Over the past nine months, Code Club and CoderDojo have teamed up to run a series of community calls. In this blog Kat shares some of her favourite sessions, and gives a sneak peak of our new series of online workshops.
In March 2020, we took to the internet in search of a way to support coding clubs who wanted to continue running. Our solution was a series of community calls to share tips and ideas, offer practical examples, and give you the opportunity to ask your questions!
Twenty one calls, 720 attendees, and lots of fruitful discussions later, here are some of the sessions we loved the most.
Taking your first steps
In the ‘Ways to restart your Code Club’ session we covered the online, remote, and in-person options for your club, to help you decide which might be the best fit for you.
Rohima shared her perspective as a club volunteer, and talked through how she prepared to run both in-person and online sessions.
As Code Clubs around the world went online, we delved into the challenges and also unexpected benefits of running online sessions.
Our ‘Tools and software for running an online club’ is a great watch for anyone who is starting to plan online sessions. Check it out to discover the pros and cons of some popular video conferencing and live streaming tools.
In the ‘Best practice for online sessions’ call you can find important safeguarding information, ideas on how to prepare for your session, and useful tips from a club leader.
Build your skills
Over the summer we ran three training sessions on Scratch, HTML, and Python. I particularly loved the Scratch session, which had lots of tips to help you take your Scratch learning further in your club.
You can find all the recordings of our previous calls on our GoToStage channel.
Join our NEW 2021 series of online workshops
There are three upcoming online workshops, so make sure to register if you’d like to join us. We’ll be discussing:
- Three ways to run your coding club, Thursday 21 January, 12pm GMT
- Five coding concepts you can teach with Scratch, Thursday 4 February, 6pm GMT
- How to design projects with young people, Thursday 25 February, 4pm GMT
Can’t make those times? Don’t worry! Everyone who registers will be sent a recording, so you can always catch up later.