Edit: Lee Stott has a bunch of new and additional information (as of 12 Nov 2015) at BBC MicroBit news.
For example I learned about a tie in between Kodu and the BBC Micro:Bit. Check out this Kodu/Micro:bit feature demo What it is about is that a BBC Micro:Bit connected to a computer can be used as a game controller in some interesting ways. The obvious first way is using the BBC Micro:Bit to control robots in the game. You can also create displays on the BBC Micro:Bit LED set as well. But where I got really interested was when they attached sensors and other devices to transmit information to the game AND have the game control devices outside the computer. Watch the video to the end.
I tend to think that the big win for most students is going to come from attaching external “things” to these devices. I’ve played around with the simulator and doing stuff with the LEDs is fun but could get old quickly even for wearable devices. But maybe that is just me. We’ll see. I personally want to learn more about using sensors and controlling external devices though.
They are running a big roadshow around the UK teaching teachers about the Micro:Bit. Some teachers from these events are posting things they are learning:
- Two teachers video summary with some demos
- Teacher blog post - BBC micro:bits – a computer for every year 7
On the down side the BBC says Micro:Bit rollout will be delayed. Teachers should see theirs around Christmas but students get theirs later than that. Probably after the first of the year.