Learning Resources for Dojos
@Alicja-Cwierz Hi there, I haven’t seen any Dojos using these. Usually when using Raspberry Pis we set up a table in our Dojo with 5ive monitors, 5 keyboards and 5 mouses and Ninjas use them to do Sonic pi projects. I’ve also seen Dojos using them to help older kids move on from Scratch into hardware as you can program LEDs and more using Scratch with it.
Some Dojos use Raspberry pis hooked up to television monitors.
Other ideas are the Pi-top CEEDs which i’ve seen in a few Dojos. They still require keyboards and a mouse to use though so it mightn’t be ideal for what you are looking for. However they are easier to store than traditional monitors and require no set up work like the touchscreen you mention.
If it’s a cost issue, it could be relatively easy to get second-hand monitors, keyboards and mouses from companies, schools or even families in your locality who aren’t using them anymore or have upgraded.
Storage can be a hindrance to some Dojos, particularly those who operate out of particular venues. Have you asked the venue about the possibility of storing a box of resources between Dojos?
If anyone else has tried these touch screens it would be great to hear how you got on or if you have any other suggestions
The new Swift Path on the current CoderDojo resources site, Kata includes resources based on Swift, an intuitive programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS. Included are Challenge cards for Swift Playgrounds, an app for iPads, designed for 11-14 years olds that makes learning to code interactive and fun. Using the Challenge cards, ninjas can design their own Traffic Light System, program the journey of the Titanic or even use ARKit in Swift Playgrounds to bring their favourite stories alive in the world of Augmented Reality.
See more here!
My Dojo has a lot of interaction during the demos, and kids helping other kids, but for the most part the kids work on individual projects. One of the things I really like about my Dot&Dash (thanks CoderDojo:-) is that 2 kids partner up and create something together.
I’d love to have a few coding project ideas that can be done together. Does anyone have suggestions that have worked well in your dojos?
Hi @Pete-OShea you mentioned that eligibility form before so I’ve clicked the link and read the wall of text before filling in http://www.office.com/teachers and using the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address to see what happens.
Yes, it does. I’ve always gone through the main raspberrypi.org, Education, Resources link (https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/) which doesn’t organize it like this.
Had not noticed there was more than the simple scratch suchi (I think simple scratch we have covered) - you may want your page layout more compact - will try out the html - I am thinking I do not want to try more ‘toy languages’ like app inventor, will try something that will work better for them/motivate them in the long term (and obviously have a gentle first few sessions). Have the ‘first session’ for 5 things available - not sure which topic will fire up the Ninja. We did lose 4 female 13 year old Ninja last year (all brought by one mentor), they were more interested in the art than the lines of code.
There are these. They’re before my time, though, and I’ve never actually tested them in a Dojo. They do exist. http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Beginner_Databases
Lately I’ve been investing a lot of time in mining the internet, visiting Dojo websites, exploring GitHub repos and Google Drives for all the wonderful resources created by you, the volunteers of the CoderDojo community.
You may have seen some of the highlights popping up in the newsfeed. If not, here they are…
To find the most up to date community resources on Kata, click into any of the Paths displayed on the Kata homepage.
Once you’re on a Path page, expand the Supplementary Resources section: this is generally where I share anything that I come across.
I’m always on the lookout, on the forums, on Twitter (if you’ve been followed by @ciaratiptoe that’s me), I never know what I’m going to stumble upon next!
But my favourite part of discovering fantastic resources is connecting with you.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have something you’d like to share
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 email@example.com and I’ll stick them on the Kata page for you!
@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.
I have responded via direct mail.
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
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