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Covid Update – CoderDojoTo move to online model

By | classes, News, Volunteers

While we are not currently running in person workshops we still strive to provide young learners with mentorship so they can continue enjoy a love of computing.

CoderDojo is now offering online office hours where your child can have a 1:1 video chat with a CoderDojo mentor.
The mentor can guide your child through some online coding lessons or give advice about coding projects.

– Is your child interested in coding, but doesn’t know where to start?
– Does your child have a personal coding project that they need some guidance with?
– Or do you think your child might benefit from a chat with real coders?

Email us with suggested times and the ares of coding interest that your child has.
We’ll arrange a video office hour with you – please note, that 1:1 mentorship requires that the parent is in the room.

Additionally, we will be resuming regular monthly events in Spring 2021.

Are you a mentor who is interesting in joining our team to support office hours?
Let us know and we will be in touch with more details.

Thank you for your interest,

The CoderDojo Toronto team

Session Debrief Minutes: May 14th

By | blog, Volunteers

After each session, we hold a quick (<10min) mentor debrief to see what wins were made that day, introduce any new ideas to work on, and examine what didn’t work.

BIG WINS:
The greatest take away from this session was not a coding win, but a breakthrough with a smarter than average student. This young coder had been to 3 sessions, and brought his C++ coding manual to work through. His heart was already committed to the language, but he was having a struggle advancing quickly. His friends, family, and teachers were not equipped to teach him the language – and likewise – he was having little luck finding his coding community, unable to convince his friends to take on the task of hard-core coding. That few mentors were able to help in meaningful ways was getting the team down – how do we support this coder before he loses interest? The solution was in asking what they wanted to do. The answer was surprising. This young person felt they were letting people down by not having a project that was showing progress. We unpacked, over cake, how important it is to find your coding peers, as they will help push you along in projects – but we also unpacked that C++ is daunting for many programmers – and that even though Scratch might seem like a step backward, that learning to use the programming functions there can help communicate progress to others much more quickly. From beginning to end, we can make a game that people can play in an hour. After a big sigh about what it meant to take that step to a more junior programming language we went back to the computer and got programming. Looking forward to big things from this keen and altruistic learner who wants to learn code to improve his life, and to share it with friends and loved ones.

Other notes from mentors to keep improving our events and program:

BEFORE THE EVENT:
☐ Have a formalized “setup” and “teardown” list to ensure we don’t miss anything when setting up
☐ Update the table layouts guide with the correct layouts
☐ Add question about coding interest area to Eventbrite registration
☐ Print out attendee info from Eventbrite
☐ Convert Scratch activities to Python

DURING THE EVENT:
☐ Have “Activity of the Day” table fully set up and demoing before learners arrive
☐ Have lessons folders set out on the pods before learners arrive

 

By: M. Leslie Bent

Volunteer Position: Curriculum Designer

By | Volunteers

CoderDojo Toronto is looking to for a designer who is interested in solving problems. We have a handful of resources that would benefit from a graphic style alignment, and could be improved for ease of use. This is a 10 – 15 hour onhealthy volunteer position, and can be attributed to any college program with approval from professor.

Skills:
Ability to organize information
Ability to create a simple design style appropriate for young audience

For more information – contact hi@coderdojo.ca or find us on twitter @coderdojoto