Improving volunteers’ experience and development

17 May 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Volunteers are the backbone of CoderDojo — without the thousands of people who have given their time and skills over the last ten years, CoderDojo simply would not exist. We want everyone who volunteers with us to have a great experience, irrespective of where they are, how long they are involved, or their specific role. In line with this, we are working to improve the CoderDojo volunteer experience for current and future volunteers. Community input Over the coming months, we will be developing additional training resources specifically for CoderDojo volunteers. We’d like you to help shape them. To… Read More

5 free online courses to learn powerful new skills

16 May 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Learning new skills is a key motivation for a quarter of volunteers who get involved in CoderDojo. Our online training courses provide a practical way for you to learn new skills when it suits you. Afterwards, you can practise and develop these skills in your Dojo, which means even more people can benefit. Find out about some of our online courses below. The courses are available on demand on the FutureLearn platform, so you can join at any time and get free, time-limited access by selecting the ‘Join with limited access’ option when you register. Choose one to… Read More

New resources, with something for all ages

11 April 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Our latest resource round-up has something for everyone — from young coders just starting out on their learning journeys, to more experienced coders, to Dojo volunteers. Beginner’s luck  For younger coders attending a Dojo for the first time, our platform Code Club World is a great place to start learning to create with code. It has concise written instructions, and its mobile-friendly nature means it’s a fantastic choice for the beginners in your Dojo. One champion in the United States described it as “an amazing resource for starting kids”. Read More

5 tips for resuming in-person sessions

23 March 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Many of you are planning to run an in-person Dojo session soon — perhaps your first in a long time. We are here to help you! In this blog you will find five useful tips for returning to face-to-face sessions. 1. Check local health authority guidance Before you schedule a session you will need to check the guidance of your local health authorities and confirm that indoor in-person events can take place. You should check whether there are restrictions regarding the type of activity, as well as any concerning your venue. Read More

Three resources for teaching text-based programming

4 March 2022 · by Amy O'Meara

Are you planning to run a Dojo session soon? Do you want some new project ideas to try with your Ninjas? You may remember our post about moving young people from block- to text-based programming and how this can open up new creative opportunities for young coders: this is because there are things that only text-based programming can do.  In this blog post, we will explore the text-based programming language, Python, and share three resources to help you teach it. People often compare text-based programming to learning a language. Read More

5 steps to independent project making 

25 February 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Develop learners skills, creativity and independence in five steps; using Coolest Projects Global as their motivation! The online project showcase and live-streamed ceremony celebrates all levels of websites, games, apps, hardware, and Scratch projects by young creators up to 18 years of age. If it’s possible for you to run some online or in-person sessions between now and 11 May, use Coolest Projects Global to inspire their creativity! You could also email the parents of your Dojo attendees about this opportunity. Imagine Encourage young people to start thinking about project… Read More