In the course of conceptualizing our modular Hacktivity Kits, we decided to create simple, visual 1-pagers for activities. Here are some prototypes (that are crappily compressed and impossible to read :P):

We’re also putting assessment stuff into 1-pagers, cheatsheets in 1-pagers, everything in 1-pagers. Why are we doing this? Because it makes sense to give people multiple entry points to using Mozilla curriculum, having modular bits that can stand on their own or be combined to make an entire kit is the epicenter of “modular and customizable”. But most importantly, it makes contribution easy.

Do what now?

CONTRIBUTION. One of the things that the Webmaker initiative always intended to do is to work with and support others that want to make a web literate planet (see Mark Surman’s most recent post). We’re working on ways to make the community stronger and contribution easier.

I think these one pagers make contribution to learning materials and content super easy. There are several things you can contribute RIGHT NOW!

We have defined 3 types of Plug and Play Activities, and we’ll need 1-pagers on new activities:

1. Icebreakers An icebreaker is an activity that gets the blood pumping, forms connections between learners, and introduces a topic. There are thousands of different ways to introduce a topic and get learners interacting with each other.

2. Setting Up A setting up activity is one that gives pointed instruction to participants on tools or procedures. An example of a setting up activity would be allowing the participants to get used to the interface of Thimble or Popcorn by having them make projects. Before learners can practically apply new skills, they need to be comfortable with the tools they’ll be using and have a basic understanding of the skills they’ll be sharpening.

3. Hands on Hacking A Hands on Hacking activity is a practical activity that allows learners to delve deeper into the essential questions of your session. Go back to thinking of the results: what will your learners MAKE when they are done? Create a project that gives learners enough time to explore and tinker while working towards the completion of the activity.

Want to contribute a Plug and Play Activity? Fill out this form.

And we have Cheatsheets, Readings, Crash Courses…basically if you create a 1-pager that helps someone teach OR learn any of the web literacy skills, you should do it and share it! If you have an idea for a project that uses one of the Mozilla tools, you should do a prototype and tell us about it! If you have an awesome idea like this one, that helps facilitators run better sessions, you should write it up and let us know!

But wait, there’s more room for contributions – Don’t want to contribute content like this? That’s OK, have you thought about contributing code to Thimble or helping squash Popcorn bugs? Do you speak another language and want to translate projects or wiki pages? Do you like making illustrations? Writing synopses? Doing Web development? Doing research? Do you want to teach others how to make using the web as a platform? There are plenty of different ways to contribute to the Webmaker Initiative. Start by reaching out, join the Webmaker Mailing List and introduce yourself.

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