Finally the BBC micro:bit has gone on sale.
Although schools have been given micro:bits to give away to year 7 pupils, there are a number of reasons why schools are looking to purchase their own devices.
- School wish to program the devices as part of the computing curriculum
- There is no guarantee that pupils will bring them back into school
- Primary and middle schools want pupils in other years to have experience of the micro:bit
What schools should consider
Are we going let children take their micro:bits home?
Can our digital leaders implement a school policy on our micro:bits? Our advice – This is a great way to utilise pupil voice.
How much do they cost? Our advice – At the moment retailers are charging £13 each for just the board. Many had hoped that they would be £10 or less. Prices may come down as other manufacturers start producing them so it might be worth waiting before ordering them.
Are we going to purchase a class set and do we need to factor in the additional “extras” such as battery case and USB connector? Our advice – We think these are definitely needed.
Who do we order them from? Contact us if you know of other suppliers and we will add to the list below