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Teaching Digital Literacy with the BBC micro:bit in the EFL Classroom

Presentation masterthesis, Graz University of Technology, July 2019

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Teaching Digital Literacy with the BBC micro:bit in the EFL Classroom

  1. 1. Teaching Digital Literacy with the BBC micro:bit in the EFL Classroom Diploma Thesis Presentation July 09th 2019 by Daniel Wachmann Supervisor: Adj.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Martin Ebner Co-Supervisor: Mag. rer. nat. Maria Grandl 1July 09th 2019
  2. 2. 2July 09th 2019 Presentation Overview  Introducing Thesis and Digital Literacy  Field Test: First Attempt  Thesis Reorientation and Development of Materials  Evaluation of Thesis (Insights from Interviews)  Outlook
  3. 3. 3July 09th 2019 Thesis Introduction Digital Literacy (“Digitale Grundbildung”) = predefined set of digital competences pupils need to acquire in Lower Secondary Form BBC micro:bit = micro computer to learn programming & acquire Digital Literacy skills ( Computational Thinking) 2 primary goals: teach Computational Thinking and A2+/B1 English skills as a cross-disciplinary approach
  4. 4. Field Test: GIBS Graz 4July 09th 2019 Computational thinking English Skills BBC micro:bit projects
  5. 5. EnglishChapter “NewTechnologies” 5July 09th 2019 Computational Thinking English Skills BBC micro:bit projects Project-related IT topics New Lesson Structure for Thesis
  6. 6. 6July 09th 2019 Project-related IT topics: 1. Early Programming: Crash Course 2. The Internet of Things 3. Digital Communication 4. Information Security 5. Green Technology 6. Independent Project BBC micro:bit project for Digital Communication “Create a program that uses Bluetooth so two Micro:bits can communicate with each other” DeviceADeviceB
  7. 7. Developing “New Technologies” 7July 09th 2019 1. Identifying IT Topics and Overall Learning Objectives 2. Researching and Establishing Educational Framework 3. Developing Lesson Plans ( Teacher’s Guide) 4. Creating a Student’s Guide ( accompanying course booklet) 5. Qualitative Evaluation through Interviews
  8. 8. Qualitive Evaluation: Interviews 8July 09th 2019 Main Points:  Evaluation of Students’ Language Skills is Critical  Independent Learning and Group Work as Prerequisites  Organisational Issues (Double Lessons, Resources, …)  Pre-Teaching / Co-Teaching Recommended or Required  Lots of (Hidden) Preparation Time for Teacher  More Time Needed for Lessons
  9. 9. 9July 09th 2019 Positive Aspects of “New Technologies”  Overall Coherent Framework  Carefully Prepared Materials  High Didactic Value  Easy to Use and Adapt: OER Resources Conclusion: ideal and comprehensive teaching concept, but requires lots of preparation/adaptation of organizational nature
  10. 10. 10July 09th 2019 Outlook: Digital Literacy in the Future
  11. 11. 11July 09th 2019