We are continuing to develop materials to support the teaching of Computing and Digital Literacy at KS3. In particular, our current focus is on developing support for the teaching of programming.
Most recently, we have revised our Python exercises.
We are continuing to develop exercises for the BBC micro:bit. These exercises are now linked to a novel for children:
The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens
The aims of this novel are to promote reading and programming in schools through engaging story telling.
The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens is an adventure story for students of secondary school age.
The plot is set in 2076. The characters in the book make use of the BBC Micro:bit to fight against hostile aliens.
It is not necessary to know anything about the Micro:bit in order to enjoy the book. Readers can view the Micro:bit as just a gadget that is used by the characters in the novel – much like Dr Who uses a sonic screwdriver in his/her adventures.
This novel can be used as a starting point to motivate students when introducing the Micro:bit. We hope that schools will find this to be a useful resource.
Free Digital Download
The digital version of this book will be free to download from Amazon for ten days – starting in April 2020. These download days are all Wednesdays. The dates are as follows:
15 April – 22 April – 29 April – 6 May – 13 May
16 Sept – 23 Sept – 30 Sept – 7 Oct – 14 Oct
The book can be downloaded between 12.00 AM PDT till 12.00 PM PDT
The current date and time for PDT is given below:
During the download days, you should see that the price on Amazon for the kindle version of the book has been set to £0.00. This means that you can buy the book for free. See the screen shot below:
Irfan Virk (Jan, 2020), The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens, London: Daisy-i. ISBN: 978-0-9927318-2-3 (electronic format).
Irfan Virk (Feb, 2020), The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens, London: Daisy-i. ISBN: 978-0-9927318-3-0 (paperback format).