Parent Letter for ACPS2013 Coderdojo Sampler Session

Welcome to Coderdojo! Ms. Gutkowski and Ms. Techman

Thanks to our awesome 2013 teen volunteers!!


Scratch is an appealing easy way for children and teens to make 2-dimensional stories, comics, simple animations, or even games.

  • You can download the old Scratch at: Scroll down on this download page to see Scratch Cards – each one shows how to do a different thing.

Tuesday: HTML

We’ll use KompoZer, a visual html editor, to make a simple webpage and Codecademy

Khan Academy has uneven quality BUT the computer science tutorials are good:

Some other sites to look at:

Wednesday: Minecraft

Minecraft is a world-building game online. You’ll need to buy an account ($26.95) to play at home. Players in one room can make a LAN and interact with each other.              


Thursday: Kodu

Kodu is a 3D video game maker software. It is a PC only download

Some Kodu resources:

Email if you have questions:

3 responses to “Parent Letter for ACPS2013 Coderdojo Sampler Session

  1. Coderdojo is in its 2nd year here in Albemarle County. It’s more like a free coding camp, rather than the Irish model of Coderdojo, which is a year-long in-depth community based coding effort. It’s 3 weeks long, but each class is a week. There are several different offerings, like a week of Javascript, a week of Intermediate Scratch or a week of HTML. My class was a Sampler week for the same students, Mon – Thurs 8:30 – 12:30. We started the week with about 35 and ended up with 23 on the last day. I’m hoping to be on the planning committee for next year – I have some ideas for new offerings!

  2. Was the full week for the same set of learners?

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