If you’re looking for free resources on coding and computational thinking, visit the Code Week website where you can find plenty of free projects, lesson plans and tutorials.
Beginners Guide to EU Code Week
Meet EU Code Week – the grassroots movement that in 2019 reached 4.2 million participants in more than 80 countries around the world. EU Code Week is an annual celebration of creativity, problem solving and collaboration through programming. This year, the Code Week will take place from 10 to 25 October.
#1 Coding From Home Webinars
Covid-19 and the lockdown have had a significant effect on how teachers give their lessons and keep their students engaged in 2020. To make sure they’re armed with the right tools to do so, EU Code Week offers bi-monthly webinars with speakers from the EU Code Week community, as well as Influential tech organisations such as TechSoup, Google and Microsoft who offer tips on how to teach coding remotely, present new resources, projects and funding opportunities for schools around Europe. The webinars are announced on EU Code Week’s Twitter and Facebook, approximately a week in advance.
To take part in the webinars, you’ll need: a device with an internet connection, headphones
#2 Coding@Home unplugged activities
The initiative also offers online video tutorials for families. The Coding@Home video series by Professor Alessandro Bogliolo, Information Processing Systems at the University of Urbino offers a collection of short videos, do-it-yourself materials, puzzles, unplugged activities, and coding challenges to try out at home or in school. The YouTube series gives you an introduction to computational thinking and the best part is that all of the activities are unplugged, so you don’t even need an internet connection to try them out. What’s more, the videos are available in 28 languages.
To carry out the activity you’ll need: Do-it-yourself materials you can download from the site
On the Code Week website, you’ll also find free training materials and topic-specific courses, called ‘Learning Bits’, for teachers, librarians or other youth activity organisers who are just getting started with teaching code. All of these are available in 29 languages. The modules vary from tutorials on block-based visual programming languages like Scratch, high-level programming languages like Python, app development or inclusive coding activities.
To carry out the activity you’ll need: to watch the videos and download the ready-made lesson plans
#4 EU Code Week Deep Dive: massive open online course
Finally, the initiative offers massive open online courses (MOOC) in coding and computational thinking. Code Week’s Deep Dive MOOC, which will start on 16 September and continue for 5 weeks offers and introduction to computational thinking, coding and EU Code Week. The 25-hour course is divided into five modules, each of them focusing on a particular topic such as robotics, programming languages and mobile app development (the cool stuff). For the people who complete the MOOC EU Code Week issues a certificate validated by the European Schoolnet Academy and the University of Urbino.
To carry out the activity you’ll need: a device with an internet connection, headphones