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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:

New online course for mentors. Popcorn recipe videos. Webmaking in space.

Webmaker Mentor -- 1-poster

Mentors teaching mentors: sign up for the new Webmaker course

Teach the Web: a massive open online course (MOOC) for Webmaker mentors

Webmaker Mentors are volunteer instructors, educators, techies and everyday people helping others learn digital skills through webmaking. In this course, experienced mentors and community leaders will share knowledge, provide training and support, and teach each other how to teach web literacy and digital skills.

What you’ll gain:

  • How to teach digital literacy and webmaking. Through a fun, social, “learn by making” approach.
  • Exchanging knowledge and best practices with each other. Sharing resources, tips and new teaching methods with other educators, techies and community leaders.
  • Preparation and support for “Maker Party 2013.” Our big summer learning campaign, June 15 – Sep 15, with big and small events and teaching parties everywhere.

Webmaker Mentor -- 3-globalconnection

Get involved

  • Sign up for the MOOC or learn more here.
  • The course runs May 2 – June 30. Drop in anytime. And invest as much or as little time as you want each week.
  • New topics each week. With Twitter chats every Thursday.
  • Attend an online learning lab. Getting together in real time with presenters and other mentors. May 2, May 23 or June 13 at 4pm UTC.
  • Get help and ask questions any time. Just tweet using the #teachtheweb hashtag.

Webmaker Mentor -- 4-localnetworks

Help design and run the course

  • moderate the course once it starts
  • write posts to introduce topics
  • think up questions for each topic’s twitter chat
  • make teaching guides, kits and resources
  • Interested? email laura[at]mozillafoundation.org


Webmaking in Nasik, India

Cool Popcorn themes in small groups

What’s your favorite thing to eat, and how do you make it? Try making a Popcorn video about it.

That was the starter webmaking project this group of egineering students in Nasik, India dove into with mentors and Moz Reps Ankit and Gauthamraj. They also learned HTML using Thimble and the X-ray Goggles.

Ankit’s top tips:

  • Try breaking learners into small groups, instead of working on their own. Breaking people into small groups can sometimes help participants feel more creative.
  • Give participants themes to work on. For example, when trying to teach Popcorn Maker, participants were asked: “what do you like to eat? how do you make it?”

Get involved

Brand spankin’ new Webmaker Projects

Show the world some awe. Use Popcorn Maker to weave together audio, videos, images and text to share the vast wonder of the universe.

Make a Hackable Game with Craftyy. Ever wished you could change around your games a bit? You know, like making the hero a girl instead of a boy? Or turning the boss’s head into a piece of broccoli? Well here‘s your chance.

Hive Toronto’s NASA Youth Space Challenge

Ooblecks, 3D printers and aliens unite. On April 20th and Kate, Scott, and Jbuck are hosting a Popcorn station. Maybe incorporating this astronaut Popcorn project. And hacking on cool NASA space app challenges.

Get involved

New version of the Web Literacy standard grid

It’s here. It’s pretty. Learn more.

Badge System Design

Carla’s looking for your comments on her new paper: Badge System Design Principles.The goal: make it easier for new issuers to design and build badge systems.

  • Read and comment. And include your name in the comments, please.
  • Give examples or share your own case studies. Share best practices. Or chat with Carla. About your own experiences. carla [at] mozillafoundation [dot] org
  • Check out these other papers for context: Badges for Lifelong Learning
    and Erin’s badge validation paper.

It came from Planet Webmaker

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: