Teacher BBC micro:bit Projects | Martyn Walker

Micro:bit Gadgets Talk with a Teacher

 

micro:chat 

Recently, Lee spoke to Martyn Walker, a teacher and technology enthusiast. They had a quick (but enlightening!) chat about the BBC micro:bit.

Micro:bit Gadgets
What's your job title?

Martyn Walker
Teacher of Computer Science and ICT

MBG
Where do you teach? 
MW
Paignton Community and Sports Academy

Teacher BBC micro:bit

Teacher Martyn and his faithful companion

MBG
What were your first impressions of the micro:bit?
MW
In a word simple. The web interface is simple and intuitive and the device itself was the same.

MBG
Are there any additional skills you’re working on to be able to teach with the micro:bit?
MW
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.

MBG
Will you be giving the kids their own micro:bits or keeping them in school?
MW
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!

MBG
Do you think you'll want to expand this type of learning?
MW
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!