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Building a big tent for teaching the web

Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust announce new digital literacy partnership in the UK

Today, on the eve of the Mozilla Festival in London, Mozilla is proud to announce a new partnership aimed at spreading digital literacy in the UK.

Mozilla together with Nesta and Nominet Trust are creating a new fund and umbrella group focused on teaching digital making, web literacy and tech.

Our goal: build a “big tent” in the UK, and invite other organizations and community groups to join us. Together we’re offering financial support, shared resources, and the opportunity to collaborate and learn together.

£225,000 are available in the first round of funding to help support organizations and community groups working on digital making in the UK.

Tackling the digital literacy gap

Why now? We believe digital skills and webmaking are vital 21st century skills, the fourth pillar to reading, writing and arithmetic. But we face a serious challenge in making this a reality in the UK and around the world: there’s a digital literacy “gap.”

Youth and digital natives increasingly know how to consume with technology, but lack the skills and knowledge they need to create with it. When it comes to the web, we’re at risk of teaching an entire generation how to read, but not how to write.

New survey results

This is borne out by new survey data from a YouGov poll of UK parents and youth, commissioned by Mozilla:

  • 67% of British 8 – 15 year olds say they’re interested in learning to program and write computer code. But only 3% are currently being given the opportunity to do so.
  • 60% of British parents say they would like their children to learn about coding.
  • Parents now place digital literacy amongst their top four educational priorities, alongside English, Mathematics, and Science.

Join us

That’s why a diverse group of partners are coming together to tackle this challenge, in a fresh new way that stresses creativity and learning by making. That’s the driving ethos behind our Mozilla Webmaker program, and why Mozilla is excited to work with local educators and partner organizations in the UK and around the world.

“By equipping children and young people with the necessary skills early on, we can help them not just to use and consume digital technologies but also to create them – to be Digital Makers,” says Geoff Mulgan, chief executive at Nesta.

Annika Small, CEO at Nominet Trust, says “These skills of content creation, collaboration and communication are vital if young people are to cope with — and contribute to — a rapidly changing, complex global society. The Digital Makers fund is designed to recognise and encourage the development of these critical digital skills both in the classroom and outside school.”

“This is just the beginning,” says Mozilla’s Executive Director, Mark Surman. “The major call to action is: join us. We’ll be working together on details and next steps at this weekend’s Mozilla Festival, a literal example of our ‘big tent’ in action.”

To learn more or get involved in the UK, please get in touch here. Or if you’re interested in our digital literacy work around the world, get involved at webmaker.org.

Introducing Thimble: webmaking made easy

Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog

Today we are proud to launch a new Mozilla Webmaker app to the world. Meet Thimble, the new tool that makes it incredibly simple for anyone to create and share their own web pages and other projects in minutes.

Thimble is webmaking made easy. It’s an intuitive visual editor that lets you write and edit HTML right in your browser, preview and correct your work, and then publish and share fully functional web pages with a single click. Thimble removes many of the barriers for novice users trying to learn code, and includes a series of starter projects and templates to help anyone get started quickly.

Wired Webmonkey calls Thimble “one of the friendliest, easiest-to-use code editors we’ve seen.” We’re extremely excited about it, and it’s at the heart of Mozilla Webmaker’s mission to move people from using the web to making the web — and to create a more web literate planet.

Meet the new webmaker.org web site

To mark the launch of Thimble, we’re also unveiling a new Mozilla Webmaker web site today. Check out the new webmaker.org.

The new site includes projects to help users make and learn with Thimble, plus other Webmaker tools like Popcorn and the X-Ray Goggles. We’ve got great new projects to help you do everything from tweaking your blog template, to making interactive videos, to creating fantastic 3D web pages — including projects from partners like Tumblr, the London Zoo, the New York Public Library and many others.

The Summer Code Party starts this weekend!

We’re inviting the world to use these new Mozilla tools and projects as part of our big summer learning campaign, the Mozilla Summer Code Party. The party starts June 23 with a “Global Weekend of Code” and rolls all summer long.

So far, more than 330 Summer Code Party events have been created by community members around the world. It’s a great chance to learn more about coding and how the web works by making something fun with family and friends. You can find an event near you or start your own here.

Learn more and get involved

People around the world will get together to make and learn this weekend using Thimble and other new Webmaker tools and projects. It's all part of the Mozilla Summer Code Party, and it kicks off June 23.

 

Mozilla Webmaker launch makes headlines: press round-up (updated)

Last week, we proudly launched Mozilla Webmaker to the world. Here’s a round-up of reaction from the press:

Wired Webmonkey

Mozilla Aims to Build a Better Web With ‘Webmakers’ Project

Mozilla has kicked off a new effort to do something that’s very near and dear to Webmonkey’s heart — helping people create cool stuff on the web. Mozilla Webmaker, as the new initiative is known, wants to create “a new generation of webmakers, and a more web literate world.”

Boing Boing

Mozilla Webmaker: teaching people to make the Web

Mozilla’s new Webmaker project is a global initiative to “move people from using the Web to making the Web.” They’re running a series of events, including an upcoming Summer Code Party with interactive and recorded sessions on making stuff (I’ll be doing one of these)–Cory Doctorow

PC World

Learn DIY Web Skills Through Mozilla’s New ‘Webmaker’ Effort

Mozilla announced a new effort aimed at helping everyday users of the Web become more proficient at developing and helping to create it…. The new Mozilla Webmaker site will launch officially on June 6. When it does, I’m thinking it could be just as good a resource for small business users as it promises to be for individuals.

Lifehacker

Mozilla Webmaker Aims to Teach You to Code and Change You from Web Consumer to Creator

While we’ve seen plenty of other ways to teach yourself to code, and even created our own series of lessons to help, this is the first collective learning initiative we’ve seen. You can certainly teach yourself from the privacy of your own home, but if you learn better with others you should definitely check this out.

 GigaOm

 Meet Webmaker: Mozilla Launches “Summer Code” Web Love-in

Mozilla has long been a defender of a free and open web, and now the company has launched Mozilla Webmaker, which is aimed at taking ordinary web users and giving them development chops that can help them create new types of online “experiences.”…Mozilla will be reaching out to schools, summer camps and other organizations to participate in Webmaker, and the company is talking about a more “web literate planet.” That can’t be a bad thing.

 

 CNET

Mozilla pushes for stronger ‘maker’ philosophy on Web

While the initiative stands to raise the visibility and importance of coding among the general public from a well-known non-profit already established in the field, it also comes just as the company plans to begin unveiling massive challenges to nearly every major player on the Web today with its Boot to Gecko phones, Persona login system, and Mozilla Marketplace for Web apps.

WebProNews

Mozilla Reveals its ‘Webmaker’ Education Initiative

To kickstart the program, Mozilla is campaigning for what it calls the Summer code Party. Mozilla is encouraging volunteers to host free local Webmaker events and teach-ins all over the world, to help those interested learn how to code for the web. Mozilla has provided event kits and starter projects to make it easy.

More ongoing press coverage tracked here.