This week we were proud to partcipate in the White House Science Fair—and have President Obama help us kick off our new Maker Party 2013. This June to September, people will get together at thousands of community-led events around the world. Together we’ll celebrate the amazing things we can make and learn through the open, collaborative power of the web.
Get training and support. Our new “Teach the Web” open online course is like “Boot Camp” for Maker Party. Join in discussions and hands-on learning with other techies, educators and mentors around the world.
This slide presentation from Brett Gaylorprovides a preview of what’s next for the Webmaker web site. Including new information architecture, mark-up in Popcorn Maker, mashing up Thimble and Popcorn Maker, “hack in place” and more.
Testing Localization wtih Git Hub
I’m a combination of Nerd + Teacher –Alvar
Alvar is an eduactor based in Buenos Aires who teaches 6 to 12-year-olds, and also teaching teachers how to use technology in the classroom. Lately he’s been working on testing new ways to localize Webmaker teaching guides, resources and wiki pages. He documented his work along the way, including how he used Transifex and Github.
Localization workflow using Github and Transifex. Alvar’s post documenting the process — in original Spanish or hacky Google Translate English
Badge pathways. Carla: “Badge pathways provide people with opportunities to make decisions based in personal agency, to define steps that may seem more like hops, and to think about ways to do things that aren’t sequential.”
Teach the web. Get free resources and kits for teaching webmaking, connect with other mentors, or start a network in your hometown. webmaker.org/teach has you covered.
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.