Learning Philosophies and Practices!
At the moment I am trying to focus on promoting the wrist belts in our CoderDojo Waterloo. We have finally received the belts and we start to award them for the first projects in our April Dojo. The wrist belt system will be the first Sushi card. I still need to work on it a bit so that it's shorter and clearer for kids.
Then I will start adding cards for each learning paths: Game Design, Web Design, App Development, Minecraft Modding etc. I want them to be more graphical rather than a table which might look boring for kids. My idea is to prepare these cards as a part of the interactive workshops that will showcase new project tools. The problem is that kids feel quite comfortable with Scratch and don't always want to try something new. The workshop environment might help them to get out of their Scratch "bubble" and let them learn more complicated tools that are required for the higher level belts. The end goal would be that kids do workshops themselves. Actually it's also included in the belt system as the project impact for a local CoderDojo (see the requirements for the green belt).
I think the belt system is crucial here since it allows kids to track their progress as well as to grow both in their programming and soft skills. Moreover, it's self-promoting because once the belts are out, other kids will notice them and might also want to get them. Can't wait till our next CoderDojo to start rolling it out!
Yohei Yasukawa, co-founder of CoderDojo Japan, explains the learning practices used in Dojos in Japan and about hosting a regional DojoCon in Japan last month.
You can see the video here!
Here is the Facebook page with updates from the series of Accessibility Dojos being run through the summer in the UK, which has video footage & photos explaining what resources were used to enable those with visual impairments to fully participate in a Dojo: https://www.facebook.com/accessdojo/
If it is of interest to anyone TCD are running a postgrad cert about the use of technology in the classroom. It looks super interesting and uses the Bridge 21 Pedagogy which is very closely aligned to the CoderDojo pedagogy!
You can see more about it in this video and in this folder.
I've been informed that CoderDojo mentors are welcome to apply/attend - you don't have to be a teacher!
Feel free to get in touch with them if you have any questions.
We just have a lot of different materials to choose from. There is enough for any age, Depending on how well the attendees know each other, they can also do projects with their own goals, sometimes together.
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