Maker Party 2014 kick-off events


Last week, Mozilla kicked off Maker Party in style with events around the world that featured hands-on making, learning, collaboration and of course fun!

Mozillians in 13 Mozilla spaces around the world came together to celebrate teaching and learning with special kick-off events. At each office individuals participated in Appmaker sessions where they saw demo’s of the newly launched Appmaker product, as well as a real-time tutorials on how to modify an app to create your own songs. You can watch the live-stream from the Appmaker session in Toronto below!

Each space also received a custom designed 1000-piece Maker Party jigsaw puzzle which was a resounding success, and sparked fierce competition between the offices as each group battled to complete their puzzles in the shortest time possible. It’s great to remind the community that Maker Party events are meant to be hands-on, interactive, collaborative and learning about the web can even happen offline. Working together on a puzzle like below or solving HTML puzzles are the stepping stones to understanding how the web works.


Each office put their own spin on the events and made them their own to successfully show Mozillians around the world how fun and rewarding it is to throw a Maker Party. Special thanks to our hosts and teachers around the world who were able to make it happen.

If you want a closer look at the Maker Party kick-off events in the Mozilla spaces check out below and click on the images to be taken to more photos.


Maker Party Toronto
Maker Party Vancouver

Click this image to hear the song app they made in Mountain View!


Read this awesome Event Report from William R!
San Fran

Tai Pei

Ten Projects Receive $165,400 from Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund


Today, Mozilla announced ten projects in Kansas City and Chattanooga that will receive funding from the Gigabit Community Fund, an initiative supported by the National Science Foundation and part of the broader work of US Ignite. The goal of the Fund is to impact learning and support educators in and out of the classroom by investing in projects that utilize gigabit connectivity. The 10 projects will utilize the awarded funds, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, to build and pilot gigabit-enabled applications and associated curricula in Kansas City and Chattanooga.


“The Gigabit Fund is transforming how communities learn and the accessibility of learning methods by piloting next-generation innovation as ‘living labs’ in classrooms, cultural institutions and other informal educational environments, putting technology in the service of education,” said Kari Keefe, Community Catalyst for the Gigabit Fund KC.

This is the second round of grants to be awarded by the Fund. The new projects receiving funds are:

Kansas City

  • PlanIT Impact KC | PlanIT Impact LLC:  a visually-rich application that leverages Kansas City’s open GIS data to influence early building design for architecture students
  • TechHawks | Fitnet: top-rated fitness app delivers real-time monitoring and robust metrics to curb obesity and shape how families manage and understand wellness
  • Students Reduce Patient Readmissions with the Gig | Northland CAPS: high school students work with business partners to develop a suite of communications, monitoring and treatment tools for clinicians and high-risk patients to reduce the frequency of readmissions
  • Minecraft+Oculus Rift for Community Development| Kansas City Public Library: virtual reality tech gives kids a voice and a way to design their ideal neighborhood in two of Kansas City’s urban areas, creating a gamed-up way to build community in this fully immersive educational program from KC’s Public Library

PlanIT Impact KC | Grand Blvd. in KC,MO


  • Building an App from the Ground Up | The Creative Discovery Museum:  Constructing an application toolbox and digital record that will serve as a design blueprint for other youth-serving organizations in Chattanooga and beyond.
  • devLearn | Duncan Ingram, Inc: Developing a mobile coding application for elementary school students that will build critical capacity for Chattanooga’s gigabit future.
  • GigBridge | Global Excel Tennessee:  Bolstering English language skills and improving access to health education amongst minority communities by teaching students for whom English is a second language to construct interactive mobile applications focused on obesity education and prevention.
  • The GigLab | Chattanooga Public Library: Providing public access to gigabit connected resources for the purposes of workforce development, application testing and education.
  • Viditor | GeonCode: Expanding and piloting a new, online collaborative video editor.
  • Wireless Earth Watchdogs | Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences: Creating a student-driven, real-time water quality monitoring system using micro-controllers in collaboration with Hixson High School and the Chattanooga Public Library.

Viditor team leaders Stuart French and Andrew McPhearson (center) with first round beta testers at the Baylor School.

All of the ten projects feature a 12-week pilot program that will run from late July to October. For additional information about grantees and to follow their progress, please visit

Funding Innovation to Develop Learning Communities

The Mozilla Gigabit Fund has accelerated the development of Hive Learning Communities in Chattanooga and Kansas City, which now join New York CityChicagoPittsburgh and Toronto, among others, in Mozilla’s global Hive network. Connecting schools, cultural institutions and youth-serving organizations throughout these cities, Hive Learning Communities are paving the way for a connected approach to education, and grantees of the Gigabit Community Fund become founding members of these developing networks.

Members of the KC and CHA Hive Learning Communities participate in regular meet-ups and online forums share their planning, progress, lessons and best practices throughout and following the initial pilot period.

 How to Get Involved

  • Attend an event in Kansas City or Chattanooga
  • Get in touch with the Gigabit team to learn more about these projects
  • Follow team progress – and keep up to date with Hive KC and CHA – on Twitter

Announcing 15 new Web Literacy ‘maker’ badges!


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Following up from yesterday’s post about the new Hive Community Member badge, we’re pleased to announce 15 new Web Literacy ‘maker’ badges. After being tested by Webmaker Mentors and Webmaker Super Mentors they are now ready to be issued!

We’re still a couple of weeks away from a landing page for all of the badges at, so this post provides a list of the Web Literacy badges that are available.

Web Literacy Map v1.1

Each badge corresponds to the ‘Make’ part of the resources page for the relevant Web Literacy Map competency. You can see what this means by looking at, for example, the resources page for Privacy.

Below is a list of the Web Literacy badges that can apply for right now. Note that you might want to follow this guidance if and when you do!




Why not set yourself a challenge? Can you:

  1. Collect one from each strand?
  2. Collect all the badges within a given strand?
  3. Collect ALL THE BADGES?

Announcing the new Hive Community Member badge!


Hive Learning Networks are a growing constellation of communities around the globe that are championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning. We’re excited to announce that starting today, we’ll be recognizing the individuals who contribute to Hive’s growth and success with the Hive Community Member badge on It’s the first in a coming series of Hive badges.

Hive Community Member Badge

Any Hive generally consists of organizations: museums, non-profits, government agencies, schools, and others. However, it’s the individual from these organizations who help us achieve our collective goals and really breathe life into the Hive. Their professional engagement and peer-to-peer learning is what translates into amazing opportunities and experiences for young people.

Hundreds of educators, designers, makers, artists, technologies, librarians and teachers in cities from Berlin to Vancouver contribute their time, resources and expertise to help Hive communities–and the youth they serve–thrive. Together, these professionals join forces within an active community of practice to create opportunities for young people to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences.

Through openly-networked collaboration that includes Peer Observation, Resource Sharing, and Process Documentation, educational designers and leaders create and scale innovations in learning. Some of the actions that define these characteristics of open practice include collaborating on Hive projects or programs, facilitating hands-on learning stations at Hive Pop-Ups or Maker Party events, sharing documentation of Hive programs and processes through blog posts, toolkits or teaching kits, etc. You can read more details about the Hive badge requirements here.

Hive is a big driver of the global Webmaker community–individuals that contribute to their local Hive bring expertise in connected learning principles and are also at the foreground of spreading web literacy by developing content, tools, curriculum and practice for others to use and remix. You can see some examples in the Hive NYC and Hive Chicago portfolios, as well as on the Hive Toronto blog.

2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning, where initial planning for the Hive badge began. Photo credit: The Sprout Fund

2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning, where initial planning for the Hive badge began. Photo credit: The Sprout Fund

The Hive badge is issued, claimed and displayed on, and soon, recipients of this badge will also have the ability to issue web literacy badges to peers–including colleagues from their organization or other program collaborators–as well as youth. We’ll also be further developing a Hive family of badges, and will look to the growing, global Hive community to help us identify the core skills, competencies and practices we’d like Hive badges to endorse.

In applying for and receiving the Hive Community Member badge, you’ll help us define a global Hive culture, facilitate more equitable access and opportunity, and demonstrate that we’re achieving our mission, to:

  • Mobilize more educators to adopt connected learning practices and teach web literacy within a growing constellation of Hive Learning Networks around the world;
  • Create high-quality connected learning and web literacy tools, content, curriculum and practices for broad use;
  • Catalyze schools, youth programs, and city agencies to provide rich connected learning and web literacy programs, especially in under-served communities; and
  • Grow demand for Hive Learning Events, Communities and Networks in new locations and sectors.

How to get involved:

  • Apply! If you are an active contributor to a Hive in your community, apply for your Hive Community Member badge at Simply create a Webmaker account with an existing email address, add notes and links to illustrate your qualifications, then once approved and issued, find your badge displayed within your Webmaker profile (see below).
  • Spread the word. Encourage your peers and collaborators to apply for the badge to  recognize their Hive contributions. Be sure to add hashtag #hivebuzz to signal our growing global Hive community.
  • Learn more about Hive Learning Networks.
Hive badge on Webmaker profile page

Hive badge on Webmaker profile page

How do we get depth *and* scale?


Reposted from Mark Surman’s Blog:

We want millions of people learning about the web everyday with Mozilla. The ‘why’ is simple: web literacy is quickly becoming just as important as reading, writing and math. By 2024, there will be more than 5 billion people on the web. And, by then, the web will shape our everyday lives even more than it does today. Understanding how it works, how to build it and how to make it your own will be essential for nearly everyone.


The tougher question is ‘how’ — how do we teach the web with both the depth *and* scale that’s needed? Most people who tackle a big learning challenge pick one path of the other. For example, the educators in our Hive Learning Networks are focused on depth of learning. Everything the do is high touch, hands-on and focused on innovating so learning happens in a deep way. On the flip side, MOOCs have quickly shown what scale looks like, but they almost universally have high drop out rates and limited learning impact for all but the most motivated learners. We rarely see depth and scale go together. Yet, as the web grows, we need both. Urgently.

I’m actually quite hopeful. I’m hopeful because the Mozilla community is deeply focused on tackling this challenge head on, with people rolling up their sleeves to help people learn by making and organizing themselves in new ways that could massively grow the number of people teaching the web. We’re seeing the seeds of both depth and scale emerge.

This snapped into focus for me at MozFest East Africa in Kampala a few days ago. Borrowing from the MozFest London model, the event showcased a variety of open tech efforts by Mozilla and others: FirefoxOS app development; open data tools from a local org called Mountabatten; Mozilla localization; Firefox Desktop engineering; the work of the Ugandan National Information Technology Agency. It also included a huge Maker Party, with 200 young Ugandans showing up to learn and hack with Webmaker tools.MozFestEA2

The Maker Party itself was impressive — pulled off well despite rain and limited connectivity. But what was more impressive was seeing how the Mozilla community is stepping up to plant the seeds of teaching the web at depth and scale, which I’d call out as:

Mentors: IMHO, a key to depth is humans connecting face to face to learn. We’ve set up a Webmaker Mentors program in the last year to encourage this kind of learning. The question has been: will people step up to do this kind of teaching and mentoring, and do it well? MozFest EA was promising start: 30 motivated mentors showed up prepared, enthusiastic and ready to help the 200 young people at the event learn the web.

Curriculum: one of the hard parts of scaling a volunteer-based mentor program is getting people to focus their teaching on the most important web literacy skills. We released a new collection of open source web literacy curriculum over the past couple of months designed to solve this problem. We weren’t sure how things would work out, I’d say MozFestEA is early evidence that curriculum can do a good job of helping people quickly understand what and how to teach. Here, each of the mentors was confidently and articulately teaching a piece of the web literacy framework using Webmaker tools.

Making as learning: another challenge is getting people to teach / learn deeply based on written curriculum. Mozilla focuses on ‘making by learning’ as a way past this — putting hands-on, project based learning at the heart of most of our Webmaker teaching kits. For example, the basic remix teaching kit gets learners quickly hacking and personalizing their favourite big brand web site, which almost always gets people excited and curious. More importantly: this ‘making as learning’ approach lets mentors adapt the experience to a learner’s interests and local context in real time. It was exciting to see the Ugandan mentors having students work on web pages focused on local school tasks and local music stars, which worked well in making the standard teaching kits come to life.

Clubs: mentors + curriculum + making can likely get us to our 2014 goal of 10,000 people around the world teaching web literacy with Mozilla. But the bigger question is how do we keep the depth while scaling to a much bigger level? One answer is to create more ’nodes’ in the Webmaker network and get them teaching all year round. At MozFest EA, there was a session on Webmaker Clubs — after school web literacy clubs run by students and teachers. This is an idea that floated up from the Mozilla community in Uganda and Canada. In Uganda, the clubs are starting to form. For me, this is exciting. Right now we have 30 contributors working on Webmaker in Uganda. If we opened up clubs in schools, we could imagine 100s or even 1000s. I think clubs like this is a key next step towards scale.

Community leadership: the thing that most impressed me at MozFestEA was the leadership from the community. San Emmanuel James and Lawrence Kisuuki have grown the Mozilla community in Uganda in a major way over the last couple of years. More importantly, they have invested in building more community leaders. As one example, they organized a Webmaker train the trainer event a few weeks before MozFestEA. The result was what I described above: confident mentors showing up ready to teach, including people other than San and Lawrence taking leadership within the Maker Party side of the event. I was impressed.This is key to both depth and scale: building more and better Mozilla community leaders around the world.

Of course, MozFestEA was just one event for one weekend. But, as I said, it gave me hope: it made be feel that the Mozilla community is taking the core building blocks of Webmaker shaping them into something that could have a big impact.


With Maker Party kicking off this week, I suspect we’ll see more of this in coming months. We’ll see more people rolling up their sleeves to help people learn by making. And more people organizing themselves in new ways that could massively grow the number of people teaching the web. If we can make happen this summer, much bigger things lay on the path ahead.

To learn more about MozFestEA:


Maker Party 2014: Resources for Libraries and Learning Spaces



At the heart of the Maker Party campaign, Webmaker tools/resources, and Hive Learning Network is the Web Literacy Map which outlines what we think are the important skills and competencies needed to be literate on the web. Each web literacy competency has a dedicated page that features the best resources on the web to help you “Discover, Make, and Teach” those skills.

Hive Learning Network, a project of Mozilla, is comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit start-ups) and individuals (educators, designers,  community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to gain digital and analog skills to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that provide opportunities for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice.

Hives are communities of practice and have helped drive the idea, practice and growth of the Maker Party campaign over the last three years. These communities have also helped to innovate, build and utilize Webmaker tools, events and teaching guides to help others not only create the content that makes the web great, but perhaps more importantly — understand how the web works.

Maker Party events around the world help catalyze and deepen what Hive and Webmaker tools and resources are all about and serve as a way to understand and build upon connected learning, web literacy and digital skills for event hosts as well as participants.

The Hive Learning Network team at Mozilla has curated this Tip Sheet for hosting Maker Party events in your varied learning spaces–libraries, community centers, after school programs, schools or museum exhibition floors.


Let’s get started!

To start planning your Maker Party, first sign up for your Webmaker account here. This allows you to access tools and resources to make your Maker Party a hit!

Once your account is set-up, head on over to the Maker Party website. Get the latest buzz on events going on around the world and find everything you need to throw a great event. Our resources page provides everything from graphics to publicize your Maker Party to activity guides and tips and tricks to ensure that your Maker Party is encouraging your group to mix and re-mix the web.

Not sure of the size of your Maker Party? We even have event guides geared towards small, medium and large groups.

  • Small Event: Perfect for 2-5 participants, hosting a small event is a fun way to spend an hour on a rainy day, hang out as a family, learn to hack with a friend, and make cool things on the web.
  • Medium Event: Great for 5-50 participants, hosting a medium event is a fantastic way to team up people with different skill-sets to collaboratively build something new or improve something existing on the web, all while learning and teaching new hacking skills.
  • Large Event: For those ready to for the adventure of 50+ participants, hosting a large event is a rewarding way to bring together local organizations in a science fair setting to demonstrate cool web ideas, provide fun hands-on activities, and introduce your community to making and hacking.

Once you have an event confirmed, add it to our Maker Party events page.

Learn more about web literacy–watch this video featuring Chris Lawrence, Senior Director of Hive Learning Networks and the Webmaker Mentor Community.

Also, check out these great Jumpstarts (tip sheets)–created by the Hive Research Lab–as you dive into your Maker Party planning.

Starter Webmaker projects

The following activities are easy to implement with any size group:

Teaching kits and activities

We also want to ensure that educators, community connectors and all makers have educational resources that support their work. These resources are great tools to share with your groups or use during your Maker Party events.

For more support and professional development, join the Webmaker Training MOOC. You can sign up and start at any time, and go at your own pace. It’s modular, and free, and a great way to make connections with others who want to teach the web around the world.


We know that libraries are an integral part of any community and are some of the biggest champions in our Webmaker and Maker Party campaign work. We put together a list of resources that can support a Maker Party in libraries anywhere:


Connect with us

Join the conversation in our online Discourse forums. Our team regularly contributes on topics and issues that you might be interested in.

If you have further questions email us at or

All the best in your making and re-mixing efforts!

HOWTO: apply for Webmaker badges


(cross-posted from Web Literacy Lead Doug Belshaw‘s blog)

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We’re in full swing with Webmaker contribution and web literacy badges at the moment, so I wanted to take a moment to give some advice to people thinking of applying. We already have a couple of pages on the Webmaker blog for the Mentor and Super Mentor badges:

However, I wanted to give some general advice and fill in the gaps.

First of all, it’s worth sharing the guidance page for the people reviewing your application. In the case of a Webmaker Super Mentor badge, this will be a Mozilla paid contributor (i.e. staff member), but for all other badges it may be community member who has unlocked the necessary privileges.

To be clear:

The best applications we’ve seen for the Webmaker badges so far take the explain how the applicant meets each of the relevant criteria on the badge detail page.

For example, this was Stefan Bohacek‘s successful application for the Sharing ‘maker’ badge:

1) Sharing a resource using an appropriate tool and format for the audience: I wrote tutorials for people learning to make websites and web apps and shared them on my blog: These also exist as a teaching kit on Webmaker — see my blogpost with a link here: Furthermore I created resources for web developers such as (also see: and some other (mini-)projects here:

2) Tracking changes made to co-created Web resources: I use GitHub for some of my personal projects (although I only received a handful of opened issues) and GitLab with clients I worked with/for.

3) Using synchronous and asynchronous tools to communicate with web communities, networks and groups: — I follow some of the members of Webmaker. — I am a member of the Webmaker community. — I (infrequently) post here, share ideas, comment on ideas of others etc. [REDACTED EMAIL ADDRESS] — I wouldn’t be able to finish my teaching kit without the help of other webmakers and my email account to communicate with them

Note that Stefan earned his badge for numbers 1) and 3) in the above example. This was enough to meet the requirements as the badge is awarded for meeting any two of the criteria listed on the badge detail page. He did not provide any evidence for using GitHub, as mentioned in 2), so this was not used as evidence by the person reviewing his application.

Applying for a badge is just like applying for anything in life:

  • Make the reviewer’s job easy — they’re looking at lots of applications!
  • Tell the reviewer which of the criteria you think you have met.
  • Include a link for each of the criteria — more than one if you can.
  • If you are stuck, ask for help. A good place to start is the Webmaker discussion forum, or if you know someone who’s already got that badge, ask them to help you!

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Maker Party is here!


From now until September 15, the Webmaker community, along with educators, organizations and enthusiastic web users, will be teaching and learning the web in hundreds of classrooms and cafes, libraries and living rooms all around the world. It’s all part of our effort to teach the culture, mechanics and citizenship of the web.

Mozilla believes success in the 21st century depends on digital literacy: the skills people need to read, write and participate on the web. Maker Party focuses on teaching these skills in a fun, hands-on way.  Participants meet up with others at events of all sizes to explore the how and why of building apps and webpages with code, design, media and interactive elements.

Maker Party partners include the MacArthur Foundation, the National Writing Project, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the National 4-H Council, Statewide Afterschool Networks and more.


Attend an event

You can join Maker Party by finding an event in your area. Events are open to everyone regardless of skill level, and almost all are free. Event themes run the gamut from exploring the mechanics of making websites to investigating broader issues like privacy and data protection.

Host an event

No events in your area? Why not host one of your own? Maker Party Resources provides all the information you need to successfully throw an event of any size, from 50+ participants in a library or hackerspace to just you and your little sister sitting on the living room sofa.

Share what you make

The best part of Maker Party is seeing what others around the world create!

Get Involved:

¡Ya empieza la Maker Party!


Mozilla está emocionado para anunciar el lanzamiento oficial de Maker Party, la campaña anual para enseñar la cultura, la mecánica y la ciudadanía de la web a través de miles de eventos organizados por comunidades por todo el mundo.

Creemos que el éxito en el siglo 21 depende de la alfabetización digital: las habilidades necesarias para leer, escribir y participar en la web. La Maker Party se enfoca en la enseñanza de estas habilidades de una manera divertida y práctica. Los participantes se reúnen con otros en eventos de todos tamaños para explorar el cómo y el por qué de la creación de aplicaciones y páginas web con el código, diseño, medios y elementos interactivos.

En una entrevista reciente dijo Mark Surman, el Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación Mozilla, “la codificación es sólo la punta del iceberg. Esto se trata de la alfabetización digital entera. Cómo construir cosas con el código, diseño y video y la fotografía. Y una seria de habilidades creativas, sociales y cognitivas – la participación, el pensamiento de diseño. Estas son las habilidades que necesitas para encontrar tu camino en el mundo digital.”

La Maker Party es un ejemplo de cómo el aprendizaje se hace participativa por ser centrada en los intereses y la producción, dos principios fundamentales del enfoque del aprendizaje relacionado. Este enfoque aprovecha de los avances de la era digital para personalizar la educación del alumno – y se celebra como parte de Summer to Make, Play, and Connect.

Puedes unirte a la Maker Party al encontrar un evento en tu área. Los eventos son abiertos a todos sin importar el nivel de habilidad, y casi todos son gratuitos. La campaña Maker Party se extiende desde 15 de julio hasta 14 de septiembre, 2014. Sigue el hashtag #MakerParty en las redes sociales para ver lo que está enseñando, aprendiendo y haciendo la gente alrededor del mundo.

Nuestros socios en la Maker Party 2014 incluye MacArthur Foundation, National Writing Project, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Association of Science and Technology Centers, National 4-H Council, Statewide Afterschool Networks, y muchos más.


Organiza un evento
¿No hay eventos en tu área? ¡Organiza uno! Los recursos de Maker Party proveen toda la información que necesitas para hacer un evento exitoso, sea con 50+ participantes en una biblioteca o hackerspace, o solo contigo y tu hermana menor en el sofá de la sala.

Comparte las obras
La mejor parte de Maker Party es ver lo que haya creado la gente de otros sitios.

  • Usa la etiqueta #MakerParty en tus proyectos y compártelos en las redes sociales. Sube fotos y videos de los eventos también.
  • Remezcla este Informe del evento Maker Party.
  • Echa un vistazo en la página Maker Party Live Updates para ver lo que hacen los Webmakers en todo el mundo.


Más recursos: Maker Party en América Latina

Testing, testing… Web Literacy ‘maker’ badges!


Thanks to everyone who took the time to test the application process for these badges! We’re now moving on to test the ability for Webmaker Mentors and Super Mentors to issue them. For more details, check out this etherpad.

Web Literacy 'maker' badge (Navigation)


To help with Maker Party (launching tomorrow!) we’ve been working on a series of Web Literacy ‘maker’ badges. These will be issued to those who can make digital artefacts related to one or more competencies on the Web Literacy Map.

The structure of each of the Webmaker resources page for each competency (e.g. Navigation) is:

  • Discover
  • Make
  • Teach

We’re not currently badging the ‘Discover’ level, and the ‘Teach’ level is currently covered by the Webmaker Mentor badge. These new ‘Make’ badges are our first badges specifically for web literacy.

How you can help

We’re planning to launch these badges at the end of July. Before we do so, we want to make sure the process works smoothly for everyone, for each badge. We’re also very much interested in your feedback on the whole process.

Here’s what to do. Go to the link below and follow the instructions. You’ll need to either make something related to one of the Web Literacy Map competencies, or link to something you’ve made before.

Questions? Comments? Add them below!