Teach and Learn the Web with Maker Party

Help your students learn to read, write, and participate on the Web.

September 11, 2014
Amira Dhalla
Foundation/nonprofit member

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning

Since its inauguration in 2012, Mozilla's annual Maker Party has become a global celebration of making and learning on the Web. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations, and enthusiastic Internet users of all ages and skill levels to teach the Web. From getting the hang of HTML to building robots to learning about remix culture using paper and scissors, people have come together to joyfully explore the culture, mechanics, and citizenship of the Web. All this takes place across various types of spaces. Individuals are teaching and learning the Web in hundreds of classrooms and cafes, libraries and living rooms, parks and community spaces.

Throughout this two-month campaign, people on nearly every continent have increased their Web literacy by writing their first line of code, making their first app, taking steps to protect their privacy, or creating engaging content for others to enjoy, share, or remix. The diversity of locations, ages, and events has been outstanding. In the first month alone:

  • 1800 events
  • 75,550 individuals attending a Maker Party event
  • 485 individuals hosted events
  • 300 organizations hosted events and/or helped us spread the world about Maker Party
  • people in 74 countries have been involved in this global campaign

Why does Mozilla run Maker Party? Mozilla believes success in the 21st century depends on digital literacy: the skills people need to read, write, and participate on the Web. Maker Party focuses on teaching these skills in a fun, hands-on way.

You can participate in Maker Party by:
1) Attending an event to teach the Web. See events that are happening around the world at all times of the year:
2) Hosting an event to teach the Web. Events come in all sizes and shapes, from events for two to 500 people. You can find event guides with more details and other resources to make your event a success.

You can use anything you like to teach the Web at your Maker Party event, from the wonderful array of tools available online to good old pencils and paper. Mozilla Webmaker is proud to offer fun and easy-to-use free tools: See the inner workings of a webpage with X-Ray Goggles; learn HTML and CSS using Thimble; remix video, audio, and images from the Web with Popcorn Makerand learn how to build an app without any code with Appmaker.

Teaching Kits and Activities
We also want to ensure that educators, community connectors, and all makers have educational resources that support their work. These resources are great tools to share with your groups or to use during your Maker Party events.

Learn to Teach the Web
Additionally, Webmaker runs recurring trainings for people who want to improve their teaching practices and level up their digital skills. Using connectivist methods, Mozilla partnered with Peer to Peer University to design Webmaker Training, professional development via 24/7 online learning that brings people together to explore Web literacy with other open learners. Both online and offline, the Webmaker Community runs trainer workshops to promote connected learning and help event hosts design participatory Maker Parties to teach the Web.

Amira Dhalla is community and campaign manager at the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla's Webmaker tools Thimble and Popcorn Maker are reviewed by Common Sense Education.