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OHM2013 Part 2 – Observing Segmentation, Pedagogy of Discomfort and impromptu Singing

Have you read Part 1? Part 2 will go from exploring hacker mentalities to heckling Pacman players. Bilal Ghalib introduced me to a Hackerspace founder from Beirut, Raja Oueis, just before they were scheduled to talk about Hackerspaces and creativity in conflict zones. As they fiddled around with Bilal’s slides, I talked to Sara, a [&hellip

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The new Webmaker Mentor Call

The 4th Thursday of Every Month is going to be fun!! Yesterday we had our first monthly Mentor Call, where Webmaker Mentors gather to meet one another, talk about our experiences as we #teachtheweb and throw Maker Parties, laugh at our failures, cheer each other’s successes and just have a time for us to support [&hellip

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The People Piece: Passion and Curiosity

Earlier this month, Mark wrote a post called Webmaker 2013: Product + Community, and we’ve seen a slew of posts that talk about the evolution of Webmaker from the product perspective, so I thought I would write a little about the people piece. We have big aspirations for Makers and Mentors in this community. Not [&hellip

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The Power of Contribution

As part of our attempts to understand what drives the auspicious event hosts who are willing to try out event formats, tools and other materials that we’re creating, we took some time this summer to call them up, and ask them how we can better support them. A couple weeks ago, I got an email [&hellip

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Hacktivity Kits and Modular Curriculum

We’re in the process of creating Hacktivity Kits for each of our software tools and for a variety of event types. The kits contain information on the Mozilla Webmaker initiative as a whole, specific information on the particular tool and event format that the hacktivity kit is for, and then modular content that allows a [&hellip

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And we have #StoryCamp liftoff!

On Thursday, StoryCamp will hold it’s first livecast with Damian Kulash from OK Go. Yesterday we introduced the first new Popcorn template to the facilitators of the 27 youth centers participating in StoryCamp and fielded questions on the teacher’s guide. The guide includes tons of resources for educators and learners alike. We’ve got six weeks [&hellip

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Offline, Offroad, Off my Rocker

Missed me, didn’t you? Two full weeks of me not writing you and telling you the things floating around in my brain must have been excruciating. I mean, really, it’s not just self importance, now is it? I’ve got a couple of things to tell you, but I promised Mark Boas and Laurian Gridinoc that [&hellip

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My Year in Review

Seems like I should follow suit and do a “Year in Review” post. I do so like to comply. I was moving around quite a bit this year. This post took me forever to put together. January: Ran the first New York City version of the Producer’s Institute for New Media Technologies, started working with [&hellip

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Hackjam Parking Lot

This past week, we ran a Hackasaurus/P2PU hackjam to implement functional changes to the P2PU platform and create challenges curriculum for Hackasaurus. It was a whirlwind three days. While we had specific goals, we also had a lot of ideas that aren’t in scope for this phase of the Challenges Project. Those ideas deserve some [&hellip

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Failure = Lesson Learned

Today I was finishing up a one page summary called “10 Things that Make a Good Challenge”, a distilled version of Chloe Varelidi’s excellent post, and I read and reread these lines “By tinkering learners feel safe. They’ll try new things and fail multiple times before mastering a skill,” several times. I’m thinking about failure [&hellip

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