Author: Imen Taktak
Digital technologies provide us with a world of possibilities at our fingertips. Never before have we enjoyed so many opportunities to learn, exchange, participate and create. Yet, the Internet also opens up certain risks to its users – especially the most vulnerable ones, such as children: privacy concerns, cyberbullying, disinformation, exposure to potentially harmful content and predatory behaviours, to quote but a few.
We designed a STEM activity whose slogan “Together to have a better Internet” using the microcontroller micro:bit. In fact, we coded a Robot with three sensors for line fellower and one sensor for obstacle detector.
The obtacles are chosen according to the slogan.
In fact, when the robot detectes that there is a VIRUS or HACKER or SPYING, it stops with making a sound.
To disseminate our work, we have participated in one video conference organized by the ministry of education in Tunisia and my eTwinning PSA in the context of Safer Internet Day 2020. In fact, teachers and their students presented their activities which demonstrated their responsible use of the Internet and awareness of Internet dangers.
- Preparing the macket with the different objects:
- Coding the micro:bit: students write the different needed blocks and functions using the micro:bit simulator.
- Dissemination of the activity: by celebrating the Safer Internet Day 2020 through a video conference with educators from different regions in Tunisia under the leadership of the eTwinning PSA.
When we design this activity, we indicated that Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with. Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, maths, writing and confidence without forgetting the importance of practicing good netiquette.
We always want to come across as professional and mature especially when communicating online.