What to do before your first class

Be prepared for your first class

Before your first class, we may require you to sign up to websites that we use. This allows your child to save their work online under their own personal profile. Your child will be required to bring their username and password to class so that they can log in and save their work. When they are at home, they will be able to access their work via the website.

N.B. Our tutors are not legally able to sign up minors to social platforms.

You are also invited to provide us with a copy of the username and password so that we are able to support your child with the login process as the start of every class if this is required.

We use scratch.mit.edu to create projects. Please sign up your child to Scratch so that they have their own username and password, it’s free. The signup process requires the use of a guardian’s email address. 

For extra help on how to sign up to Scratch, click here for more details.

Then bring your Scratch username and password to class. Or please feel free to provide us with your child’s username and password so that we can help them to sign on at the start of class. Having an account which the student can sign into will mean they can save the work that is completed in class.

If you are bringing your own tablet (iPad or Android) to class, please download the Scratch Jr app here, it’s free.

If you are bringing your own tablet (iPad or Android) to class, please download the Tynker app here, it’s free.

We use Tinkercad to create our 3D modelling projects. Please sign up your child to Tinkercad so that they have their own username and password, it’s free. The signup process requires the use of a Gmail account. 

Then bring your Tinkercad username and password to class. Or please feel free to provide us with your child’s username and password so that we can help them to sign on at the start of class. Having an account which the student can sign into will mean they can save the work that is completed in class.

If you are using a computer at a state school

We use https://www.trinket.io/.
Please sign up, it’s free. Then bring your Trinket username and password to class. Having an account which the student can sign into will mean they can save the work that is completed in class.

 

If you are using your own computer

Please download Python 3.x.x here. It’s free. We will use this to write our Python code.

We use Notepad++ (or Notepad) for Windows computers and Atom for Macs.

All files will be saved:

  • locally if you are using your own computer, or
  • on to a USB if you are using a school computer, so that you can take your files home.

 

We use Thunkable to build our iOS and Android apps. Please sign up your child to Thunkable so that they have their own username and password, it’s free. The signup process requires the use of a Gmail account. Click here for extra help on how to sign up to Thunkable.

Then bring your Thunkable username and password to class. Or please feel free to provide us with your child’s username and password so that we can help them to sign on at the start of class. Having an account which the student can sign into will mean they can save the work that is completed in class.

We also use the following files in our projects, please download before the class: cat picture and meow sound file.

Please also ensure that you have an Android or an iPhone to test your Thunkable app.

  • If you have an Android, please ensure that you download the Thunkable app from the Play Store.
  • If you have an iPhone, please ensure that you download the Thunkable Live app from the iOS Store.

Before your Online Code Clubs, we require students to download and install Zoom, which is the program we use to run online classes and connect students to tutors.  Zoom can be downloaded from here: https://zoom.us/download Download the first option: “Zoom Client for Meetings.”

You can also refer to this Zoom document, if the install is an issue.
Open Zoom and sign in before the class make sure you can get to a screen which will require a meeting code.

The meeting code for Zoom is listed in the registration email under room details. Email hello@codingkids.com.au or call Emily on 0449162677 if you require the meeting code immediately. 

Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

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