Monthly Archives: January 2013

Webmaker TLDR: 2013 roadmap, credit for badges and more

TLDR = your summary of what’s happening with Mozilla Webmaker this week, focused on mentors and builders — aka, “the community making Webmaker”

Recording of the Jan 15 Webmaker community call’s 2013 roadmap: gathering your input

“How do we create a ‘make-first’ user experience for”

The idea here is that from the moment you land on, you are given the call to action to tinker and interact with content in a very real way. –Jess Klein

Meet these (adorable) young Webmakers from the Philipines

…from a code party organized by super-star Moz Rep Jean Austin:

Get academic credit for digital badges

U.S. high school students will soon be able to get credit for badges they earn through Mozilla’s Open Badges software, reports Education Week:

High School Credit Awarded for Anytime, Anywhere Learning

High school students in Providence, R.I., will now receive school credit for learning experiences outside the classroom through a new digital badging initiative launched by the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and the Mozilla Foundation.

This makes it the first school district in the U.S. to give academic credit for digital badges. The badges can be earned for work ranging from participating in an urban debate league to taking a studio-arts course at a local museum.

Also in badges this week, check out…

This has been one of the best projects I have ever taught in terms of the positive reaction from the pupils and the ongoing benefits…. The process has encouraged them to work together, obtaining regular feedback and striving to improve their work…. —@ZoeRoss19, UK Grade 7 teacher

Badges created by UK Grade 7 students

Lots happening in the Webmaker web dev and software team:

  • To 2013 and beyond… Ross | Last year web dev launched *eight* (yes eight) new web sites. This year’s focus: “workload, external contributions, and outreach.”
  • On code review 
    • Andrew | “When I ask someone to review my code, I’m really trying to find out if it makes sense, if it’s eloquent and approachable.”
  • Design Open Badges | Seeking visual designers to to help create cool digital badge designs, for new Webmaker Web Dev community contributors.

The Mozilla Manifesto and Mozilla’s 15th anniversary

Why Mozilla?  Lyre | Does the Mozilla manifesto need revising? How do we make the most of Mozilla’s upcoming 15th anniversary? What will the next 15 years hold?

When I read the Manifesto today, I feel like it is just as relevant now as when it was first published.. but perhaps some of the language could be touched up to add emphasis on how the principles manifest in Mozilla’s efforts to tackle contemporary challenges that didn’t exist just a few short years ago.

Webmaker TLDR: what’s up with Webmaker this week?

TLDR = your handy micro-summary of what’s happening with Mozilla Webmaker this week, and how to get involved

Webmaker in 2013

What’s the plan for Webmaker this year? Make it a product loved by makers and mentors. Check out Mark Surman’s slide presentation:

New Webmaker prototypes: video editing in the cloud, Thimble + Popcorn integration, killer slide shows + more

Brett Gaylor’s mega-post show off some exciting early ideas and exciting new prototypes for webmakers:

  1. Video editing with Popcorn Maker: think video editing in the cloud. Paste in any You Yube, HTML5 or Soundcloud media. Slice and dice it on the Popcorn Maker timeline. Then publish as one seamless playback. Make videos on the web — without having to download, compress, edit in a desktop app, re-upload, etc. Hot!
  2. Integrating Thimble + Popcorn: Thimble and Popcorn brought together in a single interface. Learn to code while making cool interactive movies and sounds.
  3. Popcorn slide shows: Create cool slide shows with website- type “pages” or sections. Make interactive narratives, choose-your-own-adventure, hackable comics, visual novel non-linear story telling, etc.
  4. Webmaker “save for later.” Like a “gimme bar” for Webmaker. A clipping add-on that lets you grab image, text, video or html as you’re browsing the web, then pull it into a gallery and remix it with Webmaker. Shows how we could incorporate Webmaker right into Firefox.
  5. Turbo You Tube upload. Directly upload video from your camera to You Tube, all within Popcorn Maker. Makes it frictionless, rather than recording locally and uploading, or recording at You Tube and copy/pasting the URL.

Links and source code in Brett’s post. Or get more involved here.

What do Webmaker mentors need?

We want to 10x our community of instructors and mentors this year. Where do you think we should start? Here’s what 80+ interviews with current mentors told us.

Global Game Jam: Jan 25 – 27

Get excited and make games. Make games with other game designers, developers and enthusiasts around the world in a Global Game Jam spread across more than 300 locations in 63 countries.

Mozilla’s Game On Competition is sponsoring several of the events. Game On now has 39 entries in the competition and counting — from Robocybe to Slime Volley. Submit your own game entry before the Feb 24 deadline.

“Generation Open:” creating a global open source project by and for youth

“If you could make anything on the web, what would it be?”

That’s the question Moz Reps like Emma Irwin and others have been putting to kids around the world. The goal: create one of the world’s first open source projects run entirely by youth. Webmaker Mentors will help guide youth and teach them about open source contribution, with the youth defining how and what will be created. Learn more and get involved through the “GenOpen” wiki page.

More from Planet Webmaker

EOY and Yearly FR Totals

OpenNews on-boarding, ITU campaign de-brief + more.

There’s great notes and links on these in the Jan 15 Webmaker community call etherpad. Join us for next week’s call.


Get excited and make games: Global Game Jam, Jan 25-27

Game jam events happening around the world, 63 countries and counting…

Global Game Jam! Make games with other game designers, developers and enthusiasts around the world. The Global Game Jam (#ggj13) is happening the weekend of Jan 25-27, spread across more than 300 locations in 63 countries.

Mozilla’s Game On Competition is sponsoring several of the events. And there’s more Game Jams coming in February, including during Indiecade East, a Bocoup Youth Game Jam in Boston, the NYU Games & Innovation Lab, and another jam planned for Kenya.

Enter the Game On Competition — before Feb 24

There are now 39 entries in the Mozilla Game On Competition, from Robocybe to Slime Volley.

You can also check out interviews with our illustrious panel of judges on the Game On blog, including Alice Taylor (, Lisa Long (Zombies Run), Daniel Cook (Spry Fox) and a new craffty video for Web-Only Games.

Get involved