It’s time for Issue 4 of Webmaker’s Hottest fresh off the press, your favourite weekly showcase of the most inspiring and irresistible-to-remix creations by makers around the world! For each issue, we choose a theme and crawl across the Webmaker world to find its 12 most exciting makes to feature on the Webmaker homepage, all created by community members like you!
While our last issue focused on Independence Day celebrations for one of Mozilla’s most active and vibrant communities, India, this week is all about going back to school as we hit the books again at high schools, secondary schools and colleges worldwide — think colourful locker art, notebook doodles, secret crushes, after school clubs, brand new backpacks and the kinds of hands-on, participatory teaching that make learning fun!
Indeed, for this issue’s theme, we had no lack of awesome and inspiring material. From interactive teaching kits for educators, to student reflections on summer beach fun, and from odes to the genius of Bill Nye the Science Guy to homemade Minecraft tutorials, there was lots of colourful and educational fun to be had for every kind of student. We were even lucky enough to receive a bit of a bonus: a sneak preview of the 3 talented winners who won the first round of our Battle of the Mixes competition!
Here are details on Webmaker’s 12 featured makes of the week, and the pioneering makers who created them:
- From webmaker student Caseydoyle in Hawaii, a back-to-school Popcorn video featuring reflections on a sun-drenched summer with friends and goals for college;
- From the National Writing Project in the US, a fun teaching kit that shows educators how to teach media literacy and web skills with stories from the New York Times;
- From the Radio Rookies initiative in New York, an inspiring multimedia video outlining the various ways that public high school kids would like the mayor to improve their school system;
- From webmaker Kmicha, an ode to Bill Nye the Science Guy featuring some interesting facts about climate change and the importance of science;
- From webmaker pooawesome28, a homemade tutorial on how to get started with Minecraft, using our Thimble webpage tool to share exclusive screenshots and tips;
- From Mozilla Super Mentor Christina, a teaching kit about memes featuring the infamous Squirrel Portrait to help readers create and publish their first meme;
- From Mozilla Super Mentor TechKim, a hands-on teaching kit that shows educators how to give participants the opportunity to explore gender stereotypes in digital media;
- From webmaker student NHopper, some back-to-school thoughts on new haircuts, summer friends and coming to class;
- And a sneak preview of the 3 winners of our first-ever Battle of the Mixes, #motionpicture edition — a Schadenfreude Sandwich by webmaker Jeannie, an anti-Barney dance party by webmaker Umeshram and an Obama remix of Harlem Shake by webmaker Chrisnr92!
Don’t forget that each of our featured makes are ready to be remixed — you can hack them now by clicking “Remix” on the top right-hand side of each make. We’d love to see what you come up with. We’d also like to say a massive thank you to this week’s makers for such a colourful, fun and school-celebrating set of makes!
Stay tuned next time for makes that celebrate Mars, stars and the wonders of space! Have a great space-themed make you want to get featured here? Share your finished product with Webmaker’s editor using the tag #makerparty — we’d all love to see it! More details on how to get featured can be found here.
Until next week, we’ll see you on the wild web!