Towards a new version of the Web Literacy Map


Visualization of WebLitMap by Sabrina Ng

Image from a concept sketch by Sabrina Ng

The Web Literacy Map details the skills and competencies that the Mozilla community believe are required to read, write and participate on the web. It can be seen in visual form in the Webmaker resources section.

Earlier this year we began work on what we termed ‘Web Literacy Map v2.0′. We interviewed stakeholders, ran a survey, collaborated in sessions at MozFest, and hosted a series of seven community calls. This post is to share the outcome of that process. Everything related to this process can be found on the Mozilla wiki.

The five proposals

From the stakeholder interviews we came up with 21 emerging themes, boiled down to five proposals for the community survey. We discussed the results of the survey and made the decisions listed below during the community calls.

Proposal 1 – “I believe the Web Literacy Map should explicitly reference the Mozilla manifesto.”
We decided that we should reference the Mozilla Manifesto in the introduction to the Web Literacy Map, and link to the particular relevant principles where appropriate.

Proposal 2 -  “I believe the three strands should be renamed ‘Reading’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Participating’.”
We decided not to make a decision relating to this proposal for the time being. There are other, related, issues that we need to resolve. For example: who should we prioritise in terms of audience for Web Literacy Map v2.0?

Proposal 3 -  “I believe the Web Literacy Map should look more like a ‘map’.”
(not enough people on the call to make a decision)

Proposal 4 - “I believe that concepts such as ‘Mobile’, ‘Identity’, and ‘Protecting’ should be represented as cross-cutting themes in the Web Literacy Map.”
We decided that:

  • our audience is teachers and learners in the upcoming Web Literacy Clubs
  • we’re not going to include cross-cutting themes in the map itself (the text), but explore them in representations of the map (the visuals)

Proposal 5 -  “I believe a ‘remix’ button should allow me to remix the Web Literacy Map for my community and context.”
We decided that we shouldn’t explicitly encourage remixing of the Web Literacy Map itself, but encourage remixing of the curriculum layer for Web Literacy Clubs.

Re-scoping our efforts to v1.5

As a result of this process we have decided to iterate towards a v1.5 of the Web Literacy Map in the first half of 2015. We can then explore v2.0.

Planned updates for v1.5 and/or v2.0 include:

  1. Making links to the Mozilla Manifesto (where appropriate)
  2. Improving supporting material to provide context
  3. Reviewing and updating competencies and skills (add, remove, rename, merge)
  4. Shifting the Web Literacy Map towards being slightly more ‘opinionated’ (e.g. “the skills and competencies required to read, write and participate on the open web”)
  5. Exploring other (multiple) ways to represent the skills, competencies, and strands

Get involved!

We’ll be hosting community calls and hack sessions in 2015 to get v1.5 out of the door as soon as possible. This process has been extremely useful to allow us to hit the ground running in the new year.

Timings of the sessions are yet to be decided as we’ll be polling the community in the first week back after the holidays. There are several ways you can keep up-to-date and get involved:

Make the web: start with an Hour of Code


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Making the web in Kenya. Photo Credit: Laura de Reynal

For the second year in a row, Webmaker and Hive Learning Networks will be participating in the largest learning event in history–the Hour of Code, running from Dec. 8-14, 2014. launched this global campaign in 2013, to align with Computer Science Education Week, and to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics. Last year, 15 million students participated, and the campaign was supported by education and technology leaders, celebrities and even teachers in your hometown. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million students, to introduce them to an hour of computer science as a means to helping them become better problem-solvers and logistical thinkers, and to explore new outlets for creativity.

This is a chance to be part of something big. Whether in classrooms, afterschool programs, or at home with friends, you can achieve and learn a lot in one hour.

Webmaker Hour of Code Activity

We put together a few fun activities that you can do with others to celebrate the Hour of Code this year. Try coding your first app using local weather data, or remixing your local newspaper’s website. No previous coding experience is required–all you need are a computer, access to the web, and some eager learners (note these activities may be best for ages 8 and up).

In addition to helping to build hard skills like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and app development, these activities have other important skills baked in–like critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. It’s this combination that results in a fun learning experience, especially important when introducing new concepts.

Hour of Code in your Hometown
With millions of people participating in this year’s Hour of Code campaign, there are sure to be some events happening near you. These could be great opportunities to learn new skills while also meeting new people, and being introduced to ongoing programs offered in schools, at libraries and other community centers in your hometown.

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Community Literacies #5, India edition: Club recipes, IRC parties and trains that teach!


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

Community-made curriculum, from Africa to India

In the last few issues of this series, we explored the most inspiring teaching materials that have come out of Maker Parties and other community gatherings around the world this summer. Most recently, we looked at curriculum made in Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA. And this time, we’re heading to the beautiful land of India!

We’ll start by looking at a Webmaker Club recipe made by a talented group of Mozillians in Hyderabad. We’ll fly to Sathyabama University to learn about a Webmaker Open Online Train the Trainer (WOOTT) activity, and we’ll learn how to create our own digital business cards in Bapatla. We’ll finish our time together by learning about a Net Neutrality for Newbies teaching kit built from an Indian perspective, and a fun train game accompanied by an even more fun card generator from New Delhi that anyone can use to learn HTML. Namaste!

Image thanks to Mozilla Club Hyderabad

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Congratulations to the Mozilla Hive Challenge Winners!


For the past four weeks, 25 non-profit organizations from across Hive communities in NYC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Chattanooga and Kansas City have been hard at work raising money for their digital literacy programs.

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They participated in the Hive Challenge on Crowdrise, a crowdfunding campaign that ultimately resulted in over 1,000 donations and $200,000 raised in total.

In addition to the money that participating organizations raised through lots of team effort and targeted outreach, Mozilla contributed $50,000 through grand prizes and weekly bonus challenges. These funds served as exciting incentives and a show of support for the work these organizations are doing on the ground to help spread digital skills and web literacy in Hive cities across the US.

Congratulations to the winners, and to all that took part in our first, cross-Hive fundraising campaign.

NYC SALTScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.23.36 AM raised $54,000 and won the grand prize of $15,000! They use digital photography to engage, inspire and empower youth from under-served communities in New York City to reach their full potential. The money they raised will support three of their key programs, including 12-week smartphone photography workshops and a one-week intensive program for middle school students.


Beam CenterScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.23.58 AM raised $40,200 and won the second place prize of $10,000. Their funds will go towards the purchase of a van, to enable them to bring their Brooklyn-based maker programs to more students across the five boroughs.



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Global Action Project raised $11,245 and won the third place prize of $5,000. Their money will be spent on upgrading their video production equipment, and ultimately will help hundreds of LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth and youth of color throughout NYC who are using media to share their stories and organize for justice through their afterschool programs.


Note that while the official “challenge” is over, you can still donate to these organizations and others at

MozFest 2014: We made this together!


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We arrived as individuals, we left as a community.

More than 1,600 educators, community-builders, technologists and creators met in London from October 24-26, 2014 for MozFest, a collaborative festival dedicated to innovating for the open web.

Over the course of three days, attendees from 50+ countries participated in hundreds of hands-on sessions exploring topics ranging from opportunities for the mobile web and digital literacy; to journalism; science; arts, culture and music on the web.

Friendships were forged, ideas emerged, prototypes were hacked. Here’s a taste of what we worked on together at MozFest 2014:

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