BBC’s Make it Digital initiative is a massive project that aims to encourage the younger generation to not just consume digital technology, but to actually participate in its creation and development. One of their partners is Samsung and they have released the micro:bit app which will allow students to code features that they would like to see on their smartphones or tablets and see these codes applied in real life. The app will be demoed by Samsung at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Instead of just being “passive users” of all this tech and digital media around them, the BBC wants to help young people be the creators and innovators not just of the future but actually the present. Through the micro:bit app, they will be able to learn how to control the gadgets they’re already familiar with and develop them further into what they think a smartphone or tablet should have. They can create their own security alarm, create a selfie remote controller, etc. As long as they are creative and eager to learn, the possibilities are actually endless.
The micro:bit will actually be delivered to all year 7 (or equivalent of that) students in the UK and is a small programmable hardware device that can be connected to any smartphone or tablet. Then they will be able to code and program through the app that they can download for free from the Google Play Store. Teachers will of course receive devices as well and they will be provided with teaching resources and a curriculum to help guide their students.
Samsung has also come up with free resources and projects for the teachers and parents as well so they will be able to also learn to code if they don’t know yet and then work together with the children in making their digital life even better.