#teactheweb week 3 (Open Web)


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.

This week was week #3 – Open Web.  The heart of my contribution to Mozilla, paired with the opportunity to collaborate with people I’ve never met?  Yes please :)   My goal was to take the Open Web challenge of sharing something in Github.

I don’t need to write much more than my new collaborative friend Sheri Edwards did in her post .   ( Ah!  working in the open even saves blog post writing !  )

I worked on a  scrolling-story-telling page based on our group’s collaborative work: Janet’s blog and feedback, Sheri’s video (mashing so many things including my friend Clint Lalonde’s blog) .  This is the current version:

Scrolling Site about Working in the Open.   (Start at the top and slowly scroll down)

Pretty impressive hey?  As a developer I must be a brilliant to written all of that complicated code one week,  and *then* super-tech skills to commit to github.  I could let you believe that but really this is all I did:

  1. Google for storytelling sites/javascript
  2. Found Super Scrollorama JQuery library
  3. Clicked the Download Link (after checking out license)
  4. Opened the index.html in a code editor and changed text – added in the video embed at the bottom
  5. Opened the css/style.css file and made a few changes to background color, and h3 font sizes.

Once I finished my first draft I checked it into Github.  Sheri brought it to my attention that a lot of Github documentation jumps to show-stopping like ‘terminal’ And while I often use terminal I would invite #teachtheweb participants to try using one of the awesome github GUIs available.  I often use Github for Mac,  and I’ve seen Github for Windows used  as well, you don’t need terminal skills.

Rather than write some long detailed blog on the workflow for working with shared projects in Github using one of these GUIs (or terminal), I’m collaborating with fellow Super Mentor / Mozilla Rep Soumya Deb to hold a Github Hangout demonstrating how two people can work on a project together using Github and one of these GUIs. Stay tuned!

A great #teacththeweb week – see you in week #4.