Mozilla Festival has been one of the the biggest Open web events that I’ve ever attended. For the folks who’ve already been a part of Mozfest know that it’s 3 days of sheer madness(the good kind, obviously) and AWESOMENESS! MozFest is an annual celebration of the world’s most valuable public resource: the open Web.
This year, a lot has happened to me so far. Although I was geared up for the madness, as Murphy’s Law suggests, everything that can go wrong will go wrong( and it did)! Mozfest has this amazing ability to connect people with people and people with their interests. It is also that time of the year when you get to meet other Mozillians and community members from all over the world. Putting a face to that name(IRC nick) is always wonderful!
This year at Mozfest, I was invited by the Mozilla Learning Network. As a regional coordinator for Mozilla clubs, something that’s on top of my priority list is to empower club captains and make sure I cater to their needs, in terms of resources, support and whatever I can offer them to run a Mozilla Club. Something that I focused on at Mozfest this year was Participation and help define “Teach like Mozilla”.
K, cool. So what did you do to help?
I ran a fireside chat called Playful and participatory learning in Mozilla Clubs at Mozfest. Oh, and we had real FIRE and WOOD as well!
Here’s a walkaroud tour of our space:
— Shreyas Narayanan (@dun3buggi3) November 7, 2015
Thank god we had superman!
Damn. That sounds fun! What’s it like?
We had an amazing set of audience attending the session from a very diverse background. The session was focused on story telling, sharing experience and best practices from learners, teachers, educators and developers.
- Hacking vs Remixing
Parents are scared on what their kids do online. Even when it’s about web literacy, they think coding or remixing is hacking.
- Not restricted to kids but adults as well
Web literacy is not only for kids but adults as well. People of all ages need to know how to read, write and participate on the web.
- Kids vs Parents
Parents tend to get scared when their kids know more about technology than them. But parents are also interested in learning from their kids and then kids are also excited to teach their parents something they know. In short, if kids are past your level, learn from them.
In India, there were examples of people who taught to code through games like hopscotch and HTML web page frameworks using bricks. Mostly focused on Lo-Fi and No-Fi teaching kits. Movies are really a big thing in India. Remixing movie posters on thimble is the all time fav activity.
ore informal session where kids teach..
I get scared when my kids know more about technology than I do.
Kids are excited to teach parents what they know. Be open to the idea of learning from kids.
Feedback for MLN:
- Better ways of recognizing learners? Is there something that can show all the skills that I’ve learnt at my Mozilla club.
- What happened to open badges?
- Ability to share thimble and other makes without having to login. Kids don’t have email ids.
If you’ve attended the session and would like to add to this, please write to me at dun3buggi3[at]gmail[dot]com or tweet to me @dun3buggi3
IMGUR Gallery of images from the session: http://imgur.com/a/u0P94
#MozLove to everyone who has attended the session.