This task can be used for formative assessment purposes or as a summative assessment to assess what students have learned as a result of programming a BBC micro:bit to create a digital solution. It would be expected that the task be undertaken over at least 3-5 one-hour sessions.
The task is for students to create a digital solution that incorporates the use of the BBC micro:bit. The task is open-ended and relies on the student selecting a project that is within their skills and capabilities in relation to programming the BBC micro:bit.
Prior to implementing their programming, students develop a design that shows an algorithm of the program. Students are to keep a Project log to record a description of the project, what they did recording the date worked on, what they had trouble with and how they felt in each session. They also tick off ‘I can statements’ that relate to particular programming skills.
At the completion of the project they complete a self-reflection and record a ‘think aloud’ on their project. (Limit the video recording to a maximum of 2 min).
Discuss the Self-reflection handout and associated rubric before starting the project so students are aware of how they are being assessed.
Prior to implementing the programming element of the task discuss the students design and algorithm. Is it logical? Does it show how users interact with it? Does it include any decisions (branching)? Are their parts of the code that is repeated and hence able to include loops of that program? Are their parts of the program which they are unsure about creating? How might they overcome this challenge?
Use the project log to guide discussion to ascertain how students are progressing. Take note of any challenges they have encountered and ask how they are going to overcome these. This may require sourcing assistance from:
Collect four pieces of evidence to assess students on this task.
This assessment checklist provides a guide to record the student’s demonstrated skills and knowledge.
Word and pdf versions of the checklist can be dowloaded in the resources section.
|Demonstrated knowledge/skills||Yes/No or progressing||Comments|
The student documented their design before implementing their digital solution.
In their design the student includes:
The student project log is completed and includes:
The student completed the self-reflection which provides:
The students use record a video or create a brief presentation to explain their project including such things as:
The student can:
The student would benefit to next work on: