Hi everyone! Bill here from CoderDojoKC. Do you run a Dojo entirely virtually, i.e. over Skype or Google Hangouts? If you run a physical Dojo, do you incorporate any kind of virtual conferencing for remote ninjas? I’d love to hear about
I want to start a virtual dojo. Check out eun academy page on fb as some teachers use free easy setup easy on broadband virtual classroom tools. I had a recomendation on one particular but forgot to bookmark it
But they can offer great advice.
Regards from Wexford
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:
@Zita-Daniel-Nad How have you been getting on with your virtual Dojo sessions? I know you were asking about linking them to your Dojo profile page. I seen you are using Zoom for your next one on Saturday
@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.
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