• What is ToodleBit?

    A creative, hands-on approach to teaching the computing curriculum.
  • Why Use ToodleBit?

    Why Use ToodleBit?

    There are many ways to start using the BBC Micro:Bit, with lots of free websites and pieces of kit you can buy, so here are the top 10 reasons why your school should use ToodleBit.

    1. ToodleBit provides a progressive scheme of work from Year 3 to Year 6.
    2. Lesson plans are detailed but easy to follow.
    3. Components which have been tried and tested, not only for use in schools, but also to ensure value for money.
    4. Activities have been chosen to maximise the learning opportunities that can take place.
    5. Projects which are cross curricula - enabling schools to get the most from the time available.
    6. Comprehensive staff training package with plenty of support to ensure the less confident computing teachers can deliver excellent computing lessons.
    7. Teachers love the ToodleBit online classroom because it provides pupils with support and extension activites.
    8. Pupils explore the ToodleBit classroom because it supports them and allows them to move at their own pace through the lessons and activities.
    9. Pupils enjoy the creative element of designing their own games.
    10. Pupils are exicited by the hands-on, active approach to learning.
  • Why Teach Computing?

    Why Teach Computing?

    "Computing is a practical, creative subject, in which invention and resourcefulness are encouraged.

    The ideas of computing are applied to understanding the world around us and creating purposeful products.

    Through computational thinking, pupils learn to solve problems and design systems. It is a skill that empowers, and one that pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future."
    ( Computing at school )

    "I began to see how children who had learned to program computers could use very concrete computer models to think about thinking and to learn about learning .....

    For example, many children are held back in their learning because they have a model of learning in which you have either “got it” or “got it wrong.” But when you learn to program a computer you almost never get it right the first time........

    The question to ask about the (computer) program is not whether it is right or wrong but if it is fixable. If this way of looking at intellectual products were generalized to how the larger culture thinks about knowledge and its acquisition, we all might be less intimidated by our fears of “being wrong.” This potential influence of the computer on changing our notion of a black and white version of our successes and failures is an example of using the computer as an “object-to-think-with.”
    ( Seymour Papert )

 


 

What is ToodleBit?

ToodleBit is a creative, hands-on approach to teaching the KS2 computing curriculum, providing schools with exciting, stimulating computing lessons. The package consists of four elements; The Kit, Scheme of Work, Training and the Online ToodleBit Classroom.

A comprehensive kit

As part of ToodleBit, schools will receive a set of components that allow pupils to create a number of projects. Each part of the kit has been carefully chosen to provide maximum learning opportunities at a cost effect price. Many of the projects are cross curriula linking with Design Technology and Science.
A comprehensive kit

Scheme of Work

ToodleBit provides a scheme of work which has been divided into 7 units 'that equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world' (National Curriulum). Each unit has detailed lesson plans that provide the teacher with easy to follow, high quality lessons and assessment activities.
Scheme of Work

Training

Part of the ToodleBit package includes staff and pupil training. This is arranged in consultation with the school but could be via staff meeting / demonstration lessons. It is imagined that schools will receive three sessions, one at the start, one in the middle and one at the end of the first year. Telephone and email support will be available throughout.
Training

Online Classroom

ToodleBit online classroom provides staff and pupils with support and extension activities enabling children to work at their own pace. Includes code examples and video clips.
Online Classroom