Mini guide to running a program at your library
Sarah Roberts, Library Officer with Onkaparinga Libraries Digital Literacy, has prepared this Mini-Guide.
Sarah Roberts, Library Officer, Onkaparinga Libraries Digital Literacy
When to run a program
Choose to run these lessons as part of any weekly after school sessions you already run, or run them as a school holiday activity.
The Challenge commences on 29 January 2019 and closes on 27 September 2019. All programs need to take place within this period.
Programs can be offered in the Term 1 or Term 2 school holidays or after school.
What to cover in the program
Each lesson is designed to take an hour from start to finish, but this will depend upon the individual coder.
All you require is a laptop or PC with internet connection and you’re good to go!
No need to print instruction booklets. The Hour of Code projects listed below have step-by-step instructions on the screen and give feedback and tips as the coder goes through each step.
Have a staff member walking around giving positive encouragement and helping with any technical issues. It really is possible to learn alongside the coders and troubleshoot together and it’s fun!
Encourage coders who are succeeding to help their peers. This reinforces their coding skills and is a great self-esteem builder.
Make sure to register
If you decide to run a program, make sure you have registered your library here to ensure your library shows up as taking part and so you can be in the running for digital rewards when you send us your Challenge Completion Form. The Challenge Completion form is due by 15 October.
You can win one of Potato Pirates offline coding game set simply by promoting the Challenge and sending us a pic. Visit our main page for libraries for full details.
How to complete the Challenge
Children complete the Challenge when they complete any four Challenge activities.
There are hundreds of lessons to choose from.
Sarah’s recommended activities
Here are just a few of the step-by-step lessons I have found to be enjoyable and rewarding for those who are new to coding and which would set them up nicely for further coding experiences:
After completing four activities
Children who complete any four challenge activities complete the challenge.
After completing the challenge, children need to submit their coding record form online to claim their certificate from the commissioner.