CoderDojo Erasmus+

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Our Erasmus+ project is called Training in ICT Programming Skills. One of the main aims of the project is to examine how evidence of learning gained by CoderDojo participants might be recognised. A large part of the initiative is listening to parents, mentors and organisers involved in the Dojo, finding out what the important issues are and developing resources based on this feedback. There are five partner organisations involved in the project, each focusing on different areas with results that will be published periodically during 2015-2017:

  • Cork Institute of Technology (CoderDojo CIT)
  • The CoderDojo Foundation
  • The Nerve Centre (Moville CoderDojo)
  • IBE (CoderDojo Poland)
  • Wimi5 (CoderDojo Bilbao)

By surveying the existing CoderDojo community, our partners are in the process of developing a CoderDojo International Toolkit. This will be a detailed set of recommendations, methodologies and guidelines covering all aspects of establishing and operating a CoderDojo Chapter.

Continued support from European programmes such as Erasmus+ is vital, and we also believe more could be done by both governments and European institutions to support informal coding activities as well as formal coding in schools. Introducing coding into school curricula is a huge step in the right direction, as is making ICT training compulsory for incoming teachers. Supporting programmes like CoderDojo, held outside of the formal education system, gives European institutions a viable avenue for ensuring more youth are exposed to coding in a meaningful and creative way. CoderDojo provides an opportunity for children to maintain and further develop an interest in coding whether it was gained from taking part in Code Week or from a computational thinking class in school.

Through our Erasmus+ project, our findings so far are that European institutions should:

  • Make the development of coding skills for youth a top priority
  • Recognise the place of coding not only in the formal education system but also in informal learning environments
  • Promote coding at a local level within their communities
  • Continue to highlight initiatives like CoderDojo and European Code Week and encourage all stakeholders to get involved

 

Erasmus+ Recommended Practice

The Recommended Practice is a set of guiding principles that Dojos can choose to meet. Styled in the ‘Sushi Card’ format, these guiding principles are to serve as a guide for new and existing Dojos wishing to meet best practice standards. On the other hand, a Recommended Practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved by other means.

 

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Recommended practice by dojos globally on how to recruit mentors and volunteers for your dojo.

Mentor Recruitment

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Recommended practice by dojos globally on how to develop your dojo with resources and tools.

Dojo Development

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Recommended practice by dojos globally in relation to child protection.

Child Protection

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Recommended practice by dojos globally on recognition of Ninjas within the Dojo.

Recognition

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Recommended practice by dojos globally on entrepreneurship among Ninjas within the Dojo.

Entrepreneurship

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Recommended practice by dojos globally on dissemination of content within the community.

Dissemination

Erasmus+ Published Reports

These Erasmus+ Reports our part of the intellectual outputs created by a number of the institutional partners.

 

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