Zen Platform Discussion
Software Engineers, @Daniel-Brierton and @Guillaume-Feliciano have made some awesome design and feature improvements to the Community Platform recently including:
New “My Dojos” page design! (check it out!)
New “My Children” page design
New “Contact Dojo Members” functionality! (amazing! )
And you can now check a badges criteria before awarding them by clicking on the specific badge (as you can see from my nifty gif) on the Badges page here!
You can hear Daniel talk about some of these updates at a recent mentor meet up here.
If you have any feedback on these new updates and features be sure to let us know, or if there is a specific feature you think it would be great to have, or any other ideas for improving the platform let us know!
@Ricarda-Trumpf @Ruma-Singh @Manuel-Menezes-de-Sequeira @Ruth-Willenborg @Ippei-Sumida @Karen-Mc-Carthy @Mark-Weinreuter @Rupert-Davis @Laura-Brandolini @David-Cahill @Fabrizio-Tringali @Courtney-Lambert
As a selection of the platforms most active users we would love to hear what you all think
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We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Rosa & The CoderDojo Foundation Team
We apply quite a strict schedule in our ticketing system. We use EventBrite to handle the ticketing, where we give access codes to the kids who were present in the previous session and those who were on the waiting list for the previous session. These links with access codes are distributed through some MailChimp lists that I keep up to date for each session. You can see the timeline below. It probably looks a bit complex, but it seems to work well and it’s the only way I’ve found to properly deal with the high demand we are dealing with (we tend to have a waiting list of half our capacity, which is only counting kids who were actively added to the list that month…)
As you can probably imagine, this requires a decent amount of work from my side. But in the past two years I haven’t really had any complaints about this system, even though I specifically asked about it in a feedback survey. People tend to feel it is an honest system that gives them a sufficient amount of time to register. So for me that’s worth it.
I haven’t looked into Zen yet, even though I’ve been wanting to do that in the past…
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Thanks for the quick response I have initiated contact
CoderDojo Modena - Italy collects datas in a file Excel:
I did a very simple Web Site with a few good functionalities
on the left side:
At the moment, we can manage quite well our Events with these instruments I created.
We should make more functionalties, but I don’t get much help from the other Mentors who are too busy to grant a highter commitment.
Ninjas ask us for more Events, but it is difficult for us to arrange more than 1 event per month. it is a pitty, but we are all very busy.
By the way, during the events, we always have much fun and learn a lots of interesting and exciting things.
ABOVE ALL, BE COOL
Champion an Co-Founder
CoderDojo Modena (Italy)
@Karen-Wellington Hi Karen, I think this is a superb suggestion. In the larger cities, that have multiple groups it would definitely give potential mentors more scope for planning on taking the step. Also, in rural area,s, it could be used for setting up a time slot that does not coincide with a neighbouring group. And many more benefits I would imagine.
Hi @Karen-Wellington actually do you mean an image on the page itself, like a gallery image to show what the Dojo is like? Currently this is not possible. However, eventually we are hoping to let the feed from authorised sources to be integrated on to a profile. For example if you specify an url of the main social media channel you use for your Dojo (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram) it would create an integration of the feed and show up on your Dojo profile page once we had the source verified.
This way we wouldn’t have to waste time skimming through Dojo pages for inappropriate content as this would be done by the host sites (eg. Facebook).
The more community demand there is for this feature the higher it will be prioritised. So if this is something other Champions or community members think is important, feel free to say so below so development time can be allocated accordingly.
Also if you know nodejs please feel free to contribute on our open source platform on github and create a pull request for this or other issues.
That’s an interesting idea and it definitiely match our goals in term of protection of the youth. We’re booked in term of dev planning until May, so we’ll have time to discuss its potential implementation pro/cons until then
And please do, open a github issue !
@Zita-Daniel-Nad no problem at all Zita thanks for letting us know!
@Ross-ONeill Yes of course, pls do add me!
Sorry for delayed reply.
How do I show that someone else is now champion of my dojo in zen?
I have sent myself an invitation to join our dojo and I was wondering if it would be possible and useful to change it a wee bit.
I personally, but that could be just me, dislike the “Hi there”.
Then it is inviting people to become parents?! That sounds a tad strange, maybe invite them to join local dojo on coderdojo platform? Or something similar?
Also to confuse non techy parents less, can we have our own logo from the dojo page? Can it say join dojo online rather than new dojo?
I am in My Dojo, looking at lists of attendees I cannot see anything. Would it be possible to have a parent name visible along with displaying the badges of the attendees? I am telling all the parents to join because I thought once they do and I or another mentor award badges, then all in Dojo would be able to see the achievements.
Once I clicked on attendee name this comes up and the drop down only has 1 option - badges, the rest is gone…
Thanks for the excellent communication and hard work.
that was great.
Now i have sent myself an invitation to join our dojo and I was wondering if it would be possible and useful to change it a wee bit.
Yes, you can award badges without using the Zen ticketing platform. To add evidence, just type into the text field that appears after selecting a badge. For example, if you were awarding the 5 sessions badge, just enter something like “Attended 5 sessions at [Dojo Name]”, or if awarding the HTML Beginner, something like “Demonstrated a knowledge of X, Y and Z by building a website about [some topic]” or “Completed the HTML Beginner Sushi Card”.
The belt system does not currently have a digital equivalent and is not something currently on our roadmap. We are always reviewing our plans based on community feedback, but are a very small team, so I apologise that this isn’t something we can prioritise at the moment.
Hope this helps!
@Daniel-Brierton I will try to explain…
SO I may need to see who is in the room, I click my room name. Then I want to give kids all a badge so I click kids in the room…
I like your idea of sorting by ticket name and type. Super!
Also can we have a filter to have all the kids displayed, not all separated by age.
@Daniel-Brierton Thank you.
Note to self: Must learn to read EVERYTHING…
And you can view the entire slide deck here! https://decks.coderdojo.com/dojocon-2016-zen/
Sure thing! Here’s a GIF showing how to do it:
Just select the user, hit the menu button on the bottom right in the action bar, and check the checkbox for Dojo Admin. As previously noted, be aware that this will allow users with Dojo Admin rights to edit your Dojo listing, so ensure you trust those that you grant these rights to. We are considering adding the ability to just allow users to award badges, but we don’t have any estimate on when this may be done.
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