Another year has come to a close and, despite the challenges, Jam Coding is delighted to be ending it on a high. This year has proven that with every challenge comes the opportunity to innovate and grow.
In March, the closure of schools and other lockdown restrictions inspired us to launch Jam Academy, a virtual classroom initiative that would allow children to continue their education whilst schools were closed.
We did this by delivering and loaning laptops, fully equipped with a range of cross-curricular workshops. Each workshop contained tasks, challenges and lessons for children to complete then submit back to the group. Our code coaches even recorded detailed explanatory videos to ensure the children were fully engaged with the programme.
Having supported the learning of 62 children across the county, the initiative was a huge success. One parent commented, “The Jam Coding workshops, and the new service Jam Academy is excellent. Our 10-year-old daughter is absolutely loving the content and using the technology to do some of her homework whilst home-schooling.”
By the time September came round, we were back at school, supporting teachers in the delivery of PPA and CPD, as well as general cover. We even conducted some lessons via Zoom (where schools were not permitted to welcome visitors) so that entire classes could take part and benefit.
Jam Coding is based in Lancashire, but we believe that all children should have access to our digital / life skills workshops. This year we were delighted to welcome 5 new franchise partners on board who will help us deliver computing education to children across the nation!
To top of it off, we recently became finalists in the QFA’s Virtual Franchising Awards which celebrates innovation, achievement, and excellence within the franchising sector. The winners will be revealed on 29th January 2021 – keep your eyes peeled!
What’s next for Jam Coding?
Another year has passed but our vision remains clear. We want to reach as many children as possible and deliver life skills to the next generation of digital citizens.
Jam Coding has an exciting year ahead with plans to further grow our franchise network and deliver workshops to new schools who have booked in with us for 2021!
We will also be releasing some new fun and engaging extracurricular workshops to grow the digital knowledge of the children we teach.
Founded in 2014 by teacher and digital professional Roger Grogan, Jam Coding delivers computing and coding programmes that help children and young people engage in the computing curriculum.
Roger commented, “We believe every child deserves the chance to unlock their innate, unlimited capacity to learn. Not just where we’re based in Lancashire, but nationwide.
Through our franchising program, children across the UK can access the tools they need to develop vital computing skills. Whether or not they choose coding as a career, these skills will help them throughout the course of their lives.
We see digital skills as life skills and we also, unfortunately, see a widening digital divide. We are seeking to address this at key ages and are very proud to be recognised for that.”
The awards, which are conducted virtually using technology to select and present the winners, received 175 nominations.
Other categories include: marketing excellence, best franchise support, best franchising supplier, new franchisor of the year, best adaption to change, franchise of the year and franchisor of the year.
What happens next?
Now, we wait! The shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by a judging panel who will then vote for the franchise they believe should win. The winners will be announced on 29th January 2021 until then its back to teaching the future….
Love what we do?
Get in touch to find out how you can become a Jam Coding franchisee.
Why every child should get a Rubik’s cube this Christmas.
The Rubik’s cube is always our first suggestion when parents ask what toys or games will help their children digitally.
Invented in the mid-70’s by Hungarian architect Erno Rubik, the colourful cube is one of the most popular toys of all time. Over the last 45+ years, people of all ages have taken on the challenge of solving the 3-dimensional puzzle, yet only an estimated 5.8% of the population have been successful.
Despite popular belief, the low success rate isn’t down to the cube being too difficult to solve. Anyone can solve it. It just requires a lot of patience and focus which is where most people fall short.
So, how does it work and how will it benefit my child?
To solve the cube, your child will need to learn a couple of algorithms. Don’t worry, it sounds a lot scarier than it is!
An algorithm is essentially a list of step-by-step instructions that must be followed in a particular sequence in order to solve a problem. Once you master the first algorithm, the others will follow much more naturally.
This part of the process can actually improve patience and focus – essential qualities in any computing role. It can also increase speed and boost muscle memory which is great for coding and any other role that requires typing.
As you come closer to solving the puzzle, you’ll start to get a better understanding of how the cube actually works. This can have a positive effect on your child’s problem-solving capabilities, forcing him/her to think ahead and discover new ways to solve the cube.
Learning to solve the Rubik’s cube comes with a number of benefits that will help your child in the real world, but it’s also a great conversation starter, an amazing achievement and something they will always be proud of.
Thinking of getting your child this popular brain teaser for Christmas?
Statistics reveal that only 1 in 20 people who own a Rubik’s cube can actually solve it but the chances are definitely less if your child doesn’t have one at home.
Solving the Rubik’s cube is a challenge, but one that will have a great impact on your child whether or not they see it to completion. Thinking of giving it a go? Head over to YouTube where you’ll find hundreds of step-by-step tutorials – this one is our favourite!
For more information, please get in touch. Good luck!
We’re Glad to be Back…
Jam Coding are pleased to be back in schools, doing what we love, teaching the next generation of digital citizens some important life-skills. 2020 has certainly shown us that technology is hugely important for education and connecting people and will only grow in significance for future generations.
We have been busy over the last couple of months planning and preparing for the next school term with exciting new curriculum lessons and extra-curricular workshops starting this week.
A lot has changed…
Getting children back into the classroom has been highlighted as being so so important for their development and well-being. But of course, we, like everyone else in the great communities we serve, cannot ignore the difficult circumstance under which we have to operate now in the classroom.
In order to ensure the safety of your children, Jam Coding have put in place the following a list of policies and procedures:
- The disinfection of all equipment prior and post-use in each of our sessions.
- The use of gloves by all staff if requested by the school
- The use of face masks or visors as required by the school
- Temperature checking of all staff on a daily basis
- Class Bubble or smaller group sizes for After School Clubs (1 child per laptop) where children are operating out of class bubbles.
- Use of group bubbles to distance and seat learners as appropriate
- Sanitisation of hands by learners before and after each session
- Full staff training for all Jam Coding Code Coaches with risk assessments for the management of groups and environments
We have taken these steps to ensure we can get back working with our budding young coders as soon as possible. If you would like to speak to us about coding in a school then please contact us.
A lot is changing…
The fact is 9 out of every 10 jobs will require sound digital skills in the next 10 years. Jobs in digital will represent a huge proportion of the future workforce and we are on a mission to make sure as many young people as possible are digitally ready to join that workforce. If they aren’t then they are at a serious disadvantage to their peers. It’s Digital Skills week from the 14th September and we are going to be launching some workshops FREE for schools in the UK. Watch this space for more information.
G-Suite for Education. Apply for funded support.
Through our connection with Bett, we recently learned about a brilliant opportunity available to schools who do not currently have a digital education platform.
Schools can now apply for Education-funded support to get set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education and Office 365 Education.
Why G Suite for Education?
Google and Microsoft can each help you to create a virtual school that mimics real-life schooling as closely as possible. G Suite for Education contains a free set of productivity tools for classroom collaboration. Accessible from any device, it is used by over 120m+ users worldwide and enables teachers and students to continue teaching and learning remotely.
No matter which platform you choose, you won’t have to compromise on your pupils’ education or sense of community. You’ll be able to live-stream assemblies, upload video lessons, set work and provide feedback so pupils can continue learning. Learn more.
Further to the virtual opportunity with G-Suite; It is also excellent for use in the classroom allowing instant feedback opportunities, learner assessment and progress and easy classroom management of curriculum subjects. G-Suite is something we have used in some of our CPD and PPA schools first hand.
How do I get G Suite for Education for my school? Learn about the set-up process here.
To apply for funding, visit the digital education platform hub over at The Key Support to get started.
It’s the latest social media trend to have youngsters fixated but in spite of a rapid rise in popularity there are still many, mostly parents and older people, who aren’t quite sure what TikTok is.
Download our ‘Guide to TikTok’ to learn about TikTok and help your child understand how to use the platform responsibly.
Used safely TikTok can be a fun and creative platform that children can enjoy, so download our guide and talk with your child about they can get the most out of TikTok!
Jam Academy. Laptop, tuition and virtual code coach all in one.
We hope all our coders, parents and teachers are safe and well. As a business, we have been hit hard by the necessity for schools to close. To put it simply we have lost access to 100% of our customers.
We truly believe that something good can and will come out of every situation. No matter how difficult. Exceptional times cause exceptional problems which need exceptional solutions.
We always planned to offer a distance-learning option. We knew there were so many children that weren’t accessing our courses that we felt it was something we needed to introduce.
The feedback from our first students has been incredible. I think we have struck the right balance of fun, education and creative tasks to keep children engaged and happy. The Academy offer is simple:
- Parents and guardians sign up to the academy either as a weekly subscription or 7 week block.
- They then receive a laptop and some simple instructions to get logged on.
- The laptop is pre-loaded with educational software for their children to learn digital literacy, coding and computing as well as cross-curricular subjects such as maths, english PE and so on…
- The virtual classroom will contain tasks, challenges and lessons for children to complete then submit work back to the group.
- Ongoing support and assistance is provided by Jam Coding.
- We will be setting these workshops with detailed explanatory videos and notes for children to use.
- New content will be posted and added to the library on a regular basis to ensure children have plenty of new lessons and challenges.
The workshops are cross-curricular and allow children to continue their education whilst schools are closed at a time convenient to them. This will supplement and enrich any lessons that are also being sent from school. The sessions will be fun, engaging and challenging and are for Years 1 – 6.
All materials are written by qualified teaching professionals from Jam Coding and the teaching community.
HOW TO JOIN THE JAM ACADEMY
If you want to access the Jam Academy please order through our website here:
- All laptops will be dropped off directly to your house and left in a secure place.
- All technology has been fully anti-bacterially cleansed.
- Staff dropping off laptops will use anti-bacterial precautions as required.
- We ask that equipment is re-cleansed before being returned.
- After your hire period you can arrange to carry on with your hire and tuition package or return your laptop.
- We will htne pick your laptop back up.
- There is a £50 refundable deposit for the laptop.*