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Three tips for planning your next CoderDojo session

11 September 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

While many Dojos have been on hold for the past few months, some clubs are now planning to resume their sessions — either in person, online, or by sending activities for their Ninjas to try at home. You can read about the three main options for resuming your sessions here. We want to make that journey as seamless as possible. We hope that you will find the following tips helpful! Promote your Dojo Many Dojos use social media to promote their club and to showcase the activities that they… Read More

Restarting your sessions? Here’s how the Owari Dojo became more resilient

4 September 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Katz is the champion of the Owari Dojo Recently, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Katz — the champion of the Owari Dojo in Japan. Katz shared with us his experience of running online sessions, the challenges his Dojo has faced, and his recent experience of returning to in-person sessions. Learning from others When Japan went into lockdown earlier this year, Katz looked at ways that his Dojo members could continue to connect, learn, and have fun. It was clear that online sessions were the safest and most effective way to… Read More

Three options for running your CoderDojo sessions

28 August 2020 · by Nuala McHale

This year, the global CoderDojo community has had to adapt to a host of new circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite many Dojos around the world having to pause their sessions earlier this year, a remarkable number of clubs found new and innovative ways to learn, connect, and have fun. You may be wondering how to restart your CoderDojo sessions, so we want to share three key options with you, and highlight some things to consider about each option. These three options are: in-person sessions, online sessions, and remote activities. In-person sessions… Read More

Resources to help you get #BackToDojo in 2020

19 August 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

It’s been a year unlike any other; like many others, the global CoderDojo community has had to adapt to a whole host of new circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite many Dojos around the world having to pause their sessions earlier this year, a remarkable number of clubs found new and innovative ways to learn, connect, and have fun. Almost 22% of Dojos polled in May reported that they were running online sessions — with many others sending out activities to their Ninjas and keeping in touch with their mentors.  The focus… Read More

How the Vsetín Dojo welcomed change and made new connections

6 August 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Petra is the champion of the Vsetín Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Vsetín Dojo champion, Petra. She shared with us how their Dojo made new connections during lockdown and has started the process of meeting again in person. Petra’s library-based Dojo in the Czech Republic has been running since May 2019 and the group was still finding its feet when the lockdown was imposed earlier this year. Initially, they didn’t organise anything online — as a parent, Petra knew how busy the Ninjas and their parents were with… Read More

How can Dojos run during a global pandemic?

10 July 2020 · by Nuala McHale

Over the last four months I have been asking this question and I have been amazed by the enthusiasm and perseverance shown by CoderDojo volunteers around the world.  Volunteers thoughtfully decided when it was right for them to pause hosting their in-person sessions in their country. Some began sending resources to parents (like our step-by-step projects, or Digital Making at Home videos). Others recorded code-along videos. One in five clubs told us that they are hosting live online sessions so young people can continue coding creative… Read More