Our new year tips for getting started with the micro:bit
Why not get your 2023 off to a flying start and make sure you’re getting the most out of your BBC micro:bit? Whether you want to dip into simple starter projects, or dive into carefully curated professional development courses, we have exactly what you need.
Here are our top five tips for getting started:
1. Take a free coding course
Want to learn to use the micro:bit in your own time, at your own pace? Then our short, free professional development courses are perfect for you. The video-based courses cover computer science principles and tips for teaching computational thinking. They have been designed to support educators to take their learning straight into their classroom, with projects that you can immediately share with students.
2. Join a live webinar
If you enjoy learning with others, our upcoming webinars allow you to join as a group, listen to first-hand explanations and demonstrations and ask questions in real time. Let our experts guide you through the practicalities and the potential of using the micro:bit across the curriculum.
If you’re new to using micro:bit in the classroom, our 'Getting started' webinar covers everything from turning on the micro:bit to transferring students’ code. We'll answer your questions and show you where to find what you need.
3. Open the box, tinker about and try a project
Already have a micro:bit? Then take it out of the box and start playing. It is one of the best ways to learn how to use it. We have lots of curriculum inspired projects you can try and if you are not sure where to start, try the beating heart project. It is an ideal first activity and it spreads a little love, so we think it is the perfect first step!
4. Get inspired by others
Our social channels are bursting with good ideas and inspiring ways that the micro:bit is being used in learning worldwide. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and also LinkedIn. You’ll spot ideas, resources and real-life examples of micro:bits being used in classrooms. Why not share your progress too? We can’t wait to see what you achieve this year.
5. Get guidance and ideas in your inbox
Finally, why not sign up to our monthly educator newsletter which is filled with our latest news and useful resources to help you get the most out of micro:bit in your classroom.
We’ll signpost relevant and helpful projects/lessons throughout the year and you’ll be notified about our new training materials or events.
Try one, or all, of these new year tips and 2023 will be the year you, and your students, master everything micro:bit has to offer! Why not share these top tips with your teaching colleagues and get exploring together? Good luck and most importantly, have fun!