, numbers and letter recognition and more.

The technology has been developed to elevate the learning experience of students by focusing on the enormous benefits of listening. It brings a human face through voice in the learning process, increasing the attention span and concentration level. The talking book technology also helps to make books more interactive, interesting and educational. This breakthrough technology tool was launched in January 2015 by the makers, OBIGE TECHNOLOGIES (GHANA).

Speaking about his product, Smollett Osae, Director, OBIGE TECHNOLOGIES stated “We are in talks with various national Schools to get their students or parents to subscribe to our products. It’s very interesting. Compared to the other kid’s learning product, it can strongly attract the attention of the child. We have prepared a lot of sound books in subjects such as Mathematics, English learning, classic fairy tales, Ghanaian language learning, and gamebooks among others.

This he believed would take education in Ghana to a different level enough to meet the standards of the world market.


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