Mozilla revealing the ‘Lego lines’ – Mark Surman & Michelle Levesque [#lwf12 @catspaw @msurman]


“We need to move from a world where people are users of code, to makers of code … this is something that not just engineers and programmers should be able to do.

Mozilla are aiming to create a generation of ‘web makers’. This is not just about technical tools like HTML, but about the open ethos of the web; sharing, collaborating and remixing.

Mark shared his son’s love of Lego. What he thinks is important is that you can make things which are beautiful; but you can see the lines. He wants people to see the web in the same way, to see that a web page can be pulled apart, remixed, and learnt from in the process.

They began by creating a tool called ‘goggles‘ which they brought to children in their form on their Hackasaurus initiative. This allows them to see the ‘Lego lines’ on web pages, and deconstruct them to learn to create for themselves.

But why would kids care? To actually get them interested they decided to look at young people’s passions. They took the concept to a youth film making programme, and challenged them to make ‘web native’ versions of their projects. It wasn’t about programming, these were film makers whose goal was the actual films; they just happened to learn about various web technologies as they were fulfilling that goal. They began with content objectives, and learnt what they needed to to express themselves in the way they wanted to.

“Passion teaches web making”

They want to build something big with theis theory. They were impressed with the computer science announcement from Gove last week, but realise both are at the begining of something. Mozilla is relatively small in terms of employees, and they can’t do it on their own. This is where projects lik ‘Young Rewired State‘ come in; kindred spirits at grassroots level who are looking at teaching web making, and these are popping up ‘everywhere’.

The only way to build this is community. They are commited to trying things, but see themselves as contributers to this community, not owners of it. They can contribute software, curriculum and badges; their micro awards system for web literacy skills.

The left us with the message:

“What do YOU want to bring?”

Related posts:

Leading a learning revolution - Stephen Heppell [#lwf12 @stephenheppell]
Google: Supporting Education in the UK and Ireland - Andrew Elland [#lwf12 @andrewelland]
Answers vs Problem Solving - Debbie Forster [#lwf12 @debbieforster]

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