Review: Bits & Bytes

A UKEdChat Product Review

Bits & Bytes

£17.95*
7.9

Educational

8.8/10

Easy to Understand

7.5/10

Design

8.6/10

Entertaining

6.8/10

Pros

  • Simple design aimed at KS1/2
  • Allows an understanding of coding, without the computer!
  • Suitable for use at school or home

Cons

  • May be too simple for pupils already used to a basic level of coding

Coding for beginners isn’t easy. All too often we throw young children in to the digital deep end by presenting them with some complex coding platform, which often requires other IT skills that the children may or may not have. We also often miss the important computational and skip over the thinking skills which under pins good programming.

The Bits & Bytes card game is designed to build the thinking skills which are so vital for good coding before the pupil even uses a computer. The beautifully designed cards form a game where the players must help the characters return to their home planet and avoid programming ‘bugs’. The children must build sequences of commands to achieve their goals using simple directions such as turn left/right and go forward. The game is very simple, but this encourages logical, sequential thinking, which forms the basis of all coding.

The game is designed for 4-11 year olds and reflects the changes to the National Curriculum for England.

The game can be purchased from Amazon at £17.95. Bits and Bytes by exhibiting at BETT 2015 at BFS18 in the Futures area.

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