Sunday, May 18, 2014

Learn to teach web literacy with free classes from Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla, the non-profit that created Firefox, has created tools and resources to educate and empower people to understand the architecture, culture and citizenship of the web. The effort stems from a framework of skills and competencies–known as the web literacy map that addresses everything from basic web navigation and writing code to understanding the consequences of sharing data online and collaborating with others. You can see the map below.
Mozilla Web Literacy Map competency grid
Visit the map at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Learning/WebLiteracyStandard 
This week, Mozilla and Peer2Peer University began offering Webmaker Training, comprised of four, free online mini-courses aimed at helping educators learn and teach web literacy skills. The courses cover: 
  • the basics of web literacy; 

  • how to use Mozilla's Webmaker tools for teaching and developing open educational resources;
  • using open and participatory learning techniques to teach web literacy and digital skills in your classroom, during workshops or at events; and 
  • how to build relationships–locally and globally–to help you achieve greater impact. 
It’s a peer-based learning approach, so participants will connect with and learn alongside other mentors and educators around the world. The courses are modular, so you can join those that interest you most, or take all four, and you can go at your own pace. You start by reading the course materials and engaging in hands-on and web-based activities. There’s a robust online discussion forum where you can share what you make, receive feedback from others, find people to co-develop teaching resources, etc. There are also weekly timed online video hangouts and community calls to connect with other participants in real time. 

The Webmaker Training courses are also designed to help participants prepare for Mozilla's global Maker Party campaign that runs from July to September. During this time, educators and volunteers throw "parties" to celebrate making and learning, and to teach basic web literacy skills. 
You can sign up here: http://mzl.la/training and follow #teachtheweb on Twitter.

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