Observe, Help and Report using micro:bit classroom

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Today we are going to look into the Student code page and what it provides for the teacher/instructor hosting the micro:bit classroom. In this section you will be able to see all your student’s work in almost real time. What does it mean to look at the work “near real time?” Well this means you will be able to see your students making changes to their code AS they code.

 By clicking on the student’s name you will be able to see their progress. As you can see in the image above, Alex’s code is displayed in the area next to the list of students. The student whose code is being displayed is shown in solid magenta. Students that are active/online or finished have a green outline. Student who have submitted their work will also display a face emoji that represents how satisfied they were with the lessons. Students that are offline will have a gray outline and will display Offline under their name.

Please make sure to read the two paragraphs in the window.

Using the edit icon next to the student’s name gives you the ability to change the status of a student’s work from In progress to Finished or the other way around. This is helpful if you find out that the student still has some work that needs to be done. This icon also allows you to delete duplicates or students that have left the classroom all together. The image above will appear when the edit icon is clicked.

Now lets look into what the button Share student code offers for teachers. This button will allow you to share the code that is currently being viewed with any other student or yourself. This is primarily helpful if you have students working in groups or a student needs help with their code. I recommend you make a student session of your own, this way you can help students with code without having to change the original code you provide them.

The pop up window will allow you to select all the students or an individual student from the drop down that you will like to share the code with. Then simply just click on Send code.

Finally lets look into the big black button that says Download report for all students as Word document. A .docx Word file will be downloaded to your computer. It will be named like this: 20210224-1012-microbit-classroom-report.docx, where the number is “yearmonthdate – time”. You can rename this file and store it in another location if you want. This file can be opened with Microsoft Word Office or with Google docs.

So what is inside the file. Let go ahead and take a closer look.

Inside the document, you see the Activity name, the date the document was saved, and the number of students enrolled. You will also get the list of students that are taking the class, the status of attendance for that day for when the file was saved, and the status of their work. The names are links that link to the student’s specific code section.

If you scroll down to the next section, the teacher’s provided code will be shown. This is useful to show others what you had provided the students.

Note: the code may not appear right under the student’s information. It will be right after the student’s information with a lot of white space above.

The next pages will show the student’s name and code for the specific project. Depending on the size of your class the number of pages will be different. This shows how the students took the original code provided to them and what they modified it to make their own code.

With the tools provided, the teacher can observe what the students are doing and provide feedback whenever a student needs help. The details provided also show you how to generate a report that can be used for parent/teacher conference, or to show to other administrations, or simply for you to determine who needs more guidance and who needs to be challenge.

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