We all know how important it is to teach computer science and we all have our own favourite tools to use. But how can we ensure basic code building is truly meaningful? Are we inspiring learners to become lifelong coders?
Blog Series written by Microsoft Learning Consultant: Liz Wilson
MakeCode works with a range of devices, so whatever your school is using, be it the Micro:bit, Circuit Playground Express, Minecraft, Sparkfun inventors kit or Chibi Chip your learners will be able to create. And if you don't have any, they can still code, using the built in simulator.
Top 3 tips
- Not sure where to start? Check out the projects already on MakeCode. There is a great selection from creating a banana keyboard to a railway crossing. And they all come with clear guidance on how to complete the project. https://makecode.com/
- Projects don't need to be expensive. Using simple resources that you already have access to will make your learners more creative in their solutions.
- Share your wonderful work! Connect with the community by publishing your projects through MakeCode and Tweeting your successes – don't forget to tag @Microsofteduk
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