WordPress workshop for kids – an organiser kit

Organising WordPress activities for kids had been on my mind for a long time and this February in Bangkok I gave the idea a go. Alongside the very enthusiastic team of WordCamp Bangkok and with the help of my good friends Jon Ang and Emanuel Blagonic, we organised two workshops – “Introduction to WordPress – build your own site” and “Introduction to creating themes for WordPress”

We didn’t get a huge amount of kids to come to the workshops for different reasons including language barrier (we had to organise the workshop in English), the holiday time for students in Bangkok and the kind of last minute announcement and no time for proper publicity. But we got enough kids to realise that the workshops are valuable for both us and the kids. The hours we spent together in Web Courses Bangkok (thank you for hosting us, Carl!) were great fun and every kid left the workshop with their own site on WordPress and a big smile on their face.

Kids Workshop in Belgrade

Since that first time in Bangkok, I had the chance to organise another workshop for the kids of the most enthusiastic WordPress community in Europe – Belgrade. This time we had enough time to prepare and we had a big room full of kids. We had swag, snacks, a screen, a show and tell session, and ultimately – a blast.

I now have two more workshops planned – next weekend in Varna and in November around WordCamp Sofia. Hopefully I’ll also get to do one in October in Cape Town.

The organiser kit

After the great outcome in Belgrade I received several invitations to organise workshops around different WordCamps in Europe. These made me really happy but since I’m trying to control my urges to be everywhere at the same time, and since organising a workshop for kids doesn’t really need any special kind of expertise, I put together an organiser kit so everyone can get a workshop going around their camp.

It’s already been picked up by other WordCamp organisers. When it turned out WordCamp Varna and WordCamp Zagreb were happening on the same day, Emanuel and I had to figure out a way for Zagreb to have a kids workshop without me there. We shared our knowledge and resources into the organiser kit and this weekend both Varna and Zagreb will be having workshops. Zagreb will even have one in English and one in Croatian. Which is ❤️!

Take a look, organise your own, help us expand it

The WordPress workshops for kids – organiser kit is a living document that’s why I’m not publishing it here, but sharing a link to Dropbox paper. The idea is for the document to expand and evolve as more and more organisers put together these events.

If you’d like to get access to edit the document, please ping me on Twitter [@petyeah] or WordPress Slack [@petya]. I’ll be happy to give you a hand in organising your first workshop for kids. And I’ll be even happier to read your posts after the events with what you’ve learned and how you’d improve the workshops.

Good luck!

Love,
Petya

The photos in this post are kindly provided by Ivan Gatić (Belgrade) and Jon Ang (Bangkok) 

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#travelgram #travelphotography #picoftheday #traveldiary #instatravel #travelpics #seaside #summerstories #nomadstories #instaarchive #bars

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#travelgram #travelphotography #picoftheday #traveldiary #instatravel #travelpics #seaside #summerstories #nomadstories #instaarchive #bars

Summer flashbacks. Been mostly quiet recently, but for archiving purposes gonna go ahead and post some shots from the past few months. Starting with this one from what’s shaping to be my new fav place in the #UK. #Liverpool #streetsigns #streetart #citylife #vsco #vscocam #throwback #latergram #citywalls #liverpoolcity

Summer flashbacks. Been mostly quiet recently, but for archiving purposes gonna go ahead and post some shots from the past few months. Starting with this one from what's shaping to be my new fav place in the #UK. #Liverpool #streetsigns #streetart #citylife #vsco #vscocam #throwback #latergram #citywalls #liverpoolcity

Summer flashbacks. Been mostly quiet recently, but for archiving purposes gonna go ahead and post some shots from the past few months. Starting with this one from what’s shaping to be my new fav place in the #UK. #Liverpool #streetsigns #streetart #citylife #vsco #vscocam #throwback #latergram #citywalls #liverpoolcity

Going global – i18n talks at WordCamp Europe 2017 | #WCEU

WordCamp Europe 2017 was a week ago in Paris. The fifth one in four years. And the first one that I wasn’t organising. It was brilliant. And part of the reason why I loved it so much was that there were so many talks dedicated to educating about internationalization, localization, diversity, WordPress beyond borders, in different languages, in different text orientation. I wanted to tweet about that and then realised I can’t put all of them in one tweet so I’m blogging. Yay! Here are the links to all the talks dedicated to i18n and WordPress beyond borders at #WCEU this year. Enjoy!

Petya Raykovska: WordPress Beyond Borders – Cross Cultural Communication and the Fundamentals of Caring

In which yours truly breaks the conference code of conduct showing gestures that mean one thing in Western culture and other in other cultures.  Because there will always be someone you’re offending. And as long as you’re not ignorant about that, you will be forgiven. And poetry at the end. Because Paris.

Caspar Hübinger: Big Little Shame — a Tale of Empowered User Experience Through Localisation

In which the gentle giant from Germany breaks new ground and challenges the perception that languages are built by linguists. And not people. It’s a must. Watch it.

 

Yoav Farhi: Right To Left Languages Support – The Right Way

In which the always practical and thoughtful Yoav teaches you why RTL matters and how to implement it even if you don’t speak a RTL language. Thank you!

Pascal Birchler: Translating WordPress Into a Language Nobody Speaks

In which this cheeky little core contributor gets serious for a moment and gives you an example of how a software project can help preserve a dying language. And why that’s important.

Rahul Bansal: How Translation Sprints Helps Bring In New Contributors!

In which the kind and hard working Rahul explains parts of the magic that happened between WordPress and the languages of India in the past year.