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:
- Erin Knight’s demo presentation. In Popcorn and You Tube
- Press coverage of the 1.0 launch so far
- List of new features and improvements in 1.0
- Re-designed web site. Earn a badge, issue badges, check out who else is issuing badges.
- “Badges for Vets” are using ipod nanos to wear their digital badges. Cool huh?
¡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.
- Help the alien fit in with humans (Thimble) — use your CSS skills to dress Keeakochek in, ahem, more human clothes and help him avoid Area 51.
- Write a beautiful proposal (Thimble) — what are the elements — written and web — that make a winning proposal?
- Build your online portfolio (Thimble) — put to work the learning you’ve done on projects you’ve completed to create an online portfolio
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:
- Go here
- Click the “record from webcam button.” This loads the You Tube uploader tool.
- If you aren’t already signed in to a Google account, you’ll be prompted to sign in.
- Flash will prompt you for access to your webcam. Click Allow or Deny access and leave the tool.
- You should now see your webcam feed. Click Start Recording to begin.
- Review what you’ve recorded, or click Upload to upload to You Tube.
- Once uploaded, You Tube will take some time processing and converting the video.
- 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:
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.
- Dive in! Write a tweet, respond to one. Let us know what you think.
- See it in action
- More context on Michelle’s blog
- 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.
Planet Webmaker roundup
- The New York Times education blog on the “Six Word Memoir” project. And on the Hive NYC Kickflip program.
- Webmaker and Hive NYC on Greek national television. Starting at 0:55.
- Workshopping Interactive Video with Popcorn. Great post and video about a workshop on interactive video.
Hacktivity Kits explained. Teaching guides and resources for teaching webmakering. They’re modular. They’re hackable. They’re fun. How do they work?
- Mentor Mob and Open Badges. MentorMob and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago are teaching girls how to build Android Apps, then showing off new skills by adding digital badges to a digital sash.
A few words about Web Components. And why Pomax is in love with them.
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