Kids' coding in 2021 with codetoday



The sun's out. The weather's warming up. Hopefully, we'll all be able to venture out of our homes more in the coming months.


This good news doesn't mean that Python coding needs to take a back seat, however. On the contrary, the Live Online format is ideal for the Spring and Summer seasons as it's packaged in short sessions and flexible options.


We discussed recently why kids' coding is important, and the excellent weather and outdoors activity shouldn't stop kids from learning how to code.


Kids' coding in 2021 and beyond is looking very exciting. We can't wait to go ahead with our plans for the future at codetoday HQ.


Live Online Courses are Perfect for Teaching Coding


When we introduced the Live Online courses ahead of schedule in March 2020, we wanted this format to be sustainable for the long-term, not just as an interim solution.


The Live Online course format includes:

  • live sessions delivered remotely in short sessions, and

  • additional content on our dedicated online learning platform that students can access whenever they want.


Over the past 12 months, we ran these courses daily. More than a thousand students have come through our virtual doors during this period. We have refined the format and extended the range of levels we offer.

the Live Online format is ideal for the Spring and Summer seasons as it's packaged in short sessions and flexible options


An essential part of the design of the Live Online format was to keep courses and sessions short.


Each course is four sessions long. By keeping the courses short, parents do not need to make any long-term commitment. They can fit coding easily with other activities that the family is doing.


Keeping each session to just one hour, whether it's for weekly courses or holiday courses, means that students do not need to sit at a laptop for a long time at a stretch. And when the weather permits, they can make the most of being outdoors as coding will only take up one hour at a time.


This point is important for kids' health, especially after the past year when outdoor activities have been somewhat limited.


Children can then access more content, including summary videos, after the live sessions at any time they wish. The hybrid method of combining live instructions with offline content enables learning to go beyond just the live sessions while giving a lot of flexibility.


Going Beyond the Basics


Each course may be short, but codetoday students can go as far as they wish on their coding journey. We are proud to have a curriculum that spans from the very basics to more intermediate and advanced topics.


The hybrid method of combining live instructions with offline content enables learning to go beyond just the live sessions while giving a lot of flexibility


Students start with a Level 1 course for their specific age group. They then carry on with successive Levels as they grasp the fundamentals and learn how to think and solve problems using coding.


Once students complete the early Levels, they move on to theme-based courses that deal with specific coding topics or larger projects. These courses allow students to dive deeper into coding and combine coding with other subjects, such as science.


Supporting Our Students in 2021 and Beyond


We're proud of what we've achieved with the Live Online Coding in Python courses. We're pleased with the great reception we got from students and their parents.


And one of the services we're proudest of is the support community we have created. All our students get access to the Codetoday Community to ask questions and get feedback and support from the codetoday team after the course has ended.


This support forum is an integral part of the learning experience for codetoday students. We strongly encourage our students to practice the coding skills they have learned by writing their own code. But if they do, so they will encounter problems and will have questions. The Codetoday Community allows us to support our students as they consolidate and become more proficient.



Our next Coding in Python courses

will run over May half term