I’d like to share here the link to the tutorials I’m creating for my Dojo. They’re not in English because they’re targeted to an Italian audience, so maybe some Italian speaking volunteer will stumble upon them and find them useful…
The site is: https://kronwiz.github.io/codingtutorials/
The first two big buttons bring you to the download pages: “Progetti da scaricare” (projects to download) are the ones we are already using in our Dojo, while “Didattica” (teaching) is more aimed at giving teachers ideas to be used in schools.
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Apologies, Easter holidays delayed my response
Generally CoderDojo is for young people who are still in school so sometimes this can go up to 18 or 19. Some clubs definitely make exceptions for young people with autism or additional educational needs with this age limit from time to time. I would suggest you make the decision based on your clubs capacity to take on additional young people. I would also suggest that to ensure additional safeguarding that the parent of this young person attends with them.
There are no specific child safeguarding restrictions on this but in general I would refer to the suggested Code of Behaviour for guidance or get in touch with us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific concerns.
Hope this helps!
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Yep, I think you’re making a reference to this one https://github.com/mu-editor/mu/issues/524
To be fair, there isn’t many IDE “designed” for kids : mu is fine because of its very large icons, its integrated filesystem nav; that saves you the navigation into the menus or the need for knowledge of the shortcuts.
I’ve looked over some of the microbit integration with Atom (which integrate a filesystem nav), but they look fairly unmaintained (https://github.com/Giannie/atom-microbit-python, https://github.com/wendlers/atom-microbit-micropython)
Thonny (http://thonny.org/) seems to have a decently updated plugin (https://bitbucket.org/KauriRaba/thonny-microbit) but the interface is slightly less clear for a first time user.
As a fallback and considering the complexity, wouldn’t using the bbc’s online editor easier until mu-editor fixes its imports?
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It was a new approach to try starting with functions, as they’re often seen as an advanced concept. However, a number of introductory coding courses do use them successfully, so I still think the concept isn’t inherently beyond a beginner.
When I got started with GitHub myself it was either through Codecademy or FreeCodeCamp, and possibly GitHub’s own tutorials as well. Both pretty good! I think they’ve all had a few redesigns since mind you. I remember there was interactive exercises where they got you to e.g. create an issue before you could progress to the next step. Probably part of the classroom support you mentioned
My pleasure! - if they do end up purchasing a domain name in the future- they could still choose to set it up with their github pages if they like https://help.github.com/articles/using-a-custom-domain-with-github-pages/
A new Coder Dojo coming up at Westerhailes in Edinburgh.I have venue and i need a mentor to run the program, because i don’t have the technical knowledge to run it myself.
I look forward to hearing anyone that might be interested.
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What wearables projects have you been working on? I’ve seen a few shared now and again on the forums, like this Flora Christmas tree shared by @Sanneke-van-der-Meer, are there any more out there?
Here’s what I made for the Intermediate Wearables Sushi that I’m currently writing…
I have to say it’s pretty exciting when after a lot of hard work sewing you finally plug in the Flora… and everything lights up! It works, Hurrah!!
Also, those NeoPixels sure are blindingly bright don’t you think??
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