@cd2018hou-hou Hi Houghton how are you? Our next call is scheduled for next week, 24 July, where we will be discussing volunteers; what you can do to recruit and support them and other useful tips. Please feel free to mention any additional topics you think would be useful to cover.
You can see this and the schedule for future calls on the Community events calendar here: https://coderdojo.com/community-events/
@Ross-O-Neill our Community lead will be managing the call.
I am not sure if i am qualified enough to reply here as i AM a youth mentor but here we go:
In our dojo, we have a system in place with arm bracelets that works as follows:
White: attended 3 dojo’s
Yellow: create an outstanding project, complete an hour of code, …
Blue: Kid mentor: other members can ask these ninja’s for help during the dojo when they have a simple question or do not really want to take their issues to a busy mentor.
I used to be a kid mentor but when I turned 16, they asked me if I wanted to become a mentor (with a coderdojo T-shirt)
I feel like ninja’s (especially the “older ones”) are more likely to talk to someone younger when they have a question.
As a youth mentor I find it so satisfying to see my little AppInventor group growing sooo fast. My group is relatively small wich means I can work togheter with with them and we can all work on one project but I wouldn’t want to lose the abbility to work togheter with my ninja’s. I still learn every dojo and most of that i do by just listening to their conversations about their project.
To conclude: I think Youth mentors are a great thing but they should be given the opportunity to keep coding alongside other ninja’s if they wish to do so.
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@Nuala-McHale is right. I’ve been testing the integration with your token and it works The integration only trigger when an Eventbrite event is saved so you need to reclick “Save” in the Eventbrite event page and it’ll be visible in a few moment after on Zen
Regarding the image, I don’t have any issue changing the supporter image. Do you mean you don’t want to change it? If so, that’s fair, elsewhat could you post that image so I can test with it?
The reason we removed images from the description in the first place was to enforce the security through last year due to some concerns regarding the way the site was originally built. Alas we don’t have the time to rebuild everything everytime, and this is , literally, a bug : it should either be allowing images, or not at all. Like we said, we can consider letting the image being used back again as I believe it’s a more meaningful and better way to actually support “sponsors” images. cc @Conor-Murphy
Inclusivity is a core value of the CoderDojo movement. Dojos are encouraged to be accessible to youths from all backgrounds and to strive for gender parity.
Hi @Natasha-Cavanagh that’s great advice. I definitely think it’s really important to remember that every child is different and has different needs and that discussing what works for each child with their parents is a great approach rather than a one-size fits all mentality.
Regarding resources for children with visual impairments, CoderDojo London ran sessions with the RNIB which you can read more about here: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/06/29/making-coding-accessible-inclusive-and-fun-with-coderdojo-london/
Projects completed included:
Project 1 – “Spot the Difference” web accessibility puzzle by Recite Me. During this project, the kids had to identify and fix accessibility issues on web sites whilst learning about screen readers and web accessibility standards.
Project 2 – “Experimental Braille Communication device” – powered by the BBC micro:bit. During this project, the kids had to work together to solve a puzzle using basic electronics, programming and logic. The exercise was based around a Braille Cell and a BBC micro:bit with buzzer, USB cable, battery pack and alligator clips.
I know Cubetto has also been used at similar sessions, but is quiet expensive. I would love to hear what other resources young people with visual impairments are finding useful to learn coding skills
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Thank you, I haven’t considered all of these “issues”. I will do some more thinking.
I do however foresee it only working if its truly one on one
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Interesting. Thanks for the Link.
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