How do teachers and schools get their hands on it?
It’s too new for EdBuy but watch this space! You can find the existing one under ‘micro:bit’.
Cost to schools?
The word on the street is that it will be similar in price to the existing model which sits at around the $30 mark per micro:bit.
Tell us more about the new features.
Speaker – program it to play music and add it to your music classes! This has added some great new functionality as there is no need to connect an external speaker or headphones.
Touch sensor and microphone - with the addition of extra inputs including a touch sensor and microphone, the micro:bit can respond to even more changes in the environment. Create a burglar alarm or room alarm (sorry, teachers).
Compatibility - the new micro:bit works with all the projects you have already created and all the programs like MakeCode you know and love. This means, all the learning challenges in the stem.T4L learning library and the new micro:bit should be compatible.
Why is it a great teaching tool?
It’s simple, reliable and effective, with plenty of online support resources on platforms including MakeCode and more! I like to call it a complete electronic prototyping solution, and it works across KLAs.
What skills do students develop using micro:bit?
Creativity: students can create digital systems
Computational thinking: students can develop algorithms to make the micro:bit act as they want!