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Kerry Kidd
Kerry Kidd

Learn micro:bit programming in 10 fun lessons and 3 different languages

“You make it easier. It's so much fun! I always thought computer programming is hard.” “ I like the way it is presented - simple yet compact and easy to understand!” We are extremely thrilled to receive testimonials like these. Aiming to empower mastery of digital skills, Future Skills for All (FS4A) online self-learning portal is launched in February 2020. The learning resources are initiated by Digi, UNICEF, MDEC, powered by Arus Academy with the support of the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

To date, the portal has achieved 18,000 users and 67,000 unique page views. We are seeing even more organic growth next year with the portal accessible via Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia (DELIMa).

What is FS4A?

Future Skills for All micro:bit series enables students to master basic micro:bit programming skills through 10 fun lessons. It is accessible in three different language options, which are Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Aspire to reach out to all vernacular primary schools in Malaysia, accessibility is the team’s top priority. Other than language barriers, the team consciously acknowledges that coding might be an alien language to some and they want everyone to find joy in coding. With that, every lesson has an animal theme and students are challenged to build a simple project in every lesson.

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Class time, credit: Pusat Internet Bukit Anak Dara, Kemaman, Terengganu

Starting from year 2021, microcontroller programming will be included in the renewed Malaysian national curriculum for Year 5 Design and Technology subject. Future Skills for All content is well-aligned to the national standards. Since the launching, teachers in Malaysia are gradually trained to use the resources and are required to master micro:bit programming skills so that they are well-prepared to teach the new syllabus. Teachers recommended that the resources could nurture creative thinking among students and teachers.

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Creative making during class time, credit: Pusat Internet Terentang

Within each lesson, there is an interactive tutorial video, lesson notes and an assessment quiz. Time estimate for each chapter is 1 hour. The lesson design is flexible where students can learn at their own pace and track their progress at the result page. At the result page, they just need to search with their email and they will get to know if they are eligible to request for a certificate.

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Result Checking Dashboard, credit: David Chak

The resources come with Google Classroom where teachers can invite their students into their own classroom and host discussion there. Besides, the portal encourages a data-driven learning approach where teachers can track student progress via the teacher review page. Teachers could see their own class students progress together with the school overall progress by searching with their school code.

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Teacher Review Dashboard, credit: David Chak

In the near future, the Education Department officials could also use the dashboard to track student progress by state or district.

While going through the lessons, a teacher commented that all the 10 lessons are not only suitable for year 5 students but she thinks year 4 students are also able to follow through. In the end of the 10 lessons, students are tasked to create a megaproject that gives out light, sound and produces movements. Teachers are free to host a mini-exhibition in school with the offline full lesson plans available.

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Empowered teachers and students

Last but not least, you can now get in touch with FS4A via @gurufutureskills in TikTok! The team went extra miles to teach micro:bit coding in TikTok. Some are doubtful if this could result in meaningful learning experiences but the experiment is so far well-received and has achieved 9,200 followers.

Kickstart your micro:bit journey with us now! For more enquiry, please email to [email protected].