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Webmaker TLDR: moar Badges 1.0. Popcorn for your webcam. Six-word memoirs. #teachtheweb

TLDR = quick summary of what’s up with Mozilla Webmaker this week.

Open Badges 1.0: coverage, reaction and new demos

The Mozilla blog post tells the story. Plus check out:

¡Aye Caramba! SIX new Webmaker projects this week!

  • Swapjack the sound (Popcorn) — experiment with remixing and swapping in new audio to change the meaning and impact of any video
  • Finish the graffiti tag (Thimble) — use CSS to complete the tag
  • Create a six word memoir (Thimble) — the National Writing Project wants you to write a beautiful six-word memoir — while learning the HTML and CSS that goes into making your own page.

Popcorn for your webcam: help test this new feature

What if you could record directly from your web cam straight into Popcorn Maker? Well  guess what — the future is here! Or rather: the future is ready for testing and bug-filing.

Here’s how to play-test it:

  1. Go here
  2. Click the “record from webcam button.” This loads the You Tube uploader tool.
  3. If you aren’t already signed in to a Google account, you’ll be prompted to sign in.
  4. Flash will prompt you for access to your webcam. Click Allow or Deny access and leave the tool.
  5. You should now see your webcam feed. Click Start Recording to begin.
  6. Review what you’ve recorded, or click Upload to upload to You Tube.
  7. Once uploaded, You Tube will take some time processing and converting the video.
  8. Once done, You Tube will give Popcorn Maker the link to your newly uploaded video and added it to your media gallery, ready to be Popcorn-ized!

Report bugs or make suggestions here. More context and a full HOW TO is here.


The idea is simple: use the hashtag #teachtheweb to ask for and offer help. For mentors, instructors, and anyone interested in helping to teach digital literacy and webmaking. For example:

“I’m looking for someone to help teach Javascript at a webmaking event in Athens. #teachtheweb”

You can also offer help. Say, for example:

“I work with youth at my hackerspace and am happy to share activities they like. #teachtheweb”


It’s not just for event needs or offers — use it for learning resources, inspirational stories, feedback, etc.

Making is Learning: project-based learning in action

It feels efficacious and powerful to make something from nothing. –Chad Sansing, educator

Laura Hilliger made this video about a classroom in Virginia using the project-based approach to teach kids with learning disabilities and difficulty following “traditional” learning paths. Including how they’re using Thimble. Inspiring to see these principles in action.

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Introducing Open Badges 1.0

Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog

Get recognition for learning that happens anywhere.
Share it on the places that matter.

Mozilla Open Badges web site

Today we’re extremely proud to release Mozilla Open Badges 1.0, an exciting new online standard to recognize and verify learning. Open Badges makes it easy to…

  • earn badges for skills you learn online and offline
  • give recognition for things you teach
  • show your badges in the places that matter.

This is a project we’ve been developing for the past two years, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation. Why is it important? These days, we all learn things in a wide variety of ways, but there are few opportunities to gain formal recognition for these skills. Traditional certifications, like degrees and diplomas, still lack the granularity to show the skills people have — like writing skills for an engineer, or project management for someone with an arts degree.

Not only that, but there’s no way to take all those skills and show them off in one place, regardless of where you’ve earned them. Open Badges changes that. It takes digital badges to a new level and makes them more powerful, networked and credible.

More than 600 leading organizations are now using Open Badges to issue badges that count toward education, careers and lifelong learning. Together we believe this can shape the future of learning, and help unlock the full educational potential of the web.

Girl Scouts can now earn digital badges for building apps as part of the “My Sash is an App” project

“We often talk about finding ways to make learning more accessible to more people,” says Erin Knight, Mozilla’s Senior Director of Learning and Badges. “Open Badges has the power to make that happen. We can legitimize learning of all kinds, and empower people to create their own custom pathways toward jobs, education and opportunity.”

Badges backpack with collections

What’s so great about Open Badges?

  • Knits skills together. Through the Open Badges shared standard, badges for the same skill-set can connect and build on one another — whether they’re issued by the same organization or many different ones. Individuals can earn badges that recognize learning and skills from multiple sources both online and offline — from learning HTML with Mozilla, to volunteering and leadership skills with Girl Scouts, to learning introductory robotics and engineering with NASA.
  • Full of information. With Open Badges, every badge has important data built in that links back to who issued it, how it was earned, and even the projects a user completed to earn it. Employers and others can dig into this rich data and see the full story of each user’s skills and achievements.
  • Can go anywhere on the web. The Open Badges backpack gives users an easy way to collect their badges, sort them by category, and display them across social networking profiles, job sites, websites and more.
  • Recognizes learning that matters. Open Badges’ free software allows any organization that meets the standard to begin issuing — and verifying — badges. Currently 600 organizations have issued 62,000 badges to 23,000 learners. A growing list of who is issuing badges is available here.
  • Free, open to anyone, and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission. Open Badges is designed, built and backed by a broad community of contributors. The open source model means improvements made by one partner can benefit everyone, from bug fixes to new features.

current issuer badges

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Introducing Mozilla Webmaker badges

A new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills

Mozilla’s Erin Knight launching Webmaker badges today — with the help of a young webmaker who just earned her first badge.

Today at the Mozilla Festival in London, we’re extremely proud to announce the launch of new Mozilla Webmaker badges.

Webmaker badges are an exciting new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills. They’re free, fun, and part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission to create a more web literate world.

Learning by making

Mozilla’s new Webmaker program makes it easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go. Now with Mozilla Webmaker badges, they can earn recognition and public proof for those skills as well.

As users complete projects on Webmaker.org — like creating web pages, animated GIFs, or learning the fundamentals of programming — they can earn digital badges linked to their identity. This provides a lasting record of their skills and achievements, and shows off their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers, backed by Mozilla.

The initial set of badges now available through Webmaker.org

Building a new generation of digital creators

Digital literacy is to the 21st century what reading, writing and math were to the 20th century — vital to creativity, empowerment and economic opportunity,” says Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning at Mozilla.

“Webmaker badges provide an exciting new way for people to teach and learn these skills, displaying what they know and unlocking opportunities in the real world.”

This first set of Webmaker badges focuses on introductory skills like HTML and CSS. More advanced badges will follow.

Webmaker badges are powered by OpenBadges, Mozilla’s free, open source software that makes it easy for anyone to issue and manage badges across the web.

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