Please VOTE to bring Webmaker and Hive to SXSWedu 2015!

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Every year in Austin, TX, thousands of educators and innovators from across the United States gather for SXSWedu, an annual conference and festival that fosters innovation in learning.

We’d love to be a part of it, and here’s how you can help!

 

All proposed panel discussions, workshops and sessions are up for public voting. It’s easy to show your support: sign up for an account on SXSWedu’s Panel Picker site (all you need is an email address), and vote for the proposals you’d like to see added to the agenda.

Public votes count for 30% of the decision-making process, so please support Mozilla Webmaker and Hive Learning Networks by voting and commenting on the following proposals:

Find more great panels to support from our partners at the Connected Learning Alliance.

Voting closes this Friday, September 5th. Thanks in advance for your support and hope to see you at SXSWedu!

Zimbabwe, Jordon, Argentina: Maker Party Round-Up
(Week 7)

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Maker Party By The Numbers:
Total events during Maker Party: 2,230+
Individuals attending Maker Party events:  100,000+
Number of cities hosting Maker Party events: 400+

It is now week seven of Maker Party and we are excited that thousands of people are teaching critical skills to participants all over the world. There is still time to throw your own event so this week grab a friend or family member and spend an hour learning something new online. Remember to add all of your event to the events page even if it’s just you and one other person! Need some inspiration? Check out some of the amazing events that happened around the world this week.

Bulawayo Maker Party

Bulawayo Maker Party

Here’s what happened last week:

Maker Party Bulawayo – August 27th, Zimbabwe
This event helped participants learn basic privacy practices through hands on sessions and digital remixing. Participants were introduced to learning resources designed to help people think about their own privacy, as well as what one can do to manage and protect it. Read more and see more pictures in this recap.

Maker Party Code Club and Lyst – August 28th, London
Code Club & Lyst hosted two half-day sessions involving hands on coding and making for 9-11 year olds. In the half day workshop participants learned how computer programming works, how to make their own computer game and then got hands on with some interactive electronics (including making a piano out of bananas with Makey Makey). Pictures, video and a recap from a parent here.

Code Club Maker Party

Code Club Maker Party

Media Party! – August 28-30th, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This three day party includes many keynotes, workshops, demos, networking and an open data hackathon. During the Maker Party, participants learned how to make their first app, as well how they can go on and teach appmaking to someone else. Read more in the event blog post.

Video Editing 101 – A Maker Party Intro – August 25th, Toronto
hErVOLUTION and People and Code hosted a four-day camp-like experience at a local library for youth 10 to 17 years old teaching how to use online, free resources for video editing.  Read more in the event recap.

Webmakers of Amman – August 30th, Jordan
The team at I-Dare hosted it’s Maker Party for people in the community of all ages and backgrounds to come learn more about the internet, how to use it’s tools and how to protect yourself on it. The event left attendees inspired to be better at using the internet and feel more connected in the online world. Learn more here.

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Resources

  • Use this teaching kit from a Maker Party in the park in Indonesia this weekend (no computer or internet needed for this party!)
  • Share your Maker Party events with this easy, quick and helpful event reporter (it’s also available in Spanish)

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Q&A with MakerBox

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Maker Party partnerships are a great opportunity for us to get to know organizations who are doing awesome work making and teaching all year round. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, MakerBox is an organization that believes every child should have access to classes and equipment to learn about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art. We had a chance to catch-up with Jess Weichler from MakerBox to learn more about this exciting organization, how they work, and what they are doing to celebrate Maker Party this year.

Makerbox

What is MakerBox and what do you do?

MakerBox hosts low­-cost classes and workshops along with free community events such as Maker Party. We offer everything from workshops on creating paper circuits to more advanced classes on video game programming and stop ­motion animation. Because we do not have a brick­ and­ mortar space we are able to easily travel to where we are needed and work with other organizations to supplement their programs.

What events will you be hosting or running during Maker Party?

We will be holding a community Maker Party at the Miramar Community Centre on September 13th along with other awesome New Zealand makers. Wellington Makerspace is bringing along their 3D printer, Raroa Normal Intermediate is going to show off some of the amazing projects they’ve been working on this term, and Fabriko is visiting us from Christchurch to share some hands­ on activities.

Why did you choose to get involved with Maker Party?

Maker Party is such a great way to connect with the community and celebrate learning through play and making. Learning should not be reserved for the classroom, nor should it stop once you finish school. Maker Party allows participants to try out new tech and learn skills that they may have never even considered in a safe, supportive space. It’s also heaps of fun!

Tell us what you are most excited for at the event?

I’m most excited to see what everyone is going to make and hoping that maybe I will learn some new things while teaching others!

Why is it important for youth and adults to make things with technology?

Even if someone never plans to become a web developer or an engineer, you can still pick up some amazing critical thinking skills by making. Having a unique way of approaching a problem can provide an edge in less technical careers. Making can also help provide a greater understanding of other subjects, such as learning variables through video game programming.

Why is it important for people and organizations to get involved in Maker Party?

Technology is not going away any time soon, it is imperative that both youth and adults have the skills needed to be good consumers and creators of tech. Maker Party helps to make the skills more accessible and technology less scary.

How can people get in touch with your organization?

Check out or website at www.MakerBox.org.nz or find us on Facebook.

Barcelona, France, Seattle: A Maker Party Roundup (Week 6)

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Maker Party By The Numbers:
Total events during Maker Party: 1,900+
Individuals attending Maker Party events:  85,000+
Number of cities hosting Maker Party events: 385+

In the last six weeks we have seen people all over the world taking a stand for web literacy by throwing Maker Party events. These events are happening across the globe and are teaching critical skills online or offline. If you have been teaching and sharing your skills don’t forget to claim your Skill Sharing Badge. Read more about the highlights from Maker Party this past week:

Net Neutrality Maker Party in Barcelona

Net Neutrality Maker Party in Barcelona

Here’s what happened last week:

MiniCamp -  Jaipur’14  – August 18th, India
MiniCamp was the perfect blend of community building, brainstorming, collaborative activities and hands on making by the Rajasthan community. The 50+ attendees spent the day learning how to develop apps, implement them into the marketplace, build webpages and much more. Read the full day blogpost here.

Net Neutrality Maker Party – August 20th, Barcelona
Datagroup.es hosted a Maker Party teaching the importance of Net Neutrality. Individuals were asked to consider an internet where information was not equal across providers and users, understand why we needed to protect Net Neutrality and how to take action. See the Thimble makes and pictures on the event page.

Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up! – August 21-22nd, Seattle
This collaborative event hosted by Geek Girls Carrots, Pacific Science Center and The Seattle Public Library was a party for all ages! Attendees not only learned the basics of web literacy and how to program with Python/JavaScript languages but also got the chance to improve the Django Carrots Tutorials and explore other programming languages. See a fantastic group GIF, pictures and more in the event report.

Mozilliarian Maker Party – August 21st, France
In conjunction with a ‘Connected Learning’ presentation at the IFLA congress, this event brought together librarians and library lovers for a fun collaborative learning experience based on Connected Learning principles.  See makes, pictures and more on the event page.

Hive Toronto Parapara and Maker Party! – August 18th, Toronto
Hive Toronto hosted a Maker Party with 50 youth from Kid’s Learning Code Design Camp, Regent Park Focus, and a youth media arts center. The used the very cool Parapara Animation, created Kumi mascots and did web mechanics speed dating. Read the full recap, see pictures and find the teaching kits in the event report.

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Resources

  • Share your Maker Party events with this easy, quick and helpful event reporter (it’s also available in Spanish)
  • Make a KUMI papertoy at your next event. A fun activity for all ages

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New Firefox start page invites millions to learn a little code

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Interactive start page gives users a taste of coding and digital creativity

For the first time ever, Firefox users will be able to play around with the code that makes up the familiar Firefox start page. A new experience launching today lets users change the background color of the page, peeking under the hood to remix the code that makes the page — and the web — work. Continue reading …

Sharing: an essential part of web literacy

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Papertoy

Introduction

In our recently-published whitepaper Why Mozilla cares about Web Literacy we talk about the importance of sharing on the web:

Mozilla believes that the use of the Webmaker tools and teaching kits within an online training environment helps facilitate participatory cultures where there are “relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing creations, and some type of informal mentorship” (Jenkins, et al., 2009, p. xi).

One way in which we’re encouraging and recognising sharing is through the use of Open Badges. We recently launched three new Webmaker contribution badges to serve as entry points for people wanting to begin their web literacy journey and to get involved with Webmaker.

The Web Literacy Skill Sharer badge

One of the three new badges we’ve introduced is the Web Literacy Skill Sharer badge.

Web Literacy Skill Sharer badge

Earning this badge is an ideal way for community members to demonstrate their commitment to web literacy. It’s relatively easy to earn as it has a single criterion: “Teach someone else a web literacy skill and share your experience on the web.”

Here’s what to do:

  1. Explore the competencies listed in the Web Literacy Map
  2. Choose one of the 15 competencies that you feel especially passionate about
  3. Look at the list of skills underpinning that competency, and then share one of those with someone else – either using one of the suggested resources or by inventing your own way of teaching it
  4. Share a blog post, video or image online illustrating how you taught the web literacy skill
  5. Apply for the badge by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below

Earning this badge could take anywhere from around 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the complexity of what you share – and your current knowledge/skill level.

Note: you don’t have to use Webmaker tools and resources to provide evidence for this badge!

Going further: the WebLitMapper

WebLitMapper

Earlier this year we launched a prototype known as the Web Literacy Mapper – or WebLitMapper for short. This site allows community members to collate resources from around the web that correspond to particular parts of the Web Literacy Map. It works in a similar way that users of Delicious, Diigo and Pinterest would save links to those services. You may be interested to discover that using the WebLitMapper is mentioned in the criteria for the Webmaker Super Mentor badge.

It’s worth having the bookmarklet installed in your bookmarks bar in case you come across something of interest as you browse the web. If you discover a resource that you think is good enough to be featured on one of the competency pages (e.g. Privacy) you’ll find a method of doing that on the page itself (“Suggest your own links and resources to add”).

Maker Party

Maker Party

We’re currently in the second half of our yearly Maker Party campaign. Over the past few weeks our amazing community members have organised over 1,800 events in over 70 countries, teaching web literacy to their friends, families and communities. We’re delighted by this global effort and want to recognise the work that goes into teaching others through hands-on making and exploration.

Now is a perfect time to organise your Maker Party event. Using Maker Party resources, you can build on the success of previous events, remixing teaching kits and share your web literacy knowledge and skills. As an organiser of an event  you can request gear – which may include t-shirts! In addition, once you’ve run and documented your event, you can apply for the Web Literacy Skill Sharer badge (see above) as well as the Event Host and Teaching Kit Remixer badges:

Event Host badge   Teaching Kit Remixer badge

If you need guidance on how to apply for these badges, check out this post: HOWTO: apply for Webmaker badges.

Conclusion

Sharing is a fundamental part of web literacy; it’s how the web works. Show that sharing is caring by earning your Web Literacy Skill Sharer badge and hosting a Maker Party event. We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!

 Main image CC BY-NC-SA DGuarch

MozFest 2014: session proposal deadline extended!

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We’re very excited about this year’s Mozilla Festival (24-26 October, London). It really is true that you can arrive with an idea and leave with a community! You can get an flavour of some of what will be going on through the 11 tracks:

  • Build and Teach the Web – Keep the web wild through hands-on making with innovative tools and teaching the web as a community.
  • Open Web With Things – Escape the limitations of your computer and build the web using sensors, circuits and good old paper and scissors.
  • Web in Your Pocket – Explore opportunities in the booming world of the open web  on mobile. How can  we experiment & tinker to customize our own  experience on our phones?
  • Source Code for Journalism – Design next-generation web solutions to solve critical  issues facing news organizations and help journalism thrive on the open  web.
  • Open Science and the Web – Examine the potential of the open web to re-define how we experiment, analyze and share scientific knowledge.
  • Art and Culture of the Web – An exploration of the programs, practices and inspirations of open and networked digital art forms.
  • Open Badges Lab – Challenge  the conventional system of recognizing skills  and learning. Celebrate achievements from Open Badge creators and  issuers.
  • Hive Learning Networks - Join this lab for people working on building local city  learning networks (Hives) and how they can better globally connect to  share learning  experiences for youth and digital media.
  • Musicians and Music Creators on the Open Web – Play a role and explore what it takes to make music on the open web.
  • Policy & Advocacy – Privacy, Security, and Building the Movement to protect the free and open web.
  • Open Data – Uncover the data on the web and in our world that will help us better inform and organize our communities

If any of those sound like the kind of thing you’d like to run a practical, hands-on session about, we want to hear from you! For your proposal to be the best it can be, it’s worth bearing in mind that we’ll need to hear how you’re going to make your session inclusive, inspiring and inviting. We’ll need real examples as well as some detail on how you plan to structure your session.


Propose a MozFest 2014 session: http://2014.mozillafestival.org/propose


In order to get give people coming back from vacation time to submit session proposals, we’ve decided to extend the submission deadline to Friday 29th August. Those who have their proposals accepted will be notified soon afterwards.

Questions? Problems? Email: festival@mozilla.org

Slovenia, Tokyo, New York: A Maker Party Roundup (Week 5)

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Maker Party By The Numbers:
Total events during Maker Party: 1,830+
Individuals attending Maker Party events:  77,550+
Number of cities hosting Maker Party events: 365+

All over the world we are seeing the awesome effect of people teaching the web with Maker Party. We want to recognize the hard-work of everyone who has been involved teaching web literacy skills, online or offline, so if you have been sharing your skills make sure you claim your Skill Sharing Badge . Let’s take a look at the Maker Party events that inspired us last week:

Pic from Maker Party in Tokyo

Web and Satellite workshop in Tokyo

Here’s what happened last week:

Brooklyn College Community Partnership Teen Makerspace Open House – August 4-14th, New York
This two week long event was the first drop-in teen makerspace in Brooklyn. It brought together 12 high school students, along with Brooklyn College students, BCCP staff, makers and others. Read all about the packed final day of making here or watch the 63 second video below.

India Day of Independence- August 15th, Global
On August 15th individuals everywhere celebrated India’s Day of Independence by participating in an online maker party to make, learn, teach and share the Indian culture, history, and diversity. Find out how it went here.

Web and Satellite Workshop  – August 15th, Tokyo
At this cool party attendees designed characters and stories for the Cansat satellite which was launched on August 15th by the Tokai University Satellite Project. The stories were based on sensor data from the satellite and the actual flight data from the satellite. Get more information here.

Maker Party – August 16th, Slovenia
A small and enthusiastic group gathered at the Center Si.mobil Ljubljana wanting to learn and develop new skills by using the many Webmaker tools. You can see some of what was made here.

Maker Party: Simple HTML for Nonprofits – August 14th, San Francisco
This Maker Party by included hands-on training by Aspiration Tech targeted at nonprofit staff and volunteers that are interested in a better understanding of how to craft effective HTML for Email Newsletters and familiarize themselves with how HTML works. Find out more information.

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Community Literacies #4: Happy dances, kitten rescuers and ed jams

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Editor’s Note: Community Literacies is a series about Webmaker’s finest learning resources around the world, and the stories that bring them to life. Have something to share? Get in touch with Kat.

Three new educational creations from Maker Party

For a bit of inspiring reading over a cold smoothie by the pool, we bring you another round of amazing creations from learners and teachers! In the next two installments, we will explore some of the most inspiring teaching materials built for Maker Parties around the world.

This time, we start our adventure with Emma in South Africa by discussing a new remixable lesson plan made for girls at Code for Capetown. We’ll fly to London and meet Dee and Joe to learn about a game that teaches web design through saving kittens in a fantasy world. And we’ll finish our time together by traveling to the heart of Texas to speak to Julia and Karen and hear about their crazy open education party in San Antonio. Let’s get started!

Teaching girls how to hack happy dances in South Africa

Image thanks to Code4CT
teaching kit by Code4CT

In South Africa, the Code For Capetown project aims to help young girls consider careers in tech as exciting and viable options. The program runs over 3 weeks in the summer holidays, and introduces grade 10 and 11 girls in the region to the big world of web development for social impact. And this summer, the Code4CT girls have been learning how to become webmakers together for inspiring results.

“Code4CT girls had been having so much fun discovering how the web works, and actively participating in building web content,” says Director of New Initiatives Emma Dicks, “that we decided to share this with our friends by hosting our own Maker Party! We told each girl she could invite one friend, who she then helped teach basic HTML to using Codecademy, Made with Code and Webmaker resources.”

At the event, friends immediately set to work making memes and learning about HTML tags, and even learned the steps to Pharrell William’s dance Happy for the Hack the Happy Dance activity, followed by an activity by Creative Commons for Kids. “This lead to a great discussion on hacking,” adds Emma. “We asked the girls to talk about when they are allowed to take and change images, and when it is illegal because of copyright.”

What’s next for the Code4CT girls? “After putting together a teaching kit to share what we did at our Maker Party, we also built a full lesson plan to introduce human centered design to a group of young learners,” says Emma. “Both have worked excellently, and we would love to see others use these plans and remix them!” For feedback, makers are invited to share their experience and remixes with Emma on Twitter.

The Human Centered Design teaching kit will soon be available on Webmaker’s Design and Accessibility Literacy page.

Saving all the kittens with code and creativity in London

Image thanks to Erase All Kittens
teaching kit by Erase All Kittens

E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) is an open source game that teaches kids to code and create on the web by saving kittens with HTML and CSS. Inspired by a teaching activity for the game put together by its creators Joe Dytrych, Dee Saigal and Leonie Van Der Linde at DrumrollHQ in the UK, we got in touch to find out more about all the kitten-saving happening in London.

“We created the activity so that kids can be taught basic coding skills by playing E.A.K. in code clubs, classrooms and at home,” explains Dee. “The pilot version of Erase All Kittens is free online and gives players an introduction to HTML and CSS skills, so we wanted to know more about what the Webmaker community thought of E.A.K, regardless of whether or not they’re already familiar with coding. We’re big fans of Mozilla, so it’s been really great to help out with Maker Party.”

We asked Dee about her experience working with the the teaching activity, and Dee told us she found it to be fairly simple. “I’d used similar methods to create a Cargo Collective website for my own portfolio,” she explains, “so while I didn’t understand some of the code, I was still able to make the teaching kit without experiencing too many problems!”

Because Erase All Kittens is open source, Dee and Joe are looking for others to get involved in the game’s code, too, by helping develop, translate and animate it together. “We are especially looking for help translating the game,” adds Dee, “so as many people as possible can play it! And we’re creating tools to help players build their own levels, which we’ll show off at this year’s Mozfest.” Dee and Joe encourage anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch and start saving those kittens.

The Erase All Kittens teaching activity is now available on Webmaker’s Coding and Scripting Literacy page.

Holding open education jams with Makey Makeys in Texas


teaching kit by Julia Vallera and Karen Smith

While a lot of great webmaking happens online (with kittens!), other great moments happen in-person with a group who has come together to make things for the first time. This summer in San Antonio, Texas, experienced webmakers Karen Smith and Julia Vallera hosted an interactive workshop for the software track at OpenEdJam.

From the beginning, the process was all about openness and sharing. “To prepare for the event, Karen created the kit and asked for collaboration from Mozilla’s #teachtheweb team,” explains Julia. “She also sent it to OpenEdJam as the proposal itself, which was brilliant. The kit is a working example of what participants can do with Webmaker tools, and how the remix function can create a truly open process.”

On the day of the Maker Party, all kinds of making were facilitated. Makey Makeys were brought out, memes were built (and tweeted!) and digital creations of all kinds were shared. When we asked Karen and Julia about their limitations for the event, the main issue was not having enough time to make everything.

“Kits can take a lot of time,” says Julia. “They have a lot of content, and are very well thought-out. 2-3 hours might not be enough to finish one.” Julia suggests creating teaching activities instead, or starting with a basic Thimble starter resource like Meme-Maker or Book Cover, and running with it. “The response to kits was great in San Antonio,” she adds. “Educators loved the Webmaker tools, and they were very excited to learn how easy they are to use.”

How can others get involved with this work? “We would love to see people remix the kit and make changes to it!” says Julia. Makers of all kinds are encouraged to get in touch with Julia and Karen on Twitter to share their own open educational jams.

A big thanks to our featured makers

We end this issue with many e-hugs and skydiving cat gifs for webmakers Emma, Dee, Joe, Karen and Julia for sharing their great educational creations with a Maker Party flavor. We hope this issue has left you feeling inspired to remix, reflect and create your own! Have a great piece of content you want us to feature? Get in touch. And stay tuned for Part 2 of Community Literacies: Maker Party edition to learn about three more Maker Party teaching activities, this time from India. We already look forward to the making yet to come…

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Check out these kindred online learning communities

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We started running online learning modules in response to the growing need for people to learn how both the technical and social structures of the web work. Open, online learning can activate and inspire people, and we’ve been trying to make Webmaker’s #TeachTheWeb program a sustainable engine of learning and support for our community. We’re pleased to partner with other open communities as we explore online learning and connectivism.

Meet Educator Innovator

Educator Innovator is an online meet up, blog and community centered on the principles of Connected Learning and run by a group of inspiring educators who are eager to help us understand how we can use re-imagine learning. Sponsored by the NWP and MacArthur Foundation, Educator Innovator recently ran the second annual #CLMOOC, a six week online learning experience designed to connect educators and encourage people to make and reflect. Learn more about Educator Innovator here.

Meet P2PU

Peer to Peer University is a collection of bright minds and inspiring open sourcers who are exploring open learning at every turn. They helped us build Webmaker Training and generally serve as inspiration by publishing research on open learning, organizing learning experiences and otherwise openly building an ecosystem of online learning communities. P2PU offers a variety of massive open online courses (MOOCs) as well as independent modules to help people level up in…well just about any skill you can think of! Head over to P2PU and explore their community!

Meet School of Open

Partnering with P2PU, Creative Commons offers online courses and in person workshops designed to help you learn about a variety of open practices. The School of Open spans the globe with innovative courses around open licensing, copyright, collaboration and more. In September, this global community of volunteers will be launching School of Open Africa, a continental launch of open courses and workshops organized by the African community. Explore the School of Open and find an open course that interests you.

Meet ConnectedCourses

Starting September 15th, a group of inspired connected educators will be talking about openness and blended learning in a 12 week course that aims to help people run their own connected courses. The coursework will help you understand how we work in the digital space by demystifying the tools and trade of openness. Connected Courses is a way to explore why you might run a Connectivist learning experience, how to get started, how to connect online and offline participants, and how to MAKE things that support this kind of learning. You can join in the fun here.

Special Thanks

All of these initiatives have individuals who have actively encouraged and supported Mozilla Webmaker and our various programs. We’re so happy to be teaching and learning with you!