Teaching Web Literacy in Libraries with Mozilla Learning

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The Mozilla Learning Network offers programs and a global community dedicated to helping people learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world.

Our work at Mozilla Foundation focuses on local solutions to increase Web Literacy globally. We work on increasing Web Literacy with thousands of community members from 500+ cities around the world. Our community members are made up of educators and advocates who understand the importance of an open web and the value of teaching it to others. Over the past few years Ive worked with these community members to run local campaigns and movements to teach the web in their communities


Web Literacy Map Our goal is to create universal web literacy, where web literacy is the 4th R next reading, writing, and arithmeticCore to this work is the Web Literacy Map 2.0:Core skills needed to read, write, and participate on Web21C Skills: problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and communication

At Mozilla we define Web Literacy as the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. We have spent many years researching and developing our Web Literacy Map that take users from consumers of the web to participants of the web.3

Web Literacy

READNavigationWeb MechanicsSearchCredibilitySecurityWRITEComposingRemixingDesigningCoding/ScriptingAccessibilityPARTICIPATESharingCollaborating ParticipationPrivacyOpen Practices

Reading the web includes understanding the basics of how the web works, building the web is actually creating for it and participating on the web is understanding how to take the first two sections and have a voice online in a meaningful way on issues that matter to you. All of this is baked into the free and open-sourced curriculum, tools, and best practices we provide for anyone to grab and use.


We help you #teachtheweb by.


Curriculum thats free & open and educator-tested

Curriculum thats free & open and educator-tested. We make curriculum available for local community members interested in starting clubs to teach the web. Our curriculum features hands-on ways to teach the Web, free of cost and free to reuse and remix. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions and tips for how to teach it, all underpinned by the Web Literacy Map. What's more, activities can be taught with limited or no connectivity, ensuring the Web can be learned anywhere and by anyone.6

Practicing participatory and engaging methods

Practicing participatory and engaging methods. Empower learners through authentic making, reflective learning, and meaningful action with and on the Web. Our pedagogy is often what sets us apart as our workshops are learner focus and often require peer-collaboration away from a computer. 7

Teaching connected learning in action

Connected learning in action. Research shows you learn best when you learn by making projects you care about, with peers who support and encourage you. Thats why our program is hands-on, production-centered and social. Learners gain confidence with the Web by actively shaping it together.8

Sharing best practices and community mentorship

Best practices and community mentorship. Clubs are key nodes in the Mozilla Learning Network, which enables connections to other people teaching digital literacy. By connecting with others, individual Mozilla club nodes have access to best practices and mentorship around the world. Local clubs are more resilient and effective when they are networked with each other.9

Make It Easy to Participate

Best practices and useful resources:event guidesdownloadable posterbutton designssample event agendastips for promotion and recruitment, etc.

Personal support:community callsonline forumtwitter hashtag share their experiences, connect with others, be inspired by others, etclive streams with similar events in other cities (Montreal, Stockholm and Chattanooga)

Celebrations:blog postsevent spotlightsnewsletters and social mediawe showcased stories and experiences part of something bigger

Lainie DeCoursy () - +amira@mozillafoundation.org Can you add more detail in the notes below - would be good to share more specificsFree tools to teach and learn the web


5000 events to teach the web in 100 countries

Mozilla Clubs

A Mozilla Club meets regularly in-person to learn how to read, write and participate with the web in an inclusive, engaging way.


Mozilla Clubs

Grow the literacy of learnersMeet regularly Teach with open practicesGuide people to learn by makingConnect with local and global networksHosting a Mozilla Club in your library guide: bit.ly/1S8Vycy


Tools and Resources Demoteach.mozilla.org


https://goggles.mozilla.org/ 22

Case Studies


Case Study: Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up! This collaborative event hosted by Geek Girls Carrots, Pacific Science Center and The Seattle Public Library was a party for all ages! Attendees not only learned the basics of web literacy and how to program with Python/JavaScript languages but also got the chance to improve the Django Carrots Tutorials and explore other programming languages. As well as get creative with the basics of binary by learning how binary can represent numbers, letters and pictures.


Case Study: Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up!



Case Study: Geek Girls Carrots Maker Party Pop-Up!


Case Study: Maker Party at Brooklyn Public LibraryBrooklyn Public Library hosted an event for youth ages 10-18, featuring hands-on activities that celebrate the fact that stories are as much fun to read as they are to make! Create an online comic strip, design and playtest video games, make a stop-motion animated short, or retell/remix your favorite story using digital media and the web. The goal is to make something awesome and share it with others!


Case Study: Maker Party at Brooklyn Public Library


Case Study: Maker Party at Brooklyn Public Library


Case Study: Maker Party in Chattanooga, Montreal and Stockholm

In this international Maker Party, libraries in Montreal, Stockholm and Chattanooga all celebrated with an afternoon of hands on making and learning and participants are able to connect with each other via Google Hangouts and share what they made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNtSxsJdwQ 30

Case Study: Maker Party in Chattanooga, Montreal and Stockholm


teach.mozilla.orgAmira Dhallaamira@mozillafoundation.org@amirad


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