The emergence of Web Literacy Clubs began with the question: “How can we deepen how people teach the web with Mozilla, so that their teaching experience with us is of higher quality, their learners learn more, and their community leadership is fostered?”
To get started, we asked 45 community leaders and organizations ranging from the Hive Learning Networks, Maker Party partners, classroom teachers, afterschool educators, and librarians from around the world to share with us their insights, hopes, and concerns about this approach. What we got back were rich conversations filled with expert knowledge, very thoughtful feedback, and great ideas. The information is tremendously useful, and is helping us to shape our next steps. We are deeply grateful to all who participated, and plan to conduct these interviews on a regular basis.
Here is a snapshot of the findings:
Here are a few more highlights, or you can read the full data summary and results here.
- Successful ongoing engagement might involve: the ability to learn cohesive, connected, and meaningful skills; having access to incentives such as competition, awards, or badges; and giving club leaders platforms to share/adapt/network in-person and online.
- Ideas for sustaining web literacy clubs include: working directly with schools; allowing for different kinds of curriculum for different learning styles; meeting often, and for shorter periods of time.
- The best curriculum and resources can exist, but good coaching/mentoring is critical for success.
- Create modular curriculum that is flexible to mentor/learner needs.
- Develop resources that are both online and offline, and printable.
- The first section of our Web Literacy Basics curriculum is being field-tested, consisting of two 45 minute activities designed by our community hero, MOUSE.
- The second section of the curriculum is in active development and will be ready for testing starting next week.
- We will be facilitating working groups in curriculum creation, localization, professional development and leadership, and best practices.