Organising and Managing your Dojo
@Tyler-Parrott Thanks for getting in touch. I know as part of the new Find a Dojo process, which you can read more about here, already shows the address below Dojos and we are planning for the times to also be displayed there as well in the near future, so people can search an area and quickly see the Dojo times listed out.
This would be useful for helping to identify brother/sister Dojos as you mentioned.
@Daniel-Brierton who has been working on the Find a Dojo process should be able to give you a rough timeline for when they will be able to implement this on the platform.
Hello - I am a teacher using CoderDojo in my High School classrooms. I have two separate classes (B Block and D Block). I currently have all my students as attending one dojo but I would like to view them according to their class room (B or D). Is there are way to sort the attendee names as I see fit?
Also, I have been having a difficult time signing some kids up…I send an email (wish there was another way to add them - text link, etc) and they don’t always receive the email. I have to resend, some times three or four times. Still can’t get 3 or 4 of my students onto my dojo. Any suggestions as to what to do? Thanks!
@CELINA-BASILICO Hi Celina, thanks for getting in touch. Yes it was recorded. Are you interested in starting a Dojo in your local area?
You can listen back to the call, and see the slides used from this email we sent to all those who had recently started Dojos and who found out about the call from the Facebook event here!
If you have any specific questions after listening to the call, do let us know here . We will be holding another in the coming months so do feel free to join in.
Sorry for the delay @Muhammad-Shakeeb-Khan with CoderDojo there is no set curriculum. For starting out you can try some warm up games see the ice-breakers here, and try out some of our new idea generation resources to help get them thinking about projects You can then show them a selection of projects that other young people involved in CoderDojo have created (such as those at Coolest Projects last June).
You can also check out our resources here which have a variety of paths you can follow, so that young people can lead their own learning.
Do they want to build a website? Or try out Scratch? Make an app for their android phone?
That is great to hear. We are running our Dojo here in our office tonight, but we would be happy to meet you here and hear how you are getting on
We are just setting up ticketing using the Zen platform - I was wondering if there is any plan to add a way for us to issue our Ninjas with a barcode / QR code so we could use a smarphone or webcam to scan in our attendees. Or can anyone advise on best software / app we could use for this and would it be possible to integrate third party software with the Zen platform.
.#Re: What are dojos using for attendance tracking?
Good news! We’ve re-added the ability to join a Dojo, or volunteer as a mentor.
There are some caveats due to the timing of it:
We will be continuing to improve upon this in the coming weeks, such as hooking it up to a login/registration flow for non-logged in users.
Sorry for the delay on this, we hit a few bumps along the way, but we’ve been able to improve our tests to be more reliable as a result.
@Sergio-Raúl-Castañeda-Alvarado-sergiocastanedaalvarado Hi Sergio, I see you’re hoping to start a coding club in your local area, that is great! @Ross-O-Neill is the Community Lead for Mexico so he will be able to look over your application.
Have you any specific questions about running your Dojo?
Here are some Spanish resources which may be useful to you. And you can find flyers on each of the following:
!Comienza a programar con CoderDojo!
Servicio voluntario con CoderDojo
¿Cómo puede la fundación CoderDojo ayudar a mi Dojo?
thanks Giustina! - that link doesn’t appear to be working unfortunately
Hope all’s going well with your prep!
At present, there’s no way to remove badges from a profile. Beyond your example, there isn’t really much necessity for it. If you want me to remove the badge, you can private message the profile to me, and which badge to remove, and I can go ahead and do it.
We have briefly discussed the idea of custom badges in the past but ultimately have not been able to give it enough attention to even flesh out roughly how it might work from both user experience and technical standpoints. So, unfortunately, I wouldn’t expect it to be available anytime soon. We’re always evaluating our priorities though, so your input here is very much useful and welcome.
On the possibility of us creating Sphero badges for you to award, @Philip-Harney and @Pete-OShea should be able to help on that front. The main thing is to nail down criteria for the various levels.
Also, if you have any resources you may have created for programming Spheros (or even just links to existing resources that worked for you), we’d love to hear about them!
@Nuala-Nic-Éil this is the early days. Tried 2 sessions using free account on Zoom. As I never used Zoom before there were a few glitches…
So it all started great. I used a scheduled meeting. I sent the link to the event in the newsletter. Once people registered for tickets I emailed them the meeting number. Just before I started I selected the option of repeat meeting. I was hoping this would work and that I could use the same meeting number.
So I started the video and screen sharing. I used Scratch. Everyone had Scratch offline and the parents had Zoom on the phone. I was not sure they could hear me. I disabled video except for myself. 5 minutes have passed. Still nothing on chat. I see people joining but still no feedback. Untill I turned my sound on… very embarrassing. So we laughed together. Everything went great. The session is a bit short at first as the free one is capped to 40 minutes. But I think it will work great later on as more material is covered.
The second meeting did not go well. I tried using the scheduled meeting. The option was to create a new one. I could not use the previous meeting number.
By the time i decided to use personal meeting number I was some 15-20 minutes delayed. I sent a new email with this meeting number but no one joined. I would have lost patience myself. The participants were parents and kids who have never been in a dojo and never learnt any coding.
I would like to try again. We have lots of people on the mailing list who wish to join but we simply cannot accomodate all. This would be a great opportunity for more people to try coding for free.
Please do give me advice and feedback. I intend to use a personal meeting number from now on.
Excellent work, thank you
@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.
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.
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
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.
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