Computational Thinking mit BBC micro:bit - der MOOC zum freien Schulbuch
Graz University of Technology
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General Course Information
The textbook "Digital Literacy in Secondary Education 1: Computational Thinking with BBC micro:bit" was created in 2018 by a group of experts from seven different universities of teacher education and Graz University of Technology.
The MOOC was offered for the first time in 2019, with the goal of introducing the BBC micro:bit and its use in the classroom or more precisely in the subject "Digital Literacy".
In recent years, the BBC micro:bit and the associated development environments have evolved and new learning materials have been developed.
This led the authors to update the schoolbook as well as the online content and videos and to add new examples to the schoolbook.
Consequently, the content of the MOOC has also been revised so that the participants of the course can be supported in the best possible way.
Starting in the upcoming school year (2022/23), digital literacy will become a mandatory subject in secondary education 1. The current curriculum states eight competency fields, including Computational Thinking.
To put it simply, CT describes the ability to look at a problem and formulate the solution steps in a way that an information-processing system can solve it. Students will learn and practice this skill with the help of the schoolbook and the BBC micro:bit.
The course offers an introduction to programming with the BBC micro:bit and presents examples of the schoolbook.
The course participants are in a position to
- use the textbook "Computational Thinking with BBC micro:bit - Digital Literacy in Secondary Education 1" in class.
- explain the terms programming, programming language, algorithm and development environment.
- write their own programs for the BBC micro:bit with a block-based programming language.
- adapt the examples from the schoolbook for their subjects.
- understand and explain basic programming concepts (e.g. conditions, loops, variables).
Basics of pedagogy and didactics are assumed.
Programming knowledge is not required, as the course introduces this topic.
We recommend organizing a BBC micro:bit, but you can also use the simulator provided by the development environment.
The course consists of 5 lessons. The individual lessons include:
- introductory videos and additional materials as input
- exercises and tasks for practical application and consolidation
- self-assessment-questions concerning the acquired knowledge and understanding
CertificateFor actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.
LicenceThis work is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Maria Grandl works as a university assistant in the organizational unit Educational Technology at Graz University of Technology and does research on basic computer science education and maker education. In 2018, she contributed to the schoolbook "Digital Literacy in Secondary Education 1: Computational Thinking with BBC micro:bit".
The MOOC was created in collaboration with Katharina Hohla and was first offered on iMooX in 2019.
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