We understand that going online to run a Code Club session might be making you feel a little nervous. We’re here to support you every step of the way on this new learning journey. Check out our new guidance on online sessions, and read on to hear top tips and words of advice from Code Club educators around the world.
After a summer break, Meriden Code Club are back running online club sessions on Zoom. They shared these words of encouragement:
“For people worried about starting something online, or doing anything different with their club, a tip would be to just try it; people won’t expect perfection from day one and you’ll learn so much about what works for you and your club.”
Leeds Libraries created a multilevel game at their online Code Club session. We asked what their top three tips would be:
- Make content available in a range of formats and on different platforms to allow as much accessibility to participants as possible.
- Create projects with flexible goals in mind to allow for different skill sets and interpretations.
- Encourage creativity! If a coder wants to try something different to what you had in mind, let them run with it. You’ll be amazed at what they come up with.
Slow your sessions down
Nicola from Code Club Australia has given some advice on how the pace of your Code Club may change:
“Talk and progress through the lesson much slower than you would face to face, and explain every detail (otherwise you’ll have to repeat it, many times).”
Adjust your Code Club start time
Adam runs Fleetville Code Club and has been running online Code Club sessions, using Scratch and Minecraft. Adam shared his advice to help your online sessions run more smoothly:
- Assume your first session is going to be all about getting people set up on their computers. The students might use Scratch at school, but getting it running at home at the same time as a Zoom call takes a little getting used to.
- An after-school online club session will need to start a bit later than an in-school club since the children need to get home ( now many schools have staggered leaving times).
- Students are just as thrilled by receiving online certificates as they are by the paper equivalents – use the Code Club ones or prepare some of your own.
If you are running online sessions and want to share your tips with the rest of the community, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to pass them on.