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Comparison: Codebug vs. The BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit was officially released on March 22, a few months later than planed. If you would like to learn more about the history of the micro:bit, Wired UK has an excellent article about it. The micro:bit has a couple of sensors, whereas the CodeBug has none and the micro:bit has a wider variety of coding choices than the CodeBug.  The micro:bit is not commercially available yet and probably will not be available for a few months. It will probably be more expensive than the CodeBug which currently retails at around $20. Here is a side-by-side comparison -    Code Bug BBC micro:bit Architecture 8-bit PIC18F 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Performance 12 MIPS  13 MIPS Processor Microchip PIC18(L)F25K50 Nordic nRF51822 Flash 32K 256K...

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Learning Tools: CodeBug

CodeBug is a wearable computer and development board. It is similar to the BBC micro:bit, which was created to teach middle-school students how to program. CodeBug was designed by a team from the University of Manchester some of whom were involved in the early designs of the micro:bit. It can be programmed using Google's educational programming tool, Blockly. Students start with programming the LED grid and then move on to more sophisticated applications.

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Learning Tools: The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi was created when a group of professors at Cambridge University became concerned that students entering the university lacked the programming skills that students a generation ago had.   Part of the problem is that school curriculums have been co-opted into teaching Word and Excel instead of programming skills, and expensive, proprietary game consoles have replaced the previous generation of hackable game consoles that students would normally have learnt to program on. The Raspberry Pi costs $35 and can be plugged into a television. It is not as powerful as a modern laptop or desktop, but it is more powerful than a $15-million dollar supercomputer from the mid eighties and can be used to do some pretty cool things - it has been used to...

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