How to get involved with National Coding Week
Children are part of a confident “Digital Generation” having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes. However, many adults have missed out on the digital revolution and feel left behind.
“The aim of National Coding Week is to give adults the opportunity to learn some digital skills”.
Children can inspire adults
Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as Code Clubs and CoderDojos. We therefore would like these clubs to open their doors to parents for a one-off session in which the children will teach the adults some of the skills they have learnt.
Libraries can act as focal points
Libraries are in an ideal position to act as a focal point and can host a coding session. Either the staff can lead the session or someone who is confident and familiar with coding from the local community can share their skills. Read CILIP’s blog: Libraries — how they can improve our Digital Literacy
Schools can get involved
Children are learning coding but many parents don’t understand what their children are doing and many non-specialist teachers and governors feel they have missed out on these skills.
Web, app, creative and digital businesses can throw open their doors
Those with the expertise can share their skills and have fun teaching people the basics of coding. There are many training organisations who offer courses throughout the year. They can contribute to the week by offering taster sessions to encourage people to sign-up.
There are hundreds of tech hubs with amazing businesses working from them. The tech hubs are giving start-ups a platform from which to launch businesses and inspire others. These can be the perfect venue for the week and we would love them to be involved.
1) Keep it simple — it might simply by showing people resources available on the Technologies Professional Learning Community in Glow, Code.org or Barefoot Computing
2) If you are able to organise it, get a friendly local web development agency, ICT teacher or FE college tutor to lead the session.