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Changing the World Bit by Bit With Microbit

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Location: Room 348-9
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Tonya Coats  
Katie Henry  
Sonal Patel  

Learn about creative ways to integrate Microbit experiences into the classroom allowing students to create innovative projects that could lead to positive changes within communities. No experience in CS needed, just enthusiasm to learn!

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: https://makecode.microbit.org/#editor
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The person of this session is to allow participants to have a Micro:bit physical computing experience. We will have an entire set of microbits to use and will have three stations (or breakout rooms full of varying activities related to using microbits to solve real world problems using the design thinking framework.

Main objectives:

To learn what physical computing and maker code simulations (if virtual) with Micro:Bit can impact student outcomes.

To learn how Micro:Bits can be used to create, invent and solve problems through a design thinking exprience.

Outline

Beginning: (5 minutes) The why of micro:bits and their journey.

Station activities: Three stations for educators to experience the use of micro:bits to enhance student interest in computer science. Rotate every 20 minutes with a space for reflection after each station. Participants will have take away resources at each table.

Close: End with some final participant sharing and provide some more ideas on how participants can engage students with the use of micro:bits.

Supporting research

https://www.iste.org/explore/Computer-Science/Make-CS-accessible-to-all-students-with-physical-computing

https://tech.microbit.org/projects/physical-computing-a-key-element-of-modern-computer-science-education/

Stuck in the Shallow End by Jane Margolis et.al.

https://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/school-of-education/meet-our-faculty/nicol-howard/

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Presenters

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Tonya Coats, Rustic Lane Elementary

Tonya Coats is an educator in Southern California. She has a strong passion for computer science and maker-based learning. Her students have participated in numerous educational conferences and student showcases to show educators and their peers what is possible with computer science. Tonya believes exposing her students to computer science at a young age will give them the exposure to build interest and learn how to apply these skills to solving real-world problems. She is a 2022 micro:bit champion, a 2022 CSTA Honorable Mention, and also recently elected to serve as an IACUE Board Member, a regional affiliate of CUE.

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Katie Henry, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Katie is the Head of Partner Engagement for the Micro:bit Educational Foundation in North America. She has worked in education for more than ten years, training thousands of educators worldwide on the topics of computer science and digital creativity. Katie is a licensed school administrator and computer technology coach.

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Sonal Patel, San Bernardino County Superintendent

Sonal Patel is the Digital Learning Innovation Coordinator at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the recipient of the ISTE 20 to Watch Award 2022. In 2021, she received the CUE Administrator of the year award. She works with educators, coaches, and administrators in educational technology and computer science professional learning and support. Sonal is a dedicated advocate for digital equity, accessibility and inclusion.

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