20th March 2020
3 free online coding courses for volunteers!
Learning a new skill can be a great way to stay positive and motivated, particularly during challenging times. That’s why our online courses are ideal for volunteers looking to upskill.
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:
- 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.
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 7 December.
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.
You can see our full list of courses on our FutureLearn page. Take the opportunity to learn some new skills today!