3 free online courses to keep you busy!

Many people around the world are currently practicing social distancing on account of the coronavirus situation. While this is a challenging time for all of us, it is important to stay busy, positive and think to the future. Learning a new skill is a great way to do this! That’s why our online courses are ideal during this time.

Reasons to try a course

The courses on offer are based around various aspects of computer science and digital making. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a more seasoned programmer, there is something there for you. On top of this, all of the courses are:

  • FREE
  • short in duration
  • completed from the comfort of your own home
  • supported by Raspberry Pi Foundation team members
  • sociable! You will learn alongside a cohort of other like-minded people 

Who are the courses for?

The courses are for anyone who would like to learn more about the topics on offer. They are particularly useful for CoderDojo volunteers looking to improve their knowledge, and for parents looking to keep young people busy at home. The courses are also perfect for educators looking to up-skill.

3 recommendations for members of the CoderDojo community 

1. Programming 101: An Introduction to Python

This awesome course is ideal for anyone looking for a basic introduction to Python. You will explore basic programming concepts such as sequencing and repetition, produce your own program to solve a simple problem, and much more! This course is available now.

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2. Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python

With this course, you’ll develop your knowledge of simple electronics and computing, using the Raspberry Pi and Python. Not only will you get an introduction to the Raspberry Pi, you’ll also get to play around with LED’s! If you have this equipment at home and haven’t tried it out yet, then now is the perfect time. This course is available from 30 March. 

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3. Scratch to Python: Moving from Block- to Text-based Programming

Most CoderDojo Ninjas begin their coding journey with Scratch, and the transition to text-based programming can be a challenge for some. We spoke about overcoming this challenge in another blog piece from last October

With this course, you’ll explore how you can transfer programming and thinking skills from Scratch to Python. You’ll also be given tools to support children’s learning. This course is perfect for CoderDojo volunteers, or parents of young people, who are looking to progress their learning at home. This course is available now.

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You can see our full list of courses on our FutureLearn page. Take the opportunity to learn some new skills today!

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