Throughout the material there are educator notes such as this that are designed to help you succeed in a classroom situation. Click them to open them! The first educator note of a chapter is always a longer Educator Intro that you can use to prepare for the lesson.
This material is designed to be used in a blended learning environment, even though students work online, you can help navigate and facilitate their learning in the classroom.
This material is easy to use - there’s no need for long preparations.
If you want to start teaching right away, see the Checklist For The First Lesson. See also the Educator Intro in the first chapter. If you have more time, browse through this For the Educator -chapter then jump to the Educator Intro in the first chapter to plan your first lessons.
The aim of this course is to help you to get started with teaching electronics and programming with Arduino. We provide you and your students with materials that allow anyone to learn the basics. You are now in For The Educator -material which is followed by the student material that consists of 4 chapters.
The structure of this module:
- Crank Up the Voltage and Get Coding! (90-120 min)
- Switch Stuff On and Off (90-120 min)
- Sense the Whole World (90-120 min)
- Let’s Move! (90-120 min)
The Educator material is divided as follows:
For the Educator - You are here right now. Essential preparations before teaching, installations and software, learning objectives and assessment.
Educator Intros are found in the beginning of every chapter and include the following things.
- Chapter Summary - A video about the chapter and learning objectives.
- Slides and Lesson Plans - Introductory Slides and possible lesson plans.
Educator Notes are placed in the material and include extra-information, right answers to the coding tasks, pedagogical tips and ideas for activities in the classroom.
Install Arduino to School Computers
Options for running the Arduino programming environment in Windows, Mac OSX, Linux:
Despite some differences Mehackit learning materials can be accomplished with other options than Arduino IDE, as well. The tutorial videos make use of Arduino IDE, which is thus highly recommended.
How To Install Arduino IDE?
Installing Arduino IDE is straight-forward but you might need administrator level rights to do the installation. Usually the IT support personnel in your school has these rights. If you need to give them the installation instructions, you can send them the links to Arduino website (below). Remember that you will have to do the installation for each computer used.
If the students use their own computers, please request that they download and install Arduino IDE before or on the first lesson.
Windows https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Windows Mac OSX https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/MacOSX Linux https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Linux Portable IDE (Linux /Windows) https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/PortableIDE Portable IDE does not require admin rights to the computer.