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BBC Makes it Digital – a Micro Bit at a time

BBC Makes it Digital – a Micro Bit at a time

The Beeb's new Micro will debut in September but teachers won't get it first, as hoped, writes Tony Parkin
Way back in November 2013, when the BBC's planned "Year of Making and Doing" was first discussed outside its hallowed walls, there was talk of a new device. Some hoped for a sort of updated BBC Micro, while others wanted the BBC to exploit the Raspberry Pi. Others were dubious that either of these would prove to be correct: their caution was well-placed.

When "Make it Digital" officially emerged in 2015, focus shifted to a far smaller and simpler device, previously nicknamed the BBC Bug, but now baptised and confirmed by the BBC as the Micro Bit. Indeed Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, has dubbed it the initiative's "centrepiece".

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Powered by STEAMED – Apps for Good

Powered by STEAMED – Apps for Good

What lies behind Apps for Good's success? STEAMED for one, and its use of external experts for another
It is not always easy to engage students, but one ‘real world’ learning e...

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Denbigh helps young carers for Apps for Good

Denbigh helps young carers for Apps for Good

Who cares? Denbigh High students do, and they made an app to prove it, says Sal McKeown
Denbigh High School in Luton is a diverse 11-16 school where 98 per cent of the students ...

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What's up pussycat? Pupils who erase kittens

What's up pussycat? Pupils who erase kittens


Invited to 'Erase All Kittens', Tony Parkin finds a bunch of pussycat digital student leaders

There has to be some form of positive equivalent to the perfect storm: when multip...

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Ufi seeks new trustees as innovation bids surge

Ufi seeks new trustees as innovation bids surge

New trustees sought to widen expertise and experience as activity ramps up
Set up with funding of £50 million, the Ufi Charitable Trust is the important investor in digital inn...

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