The CoderDojo Online Community
On the CoderDojo website, from the “Comunity” drop-down menu, one can click Badges, Forums, Ninja Forums (no content on this page) or the Coolest Projects Awards (links to coolest projects website).
CoderDojo Participants can receive badges as recognition of their improving programming skills or their participation in the CoderDojo Community. Badges are awarded by Dojo Champions or by the CoderDojo Foundation in the case of the Coolest Projects Awards.
A participant will receive an email with a link to claim their badge. The badges include the examples in the picture below along with many more, (e.g. Intermediate HTML & CSS Badge, Beginner Scratch Badge, my first Dojo, etc.)
When I clicked on the Forums tab, I was brought to the following page:
- Each forum was colour coordinated and opposite each forum on the right hand side of the page I could see the latest post from each forum and ths continously updated.
- The activity of the community wasn’t private but in order to comment on a post, I needed to be logged in.
- within each forum there were a number of topics and within each topic there were a number of posts. Some topics were more popular than others based on the number of views and posts each topic had:
- The Forums included:
- Announcements – e.g. Community Call which was an open call to all community members who were invited to join and participate. They were given a link to join the call and an agenda was also provided.
- General Discussion
- Support Forum
- Organising and Managing your Dojo
- Zen Platform Discussion
- ….and many more…
- The content ofo the posts inicluded text, images, video, gifs and the text could be edited to appear bold, italics etc. (see example below)
- Screencasts from the last community call was shred on topic forums for those who missed it
- the calls are facilitated and chaired my members of the CoderDojo Foundation
- By clicking on a members name, it took me to their profile which consisted of a
- profile picture and cover photo (similar to the Facebook profile)
- short bio/introduction
- the page displays the members reputation (not sure what this number stands for), the amount of Posts, Profile Views, followers, who they are following, when they joined and when they were last online
- By clicking on the small drop down menu, I could start a chat with a fellow member if I was logged in.
- From this drop down menu there is also the option to see the topics, posts and best posts she has published along with the groups she is a part of. (see below)
Back on the forum page, there is the option to reorder the page according to the most recet post, tags, forum home page and using the search bar.
I clicked on the ninja forum page but it was empty and the Coolest Projects tab took me to the Coolest Projects website which I have already looked at.
The CoderDojo Community Resource Sharing Platform
This website is the CoderDojo Community Resource Sharing Platform. The site consists of an about page, organiser resources, learning resources and the ninja zone. There is an option to create an account, login or share your own content.
The resources may be education resources or they may be focused on helping Champions/Mentors to set-up and run their Dojo.
Throughout the site there are areas with red text which is content that lack descriptions and members logged in can fill in the details for the terms they know about.
Organiser resources topics included:
- Setting Up A Dojo
- Guiding Principles and Philosophies
- Mentors and Volunteers
- Materials and Templates
- Recommended Practice
- Rewards and Recognition
- Sponsored Tools and Resources
- Child Protection and Background Checking
- CoderDojo Regional
When I clicked into “Setting up a Dojo”, there were a number of sub-resources:
I clicked into “Steps to create a Dojo” and the information provided was text based (Summary and Content). The title of the document, the medium in which it was presesented, its format and the author of the document was also provided (see below). There was no option to download the information but maybe there is if you are logged in.
The learning resources are provided in a variety of different languages with English as the default language. There are a number of learning resources available and when you click into, for example, the Arduino Resources, a table of resources for specific tutorials is provided along with what Dojo created the resource, what level it is for, what type of resource it is, where you can find it and what category it is (see below):
In the Ninja Zone members, play or create your very own games while learning to code. The resources included: The Arcade and the Dojo Game.
The website has a very basic layout, use of text, large buttons, and it uses the similar colours of the online community forums.