Organising and Managing your Dojo
We want to help save you some time and effort in running your Dojo.
This week, we’re launching #BackToDojo for 2017 to help you do just that!
During January we will be showing you all the resources and advice available to you as a CoderDojo member, so you can be completely ready to start back at your local Dojo! You'll find all the resources here as they go live each week!
See how you can use all the resources we already have available with our 'year in the life' post, explaining the running, planning and reviewing your Dojo, from our Content lead Philip.
We will show you how you can create your #BackToDojo ticketed event, promote your Dojo using embeds, videos & materials already available and how to edit and create your own for free using canva.
This week we're highlighting how you can free up your time by using CoderDojo resources & Sushi Cards
You can also see all the benefits of Checking in attendees at you Dojo events
Help Ninjas get #BackToDojo to start thinking up awesome ideas for the Coolest Project Exhibition.
Get your mentors #BackToDojo & help support new mentors with our E-learning modules
Hear what other Dojos have been up to recently for inspiration, such as Tramore Dojo.
See what Ice Breakers you can try out at your Dojo
Hear about all our latest content releases and our resource translation & creation tool for the community that we'll be releasing very soon!
Parent Blog: Combining your kids passion with code to help your local community;
Pat, father of Dillion (9), tells his inspiring story here.
See How Digital Badges benefit your child by encouraging them to learn new tech skills here.
Our last #BackToDojo release; New Beginner PHP content! See how you can learn to make a simple game using PHP here.
@Dan-Harrington141 Hi Dan. CoderDojo Japan used to collect a small amount of money which was logged in a basic Income & Expenditure Google Sheet. They opted to go completely transparent, and had it published on their website (View Only) so anyone could see. They've since created a new site and I can't find it. But @Ross-ONeill can take a look & post here to show you can example.
@Pete-Gegen Oh that's exciting! We've never had a live Dojo on the call before (as far as I am aware anyway!) and no problem, she got back to Ross there so they should be verified in no time
Hi. we ie www.coderdojocastleknock.com created website via google sites and spent 10 euro registering domain name and pointed at google sites. This was the cheapest we could self host without sponsership in kind by a web design/hosting company.
@Colm Thanks for sharing
Thanks for your feedback! If anyone else has useful insights please keep it coming as I will be pulling together the content in the next few weeks before doing the build of the course.
I will also require testers for the initial build of the module so I can get feedback so keep an eye on this thread for that.
Looking forward to getting my research done on this
Hey @Kevin-Brennan, awesome to get your feedback! We will definitely take another look at this and yes we completely agree it would be useful for you/you parents to see your attendance record - ultimately we want the platform to be an easy place for champions and parents to be able to check the progress of any individual in their Dojo. At the minute our roadmap is pretty cramped until May but we hope to do a full usability review during this time so we can implement changes such as these which make it easier for parents and Dojo admins to use the Platform.
In terms of Check-in, yes this is really important so glad to hear you have been doing it on paper for record keeping purposes. We'd advise checking in on the platform so that you can pull this at any time in the future - this is really useful for child safeguarding and for health and safety. You can see some other reasons why to check in here >> and yes badges is one of these!!
If you have any other suggestions for the Platform please let us know as the more feedback we get the easier it is to prioritise feature development. In addition, we often post mockups and ideas in the forums so it would be great to get any feedback where we can.
I hope this is the right place to share our request. There is a big waiting list of children in our locality who would love to be involved in the great learning experience of a Dojo but there are not enough places available in our town and locality for them.Digital Dun Laoghaire (an initiative of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District) is establishing a new CoderDojo DOJO in dlr LexIon. If you know of anyone that might be interested in helping as a technical mentor please ask them to jot their details down in our form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyIy7-cNzRm6ueG93LGis0tYWkT22mXsGP6tYXhZ_2c-fQSw/viewform
Many thanks, Eoin Costello - Digital Connector at Digital Dun Laoghaire
@Nuala-Nic-Éil timing is relaxed enough, so it's ok also for me.
Creating a pool of translators is a good idea... in the meanwhile, don't worry to ask, if you need more help! Have a nice time
Yes, you can absolutely start a Dojo if you are under 18! There have been a number of Dojos Championed by young people around the world. We ask that you recruit a parent or adult to support you on the way. Get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you along the way!
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Aww, That's Sweet of you thanks ! I'm awaiting
I would love to know from the above resources ^^^ what Dojos found most useful? Or was there any other resources you would have like to see included?
Do you mean accepting a mentor to join? If so you will have received an email with their basic details. We'd advise if you require specific information beyond this to email them directly before accepting their invite via the email.
We are planning work on improving the visibility of profiles from the Manage Users page for Dojo Admin in the next few months so please bare with us on this
Just let us know if theres any other issues
@Kevin Hi Kevin! Sounds great. It will be great to have a Dojo in your local area for the kids there. It might be a good idea to get those who agree to mentor or even some interested parents to try out the free E-learning modules as well so they can get an idea of what is involved.
Let us know how the first meeting goes!
Also this video about mentoring at a Dojo that might be useful as well
@Valine-Zeigler Hi Valine, I've added a new version here which has space for you to input your Dojo Logo/dates & times.
Regarding free software to edit: https://www.gimp.org/ is really good. but if it is just adding text where the space is, or putting images on top of where images already are then most free programs already on your computer should be able to handle it.
For others that might find themselves in the same boat, just do it.
You don't have to wait for verification before you have your first session.
In case you missed it, here is an awesome resource for Dojos with advice on planning, running and reviewing you Dojo written by our content lead @Philip-Harney!
Hi @Karen-Mc-Carthy awesome We will keep this in mind
First off, thank you for all the feedback. It's very valuable to us, as it allows us to give you and other champions the features you need.
We are working hard to try to make the community platform more usable and to squash bugs as quick as we can, but we are unfortunately a very small team. Your feedback is crucial for us to prioritise, so thank you again for taking the time to provide it.
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