EU Code Week

Register for Europe Code Week 10th – 18th of October 2015!

18 June 2015 · by Pete O'Shea

SAVE THE DATE – from the 10th – 18th of October 2015, Europe Code Week is returning for a third year! The objective of this week is to have millions of children, young adults, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policymakers come together in events and classrooms across Europe to learn to create with code! The aim is to show everyone how they can bring your ideas to life with code, by making programming more visible to people around the world. By demystifying these skills and bringing motivated people together to learn code at your CoderDojo you can take… Read More

Why Open Badges are important for the CoderDojo community.

16 April 2015 · by Pete O'Shea

What are they? Digital badges are becoming a popular way to acknowledge digital skills achieved by attendees at Dojos. They are an online representation of skills you have obtained. They are almost like a digital Scouts badge which are awarded once someone reaches a certain level or learns a particular skill. Open badges allow you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organisations whether online or off. Multiple achievements can be recorded on a single badge and can be displayed anywhere on the web. You can share them for many different reasons such as employment or education. They… Read More

Ten more CoderDojo clubs are to be set up over next twelve months in Ireland.

21 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Ten new CoderDojo clubs will be set up across Ireland over the next twelve months, bringing the total number up to more than 130. The announcement, which was part of the second EU Code Week, is being done in partnership with UPC. The locations of the new clubs hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but it’s believed that some of them will be set up in Dublin, Kildare and Limerick. Commenting on the announcement, the Global CEO of CoderDojo said that coding knowhow is becoming an important skill for young people in life, regardless of whether they use… Read More

Coding skills considered Equally Important as Mainstream Subjects

20 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Research carried out by Amarach Research for UPC For children growing up, computer coding is now widely considered by the public to be just as important as maths, science and languages – including Irish – research commissioned by UPC Ireland has identified, marking the current EU Code Week 11th – 17th October. In the research, carried out for UPC among 1,000 people (aged over 16 years) by Amarach Research, 2 in 3 people said that learning computer code is equally as important as learning mainstream subjects including Business, Geography, Music, History, Art, Irish, Science, Languages, Maths and English. Read More

Calls for coding and computer science to be prioritised in Irish schools!

20 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Junior education minister Ciaran Cannon said his colleagues and government needs to prioritise the inclusion of coding and computer science in the school curriculum or risk children falling behind. A new survey found 2/3 of adults believe coding is as equal importance as maths, science and languages. 3/4 of parents said they would send their kids to coding club, like those run by CoderDojo, if they were available in their area. Watch the full broadcast by Will Goodbody via RTE News Here!… Read More

The European Coding Initiative, All You Need is Code, launched as part of the EU Code Week!

17 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

 Join today and explore the first industry-driven, localised online platform in Europe to promote coding education: Students, teachers, developers or anyone curious about coding will find resources, tools, tutorials, training information on local coding clubs, and much more to get started. The website was launched today by VP Neelie Kroes, during the European Coding Initiative launch. The event featured a Q&A session with “All You Need Is Code” role models and premiere of “All You Need is Code” campaign video. 6-year old pupils were asked questions by VP Kroes and showed their passion and enthusiasm for coding,… Read More