Tech for Teachers Award 2018 - we're a winner!
We're jumping for joy and bursting with pride here at the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. And why? Because the micro:bit is a four-star winner in the Computing category of the Tech for Teachers Awards – hurrah!
Launched this year, the awards celebrate the very best classroom innovations, judged in seven curriculum-linked categories – maths, English, science, modern foreign languages, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), computing and the arts.
Entries were judged on five important criteria:
- Innovation: is this product genuinely new, exciting and ground-breaking?
- Benefits to teaching and learning: will it have real impact?
- Long-term potential: will it have longevity in the classroom?
- Value for money
- User-friendliness: how easy is it for a non-techy teacher to get started?
The micro:bit was deemed to be a really useful classroom resource, beating off some serious competition to earn a place on the final list of 35 prize-winning edtech innovations. (You can find the full list on the teachwire website.)
"We're so excited about our win!" said Gareth James, Chief of Education, Micro:bit Educational Foundation.
"Winning awards is always gratifying, but even more so when it's educational experts who are doing the judging.
"Coding skills will be vital for so many jobs in the future. Accolades like this help put the micro:bit into the classroom and play an important role our mission to inspire kids worldwide. These are the young people who will form the next generation of digital pioneers."
Teachers will be pleased to know that the micro:bit website has a huge range of cost-free classroom resources, making it quick and easy to pick a project and get started.