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.”
We want to create taster sessions for parents, teachers, business leaders, school leavers, the unemployed, people with autism or those who have retired. It’s open to everyone!
We are not expecting people to become coders after one session! For many people it takes years of practice and experience but these taster sessions can be the first step on a journey into a digital business or digital career.
Children can inspire adults
Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as 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 and Code Clubs 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.
This year in partnership with Makewaves we are offering children the opportunity to learn and share new skills by collecting digital badges.
Share Your Skills Badge – involves planning a digital skills lesson and delivering it to your class mates. Create a simple lesson plan of what you will be teaching your class. The ‘lesson’ can be any time from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and it can be taught by a single person or a group of 5 maximum. Each individual needs to have a clear role.
Stay Safe Online Badge – involves planning a stay safe online lesson and delivering it to your class mates. Research a stay safe online topic, examples are listed below but you could choose any topic that is important to you:
Data Protection | Cyber Security | Social Media Management | Privacy settings | Passwords management | Knowing who you are communicating with (stranger danger)
For more details check out the National Coding Week / Makewaves Digital Badges
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.
- Keep it simple — it might simply be showing people the resources available online at Codex , Codecademy or TeamTreehouse.
- If you are able to organise it, get a friendly local web development agency, ICT teacher or FE college tutor to lead the session.
- A simple introductory session can be to get people familiar with tags / code that make up HTML and CSS and show how they work together.
Activities might include:
Using a text editor to combine HTML and CSS to build a simple web page
Programming a Raspberry Pi
Showing the stages of development of a simple Web App
or anything else that you are working on — it’s entirely up to you!
We would like the sessions to be manageable and achievable — we don’t want to create lots of extra work for people. We imagine a typical session lasting 1hr — 2 hrs. To include a general introduction and then straight into giving the adults a hands-on taster of the activities which will build their confidence. Adults can leave with links to online resources such as Codex , Codecademy or TeamTreehouse where they can learn more in their own time.
This is intended to be a one-off session only, a taster session, to see if adults want to learn more.
- Sign up for the event at codingweek.org
- Organise a public or private event and pin it to the map
- Hold the event, take photos and tweet using the hashtag #nationalcodingweek
We would love to hear from people willing to organise events including libraries, schools, digital agencies, tech hubs and coding clubs / CoderDojos. If you let us know what you’re planning we can give you a shoutout and feature you in the run up to the week.
Why learning Digital Skills is important
The digital economy has grown enormously in the past 8 years and clusters of digital businesses are springing up everywhere.
It has been reported that 50% of digital product developers are self-taught and as many as 83% of app developers have taught themselves.
There are now more people working in tech jobs in the south east of England than the whole of California but there is a skills shortage and many adults could contribute to the digital economy if they had the confidence to get started.