Organising and Managing your Dojo
Last January we shared the above resources and advice for those returning #BackToDojo after the holidays. Many Dojos also return back in September from a area as as such we will be running another #BackToDojo campaign in August/September.
If there is anything you would like to see included/added to our next #BackToDojo campaign starting next month please share it below or send a private message (Click “Chats” under COMMUNITY on the top right) with your suggestions of awesome resources or particular areas you would like more advice/support.
@Nuala-Nic-Éil A pleasure to be part of this community.
Second class on the 29th of July we expect full house again. We’ll send the photos later.
That’s great news! Thanks for your prompt reply and action!
Best regards, and enjoy the weekend
Maurice and team
@Sirani-McNeill That sounds like a great approach and really interesting to discuss mentors expectations of volunteering as a mentor and what can likely be expected.
While every Dojo is different, I know in Ireland the recommendation by the Gardaí (Police) in relation to vetting is that there is no requirement to vet by-standing parents, once off speakers, or anyone else who attends a Dojo infrequently.
Unless the person is in a position where they will be frequently engaging with a child/children at a Dojo & forming some kind of relationship via “relevant work” they do not need to be vetted. “Relavant work” is any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with children or vulnerable persons.
To cut down on the management involved, maybe Champions could meet multiple potential volunteers at once ahead of a Dojo session, where expectations are discussed, the child protection policy is reviewed and police check is discussed in a group and then potential volunteers oversee the Dojo without getting involved. Having it in the Dojo space a head of the session, saves on travel and meet up management especially if both of the champions were meeting all individual potential volunteers separately.
Having a macro/uncanned response of an email to send out if they agree to sign up with all the details repeated, links to slack/mailchimp and documents attached so that it is easy to pass it on might also be useful.
Also highlighting our E-learning modules; I know some Dojos now use completion of the modules in the volunteers own time as a prerequisite to mentoring at the Dojo.
It would be interesting to hear how others manage on-boarding of mentors
What have you found useful? Are there any ways you help make the process less complex?
@Christian-Vermeulen @Bettina @Karen-Wellington @Manuel-Menezes-de-Sequeira @Bernat-Llopis
Last year, we kicked-off a pilot project between the Dojo in IBM Cork and IBM Ghana (Accra@IBM Ghana Dojo) using remote mentoring. An article detailing our efforts can be found here: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/10/20/coderdojo-ghana-ibm-building-a-big-blue-bridge-across-the-technological-divide/.
So far, our pains have been thankfully few – and our gains many
How we resolved these problems:
Also yes @Ian-Douglas, with regards to contributing to the platform! @Guillaume-Feliciano and @Daniel-Brierton our two software devs who work on the platform (also referred to as Zen) would be delighted to hear that you’d like to help! Here is more info about the platform on github, and feel free to ask any questions about set up etc.
Just got back to your email. It seems that Digiweb have been taken over by another domain/hosting company who may have started to pull the domains registered under CoderDojo. We are still trying to confirm with them but the best option may be to register the domains with another service.
I will let you know if there any more updates on this if Digiweb get back to us.
Also if you want help encouraging parents to sign up and book tickets on the platform you can use these guides for parents, available in English, Spanish, Greek, French and Italian. You can print them out so parents at your next Dojo can see how to sign up and book tickets for your next event on the Community platform Once they do it once they’ll know exactly how to do it the next time
Thanks for the advice everyone We will have a look.
Hi @Leanne-Keogh are you looking to find out the total number of ninjas who attend Dojos globally? Based on the 2016 annual survey there are an average number of 27 ninjas per Dojo, last year more than 48,000 ninjas participated in the movement.
@Dan-Harrington [ @Dan-Harrington141]
CoderDojo Alsace in France just released their Annual Report for 2016. Check out page 16 to see a detailed breakdown of their income & expenditure for the year which is publicly available as you can see.
CoderDojo Malahide on the other hand note in their Dojo constitution that “An income and expenditure account for the period to the end of December of each year shall be prepared and presented for approval at the Annual General Meeting after audit by a member appointed at the previous Annual General Meeting”. So anyone interested can attend their AGM to get an update on donations for transparency.
How does your Dojo manage any fundraising done for your Dojo?
Bear in mind in our annual survey 69% of Dojos didn’t fundraise at all in 2016, some Dojos prefer donations in kind, such as refurbished laptops or applying to competitions run by the Foundation.
Amazing, another Dojo in Colombia! I just checked our database on our side here. It seems you are still half way through your application.
If you log back in and go to zen.coderdojo.com/start-dojo you will be able to go to the previous point where you left off.
If you have issues progressing with your application let us know at email@example.com and I can get the web team to chat with you.
Hi @Richard, Thanks for commenting - we recently updated the csv export to include parent email and number of attended Dojos. I will add an issue to update further to include age though as we just finished the last issue it may a bit before we roll back around to this
Also to update you - keep an eye out for the email Dojo members feature soon in Manage Users
@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
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
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