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Discover the answers to our top asked questions in 2020!

February 11, 2021 By Canada Learning Code

In 2020, our world changed a lot! So how has it impacted Canada Learning Code and what does it mean for our learners?

The biggest update to our programming has been the switch to delivering all of our experiences digitally. The best thing about this is how it has opened up learning opportunities to more people than ever before. Now, we are able to reach learners who previously couldn’t attend an experience due to timing or geographical constraints – but this has also prompted some new questions which we hope to answer below.

I identify as a man, can I attend this workshop?

One question we are often asked is, can someone male-identifying join a Ladies Learning Code, a Teens Learning Code or a Girls Learning Code workshop?

The simple answer is, yes, but you should be aware that our effort has gone into meeting the unique needs of each program’s target community. 

Our Ladies Learning Code, Teens Learning Code and Girls Learning Code programs offer women-identified and men-identified, transgender, and beyond binary persons hands-on, project-based learning experiences that are designed to give beginners the skills and confidence they need to become digital creators. 

These programs tackle the tech gender gap one positive, empowering learning experience at a time. Our learning experiences specifically prioritize women-identified, transgender and beyond binary individuals; racialized people because these groups are currently the most underserved with computer science education opportunities.

Group of adults working on a computer project

My kid is 8 years old, can they attend an online workshop?

Another common question following our transition to an online delivery model is if a kid can attend a workshop if they fall above or below the 9 to 12-year-old age range. 

Our online Youth Programs (Girls Learning Code, Kids Learning Code, Teens Learning Code) are specifically catered to the age range we outline as the experiences are designed for that age range and their expected level of digital literacy. 

Those who are outside of these ages should be aware that our effort has gone into meeting the unique needs of the age range that is outlined. As a result, the content we cover may be more simple or more complex for learners outside of the identified range.

Most importantly of all, we do require that an adult parent or guardian be present during all Girls and Kids Learning Code workshops to ensure the best experience possible which includes considerations like learner comfort, assistance with tech and safety.

Mother and daughter typing on computer

I don’t live in Canada, can I join an online workshop?

A recent addition to our FAQs is, can I join a workshop if I am not in Canada? 

We are a Canadian charity working in Canadian time zones and with an emphasis on supporting learners in Canada, however, now that our workshops are virtual, there’s nothing stopping you from registering from another country! Just be aware that we prioritize people in Canada and as such, our workshops’ primary focus is on supporting learners in Canada with experiences provided in English or French and relevant content for those residing in Canada.

This will be especially applicable if you’re registering for Teachers Learning Code workshops as these are tailored towards educators in Canada who are working within our education system. Having said that, again, if the time zone and language are not an issue, there is nothing stopping you from joining us for a session!

Screenshot of a Zoom group call

We’d like to thank all of our learners, parents and teachers for their patience and support last year as we made the transition to online. We are so excited to teach more 2021 experiences and for you all to join us online again soon!

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