It's nearly the summer. It was raining when I opened the file to start writing this post, but it's sunny now! We can expect more of these days in which we see all four seasons in a single day. And who knows what the weather will be like in summer?
Although we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service at codetoday and go the extra mile to help our customers, even we cannot guarantee good weather for you in July and August, especially here in the UK. We discussed the difference between learning coding vs learning about technology last week, but neither will help us ensure it's sunny over the coming months.
Although we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service at codetoday and go the extra mile to help our customers, even we cannot guarantee good weather
Can't Help With The Weather. But We Can Help With Python Coding
What we can guarantee is our usual high standard Coding in Python courses that will run throughout the summer in the codetoday Summer Course Programme. And of course, there's still May half term—which is mainly in June this year!— coming up soon with plenty of courses there too.
Remotely-held live sessions have worked exceptionally well for teaching coding, as coding is already an activity that needs a computer
This summer, we will carry on running the top-rated and successful Live Online courses. These remotely-held live sessions have worked exceptionally well for teaching coding, as coding is already an activity that needs a computer, and it definitely isn't an outdoor skill!
The combination of live sessions and additional videos and notes that we provide to all our students through our dedicated learning platform makes this a very flexible and efficient way of teaching coding and engaging with our students during and after the live sessions. The all-important support forum for students is another critical component of our courses.
One Hour Sessions So You Don't Miss Out On The Sunshine
Another aspect of the Live Online format that has worked exceptionally well has been that each session is limited to one hour. This session length is the only one possible for after school sessions during term-time, of course. However, we found that this format works perfectly for the holiday courses too. It means that children only need to spend one hour on a Zoom meeting, freeing up the rest of the day for other activities, including outdoor activities. The additional material available on the online learning platform means that students can then return to coding at a later time during the day and consolidate what they've learned in the live session.
Children only need to spend one hour on a Zoom meeting, freeing up the rest of the day for other outdoor activities
And if they choose to practise their coding, which we strongly encourage them to do, they can come and ask questions about their code on the Codetoday Community. The Community is the forum dedicated exclusively to our students to get help and support from our team of instructors.
More Advanced Courses Coming This Summer
This summer, we're also rolling out the next set of advanced courses for those students who've completed Levels 1-6 already. Beyond Level 6, we will focus the courses more on certain coding themes and specific projects, and students don't need to follow these courses in a strict order, as for the Levels from 1 to 6. This format for higher-level courses will give more flexibility to students and parents.
We've also been growing our team of instructors. It's a hard job getting new instructors as we're very picky on who we employ. All our UK-based instructors are recruited directly by us for their coding and communication skills. Then they go through a rigorous training programme to learn our methods and our curriculum. This method is the only way we can ensure the same high quality in every course.
Inspiring times ahead for our existing and new students, as we carry on with our mission to bring the teaching of coding forward through fun and engaging courses that are also academically thorough and teach proper coding using Python.