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The Coding Continuum: Creating with Micro:bit

Location: W196a

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 25, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: W196a

Lisa Floyd   Dustin Jez   Dave Sands   Stephen Whiffin  
Micro:bit bridges the coding gap promoting powerful programming possibilities for students. This workshop will explore computational thinking concepts and provide hands-on access to Micro:bit where participants will engage in problem-based learning and use visual coding platforms to bring their solutions to life.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to access the coding platform at the following URL -
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will...

1. Be exposed to and experience the British Columbia Ministry of Education ADST (Applied Design and Technology Curriculum) as it applies to Computational Thinking and Coding
2. Participate in various Unplugged Computational Thinking activities and learn to consider Computational Thinking as a continuum of learning.
3. Engage in learn to code activities using visual coding tools
4. Actively code to solve a problem using the Micro:bit
5. Download and use code to test results

Facilitators will…

1. Provide access to both non-technology based and technology based resources to utilize in problem-based learning
2. Create a safe environment for participants to risk and actively learn
3. Provide an interactive presentation with opportunities for participants to create and explore
4. Share resources to support ongoing learning by participants

Participants will be successful they…

1. Gain a greater understanding around the concepts related to Computational Thinking and Coding
2. Feel positive about their experiences exploring both Unplugged and Technology based Computational/Coding Thinking activities
3. Recognize the transferability of Computational Thinking and Coding skills for their students across the curriculum


1. Brief background introduction to our context regarding the progressive British Columbia Ministry of Education ADST (Applied Design and Technology Curriculum) as it applies to Computational Thinking and Coding (5 min.)
2. Active engagement in an unplugged computational thinking activity – Peer to peer interaction and problem solving (5-10 min)
3. Introduction to the Micro:bit and visual coding tools used to code it – guided learning (10-15 min)
4. Participants choose a problem to address using the coding tools and Micro:bit provided - device-based, hands on activity (20-25 min)
5. De-brief learning process and transferability to student contexts – Guided discussion (5-10 min)
Please note that if this workshop is accepted as a BYODex session, we would extend the activity time accordingly.

Supporting research

A pedagogical Framework for Computational Thinking

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Lisa Floyd, Fair Chance Learning
Dustin Jez, Fair Chance Learning
Dave Sands, School District 43 (Coquitlam)

Dave Sands is the Principal of Technology Implementation for School District 43 (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) with 27 years teaching and administrative experience. He has a Master's degree in Technology and Curriculum, is a member of several Provincial committees focused on technology, and leads various technology-based initiatives at the District level. Dave is a strong proponent of developing Digital Citizenship among youth and regularly presents throughout the Province encouraging parents to guide their children’s use of technology. Dave focuses his instructional practice and leadership on empowering students and educators with the use technology-based tools to enhance and deepen the learning process.​

Stephen Whiffin, Coquitlam School District

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