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Introducing Maker Party 2013. Join the open online course. Building Webmaker 2.0.

Introducing Maker Party 2013

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.

  • Join the party. Sign up at webmaker.org/party. Make something, share it, or teach others what you know.
  • Learn more. Read the official Mozilla blog post.
  • 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.
  • Spread the word. By re-tweeting sample tweets like these.
    • Join @Mozilla for a global #MakerParty from June 15 – Sept 15. President Obama just kicked it off at the #whsciencefair: http://mzl.la/party


Join me for “Teach the Web:” a free online course from Mozilla

Read this great story and invitation from Ankit Gadgil, Mozilla community member and Mozilla Rep, inviting you to take part in “Teach the Web a new free and open online course from Mozilla starting May 2. Learn more or get started here.

Markup in Popcorn Maker

Toward Webmaker 2.0

Building Webmaker as a popular way to make and learn on the web. Mark Surman lays out a crisp five-part vision for what we’re building together between now and June:

  1. Rebooting the brand to focus on makers of all ages
  2. Building a gallery to show all the awesome makes
  3. Creating a Make API so anyone can make a gallery
  4. Deepening learning w/ challenges + badges
  5. Making it easy to create hackable teaching kits with Thimble

How to get involved:

Planet Webmaker round-up:

TLDR: Let’s teach the web. Webmaker vs. Bowie. Popcorn + the Pope. Localization for humans.

TLDR = your weekly summary of what’s up with Mozilla Webmaker.

Let’s teach the web

Introducing webmaker.org/teach. We’ve got great new kits, teaching guides and projects for teaching digital literacy and webmaking. This 90-second presentation tells the story:

Get involved:

  • JOIN. Sign up for updates on new teaching resources, events, and our big “Webmaker Party 2013″ campaign kicking off in June.
  • TEACH. Get started with free kits and teaching resources. Teach web literacy and skills through fun making, building and playing.
  • CONNECT. Connect and share knowledge with other mentors near you and around the  world.
  • START A NETWORK. Bring local groups together in your hometown.

Markup in Popcorn Maker

The Webmaker web site’s “summer of change”

This slide presentation from Brett Gaylor provides 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.

Thimble meets Popcorn Maker

Testing Localization wtih Git Hub

I’m a combination of Nerd + Teacher 😛

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.

Badges diagram in Spanish


Your life in six words on the web

High school students using the six word memoir Thimble project to explore philosophy and enlightenment:

New Webmaker Projects this week

My web story

Wish Mozilla a happy 15th birthday with projects like these:

A new pope Popcorn project

Popcorn Meets the Pope

Dave Humphrey’s post on a great recent Popcorn project by BBG as a procedural storytelling experiment. It usesSoundCloud audio about the election of the new Pope, combining source media from multiple YouTube clips, images, text, and other audio and weaving them together into a complete web-media experience.

Planet Webmaker round-up:

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.

Planet Webmaker roundup