Community

Experimenting with new ways of learning in India

24 September 2020 · by vasu

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed approaches to teaching and learning around the world. We spoke to CoderDojo champions to find out how they are engaging learners in different ways. A willingness to experiment In India, we have been in touch with the community through regular calls, group discussions, and online meetups. One of the things that stood out was the community’s willingness to experiment and try new things. Suprio from CoderDojo SHAKTI shared, “When we were impacted by COVID-19 and Amphan, we did not know all the answers… 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

New beginnings at the Leusden Dojo

16 July 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Leusden Dojo champion, Martijn. We learned about how the Leusden Dojo is resuming face-to-face sessions, and the adaptations and opportunities related to this transition. A sense of community Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo in the Netherlands, which started running in October of last year. Despite being a relatively new Dojo, there is a very strong community spirit among its members. This sense of community was key to the club’s resilience throughout… 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

How the CoderDojo community in Japan has adapted to change

18 June 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

In early June, Lucia Manzitti, Head of Code Club UK and Ireland, caught up with Yohei Yasukawa, co-founder of the CoderDojo Japan Association regional body, via video conference (you can learn more about CoderDojo regional bodies here). Lucia learned about how the CoderDojo Japan Association has adapted its model to support the CoderDojo community in Japan to continue to learn and connect.   There are currently more than 210 CoderDojo clubs in Japan. As the coronavirus pandemic began to develop earlier this year, Yohei and the CoderDojo Japan Association team wanted to find a way to support their… Read More

Annual survey results 2019

12 June 2020 · by CoderDojo

Every year, the team at the CoderDojo Foundation carries out an annual survey. All verified Dojos from around the world are invited to tell us about their club and experiences.  Of course, a lot has changed since we conducted the annual survey in the autumn of last year. The restrictions have meant that most Dojos around the world are currently operating very differently to how they were before. As of May 2020, based on a sample of over 500 replies, we understand that roughly:  22% of Dojos are running their sessions online… Read More