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micro:bit classroom step-by-step setup guide

  1. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 2020
  2. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20202 ▪ Remotely organize and manage a live classroom ▪ Share starter code with the whole class or individual students ▪ Virtually “look over a student’s shoulder” to view student progress ▪ Collect and save assignments ▪ Assess how students felt about the activity ▪ Works with MakeCode (blocks & JavaScript) and Python ▪ No student or teacher registration ▪ No accounts, no logins ▪ Browser-based, works cross-platform ▪ FREE
  3. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20203
  4. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20204 1. Go to: 2. Enter activity name, examples: ▪ Rock paper scissors ▪ Chuck-a-duck 15 April ▪ 3rd period 2020.04.15 beating heart 3. Choose programming language ▪ MakeCode or Python 4. Select storage setting ▪ Default stores data locally to decrease the risk of losing data ▪ Deselect if using a shared computer without a personal login account 5. Select “Launch classroom”
  5. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20205 1. Select “Editor” from the top navigation 2. Add any blocks, code or comments to the programming area that the teacher wants to share with students ▪ Pre-saved code can be added by dragging a .hex file into the editor window ▪ The .hex file must be created in the same editor that is being used in the virtual classroom (e.g. MakeCode or Python)
  6. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20206 1. Select “Dashboard” from the top navigation 2. Share join information with students, examples: ▪ Project teacher’s screen to the students ▪ Write the join details on the whiteboard 3. Have students to go to:
  7. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20207 ▪ From, each student enters: ▪ Colour, ▪ Animal, ▪ Transport, ▪ Object, and ▪ PIN ▪ Then each student selects “Continue” ▪ Teacher must be in the session for students to join
  8. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20208 ▪ Each student enters their name ▪ Teacher can provide recommendations to students such as: ▪ First/given name only ▪ First/given name and initial of last/family name ▪ Student names can be edited later by the teacher ▪ Each student selects “Continue”
  9. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 20209 ▪ Each student should see the editor ▪ Their name should appear in the upper left-hand corner
  10. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202010 1. Collapse joining details by toggling switch located in the upper right-hand corner ▪ Students who successfully joined the virtual classroom should appear on the teacher’s dashboard ▪ To edit student names or delete students, select the edit icon for a student ▪ Select “Apply changes” to accept
  11. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202011 1. Return to the teacher’s editor by selecting “Editor” from the top navigation 2. Select “Share code with students” located in the upper right-hand corner 3. Select individual students or all students 4. Select “Send code” 5. Select “Done” when prompted Shared code replaces any existing student code
  12. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202012 ▪ Each student gets notified of new code from the teacher ▪ Each student should select “Use code” for the code to appear in their editor ▪ Any existing student code is deleted and replaced with the shared code
  13. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202013 ▪ To see individual student’s code live, select “Student code” from the top navigation ▪ Then select the student’s name from the left navigation
  14. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202014 1. Select a student’s name from the left navigation 2. Select “Share code with students” located in the upper right-hand corner 3. Select individual students or all students 4. Select “Send code” 5. Select “Done” when prompted Shared code replaces any existing student code
  15. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202015 ▪ When a student is ready to turn-in their work, they should select “I’ve finished” in the upper right-hand corner ▪ Then the student selects the appropriate emoji for how they feel about the activity ▪ The student has finished the activity and may now leave the virtual classroom by selecting “Sign out”
  16. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202016 ▪ From the “Student code” menu, teacher can see: ▪ The student’s code ▪ The student’s feeling emoji ▪ The student’s status: ▪ In progress, Offline or Finished
  17. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202017 1. Select “Download report for all students as Word document” located in the upper right-hand corner ▪ A Microsoft Word document will be created and saved to the teacher’s computer ▪ The teacher can download the student work at any time
  18. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202018 ▪ The downloaded Microsoft Word document contains the teacher’s starter code and the code from each student ▪ If a student did not finish the activity, their unfinished code will still be in the Word document
  19. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202019 ▪ From the “Dashboard” menu, teachers can also see the status of all students and their feeling emoji ▪ The teacher can change a “Finished” student to “In progress” by selecting and toggling the switch ▪ Student will need to rejoin the session if they logged out
  20. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202020 ▪ At any time, the teacher can save the virtual classroom session by selecting “Save classroom” from the top navigation, and selecting “Download classroom html file” ▪ This generates an HTML file that can be resumed at another time
  21. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202021 ▪ To resume a saved classroom session, open the HTML file in a browser ▪ Select “Resume classroom session” to proceed
  22. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202022 ▪ Different details are generated for students to re-join the virtual classroom ▪ Share this information with the students as before ▪ Have students go to and enter the details
  23. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202023 ▪ Returning students can resume by finding their name ▪ They type three letters of their name and select their name from the choices ▪ New students to this activity can create a new name to join
  24. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202024 1. Select “Save classroom” from the top navigation 2. Select “End session” 3. Select “End session” to confirm ▪ All students are immediately removed from the virtual classroom when the teacher ends the session
  25. © Micro:bit Educational Foundation 202025 ▪ To use starter code from a project or lesson on, select “Open in Classroom” ▪ Proceed with setup as before