Children registered will have a Microsoft Education 365 student account. The account name will look like this:
email@example.com <= example
It is the first name of your child you just registered with your email, followed by a dot “.” and the first letter of your last name (your last name stated in your email). The last part is for all students the same: “@codingclub.cc”.
The temporary password will be sent to you by e-mail.
Download Microsoft Teams and install the software on the devices of your child. If you use a tablet, you need to install MS Teams through the AppStore or the PlayStore.
3.) Download Minecraft Education Edition as well. Used with the Coding Club account it is free and highly recommended as a learning game. If you use an iPad, you need to install it through the AppStore. Unfortunately there is no Android tablet version available at this time.
4.) Start Microsoft Teams and login with the children Coding Club account. Now you will see two team rooms if you are new and three team rooms if you are a regular CC member. Choose “CC Spring Holiday Camp” and enter the top channel named “General” or “Allgemein”. Inside the channel you can connect to the video conference. If you can find it, look for a blu icon or a blue area bar with a “Join” button. Links and announcements are also in the channel.
I will start the video conference already at noon time so you can login earlier, test your computer and get used to the application. The more fluent your child is with MS Teams or any other meeting app the better will be your experience. It could be possible that your child will meet other students already before the start of the event inside MS Teams. Take advantage of this and try out the meeting app functions. Ideally the 3 main important functions to start with are trained a bit before we begin:
1. The screen “Share” function. So your child will be able to share her screen to present something. It is also important for us teachers so we can help fixing a problem on your child’s computer.
2. The mute button. We need to learn discipline especially in online meetings and avoid distraction from noise through all those microphones connected. The default setting for a students should be being on mute. In MS Teams, responsibility about being muted or not lies sorely by the participants (the students). They need to learn this responsibility. If a student wants to say something in a large group they should post a message (teacher will read) and wait for their call. In small groups it is ok if the students unmute themselves (they are allowed to unmute) and raise their voice cautiously.
3. Finding the way back from the video screen back to the message postings. The message posts or board in the general channel are filled with links where links guide the students to learning resources on other websites.
If you are facing technical problems there is actually not much we can help shortly before or during the event. Kindly get in touch with us afterwards so it is quite enough to fix your issue. I’m glad to help and I know it is a difficult situation. Don’t be turned away if it just does not work 100% from the start. It is normal. It is a learning curve and your child will adapt fast. Your kid will enjoy having a project in collaboration with their peers which they can do from home, even being isolated.
If you like the Coding Club you might check other regular CC activities as well during the holiday or beyond when schools should start again. Visit https://codingclub.info for bookings (in english) or general information about digital empowerment (in german) at https://digitaltutor.de. We teach online throughout the day and in small groups of max 4 – 5 students to provide intensive tutoring.
I’m looking forward to meet you in the Coding Club teams channel!