Mozilla Webmaker update: Open Badges beta. UK Popcorn demos. New Summer Campaign site. Teaching teachers.

Tascasaurus: teaching teachers in New York last week

Mozilla Webmaker weekly update for April 5, 2012

Design for America: “Using digital badges to inspire a generation of creative activists”

Each week, lively guest speakers kick off our Mozilla Webmaker community calls.

“Look locally, create fervently, and act fearlessly to tackle local and social challenges.”

Design for America’s mission: create a generation of creative activists who can use design thinking to tackle social challenges. As winners of the recent “Badges for Learning Competition” hosted by the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla, they’re using Mozilla’s Open Badges software to create digital badges that:

  • Help them scale up. Encoding and spreading community knowledge to new chapters opening up across the country.
  • Teach something about the design thinking process. Just looking at their badge pathway teaches you something about design — from scoping to prototyping to implementing.
  • Reward hard and soft skills. Including peer-2-peer collaboration, teamwork and other 21st century skills.
Design for America's proposed badge pathway: recognizing hard and soft skills

Learn more:

Mozilla Open Badges: launching Beta next week

Learning today happens online and everywhere, not just in the classroom.  Mozilla’s Open Badges helps people get recognition for those skills and achievements, through a shared infrastructure that’s free and open to all.

Next week, the Open Badges infrastructure is launching a new Beta version. What’s new and improved?

  • Improved badge issuer API.  Including an easy-to-implement javascript widget.
  • Improved “Badge Backpack” UI. Create groups of badges simply by dragging and dropping, tool tip guides, and more.
  • New privacy controls
  • Integration with Persona / BrowserID (!)
  • Better documentation
Mozilla Persona / BrowserID integration FTW!

This release should be of particular interest to developers. Learn more and get involved:

Mozilla Popcorn Learning Lab in London: cool new demos

Check out these cool Mozilla Popcorn demos made at the recent Popcorn Learning Lab in London:


Stephen Johnson explored the potential of using Popcorn at British Telecom. He made a custom Popcorn.js plugin that pulls still  frames from videos to create a beautiful dynamic collage.

Lawrence Job from Young Rewired State paired up with Chris Hutchinson (winner of  the Guardian’s Student Media Awards “Website Of The Year”). Together they created a commenting system that uses websockets to allow multiple people to create comments using Popcorn.

Kat from the Salvation Army explored the use of Mozilla Popcorn for non-profits by augmenting a video using the Pop Up Video template — including a link to the Salvation Army’s donations page.

There’s plenty more on the London Learning Lab here.

Mozilla’s Summer Campaign: new wiki web site

This summer, Mozilla is throwing a global “code party.” And of course — you’re invited.

The goal: teach people around the world the basics of coding and webmaking. Through big and small events, open learning tools and resources, and local partners and communities around the world.

We’re working out communications strategy and planning, including a new wiki web site that tries to answer the basics and get people involved.

Mozilla’s Summer Code Party

Tascasaurus: Training leaders to teach digital literacy to youth

Empowering New York teachers to teach the web. Tascasaurus is a collaborative, STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math)-driven Mozilla Hackasaurus jam and partnership between Hive NYC, MOUSE and The After School Corporation (TASC). The goal:

  • Use technology to increase digital literacy and interest in STEM for underrepresented youth
  • Prepare community educators to deliver technology-enabled, student-driven learning activities
  • Create a turnkey model that can be quickly disseminated among other after- school networks

 Read all about it and get involved here.

Join next week’s Mozilla Webmaker call: every Tuesday at 8 am PST

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