All about the Calliope mini
Why did we develop the Calliope mini? Why is the Calliope mini particularly suitable for use at school? And what exactly is the Calliope mini? What is on the board and what do the most important components do?
An important part of our work involves networking among teachers and supporting the Open Educational Resources movement so that teachers can help themselves with freely available information and documents.
Convincing the college
You think the Calliope mini is great and would like to use it at your school? Then it is helpful to find fellow students. Here we have put together some materials that might be helpful in your work with colleagues and answer related questions.
Calliope mini - what is it?
There are single-board computers that you can use to solve problems, implement ideas or just to create fun projects using code and hardware.
The Calliope mini is designed to be used by children from the third grade on.
What makes it so special?
Here's a detailed description: what input and output options are there?
What more do I need?
The Calliope mini is not a complete computer - it's a microcontroller. In order for the mini to do what it is told, you need a programming environment. You can write programs in this environment and then transfer them to the Calliope mini.
We call this programming environment the Editor. Whether you use it on a mobile or desktop computer, there are different ways to program the Calliope mini. Take a closer look at the different editors and find the right one for your project.
Where can I buy the Calliope mini?
We produce in Germany and sell the Calliope mini internationally through a variety of dealers.
Open Educational Resources (OER) and Calliope mini
"OER, (...), means teaching and learning materials that can be freely used, copied, modified and republished as conventional teaching and learning materials". This is what it says in the brochure "Offene Bildungsressourcen in der Praxis" from the Media Authority of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. For us, this means that we make sure that we provide our community with projects and teaching materials on our website that are openly licensed. In cooperation with partners, the open licensing of the resulting materials is a prerequisite for us. This can be seen, for example, in the Arbeitshefte vom Cornelsen Verlag, but also in the online teacher training "Calliope mini erfolgreich in der Schule einsetzen".
Here you can find information and a material template for creating your own Open Educational Resources.
The Calliope mini-community
When you work with the Calliope mini, you are probably breaking new ground in some areas. This makes it all the more important to exchange ideas with other people, for example about the best projects you've done with your class, the best way to explain the concept of the loop, or to find out where to get the right sensor for your planned project. This is what the Calliope Forum is for.
If you want to exchange project ideas hackster.io or - if you want to have a closer look at the technical details or want to help improving the mini - have a look at github.
And of course we'll be happy to answer questions from the community and are looking forward to receiving projects you want to submit email to the Calliope team.
Codename to elementary school already?
We have summarized five reasons why - from our point of view - coding belongs in primary school.
But not only in primary school, but also in secondary schools, coding is an important part of contemporary education. After all, school is the place where the knowledge and skills needed by responsible citizens are taught in social settings. An important component of this is the experience of self-efficacy. An insight that we always wish for when working with the mini: "I can determine what a computer does. And last but not least: " I can help shape the digital world!"
What do others say?
At the end of 2016 the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs adopted the strategy paper “Bildung in der digitalen Welt”. This strategy of the KMK quickly got the education system moving. Why? Because all federal states were asked to develop a response to this paper. The KMK strategy makes it clear that digital education cannot just start in secondary school.
Prepared information about the Calliope project
There are many different reasons why you might need support for your own project: as help in class, as a financial supporter or simply to strengthen your back. Here we have put together various materials that you can use when you want to tell others about the mini.
On the next page we connect the Calliope mini to the power and prepare for coding. Preparation for coding