Learning Resources for Dojos
Thanks. I know one of my ninjas is using GIMP but she couldn’t figure out how to then convert into the photoshop format required by the badge printers. Anyway, I found one of the Techgirlz mentors with photoshop and she is doing the final formatting for me - so I think we’ll be good for the next printing.
I used the digital badge designs for my initial buttons - they turned out OK, but they are hard to tell apart from a distance. So, I find designs with just one thing - like a big Scratch cat - better for physical badges.
I am using your criteria plus some of my own for the requirements. On the intermediate and advanced badges, I like to make sure the kids are being challenged to do more than just follow directions. One activity that is working out even better than I hoped is on the intermediate Scratch badge, in addition to doing the sushi cards, I have them take an existing project of someone elses and make changes to it. Then, they demonstrate their changes and take feedback from the dojo. They have to make at least one additional dojo recommended change.
This gets all the kids more engaged in the demos. I now have kids yelling out suggestions even when the demo isn’t one for a badge:-) I have a few kids who do private demos for the feedback, but most really like being the center of attention for a few minutes getting feedback suggestions.
CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a great opportunity to see and be inspired by the variety, complexity and originality of projects developed by young people involved in CoderDojo. This year was our most international yet with parents, Champions, Mentors and Ninjas traveling from 17 countries to attend and participate.
It is great for Ninjas to meet other young people who have a similar interest in creating with code and seeing how each child has used their skills to create really cool projects. But even those who were unable to attend can be inspired by seeing what projects were entered in the showcase.
Feel free to share with Ninjas at your Dojo and discuss them to help encourage Ninjas to keep developing their skills and come up with new ideas
You can also see a list of all the projects which were awarded prizes here.
Sure, thanks! Send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll stick them on the Kata page for you!
Apologies for the delay and thanks for the congrats I am currently having this conversation with the minecraft Edu team to try and figure out how we can work together and this may be one of the ways. I believe this will take some time as the conversation is only starting on this. In the meantime I would go ahead and fill out their eligibility form here. and submit it to them. If you get a response before I have a new update please feel free to post here and let me know.
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@Philip-Harney OK. I think you could integrate the palindrome example through the cards. For example, first just working with a string and a single palindrome. then reading the string in and out of a file, then encapsulating into a function, then reading all the strings, etc. Not sure what order is best, but I’m sure you can figure that part out. I think it would make the cards even better, and keep the palindrome coding from being quite as hard. Right now, it’s a pretty big leap to write that code from a blank start.
Hey Nuala thanks for posting such a comprehensive and well laid post. We have a lot of new kids so I decided to do this the other night and they all loved it. A lot added extra GameObjects like, Tables and Jam among others and they created other variables and redid the win conditions. So it proves to be a good exercise even for the kids used to scratch because you can explain what functions correspond with the blocks in scratch, for instance The update function is the forever block or Awake is the Green Flag etc.
But the whole point of it is to let the kids change the code and try recreate a quick little game of their own in scratch. It works, most of the time. Cheers
Want to make the Digital Badges ninjas in your Dojo have been awarded into physical badges they can customise and wear?
Check out my blog here with links to the badge image files and step-by-step instructions
Content Lead, @Philip-Harney, recently gave a talk about “Using and sharing educational content at your Dojo” at a mentor meet up held in Dublin. You can watch him present his new content creation tool here and see a video and info on how to use it here.
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If you are reading this post FYI: I was in touch with the IBM contact that managed this previously, and they are currently no longer working with IBM and the codes we had for this offer are no longer are valid. To follow up on this I’m in the middle of conversations with the folks over at IBM to see if we can restart this opportunity. There is not an ETA on this. If there is an update I will be sure notify the community via the CoderDojo Blog. I have since removed that page to avoid confusion in the future. If you have any queries RE this please feel free to contact me directly on:
We’ve created a couple of short resources for Ninjas and Parents/Guardians with tips to improve their safety online. The Ninja’s guide has guidelines that Ninjas can follow to generally improve their security and to protect themselves a little better online. The Parents/Guardians guide gives an overview of the area and points out things you’ll want to learn so you can help your children stay safe online.
Let us know what you think, what you found useful, what’s missing and what you’d like to know more about in the thread below!
Great to hear about the hardware sessions, they are always fun and a good continuation for kids from scratch!
Please contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help RE the badge.
@Pete-O’Shea Hi Pete. Yeah, love the Micro:bits!!! From a teaching and learning perspective the amount, quality and depth of support activities on the microbit.org site is fantastic. I’ve worked my way through all of the activities and documentation at this stage and there’s tonnes on there that we could use in our Dojos IMO. I didn’t try out any of the online editors at the site as I went with the Mu code editor, but I like the way they have a number of different options ranging from blocks-based right through to text and even a touchscreen-friendly option. They really did a great job all round, kudos to BBC and Microsoft, played a blinder.
I haven’t used the Micro:bits in the Ashbourne Dojo yet as I’m focussing on Arduino at the minute, but will bring in the Micro:bits shortly and get busy.
I’d love to know how you get on if you start using them yourself in the meantime though
@Liam-Friel Btw Liam, here is the link to the Arduino content I mentioned yesterday that Thomas, an awesome ninja who did work experience with us, made.
You may have heard about our new content creation and translation tool that @Philip-Harney has been working on over the past couple of months. The tool will make creating and translating sushi cards much easier. These PHP cards were created using the tool.
Here are the first two tutorials explaining how to use the tool, which has yet to be officially released to the community.
What are Sushi Cards?
They are printable double-sided A4 sized cards (ideally laminated for regular Dojo use). One card = one concept. Dojo Sushi is a method of communicating programming concepts in easy-to-digest, bite-sited chunks (hence Sushi). This is suited to the CoderDojo environment where youths can use the cards to learn coding skills at their own pace.
We’ve got another content release for you! This time it’s more Scratch content, specifically Advanced Scratch Sushi Cards that will help Ninjas build a platformer-style video game. I’m pre-supplying some of the code to get things going faster, but the fun parts are all in the Ninjas’ hands:
The cards also end with a series of suggested extra challenges for the Ninjas to try.
Accompanying this release is a matching Advanced Scratch Badge which can be awarded to Ninjas who demonstrate knowledge (which they’ll get by finishing the Sushi Cards!) of all of these criteria:
Let me know what you think!
The poll options are: Game Development, Digital Media Creation, Data Science, Mobile App Development or Web Development.
Want to know more about our new content idea ‘Bento boxes’ before you vote?
@bob-flynn Hi Bob, how have you been getting on with the Game Design cards at your Dojo?
Hi @Christian-Vermeulen good to hear Right now we are getting the source files and we built the course with limited video content so this would be easy to do. It is likely that we will also be using CrowdIn, which we use for the Platform and for content, to crowd source translations from the community. After some small last minute changes we will get the source files this week and will be planning for translation!
Thanks for the feedback! Card 7 should be a bit tricky, but I think it’s a good chance to try to apply the tools to a semi-realistic problem. If they do hit issues, there’s a link in there to my solution to the problem. Obviously, theirs just needs to have the same effect, not the same code!
Oh, for a bit of fun with this one, the game can be perfectly beaten by a standard binary search algorithm, out of your head. I like to take a bet with the kids that I can do it and then let them watch me do it a few times. One of them usually catches on and I get them to explain what I’m doing.
As to the intermediate content, I’ve gotten some feedback on them from folks I’ve had test them and I’m already planning some tweaks and re-writes. I won’t have that done by next Saturday, so I really hope you’ll let me know what you make of those and I can factor that in too!
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