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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.