Frequently asked questions
What is Canada Learning Code?
Canada Leaning Code is charitable initiative dedicated to advancing digital literacy for all Canadians. We design, deliver and partner on technology education programs. Our programs include: Ladies Learning Code, Teachers Learning Code, Kids Learning Code, Girls Learning Code and Teens Learning Code.
Why Canada Learning Code week?
Canada Learning Code week has been created thanks to the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and Boeing. The week is meant to offer all Canadians the opportunity to participate and learn about our country’s history and re-imagine it digitally (through games, interactive stories, digital art and more!) with a distinct voice.
Is there a cost to participate?
Nope! Participating in the week is completely free. Our how-to-guide is free. Our lesson plans are free. Our training sessions are free. We’re a charitable initiative supported by amazing organizations like Canadian Heritage and Boeing to make coding education accessible to all.
Why are you using Scratch for your lessons?
Created by MIT, Scratch is an ideal tool for teaching beginners the concepts of code and computational thinking. It is a visual tool that enables total beginners to better understand how to code by moving blocks and constructing logic in easy to understand (and fun!) ways. It’s also platform agnostic which means you can use it on iPads, Macs or PC’s alike both online (connected to the internet) and offline.
I’m a teacher and I don’t feel comfortable with technology - can I still participate?
Absolutely. We’ve built our lessons with non-technical educators in mind and will be providing support through train the trainer sessions, online resources and a web platform with all the required material for a beginner to learn and deliver a successful workshop. We also have lessons that teach the underlying principles of coding and computational thinking that don’t require computers at all - we call them ‘unplugged’ lessons.
Is Canada Learning Code Week only for kids?
The lessons have been designed for youth, however the week is for anyone interested in learning how to code. Scratch is a great tool for kids to learn, but it’s extremely flexible and open to all levels (it’s even used in Harvard‘s introductory Computer Science courses)
Is Canada Learning Code Week only for schools?
Nope. The week has been designed for traditional and non-traditional educators. Whether you are a teacher in a classroom, a program coordinator at a community centre, a homeschooling parent or a Girl Guide troop leader - we’ve designed the week help you teach anyone to code.
How long is a workshop?
A lesson is minimum 45 minutes in length and can go for as long as you’d like! We’ve created storytelling resources that precede the coding lessons to give historical context to what the lesson is about.
How many lessons will there be?
We’ve built many custom lessons that speak to Canada’s history for Canada 150 that will form the basis of the week Additionally, we have an entire resource of other lessons available on our Teachers Learning Code platform.
How will we have access to the materials required to deliver a workshop?
All of our lessons and supporting resources are hosted on our website - for free! We’ve highlighted our material for Canada Learning Code Week and added some cool historical resources and videos for you to use that complement the lesson in the classroom.
How will educators and delivery partners be trained?
We’ll be coordinating in-person and virtual train-the-trainer sessions. Our team is experienced in training educators on how to deliver our lessons and will provide support and updates to ensure you’re ready for the week.
How does the volunteer process work?
We’re building a team of volunteers who are technical or have a passion for technology and learning. Our volunteers will act as mentors in the class, collaboratively teaching the workshops by assisting educators and learners during the workshop. When an educator submits an event, they will have the option to request a volunteer mentor and then we’ll match them to local our volunteers where possible. We will be providing training resources, check-ins and support for our volunteers.
How do I win the Google chromebook prize?
Submit your project after you’ve completed a workshop! We’re collecting all of the submissions made by youth around the country during the week. The submission that celebrates Canada's history and demonstrates historical accuracy, creativity and use of coding concepts in their final project the best will win Google Chromebooks for their class!