Micro:bit: Let's Relax a Little 'Bit'

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Alexander Drysdale  
Vickie Morgado  

In this interactive session, we will connect coding and SEL. You will code your micro:bit to help you relax and regulate your breathing. No experience or micro:bit necessary! Resources will be provided to use this activity and others with students in person, virtual or hybrid.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If participants have a Micro:bit they are welcome to bring it to this session; however, it is not required as you will be to use a virtual Micro:bit.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Student presentation
Related exhibitors:
, Micro:bit Educational Foundation
, IPEVO, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is for educators to learn how to code a Micro:bit and integrate activities that are related to SEL (Social Emotional Learning). Educators will code their Micro:bit to help them relax by slowing and regulating their breathing. Other examples and activities will be provided that connect Social Emotional Learning and the Micro:bit (i.e Step counter). This activity will be differentiated to allow teachers to use if teaching in-person, virtual or hybrid. In addition, we will share opportunities that allow educators to connect their learning with a global community to address real world problems by participating in the Do Your Bit Challenge. Note: You do not need a Micro:Bit to participate in this session; however, if you have a Micro:bit feel free to bring it to the session.

-You will understand what a Micro:bit is and how it works.
-You will code your Micro:bit to help you relax by slowing and regulating your breathing.
-You will reflect on your learning in the session.
-You will receive other activities to try will be provided with resources to get you started and get support.
-You will learn about additional ways to integrate the Micro:bit in authentic ways such as opportunities for design thinking/the SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals) in your classroom.


(1) Introduction/Minds On/Diagnostic: What do you know about the Micro:bit
-Using Nearpod we will take a poll to see what participants know about the Micro:bit

(2) Introduction to the Microb:bit and coding and the activity goal of the session which is to code the micro:bit into a simple digital device to help them relax by slowing/regulating their breathing. We will model each step using the Make Code option. Participants who are familiar with Tinkercad will also have the option to code using the Micro:bit found under the circuit in that program if they prefer. We will be using the Microbit Classroom ( so that we can see what participants are creating and share during the session.

(2) Action: Participants will code their device. and explore other options. For participants that finish quickly or want an extra challenge I will provide an additional activity. I will be able to share out what different people created as I am using the Micro:bit classroom (

(3) Reflection/Consolidation: Using a Digital Collaborate board found in Neaprod we will share our learning/questions and reflect on our learning. What did you find easy/difficult or what are you wondering? What did you learn about yourself?

(4) I will then discuss/share resources and other ways that I have used the Micro:bit with design thinking, Do Your Bit Global Challenge. I will share my experiences/challenges as an educator that has taught in person, virtually and hybrid.

(5) Question/Final Thoughts/Feedback: I will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions, share final thoughts and provide feedback.

Supporting research

List of research globally on Micro:bit:

Wenger, E., White, N., & Smith, J. D. (2009). Digital habitats: Stewarding technology for communities. Portland: CPsquare.

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Vickie Morgado, Ontario Teacher, OCT

Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 20 years. She has taught multiple grades and is currently an EGELT (Elementary Guidance Experiential Learning Teacher). Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), Global Mentor, Nearpod PioNear, Global Goals Ambassador, National Geographic Certified Educator and Micro:bit Champion.

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