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International Language Instructions now available for download

Unfortunately, due to packaging and manufacturing restrictions we are only able to include the English version of the instructions with the game, however we understand people want to read the instructions in their native language, so for our international customers we have converted the Bits and Bytes instructions into the following foreign languages.

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Bits and Bytes popping up all over the world

Since the success of BETT show 2015 we (us denizens of Bits & Bytes Tower) have been excited to see the photos coming through from fans of the game and it’s great to see they are from all over the world – UK, USA, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and many more. All over the world children are learning computational thinking (a fundamental requirement for learning computer coding) and all by playing Bits and Bytes.

Here are a few of the many pictures.

[slider animation=”slide” slide_time=”4000″ slide_speed=”500″ slideshow=”true” random=”true” control_nav=”true” prev_next_nav=”true” no_container=”true”] [slide] [image src=”http://www.bitsandbytes.cards/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/10451141_1541457839443943_6631621599548084936_n.jpg” alt=”2nd graders in New York City learning computational thinking by having fun playing Bits and Bytes” type=”thumbnail”] 2nd graders in New York City learning computational thinking by having fun playing Bits and Bytes [/slide] [slide] [image src=”http://www.bitsandbytes.cards/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/10904577_1537596759830051_7661068221724878246_o.jpg” alt=”It’s too hot in Australia for the children to be playing outside so they are inside playing Bits and Bytes” type=”thumbnail”] It’s too hot in Australia for the children to be playing outside so they are inside playing Bits and Bytes [/slide]  [slide] [image src=”http://www.bitsandbytes.cards/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/10968531_1542620149327712_6667154785180940405_n.jpg” alt=”A code club in the North East of Scotland are teaching computational thinking by playing Bits and Bytes” type=”thumbnail”] A code club in the North East of Scotland are teaching computational thinking by playing Bits and Bytes [/slide] [/slider]

 

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Visit us at the BETT show 2015

Visit Games 4 Learning, the makers of Bits & Bytes, at the BETT Show 2015.

Games 4 Learning are presenting Bits & Bytes to the education technology world at the BETT Show 2015.

Bett Show 2015

We’ve been selected as part of the BETT Future cohort – it’s the BETT exhibition’s purpose built home for the world’s most inspiring ed-tech start-ups – and that includes us! And on Saturday (24th January) our founder and creator of Bits and Bytes, Andrew Mills, will be giving a ten minute talk on the importance of “learning offline”. You can learn more about BETT Futures by clicking here.

As it is the first time we’ve attended the BETT show we’ve got a lot in store to share with you. Exciting developments this year include…

  • Availability of Bits and Bytes on tablet devices (i.e. iPads).
  • We’re creating a end to end cycle of learning with Bits & Bytes at the core, including our own version of Scratch.
  • Later in 2015 we’re releasing another version of Bits & Bytes especially targeting KS2 children.

So please visit us and have a chat.

For all of the schools currently using and enjoying Bits & Bytes we’d love to hear from you too – it’s a great opportunity to catch up.

Come and visit us on stand BFS18 (in the BETT Futures area) any time from Wednesday 21st January to Saturday 24th January 2014.

Don’t miss a thing!

Keep up to date with all of the latest news! Join the conversation at https://www.facebook.com/bitsandbytescards or https://twitter.com/bitsbytes_cards.

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Where can you buy Bits & Bytes

Bits and Bytes is available in 26 countries across Europe on Amazon – Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.

You can view the Amazon UK listing here.

We are currently in talks with resellers and distributors around the world and we hope to make further announcements in the next month or two.

If you would prefer not to buy from Amazon (or you live outside of Europe) then you can buy direct from ourselves here.

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Bits and Bytes has arrived

At long last, we are pleased to announce the first shipment of Bits and Bytes (the card game that teaches children the fundamentals of computer coding) has arrived. We are currently distributing the hundreds of pre-orders of the game – so if you are one of the many people who have pre-ordered the game then please bear with us as we get your game out to you (we’ve sent out nearly half of the orders so far).

If you missed out on pre-ordering the game then the game is now available for purchase from Amazon. We have been told that as of today (Wednesday 10th December) Bits and Bytes is available in 26 countries across Europe on Amazon – Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.

We are continuing talks with distribution partners in other countries to get Bits & Bytes out to as many of you as possible and we will let you know here and on our Facebook page when we have news on new partners.

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The first sample set has arrived

And we think it looks great!

The quality of card is great and the images are vivid. Since it arrived we have taken it in to a few schools for their opinion of the quality and the feedback has been fantastic. The kids are going to love playing Bits & Bytes. We’ve attached a few photos below…

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BBC features Bits & Bytes

Last week was a great week for Bits & Bytes. The crowd funding campaign continued to go from strength to strength and publicity around the game grew to the point that BBC chose to feature Bits & Bytes in a news story about the tools primary schools are using to children to learn code. Fantastic kudos for Bits & Bytes.

I thought the story was great. The way the children’s faces are alive and they are clearly engaged. Also I thought there were a couple of “takeaways” that most people would probably have missed. I want to caveat this by saying any tool that empowers children into coding (and creates a diverse and creative audience for coding) is great. With that said, I couldn’t help but notice in the news story when they showed the children using Scratch on their computers they were quiet. Yes they were engaged with their screens – but is it just me who finds that odd, especially for children in KS1? Do we really want children to be learning in solitude with their eyes glued to their screens? The other tool featured were the Bee-Bots, which are great – but it was obvious from the news story that only a couple of children can use them at any time and they cost £60 each. Seems like an expensive option.

Of course, I am biased. But I love the way the children were playing with Bits & Bytes. Eyes wide open. Collaborating. Laughing. Studying their next move. And all at the same time learning the fundamentals of computer coding. Best of all, it costs £15 (early bird price) for one game of Bits & Bytes that four children can play at the same time.

You can watch the news story above.

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Reflecting on the crowd funding campaign to date

With FOUR days to go, and considering it’s a Sunday, I thought I would reflect on the past few weeks of running the crowd funding campaign. I’ll save my comments on Indiegogo for another blog post (they have been a bit of a nightmare unfortunately – but the campaign has succeeded despite them).

One week before the campaign went live everything was finally in place (the website was finished, manufacturer ready, etc). That was when I started the Facebook and Twitter presence to raise awareness and help communicate our achievements over the campaign (and don’t worry we’ll continue to use social media in the future to keep people aware of what we’re doing).

The campaign started with close friends and family contributing and as the days passed others spread the word and more people contributed. Leading people in the field of technology and education have supported Bits & Bytes. It’s been amazing to watch and I wasn’t quite sure it would be a success but WOW!

With 4 days to go we’ve raised 125% of the target, generated almost 150 games to donate to primary schools in the UK, have nearly 300 followers on Twitter, over 100 people liking Bits & Bytes on Facebook, have been interviewed/article written for four different publications, sold the game to Germany, USA, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and of course the UK.

All this and the game is still to come (late October). Imagine what might happen once we have the game and it’s been made possible because of you guys and our supporters. So a big thank you from me and pat yourself on the back from me. Thanks again.