Prosiectau Code Club nawr ar gael yn Gymraeg / Code Club resources are now available in Welsh

(English version below)

Ry’n ni’n falch i gyhoeddi fod prosiectau ac adnoddau Code Club nawr ar gael yn Gymraeg! Dyma’r tîm sy’n gyfrifol am y prosiect yn trafod pam fod cyfieithu ein prosiectau wedi bod mor bwysig.

Yng Ngorffennaf 2017, fe wnaeth Llywodraeth Cymru lansio strategaeth Cymraeg 2050 i gynyddu’r nifer o siaradwyr Cymraeg i 1 miliwn erbyn 2050. Fel rhan o hyn, fe wnaeth y llywodraeth lansio grant arloesi i gefnogi prosiectau sy’n cynyddu’r defnydd o Gymraeg trwy dechnoleg.

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Pan lansiwyd grant y llywodraeth, fe wnaeth ein Cydlynydd yng Nghymru, Adam Williams, gydweithio gyda Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion i ddatblygu prosiect peilot oedd yn galluogi ni i ddatblygu adnoddau cyfrwng Cymraeg, a hefyd i ddarparu hyfforddiant trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Meddai Adam:

Pan ddechreuais weithio gyda Code Club, roedd hi’n nod i fi i wella ein darpariaeth Cymraeg. Fe wnaethon ni wrando ar yr adborth gan ein cymuned o addysgwyr a gwirfoddolwyr, oedd yn aml wedi canolbwyntio ar y pwysigrwydd o gael adnoddau a phrosiectau ar gael yn eu mamiaith. Fel Cymro, rydw i’n ymwybodol iawn pa mor bwysig yw hi i’r gymuned bod mynediad i adnoddau Code Club yn Gymraeg.

Adnoddau Cymraeg

Mae gennym ni 21 o brosiectau Code Club wedi eu cyfieithu, yn cynnwys Scratch, HTML & CSS a Python. Mae hefyd gennym ni fersiynau Cymraeg o adnoddau sydd yn cynnwys tystysgrifau, posteri a ffurflenni caniatâd – popeth sydd angen arnoch chi i redeg Clwb Codio yn Gymraeg. Mae modd dod o’r hyd i’r adnoddau trwy fewngofnodi a chlicio “Lawrlwythwch dystysgrifau a phosteri yn Gymraeg”.

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Hyfforddiant Cymraeg

Fel rhan i’n gwaith gyda Cered, fe wnaethon ni hefyd drefnu pump o sesiynau ‘hyfforddi’r hyfforddwr’ yn gyfan gwbl Gymraeg. Rydyn ni’n falch i fod wedi hyfforddi 25 o athrawon a gwirfoddolwyr brwdfrydig. Roedd pob un wnaeth ddod i’r sesiynau eisiau cychwyn eu clwb eu hunan, ac nawr mae’r adnoddau yno i wneud hynny!

Cyflwynwyd y sesiynau gan Lowri Johnston, wnaeth hefyd gyfieithu’r prosiectau ac adnoddau i Code Club. Meddai:

Dwi’n byw yng Nghaerfyrddin lle mae dros 50% o’r boblogaeth yn siarad Cymraeg. Mae addysg Gymraeg yn bwysig iawn yma, ac felly mae hefyd yn bwysig bod y plant yn medru dysgu sgiliau cyfrifiadurol trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Mae’r prosiect wedi bod yn un gwych, a dwi’n falch bod adnoddau ar gael nawr ar gyfer addysgwyr Cymraeg. Dwi’n gobeithio mai hwn yw’r dechrau i gael llawer mwy ar gael yn Gymraeg!

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Meddai Llinos Hallgarth o Cered:

Mae wedi bod yn bleser i ni fel Cered i fod ynghlwm â’r prosiect yma ar y cyd â Code Club, ac i ddatblygu’r adnoddau sydd ar gael i ddysgu codio trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg i blant. Yn ystod y sesiynau hyfforddi, rydym wedi cael cyswllt gyda athrawon a gwirfoddolwyr ar draws Ceredigion a’r de orllewin sydd eisiau cychwyn clybiau codio yn eu hardal, ac mae’n wych ein bod ni wedi paratoi’r adnoddau trwy’r prosiect yma fel eu bod yn gallu mynd ati i wneud hynny.

Roedd paratoi’r prosiectau yn Gymraeg yn broses o gydweithio llwyddiannus, ac hoffwn ddiolch i Cered, a wnaeth y gwaith yma’n bosib. Rydym yn gobeithio y bydd hyn yn annog mwy o blant yng Nghymru i godio!

Os oes ganddo’ch chi unrhyw adborth byddwn wrth ein bodd yn clywed wrthoch chi. Mae modd i chi roi adborth trwy lenwi’r ffurflen hon.

 


 

We are excited to announce that a number of the Code Club projects and resources are now available in Welsh! Here the team behind the project talks about why translating our resources is so important.

In July 2017, the Welsh government launched the Cymraeg 2050 strategy to grow the number of Welsh speakers to 1 million by 2050. As part of this, the government launched an innovation grant to support projects that increase the use of Welsh through technology.

When the government’s grant was launched, our coordinator for Wales, Adam Williams, collaborated with an organisation called Menter Iaith Cered to develop a pilot project that would not only enable us to create Welsh-language resources, but also to provide educators access to Code Club training in Welsh. Adam says:

When I came to work at Code Club, I made it my goal to improve our Welsh language provisions. We listened to feedback from our community of educators and volunteers, who often talk about the importance of having the resources and projects available in their mother tongue. As a Welsh person, I fully understand how important it is for our community in Wales to be able to access the Code Club resources in Welsh.

Translated resources

You can now access our Scratch Module 1 and Module 2 in Welsh; translations for Python and HTML/CSS will follow shortly. On top of that, there are some Welsh certificates and posters available on your Club Hub — just look for the link that says ‘Lawrlwythwch dystysgrifau a phosteri yn Gymraeg’.

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Welsh training sessions

As part of our work with Menter Iaith Cered, we also arranged five ‘Train the trainer’ sessions entirely in Welsh. We were really pleased to be able to train 25 enthusiastic teachers and potential volunteers. Everyone who attended left the sessions wanting to start their own club, and now the resources are available for them to do exactly that!

The training sessions were co-delivered by the amazing Lowri Johnston, who also translated the Code Club projects and resources for us. She told us:

I live in Carmarthen in South West Wales, where over 50% of the population speak Welsh. Most of the primary schools in the area are Welsh-language, so it’s important that they are able to learn computer skills in Welsh.

The whole project has felt really rewarding, and I’m so pleased there are now resources available for Welsh-speaking educators. I hope that this is just the beginning!

Llinos Hallgarth from Cered saysof the project:

It’s been a pleasure for us at Cered to be part of this project with Code Club, and to develop the resources that are available for children to learn to code in Welsh. During the training sessions, we’ve had contact with teachers and volunteers across Ceredigion and south-west Wales who want to start Code Clubs in their area, and it’s great that the resources are now available to do that in Welsh.

Translating our projects was a truly collaborative process, and we would like to thank Cered for making this project possible. We hope these resources will encourage more children in Wales to get coding!

If you have any feedback on our translations, we would love to hear from you! You can tell us what you think by filling in this form.

Finding hardware for your Code Club

Clubs often ask us about how to find low-cost or recycled equipment for their sessions. In this post, three members of the Code Club community tell us how they have secured extra equipment for their club.

You don’t need a lot of equipment to run a Code Club

The only essential equipment you need at your Code Club is a number of laptops or PCs, and you don’t need one computer per child — letting young people program together works very well. You don’t even need internet access: if there is no connectivity at your venue, you can download and install offline versions of Scratch and other programming environments.

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The Raspberry Pi setup at Darren’s Code Club

There are many ways of finding hardware

At some point you might like to introduce additional equipment such as micro:bits or Makey Makeys into your sessions, or let your learners program on Raspberry Pis and create physical computing projects with them. Here are examples of how some of our volunteers have sourced extra hardware for their Code Clubs:

Reach out locally

Darren Townsend was able to equip his Code Club with six Raspberry Pis thanks to a small grant from his employer Warburton’s. For the monitors, keyboards, and mice to accompany the Pis, he enquired at a local company that he knew was changing its IT setup — they were happy to donate their used hardware free of charge.

“I reached out in my local area. Large companies update their IT equipment regularly. They don’t have to be tech companies — the best ones are places like customer service centres. And don’t forget the power of Facebook: you will be amazed what you can get just by asking on your local Facebook groups.” – Darren Townsend

When volunteer Paul Fretwell wanted to introduce physical computing with the Raspberry Pi to his Code Club, he also contacted his employer. He tells us: “When the managing director of our Northern Europe region came to give a presentation in my local office, I thought he would know who the right person would be for me to put my proposal to. So I grabbed the chance to pitch the idea to him. He was very enthusiastic about my ideas for my Code Club and told me he would authorise up to £1000. It was that easy!” Like Darren, Paul was also able to grab some monitors that were going to be recycled.

“I reached out in my local area. Large companies update their IT equipment regularly. They don’t have to be tech companies — the best ones are places like customer service centres. And don’t forget the power of Facebook: you will be amazed what you can get just by asking on your local Facebook groups.” – Darren Townsend

The power of the PTA

When Darren decided to upgrade his Pi setup, he was lucky enough to get some help from the school’s PTA, who donated the money for six new Pis, cases, and power supplies.

“It’s worth a shout out to the families of the young people [in your Code Club] to see if they have any unused kit gathering dust somewhere,” says Darren. “I’m willing to bet that there are plenty sat in garages or lofts, or even heading for the skip.”

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The PTA at Oakham CofE primary successfully crowdfunded for Makey Makeys

Crowdfunding

The PTA at Oakham CofE primary school decided to try crowdfunding when the school’s technology needed an upgrade. They raised £1254 on the crowdfunding platform Rocketfund, which is designed to help schools purchase new technology.

The PTA members spread the word using the school’s social media accounts, and sent out letters to local businesses to ask for their support. To encourage donations, they even live-streamed a teacher having his beard shaved off!

The money allowed them to purchase a set of Makey Makeys, which are now used regularly in the school’s Code Club. PTA chair Suzanne Armer says:
“We have just finished our first term since receiving our new equipment, and both the children and adults have had lots of fun. We have managed to encourage much excitement outside the classroom, there have been lots of demonstrations, and we are taking the equipment to a county show to show off some of the children’s projects.”

Get started with Code Club today

If you want to help run a Code Club, you can get started right now at www.codeclub.org.uk/start-a-club, or reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or via support@codeclub.org.uk if you have any questions.