Onboarding Robot Camp

What happens next - After registration

In order for your child to have a good start, we would like to inform you about the further procedures and help you get started.

 Next: Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data of your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email with a link to student account login credentials of your child.

School Account Registration

As a new member of the Junior Coding Club your child will be registered for included student licences: Microsoft Office 365 Education, Minecraft Education Edition, Codespark and Google Classroom.

Through continuous development and integration new curated education services will be added throughout the membership. 

Day 1, done by Coding Club Administration

Classroom Management

Your child will get access to a supervised, virtual classroom where young members can log in, team up and access their learning projects.

We organise learning groups and project teams in Microsoft Teams for Education. Your child will be a team member of a virtual classroom comprising discussion, postings, files, assignments as well as videoconference functionality. The digitaltutor in charge is also available for contact in this classroom. 

For each third-party education service there might be additional "classrooms" or groups to organise the students and their assignments.

Day 2, done by Coding Club Administration

Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data for your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email.

Getting startet Day 3, done by Coding Club Administration

Parenting in the Digital Age

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning guides on all digital related aspects of the child-parent relation and modern parenting. 

Furthermore we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly.

View example For Parents

Homeschooling Preparation

With our help make us of the Junior Coding Club education services at home.

The learning tools can be used anytime from anywhere. In order to get the best experience you might need to update some items of your homeschooling environment at home.

Ideally your child is able to use the Junior Coding Club student login and account from a home computer. We will show you how to achieve this.

Homeschooling Tips For Parents

Tell your Friends

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning a reward system which offers discounts for fostering the Junior Coding Club community. The Junior Coding Club is about networking, teamwork and collaboration. The earlier the children will learn new ways of playing and working together, the saver they will thrive in the digital age.

For Parents

Watch out for new Camps or Live-Online Courses

Weekly live-online courses on special topics are offered on a regular basis. During holidays we organise camps on premise or live-online.

View Coding Club Activities For Parents

Get reports, results and council about your Child

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

In general we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly. Furthermore we are planning periodical data-driven reports about the skill development of your child.

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If you need help boarding the Coding Club, for example with your child’s computer devices network and internet connection you can schedule a meeting one-to-one with a Coding Club teacher. Book a phone call if you need assistance by pressing he button below:

Onboarding Base Membership

What happens next - After registration

In order for your child to have a good start, we would like to inform you about the further procedures and help you get started.

 Next: Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data of your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email with a link to student account login credentials of your child.

School Account Registration

As a new member of the Junior Coding Club your child will be registered for included student licences: Microsoft Office 365 Education, Minecraft Education Edition, Codespark and Google Classroom.

Through continuous development and integration new curated education services will be added throughout the membership. 

Day 1, done by Coding Club Administration

Classroom Management

Your child will get access to a supervised, virtual classroom where young members can log in, team up and access their learning projects.

We organise learning groups and project teams in Microsoft Teams for Education. Your child will be a team member of a virtual classroom comprising discussion, postings, files, assignments as well as videoconference functionality. The digitaltutor in charge is also available for contact in this classroom. 

For each third-party education service there might be additional "classrooms" or groups to organise the students and their assignments.

Day 2, done by Coding Club Administration

Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data for your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email.

Getting startet Day 3, done by Coding Club Administration

Parenting in the Digital Age

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning guides on all digital related aspects of the child-parent relation and modern parenting. 

Furthermore we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly.

View example For Parents

Homeschooling Preparation

With our help make us of the Junior Coding Club education services at home.

The learning tools can be used anytime from anywhere. In order to get the best experience you might need to update some items of your homeschooling environment at home.

Ideally your child is able to use the Junior Coding Club student login and account from a home computer. We will show you how to achieve this.

Homeschooling Tips For Parents

Tell your Friends

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning a reward system which offers discounts for fostering the Junior Coding Club community. The Junior Coding Club is about networking, teamwork and collaboration. The earlier the children will learn new ways of playing and working together, the saver they will thrive in the digital age.

For Parents

Watch out for new Camps or Live-Online Courses

Weekly live-online courses on special topics are offered on a regular basis. During holidays we organise camps on premise or live-online.

View Coding Club Activities For Parents

Get reports, results and council about your Child

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

In general we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly. Furthermore we are planning periodical data-driven reports about the skill development of your child.

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Coding Club from home – Connect with MS Teams

Access the Junior Coding Club in Microsoft Teams

While Office 365 Education is the building of the Junior Coding Club, the rooms inside are in Microsoft Teams, the perfect application for this purpose.

The Coding Club classrooms and the school hall are inside Microsoft Teams. This is where students in classrooms and projects interact socially, have fun and work together.

Installation

Download Microsoft Teams and install the software on the devices of your child. If you use a tablet, like an iPad, you need to install MS Teams through the AppStore or the PlayStore.

 

Download – Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/uswe-01/downloads

or

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app

On iPad download Microsoft Teams from the App Store.

On Samsung tablets or any other go to the Play Store.

Do a test login into MS Teams with the login credentials above (school account). If you face a problem, write an email to us: support@codingclub.cc.

Join the live-online class

Login into MS Teams 15 minutes before the start of the class. From there you will be invited and guided to the videoconference room.  Just wait for an invitation message to pop up.

Start Microsoft Teams and login with the children Coding Club account. Now you will see two team rooms if you are new and three team rooms if you are a regular CC member. Choose “CC Spring Holiday Camp” and enter the top channel named “General” or “Allgemein”. Inside the channel you can connect to the video conference. If you can find it, look for a blu icon or a blue area bar with a “Join” button. Links and announcements are also in the channel.

The tutor will start the video conference usually 15 – 30 minutes before the start. That way you can login earlier, test your computer and get used to the application. The more fluent your child is with MS Teams or any other meeting app the better will be your experience.

Three important MS Teams functions your child should practise:

  1. The screen “Share” function. So your child will be able to share her screen to present something. It is also important for us teachers so we can help fixing a problem on your child’s computer.
  2. The mute button. We need to learn discipline especially in online meetings and avoid distraction from noise through all those microphones connected. The default setting for a students should be being on mute. In MS Teams, responsibility about being muted or not lies sorely by the participants (the students). They need to learn this responsibility. If a student wants to say something in a large group they should post a message (teacher will read) and wait for their call. In small groups it is ok if the students unmute themselves (they are allowed to unmute) and raise their voice cautiously.
  3. Finding the way back from the video screen back to the message postings. The message posts or board in the general channel are filled with links where links guide the students to learning resources on other websites.

b) Download and install Microsoft Teams

Direct access to classroom

I know what to do. I have the Junior Coding Club student account and password.
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Edit student account and password

HowTo edit the student account and password in Microsoft 365

About the student account

Your child’s Junior Coding Club username is basically an email address composed by the first name of your child separated with a dot “.” and the first letter of the last name followed by “@codingclub.cc”.

Example: simon.b@codingclub.cc

It is a fully functional email address which is also the single sign-on (SSO) into the Microsoft Office 365 student account and other education applications.

The (secure) password

Every student starts with a generic password. The students are obliged to change their password as soon as possible with their own creation.

1. Login to the Junior Coding Club

For the login page, click here: https://login.microsoft.com/

Type in the username / email address and you will recognise the Digitaltutor Coding Club welcome screen.

Now fill in the password.

Office 365 Education dashboard

2. Change the password

This is one of the first topics children should learn: The use of passwords and why they are important. We decided to require a strong policy about passwords even if this is a steep learning challenge for the young students. With the help of the Tutor or with the parents, children will be able to construct a secure password on a high standard soon. 

Psst ... the password must contain at least 8 characters and 3 combinations of the following: capital and lowercase letters, numbers, or special characters (§$%&...) .

Hacky Hack

Train yourself to remember at least one password that you never, repeat: NEVER ever tell someone except your parents.

Recommended password generators:

https://www.dinopass.com

3. Change profile information

Profil information are only visible to other members of the Junior Coding Club. Add information about yourself cautiously and only if it is relevant for your class mates. 

In the My Office Profile page you can add (and edit):

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Getting startet with the school / student account

Coding Club Student Account and Login

About the student account

Your child’s Junior Coding Club username is basically an email address composed by the first name of your child separated with a dot “.” and the first letter of the last name followed by “@codingclub.cc”.

Example: simon.b@codingclub.cc

It is a fully functional email address which is also the single sign-on (SSO) into the Microsoft Office 365 student account and other education applications.

The (secure) password

Every student starts with a generic password. The students are obliged to change their password as soon as possible with their own creation.

First login to the Junior Coding Club

For the login page, click here: https://login.microsoft.com/

Type in the username / email address and you will recognise the Digitaltutor Coding Club welcome screen.

Now fill in the password.

Office 365 Education dashboard

Access the Junior Coding Club in Microsoft Teams

While Office 365 Education is the building of the Junior Coding Club, the rooms inside are in Microsoft Teams, the perfect application for this purpose.

The Coding Club classrooms and the school hall are inside Microsoft Teams. This is where students in classrooms and projects interact socially, have fun and work together.

b) Download and install Microsoft Teams

Direct access to classroom

I know what to do. I have the Junior Coding Club student account and password.
Members only

Download Microsoft Teams and install the software on the devices of your child. If you use a tablet, like an iPad, you need to install MS Teams through the AppStore or the PlayStore.

 

Download and install Microsoft Teams from here: 

https://teams.microsoft.com/uswe-01/downloads

or

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app

On iPad download and install MS Teams from the App Store.

On Samsung tablets or any other go to the Play Store.

Do a test login into MS Teams with the login credentials above (school account). If you face a problem, write an email to us: support@codingclub.cc.

Login into MS Teams 15 minutes before the start of the class. From there you will be invited and guided to the videoconference room.  Just wait for an invitation message to pop up.

Start Microsoft Teams and login with the children Coding Club account. Now you will see two team rooms if you are new and three team rooms if you are a regular CC member. Choose “CC Spring Holiday Camp” and enter the top channel named “General” or “Allgemein”. Inside the channel you can connect to the video conference. If you can find it, look for a blu icon or a blue area bar with a “Join” button. Links and announcements are also in the channel.

I will start the video conference already at 12:45 time so you can login earlier, test your computer and get used to the application. The more fluent your child is with MS Teams or any other meeting app the better will be your experience. 

3 main important functions to start with:

1. The screen “Share” function. So your child will be able to share her screen to present something. It is also important for us teachers so we can help fixing a problem on your child’s computer. 

2. The mute button. We need to learn discipline especially in online meetings and avoid distraction from noise through all those microphones connected. The default setting for a students should be being on mute. In MS Teams, responsibility about being muted or not lies sorely by the participants (the students). They need to learn this responsibility. If a student wants to say something in a large group they should post a message (teacher will read) and wait for their call. In small groups it is ok if the students unmute themselves (they are allowed to unmute) and raise their voice cautiously. 

3. Finding the way back from the video screen back to the message postings. The message posts or board in the general channel are filled with links where links guide the students to learning resources on other websites.

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What you need for a successful homeschooling environment

Requirements for attending Junior Coding Club from home

Software / Apps

Use your favorite browser like Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

You can download the school version of Minecraft from here: Download

The game requires a Microsoft student account to log in. The student account will be provided by the Coding Club administration.

I recommend Notepad++, TextMate or Atom, but there many other good options as well.

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If you are facing technical problems shortly before or during the activity, there is actually not much we can help in this moment. Kindly get in touch with us after the class. I’m glad to help and I know it is a difficult situation. Don’t be turned away if it just does not work 100% from the start. It is normal. It is a learning curve and your child will adapt fast. Your kid will enjoy having a project in collaboration with their peers which they can do from home, even being isolated.

Also – is it a problem if my daughter use separate device for teams and Minecraft? (i.e. you want kids to share screen)
 
Absolutely not, this setup would be ideal! Teams is multi-device friendly. Have your daughter logged into teams and let her join into the video conference from both the iPad and your Mac, at the same time, with the same account. Now disable one of the microphones and one of the audio outputs on the two devices. So that only one microphone and one speaker is enabled. Otherwise you will get a sound loop. With that setting your daughter can interact with the classroom in Teams on one screen and on the other screen Minecraft is in front while Teams runs in the background. If she wants to share her Minecraft screen, she can do it by changing the task to Teams and enable screen sharing, then heading back to the Minecraft task. E voilá, everyone will see her presenting and she can still see the participants. 

Onboarding ERS

What happens next - After registration

In order for your child to have a good start, we would like to inform you about the further procedures and help you get started.

 Next: Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data of your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email with a link to student account login credentials of your child.

School Account Registration

As a new member of the Junior Coding Club your child will be registered for included student licences: Microsoft Office 365 Education, Minecraft Education Edition, Codespark and Google Classroom.

Through continuous development and integration new curated education services will be added throughout the membership. 

Day 1, done by Coding Club Administration

Classroom Management

Your child will get access to a supervised, virtual classroom where young members can log in, team up and access their learning projects.

We organise learning groups and project teams in Microsoft Teams for Education. Your child will be a team member of a virtual classroom comprising discussion, postings, files, assignments as well as videoconference functionality. The digitaltutor in charge is also available for contact in this classroom. 

For each third-party education service there might be additional "classrooms" or groups to organise the students and their assignments.

Day 2, done by Coding Club Administration

Student Account Delivery

After administrative preparations we will deliver the Coding Club account and login data for your child to your parents account. This will take approx 3 office days from registration. You will receive a notification email.

Getting startet Day 3, done by Coding Club Administration

Parenting in the Digital Age

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning guides on all digital related aspects of the child-parent relation and modern parenting. 

Furthermore we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly.

View example For Parents

Homeschooling Preparation

With our help make us of the Junior Coding Club education services at home.

The learning tools can be used anytime from anywhere. In order to get the best experience you might need to update some items of your homeschooling environment at home.

Ideally your child is able to use the Junior Coding Club student login and account from a home computer. We will show you how to achieve this.

Homeschooling Tips For Parents

Tell your Friends

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

We are planning a reward system which offers discounts for fostering the Junior Coding Club community. The Junior Coding Club is about networking, teamwork and collaboration. The earlier the children will learn new ways of playing and working together, the saver they will thrive in the digital age.

For Parents

Watch out for new Camps or Live-Online Courses

Weekly live-online courses on special topics are offered on a regular basis. During holidays we organise camps on premise or live-online.

View Coding Club Activities For Parents

Get reports, results and council about your Child

Coming Soon, we update our service continuously.

In general we emphasise a personal approach regarding sensible child-related issues. You are always welcome to contact us directly. Furthermore we are planning periodical data-driven reports about the skill development of your child.

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Curated ITC Education Services - virtual and personal

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First steps with Minecraft Education Edition

First steps with Minecraft Education Edition

Almost all children are enthusiastic about Minecraft because it is simply fun. This is how we harness passion and motivation.

In the Junior Coding Club we use the Minecraft Education Edition designed for schools. This differs from the normal consumer version (Bedrock and Java version). We use a shared virtual workspace or classroom, and the teacher has classroom management tools at his or her disposal to guide a group virtually in the Minecraft world. 

Another key feature of the education version is the interface to MakeCode or Python Code Builder. This allows children to try out code they have written themselves in Minecraft. MakeCode is very similar to the code building blocks of Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu) and the same programming methods and principles apply.

Each pupil receives his or her personal “virtual” robot in Minecraft and can programme it from there. This is a very good way to simulate robotics projects.

In a shared Minecraft world (multiplayer), social interaction teaches teamwork, collaboration and human values.  It’s like a school playground, but virtual.

In solo player mode, however, there are not these many points of contact. Instead, concentrated work to deepen the knowledge prevails here.

Installation

Download Minecraft Education Edition and install the software by running the downloaded file. The file is an installation package.

You can find the download here: https://education.minecraft.net/get-started/download

On the iPad, you can install the app “Minecraft Education Edition” free of charge via the App Store. The installation happens automatically. If you can’t find it, use the download link at the top of the browser on your iPad.

If Minecraft is used on a laptop, your child will need an additional mouse to operate it.

The strength of Minecraft Education Edition is the educational content such as elaborately created worlds and lessons on many topics and school subjects. To ensure that this content is always up-to-date, the software requires a constant connection to the Internet. In the networks of households and schools, these necessary connections sometimes have to be configured and enabled. You can check whether the software can establish the necessary connections when you start the game for the first time.

Perform a test login in your child’s Minecraft Education Edition account (Coding Club school account). After you have successfully reached the start screen of Minecraft, first test whether your internet connection in the home network is working and Minecraft can access the servers to load and share content: To do this, click on “Play” => then “View Library” => “Lessons” => “Computer Science” => “Hour of Code”.

When the content is loaded, you are ready to go! If you get an error message, please email support@codingclub.cc for help.

Minecraft unfortunately has connection problems now from time to time in multiplayer. In this case, you need to enable a port (TCP/UDP 19132) on your home router. If you can do this, so much the better. We are also happy to help you on the phone to make this setting at home.

Parents entering a Minecraft world for the first time quickly notice that there is no tutorial to get them started. However, there are a few hands-on tutorials in the programme’s library (Play -> Library -> Beginner). The learning curve can be relatively high, depending on your experience with computer games. How do the controls work? How do you craft? And what do the children actually do with it in class? Education.minecraft.net helps you get started. There you will find ready-made worlds to download, teaching ideas, a support area and more. The official Twitter account is @PlayCraftLearn and most often the hashtag #MinecraftEdu is used. Here’s how you could go about it:
  1. Let your child show you the game. Coding Club learners quickly master the controls, know how to craft and know the difference between Survival and Creative modes. As an alternative, you can also play the tutorial world.
  2. Play by yourself! Try to survive the first night in Survival mode.
  3. We are all learners and sometimes your child can be a teacher too. A reason to be proud of your child. 🙂
The official website shows many teaching examples and if you search on Youtube you will notice: there is no typical Minecraft lesson, the game is used in different subjects and classes. Of course, there are obvious topics, such as area calculations, cubes and cuboids in geometry. But Minecraft unfolds its potential in open tasks. The teacher structures and plans the lesson, sets goals and assignments. However, we should also live the Minecraft motto “No one can tell you what you can or cannot do” to some extent in school. By engaging with the ideas of the learners. In this way, surprising Minecraft buildings can emerge.

This is how we work with Minecraft Education in the classroom:

  • We start with a lesson and a building. For beginners, it is better to start in Creative mode.
  • We think about a project. This results in assignments, which we discuss before the learners have started the game (during the building phase, interruptions are disturbing).
  • Now from time to time, a time limit is set. A timer is set up in the classroom so that the learners can keep track of the time. For the assignments, 20 minutes is usually enough once everyone has mastered the basic controls.
  • After the construction phase, group by group, the results are briefly presented.
  • Documentation is possible in the game with the objects camera and portfolio. With these, buildings can be photographed and exported as an image. In the beginning, one can also simply photograph the computer screen with the smartphone or take a screenshot.

Some ideas for first open assignments (by the way, it’s also fun to do online from home together with other Coding Club members):

  • Weekly review: Build something to go with a positive school experience in the past school week.
  • That’s me: In Creative mode, you are a kind of omnipotent ruler over your Minecraft world. Choose a world with a village and build a statue in front of the village to represent you. 
  • Childhood memory: Build a childhood memory. This can be your house, your room, an object, a special place or an experience.
  • Get to know the multiplayer mode: Choose a world with a village. Build a village entrance (gate, city wall, road…).
  • Landmark (also works in multiplayer mode): Build a landmark from your surroundings.
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Getting startet with codeSpark Academy

Getting startet with codeSpark Academy

With codeSpark Academy we’re learning key computer science concepts that are the foundation to any programming language. With its word-free approach, colorful characters called Foos, and creative coding space, our class is having a blast solving coding puzzles and creating games. I believe that adding codeSpark Academy to my curriculum has helped improve my students’ problem solving and creative abilities.

Get the App

Access the app on desktop at www.codespark.com/play or download it via the App StoreGoogle Play Store, or Amazon.

Student Login Instructions

Once you’ve downloaded the app on your favourite device and received a classroom code from your Coding Club tutor, it’s easy to log in and get started. Just follow these instructions to learn how to code in no time.

Log Into Your codeSpark Classroom

  • Open the codeSpark Academy app.
  • Tap “Schools” in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Select “Students” on the following screen.
  • Select the “Use Classroom Code” button to type in the code handed out by your Coding Club tutor.
  •  A valid code will take you to the codeSpark Academy welcome screen. If your code doesn’t work, contact your teacher for a new code. The code is only valid for a few hours, during which time it must be entered.

Create Your Profile

  • Tap the green play button.
  • Select your real name from the list of students. If you can’t find your name, please contact your teacher.
  • Choose a profile icon. You can change this later if you change your mind.
  • Choose a fun name. This is the name classmates will see when you publish games and stories. Careful! This one’s permanent!
  • Tap the green play button to enter a whole new world of coding. Try a puzzle, explore the lessons, or create your own games and stories!
  • The music in the background can be muted in the overview screen, see below.

Onboarding Coding Club Camp

1.)
Children registered will have a Microsoft Education 365 student account. The account name will look like this:

simon.b@codingclub.cc <= example

It is the first name of your child you just registered with your email, followed by a dot “.” and the first letter of your last name (your last name stated in your email). The last part is for all students the same: “@codingclub.cc”.

The temporary password will be sent to you by e-mail.

2.)
Download Microsoft Teams and install the software on the devices of your child. If you use a tablet, you need to install MS Teams through the AppStore or the PlayStore.

3.) Download Minecraft Education Edition as well. Used with the Coding Club account it is free and highly recommended as a learning game. If you use an iPad, you need to install it through the AppStore. Unfortunately there is no Android tablet version available at this time.

4.) Start Microsoft Teams and login with the children Coding Club account. Now you will see two team rooms if you are new and three team rooms if you are a regular CC member. Choose “CC Spring Holiday Camp” and enter the top channel named “General” or “Allgemein”. Inside the channel you can connect to the video conference. If you can find it, look for a blu icon or a blue area bar with a “Join” button. Links and announcements are also in the channel.

I will start the video conference already at noon time so you can login earlier, test your computer and get used to the application. The more fluent your child is with MS Teams or any other meeting app the better will be your experience. It could be possible that your child will meet other students already before the start of the event inside MS Teams. Take advantage of this and try out the meeting app functions. Ideally the 3 main important functions to start with are trained a bit before we begin:

1. The screen “Share” function. So your child will be able to share her screen to present something. It is also important for us teachers so we can help fixing a problem on your child’s computer.

2. The mute button. We need to learn discipline especially in online meetings and avoid distraction from noise through all those microphones connected. The default setting for a students should be being on mute. In MS Teams, responsibility about being muted or not lies sorely by the participants (the students). They need to learn this responsibility. If a student wants to say something in a large group they should post a message (teacher will read) and wait for their call. In small groups it is ok if the students unmute themselves (they are allowed to unmute) and raise their voice cautiously.

3. Finding the way back from the video screen back to the message postings. The message posts or board in the general channel are filled with links where links guide the students to learning resources on other websites.

If you are facing technical problems there is actually not much we can help shortly before or during the event. Kindly get in touch with us afterwards so it is quite enough to fix your issue. I’m glad to help and I know it is a difficult situation. Don’t be turned away if it just does not work 100% from the start. It is normal. It is a learning curve and your child will adapt fast. Your kid will enjoy having a project in collaboration with their peers which they can do from home, even being isolated.

If you like the Coding Club you might check other regular CC activities as well during the holiday or beyond when schools should start again. Visit https://codingclub.info for bookings (in english) or general information about digital empowerment (in german) at https://digitaltutor.de. We teach online throughout the day and in small groups of max 4 – 5 students to provide intensive tutoring.

I’m looking forward to meet you in the Coding Club teams channel!