Recently, Lee spoke to Martyn Walker, a teacher and technology enthusiast. They had a quick (but enlightening!) chat about the BBC micro:bit.
What's your job title?
Teacher of Computer Science and ICT
Where do you teach?
Paignton Community and Sports Academy
What were your first impressions of the micro:bit?
In a word simple. The web interface is simple and intuitive and the device itself was the same.
Are there any additional skills you’re working on to be able to teach with the micro:bit?
At the moment I am just getting my head around what it can do. I'm fairly experienced with Python but the block editing software is pretty new to me.
Will you be giving the kids their own micro:bits or keeping them in school?
We are intending to keep them in school for the most part. They will be a fabulous teaching device and something really engaging to have in the classroom but if they go home they might never come back!
Do you think you'll want to expand this type of learning?
We already do teach with some Raspberry Pis at Key Stage 4. I think the BBC micro:bits will probably move around the school a bit. I really like the idea of trying to use them in other subject areas as well, DT for example.
Interview by Micro:bit Gadget's Lee Macklin
Well, there you have it. A teacher who's getting ready for the micro:bit roll out. It's good to hear that teachers are still learning to use some of the software; I think that will bring the students and teachers closer together! It's a shame to hear that not all students will be able to take their devices home, but maybe it's for the best. Or you students can persuade the teachers to let you!