In the last few years I’ve learned a ton about what helps people learn, where they get stuck and how to customize learning for various ages, interests and attention-spans. When ‘teaching the web’ for kids as young as eight all the way up to university students there’s always some level of trouble-shooting and tinkering to
This afternoon I met with a group of parents – a group of fantastic, involved parents who want to learn, understand, and just – ‘get‘ what their middle-school aged children need from them to navigate the web. At least that’s my take on what they were expecting. These are also very good friends of mine:
In recent years, I’ve organized loads of Webmaker events for youth. And on the opposite end, I’ve also run many hackathons for experienced engineers interested in contributing to open source, through my work at SocialCoding4Good. For just as long, I’ve noticed the absence of opportunity for higher education students to get involved, which is why
Today, I had the great opportunity to learn about an open source project being developed locally by Camosun graduates called ‘EduCask‘: a Social Media Sandbox for students, teachers and parents. Why am I so excited? Because schools in British Columbia have nothing like this AT ALL (except perhaps the private schools, but that’s another topic). Students
I was extremely honoured to present ‘Integrate Web Literacy with Mozilla Webmaker’ , at the Canadian Open Data this past February 20th, one day before Open Data Day. The Open Data community has been a collaborative partner of Mozilla in British Columbia for a couple of years now, and definitely kindred spirits in promoting openness
After close to two years – and thanks to a visionary principle – I was able to start a Webmaker club in my daughter’s school. Web literacy is not a part of British Columbia’s curriculum. I’ve learned a lot, here’s the Cole’s Notes: Lunch Club The only window for our club is
I feel incredibly fortunate to be adding a ‘2013’ to the title of this blog post, reflective of this being my second Mozilla Festival. Last year, I spent the entire event on the Webmaker floor, but this time propelled by new questions, ideas and focus – found myself knee-deep in a variety of spaces.
The heart of my Mozilla Webmaker contribution, has a lot to do with being parent to three young girls (3, 8, 10) on the cusp of internet exploration(actually my 10 year old is already on DIY.org regularly) . We want our daughters to grow into independent creative, compassionate, empowered
Super fun weekend at Mini Makerfaire in Vancouver. I traveled over from Vancouver Island with my two oldest daughters Molly and Daisy. Awesome to meetup with Helen, Dethe, Rowan, Erik, Jeff and others from Vancouver’s Mozilla office to run a Webmaker booth. Helen and I also talked ‘Webmaker’ on the Speakers stage Sunday Afternoon. Some
I’ve spent the last three weeks floating around the Webmaker MOOC as a ‘Super Mentor’, I believe there are about 90 of us with this title – mentors with various backgrounds, interests and experience helping make the #teachtheweb experience a great one. So far the makes, remixes, conversations, blogs, and various contributions have been incredible.