For Parents

4 future-proof skills, and how Dojos promote them

19 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Thanks to the TriValley CoderDojo team for letting us adapt a blog post written by Dojo volunteer, Kalyn, so we can share their insights here. You can read their post on the TriValley CoderDojo website. CoderDojo is unique in many ways, not least of which is that, beyond coding and confidence with technology, it fosters a variety of so-called soft skills. Such skills help people successfully navigate their environment, effectively perform tasks, and interact meaningfully with others, Although… Read More

CoderDojo Foundation report Q1 and Q2 2018

17 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

The first half of 2018 was incredibly busy for us, from taking over the running of Coolest Projects International, to focusing on developing resources for new and existing Dojos! We verified 363 new Dojos in this period, a 24% increase that brings the grand total of active Dojos worldwide to 1860 spread across 95 countries. From everyone at the CoderDojo Foundation, we want to extend a huge welcome to all new Dojos and volunteers to the global community!  Click through to download our Q1 and Q2 report as a… Read More

Encouraging computational thinking offline with Unplugged activities

13 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Unplugged activities are coding and coding-related activities that don’t require a computer. Lots of these are computational thinking tasks; learning to look at, break down, and design solutions to problems in the same way computer programmers do. These short activities are fantastic to introduce in your Dojo as icebreakers to help new Ninjas feel relaxed or as warm up activities to get everybody in the mood for some cool digital making! Longer ones can be good activities either for a change of pace or for Ninjas who may be too young to code on a computer. The following… Read More

We’re hiring a Communications & Engagement Coordinator!

12 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Communications & Engagement Coordinator Salary range: €27,500 – €30,000 p.a. Location: Dublin Contract: Initially 6 month with potential for permanency Hours: Full-time, part-time, or flexible Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in Ireland and travel to the UK About Us The CoderDojo Foundation is a Dublin-based educational charity that works to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code and create with technology. We do this through supporting the volunteer-led CoderDojo movement. Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a… Read More

Try out these Dojo Icebreakers

5 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Why use Icebreakers at your Dojo? In a group setting, such as a Dojo, icebreakers can play an important role in helping young people learn about and connect with one another. They enhance the mentoring and learning experience by encouraging cooperation and friendships in the group. The benefits of starting a session with ice-breakers include: Helping a new group get to know one another. Helping new members to integrate into a group. Encouraging cooperation. Encouraging listening to others. Developing social skills. Read More

How to Create & Promote your #BackToDojo event!

29 August 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Many CoderDojo clubs who took a break over the summer are preparing to return #BackToDojo. During this time we’ve made booking tickets into your Dojo simpler for parents on the CoderDojo platform (Zen). Dojo events are easier to discover, the booking process is better at handling group bookings and more! This ensures that parents will have a great experience finding and booking into your next event! Once you are registered as a Dojo Champion, or have been given Dojo Admin rights, you can create events (and recurring events) as shown below.  … Read More