UK edtech & teaching

The BBC Microbit and other UK Edtech News #bett

The BBC Microbit is making its way into the hands of 1 million UK students. With BETT kicking up this week in the UK, learn the UK edtech news from teacher Mark Martin. From tools that he's excited about, to the new Computer Science curriculum in the UK, Mark shares his views on edtech. Listen now.

Mark Martin BBC microbit UK edtech

Essential Questions: The BBC Microbit and other UK Edtech News

  • What are they teaching in the new UK Computer Science curriculum?
  • What are some education technologies UK educators are discussing?
  • Thoughts on the shift from an exam culture to a creation culture.
  • The BBC Microbit and what it will mean to kids in the UK.

[callout]With the new UK Computer Science curriculum expecting that all students five years old and up will learn computational thinking, the UK is counting on coding. If you're not sure, the recent investment of London in a gaming festival, should show you just how serious the country is about the innovation that comes from kids who code. (They want to make the city the “world's game development capital.”)

But the transition to Computer Science is not without its struggles for many teachers. One has to wonder with this investment in coding and kids, if the UK is setting off for another great age of exploration. Coding is important. I wonder how long it will take every school to wake up and realize this. Computer code is the language of innovation, creation, and exploration. (It also prints money when it is successful.)[/callout]

Educator Resources from this Episode

Students have to buy into the teacher before they buy into the learning. Mark Martin

Technical skills will get you the interview but soft skills will get you the job. Mark Martin

You gotta relate before you create because you can’t build learning on hate. Vicki Davis

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Codebug January 25, 2016 - 4:11 am

Hey, don’t forget http://www.codebug.org.uk CodeBug — the original programable wearable is already being used in classrooms round the world. It’s available worldwide, including in the states!

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