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Workshop E - Presentation Belshaw


What Doug Belshaw said after the workshop:
(source: Doug's Conference Blog)

EUCU conference, Porto 2012 (#technucation)

Posted on November 30, 2012

I’m writing this whilst waiting for my delayed flight first to Amsterdam Schipol airport and then (hopefully, fingers crossed) onwards to Newcastle and home. I’m been at the University of Porto for the European Union Children’s University conference, co-hosted with SIS Catalyst (an EU-funded project). I ran a workshop on Open Badges with the help of my colleague Laura Hilliger.

This conference is the first I think I’ve ever been to where the only sessions I attended were those which I was leading. This was for a couple of reasons. First, the tight timescale dictated by flights meant we had to set up the room for our workshop during the opening keynotes. Second, the workshop we ran was over two days, four sessions and almost six hours. I’ve never had so much time to work with the same group of people! It was great.
Although I could have done the workshop by myself (that was the original plan) I was really glad Laura came along to help out. Not only is it always better to tag-team workshops but she introduced some great ideas for making the workshop participatory and fun. We had sparkly hands, metaphorical hurricanes and spectrograms on the way to getting those who attended issuing badges of their own.
We’ve documented the workshop at http://etherpad.mozilla.org/EUCU.

There’s some great links and ideas in that etherpad. I encourage you to go and take a look!

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(all images © Doug Belshaw)
What Laura Hilliger said after the workshop:
(source:Zythepsary - Lauras Blog)

A Hivesque Network of Educators

Posted on December 3, 2012

This past week Doug and I attended the European Children’s Universities Network‘s conference (co-hosted with SIS Catalyst) #Technucation. Children’s universities, museums, YMCAs and other youth focused groups and organizations make up the very Hivesque EUCU network.

This is a network of over a hundred different organizations all over the world. It’s called the European Children’s Universities Network, but I met educators from Colombia, the United States and Kenya as well. This network shares resources and playtests each other’s ideas. They share and collaborate and navigate the tricky waters of EU funding together. These people enhance children’s lives through engagement and experimentation. They run live events in organizations all over the place. In the serendipity and good fortune that lead the EUCU to the concept of Open Badges, they’ve now been introduced to a much broader concept that they would like to explore, the concept of Web Literacies (and by extension Webmaker).

Misconceptions run rampant in a community of educators that haven’t learned much about the web. I don’t mean that they haven’t learned about the importance of digital literacies in the education of their students. They know that ICT and the responsibilities surrounding its use form more than integral learning objectives for their classrooms. But what they didn’t know is that making the web isn’t as hard as they think it is (in fact, it’s easy). They weren’t entirely aware of the wider implications that surround the open source community. They didn’t know that writing the web is just as important as reading and thinking critically about the web’s content. They are struggling with a variety of questions that they don’t have to struggle with. We, the technologists and educators that make up the Mozilla community, can help them. They are eager and willing to learn. And we can learn from them as well, and we should. Webmaker is in a unique position to narrow the gap between the academic community and the tech community.

Doug and I ran a workshop on Sustainability of the EUCU through badges. And like any Mozilla workshop, we channeled Aspiration guru Gunner for a truly inspirational and participatory experience centered on the needs of the participants. We were so interested in helping the EUCU envision a badges ecosystem for their network, that we hacked our own agenda when we realized that we could help in outlining that ecosystem. We’d planned to introduce them to Webmaker in a more in-depth make session. Of course we introduced Webmaker, but we didn’t demo tools or even click through webmaker.org. We made badges, and I talked about the rest of Webmaker outside the workshop (incessantly over dinner and in combination with the Mozilla Mission, open web, why I love open source. Oh yeah, and how sexy Popcorn is.)

It was in those dinner conversations that I realized that even a seemingly traditional network of educators is looking for the collaborative support and expertise that a community like Mozilla has to offer. The only reason they aren’t busting down our doors is because they don’t know about us yet.

Half the people I talked to didn’t know the name “Mozilla” until I said “Firefox”. And even then, they understood Mozilla as a global tech company, not a non-profit fighting for the good of the web, not a global community of idealistic do-gooders, not people, real people working to spread web literacies and help educators level up their own tech skills.

But I didn’t have to convince anyone that Mozilla cares. I only had to tell the truth. I am Mozilla. We are Mozilla. You can be Mozilla too.
Here, have some Kool Aid.

Related articles
•    Laura Hilliger: Hacktivating Educators (zythepsary.com)
•    Introducing Mozilla Webmaker badges (openmatt.org)
•    Mark Surman: Webmaker planning season (commonspace.wordpress.com)
•    Of Educators and Youth – Hive NYC MozFest Recap (explorecreateshare.org)

List of useful links:

Webmaker (almost everything is linked through this, but I'll stick in some direct links as well): http://webmaker.org

Open Badges: http://openbadges.org

Popcorn Makerhttps://popcorn.webmaker.org/

Thimble: https://thimble.webmaker.org/en-US/

Resources + overview specifically for educatorshttps://wiki.mozilla.org/Webmaker/Teach

Our learning design principles and the Web Literacieshttps://wiki.mozilla.org/Learning

Web Literacies white paperhttps://wiki.mozilla.org/Learning/WebLiteraciesWhitePaper


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