Resources

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

Launching our new projects site

7 September 2018 · by Philip Harney

Since I started writing educational content for the CoderDojo Foundation in 2016, I have always been trying to find the best way to present our online content so that it’s simple and easy for you, our community members, to find what you need. Previously, I took small steps to improve individual aspects of our content platform. Today, after months of work and community testing, I’m pleased to let you know that we’re taking a big leap! We’ve moved almost all of our educational content to the projects site already used by Code Club and Raspberry Jams. This will provide 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

What you need to know about Scratch 3.0

2 August 2018 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo clubs around the world use Scratch both online and offline to enable young people to express themselves, create projects, try new things and learn along with their peers. Scratch has been a vital tool not only in developing creative learning, but in also teaching coding concepts and problem-solving skills. Yesterday the latest version of Scratch was released in Beta. Here are some of the exciting things you have to look forward to and what you need to know! 1. Scratch 3.0 Beta has just been released! From 1 August, you can try out the Beta… Read More

How to make your own CoderDojo Sign

15 July 2018 · by Nuala McHale

To celebrate 7 years of CoderDojo we decided we wanted to make a project which embodied the creative technology spirit of the movement! What better way to do that than making a giant electronic light up CoderDojo sign?  Brainstorming & adapting ideas Firstly we started brainstorming ideas. We came up with some ideas, asked our friends and colleagues if they had any ideas, looked what other people had made online and then decided on what we thought we could make. Here are some worksheets you can use to help you come up with… Read More