I am in the process of creating some resources for the micro:bit over the summer but in the meantime you can look at some visual coding pages and some resources I have created that may be useful to get you started. I initially focused on some of the coding you will need to understand such as IF statements and Variables as well as how you can initially connect to components that are externally connected to the micro:bit. Many resources are available to you from the micro:bit, Kitronik and the IET website and are well worth looking at them. I also use eTextiles components from Kitronik with crocodile clips rather than the basic components as it is easier to use with students as they are not as hard to connect and it is also less threatening as many of the parts have integrated resistors and the +/- polarity marked onto the part such as LEDs and buzzers

Light Sensor micro Bit with eTextiles



Conductive Ink

Have you looked at how you can teach basic electronic circuits in your classroom. A relatively quick and none threatening way of approaching this subject is to look at using   ink.

I have used it with students and teachers as a starting point with some basic components and the templates that you can download below. It is a simple paper circuit that allows you to create paper switch using the properties of the ink to attach the switch to the circuit. The cut out areas that are par of the template allow you to show a switch as either a push to make or a latching switch. I have uses a cell holder from Kitronik range of e-Textiles but you could make a cell holder out of paper and Bare Conductive ink or just a normal AA battery holder with integrated wires that can be stuck down with the conductive ink.

Bare Conductive Ink with switch

IGLOO programable board

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If you are looking to inject some programmable components into your curriculum you may be interested in the free visual resources I have created to use with the Kitronik e-Textiles IGLOO programable boards (PICAXE chip). 

I have been using the IGLOO with groups of Textiles teachers using conductive thread to attach various inputs, such as light sensors and basic switches, as well as outputs, such as buzzers and LED’s. 

The one big surprise however has been that I have been using the IGLOO for other projects due to its small footprint. I have used it with conductive thread, crocodile clips and just basic wire without having to get the soldering iron out. 

Several teachers that I have trained have started to use IGLOO in graphic based projects from cards to point of sales display ideas. This ability to introduce programming using very low cost control boards may be a good way of adding this area to your curriculum, especially as it now a minimum requirement at KS3. This is transferable skill whether it is introduced into a Textiles focused lesson or into other areas of D&T. Students could move onto more complex programming, but is more than adequate as a secondary part of a GCSE project. 


Basic LED with Igloo switch

Click on the image to download the worksheets

Using the iPad in D&T

Do you use an iPad in lessons? We often see the iPad as a consumption device that we use for email, video and general web browsing. There are many apps available that can be used to create or help assist you in your classroom. This presentation was created for the D&T Summer School session in 2014 and I will be delivering more on this topic this year. The file is large and two versions are available. One for PowerPoint and one for Keynote. I would advise opening them on a computer first as they are quite large files. The presentation only shows some of the ways of using the iPad as the talk that went with it is more about the context, there is however some accompanying text in the notes section of the presentation to help. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Keynote Version

PowerPoint Version


Did you know that you can create fully functioning 3D CAD drawings on your iPad?

As part of my role during the recent DfE 3D Printing program I was asked many times to show how students could access CAD using mobile devices. I have been a bit of a champion of the 123D Design application over the last few years and created a video showing most of the information required to create a project using the iPad. Unfortunately the App is not available other than for the iPad at the moment.

Click on the link below to see the video tutorial

Thinking of looking into 3D Printing for your school?

Click on the image below to take a look at the information published by the DfE about what was learnt from the pilot project looking at the potential of 3D printing in 21 schools. I was one of the mentors on the program and was very fortunate to visit many of the schools to look at how they planed to use the resources and in some cases was able to give advice and training. I was very impressed with the schools I worked with, and was very pleased to be a representative of the DfE at the BETT show this year, and to have one of my schools present the outcomes at the show.

I will be posting links to various free resources over the year. You can be kept informed by subscribing to my newsletter 

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