Code Club Onboarding Guide
Starting a code club can feel like driving to a coffee shop on another continent… Follow this roadmap and know exactly where to go.
1. Getting Started
Attend mock code club
Learn how code club works through hands-on experience. We’ll cover Workouts, Missions, projects and more. See how we empower students to learn code through the “maker” mentality and growth mindset. Experience code club experience first-hand!
We run two live mock code clubs each week: Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Please sign up, attend, and learn along with other librarians from around the country.
View training video
Watch the training slides on code club. The slides answer the Big Why, how to facilitate code club, and pro-tips. In addition, learn how to run a code club if you don’t know how to code. The video is 30 min, so get some popcorn and get comfy.
Give first code club date and meeting time
Pick a date for your code club to start. We’ll need the date, the start time, and how long your club will run. We recommend code club run anywhere from 1-2 hours. Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post training to-dos
Setup Admin Account
It’s time to create your admin account. Follow these steps:
- Navigate to app.prenda.co
- Click “Forgot password.”
- Enter your work email address.
- Check your email and follow the instructions for reseting.
- Log in using this email address as your username and the password you just created as your password.
Watch admin overview video
Learn how to operate the admin panel. Explore the code club info page and update relevant information. View coders page to know where to reset passwords. Toggle between coder mode and admin mode to work on your own coding tasks.
Join the Facebook group
Introduce yourself to the community of code club facilitators. Take a look at some of the pinned posts. See what’s happening around the country with code club, and get inspired!
Provide Kickoff Information
If you haven’t already, we need some information about your kickoff, like your kickoff date and regular meeting days and times. Please provide that here.
Maker & Robotics Devices
Prenda’s curriculum includes robotics and maker devices. Here’s our buying guide so you know what’s included and exactly which version of each device you should purchase.
2. Launching Code Club
Getting the word out
Spread awareness about code club in your community with our marketing resources. Flyers are perfect for the libraries, local schools, and coffee shops. The digital marketing guide has templates for emails and social media. Explore our marketing content for all the resources that can help.
Read The Uncanny Guide to Successful Code Clubs
Help your code club not just survive…but thrive. Learn what the best facilitators around the country are doing to run amazing code clubs.
Do some coding! (optional)
Hour of Code
Learn the basics of coding so that when you look at a student’s screen, you aren’t confused. Complete the coding exercises in the hour of code. Be sure to click on the “View Code” link to see what’s happening behind the scenes.
Before your first code club
Read Comprehensive Guide
Re-familiarize yourself with the most important concepts from training. Get prepared with the practical steps to running your first code club.
Explore resources section
Take a quick peek at the resources section and find out all the answers that are available to you whenever you need them. There is still so much you don’t know…but not for long!
3. What’s Next
Improving code club
Recruit volunteers and make your life easier. Even one extra set of hands can help in mentoring students and typing in sign-off codes. Once you have recruited volunteers, have them watch the 7-minute volunteer training video. This will give them everything they’ll need to assist you in code club.
Report back to Prenda
How did the first code club go? Let Henry know! Send a short email about your triumphs, questions, and what would help for the next code club.
Build a core group – homeschool
Find the core group of students that will commit to code club for the next few months. There are many options for finding this core group. Use our Building A Core Group Guide.
Parent Email Reminder Feature
Prenda has a feature built right into the app that sends out an email to parents week after week reminding them that code club is coming up. Make sure you use this feature! Here’s how it works: