open educational resources

An updated OpenUK Kids Competition for 2020

OpenUK, the advocate organisation for Open Technology (open source software, open hardware and open data) in the UK, has revamped its Kids’ Competition due to the impact of school closures and the Coronavirus pandemic.

OpenUK Kids' Competition

A total of 400 MiniMU Glove kits each including a BBC micro:bit will be sent directly to participating kids in May, to help kids experiment and experience what can be achieved with the newly open sourced MiniMu gloves. Kits are being sent directly to kids to construct and they can then take part in fun activities designed to help them experiment and make music with the gloves.

A 10-episode animated series has also been designed by School Science Ambassador and 2020 EdTech Hall of Fame member David Whale, with curriculum related input from educationalist and Morrison’s Academy computer science teacher Pamela Boal. Each fun 10-minute episode has an activity for participating kids and will a friendly and fun introduction into open source, making music and developing other uses for the MiniMU glove. The aminated series has animation by Drawnalism and narration from voiceover artist Stephanie Bower.


Supplementing teaching in schools by employing free to low-cost, and open educational resources – London 30/07/2015 1

Open Educational ResourceThe BCS e-Learning SG and the BCS OSSG are hosting a talk on low-cost and open educational resources.

The event will be held on Thursday 30th July at BCS HQ – 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA from 5:00pm (registration) to 7:30pm. The talks will start at 5:30pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required.


Schools’ potential for large-scale resource investment and  employing dedicated technical staff to support technology enhanced learning is being increasingly constrained under current economic conditions.

The speaker will discuss past experiences as an IT professional, in combining free, low cost and Open Source platforms as technology “mashups”.

About Speaker

Tara McBride has worked as an IT professional for over 15 years, in the private sector for companies as diverse as IBM and CarGiant car-supermarket, and in both the primary and tertiary education sectors.  Tara is currently lecturing within the Digital Technology and Computing Department at GSM London.

Areas of interest surrounds the interface between business and computing, in particular how to enact ethical computing, and how to remove fear barriers to technology adoption.  She is currently trying to make her Raspberry Pi make her Raspberry Pie.