leah at May 20th, 2014 17:55 — #1
I have kinda met you all via this community and I'm feeling safe. Here's the dealio. I'm struggling to figure out what to teach from the Web Literacy Map.
I've taught instructional design and accessibility for a while, so I could draw on something I know fairly well, but have also recently embarked upon the remixing skills with the launch of this OER initiative at my institution. It's in its early stages, so there's lots to explore and push, so to speak.
I am also interested in how to teach children how to be makers (usually, I work with faculty and grad students). Being a mother to three young sons; 9, 4 & 3, I want to build upon what I'm learning here to share with them in a sensible way.
**BTW, Is there an online maker training program for children? We have already embarked upon coding.
In addition, I am curious about the inclusion of Online Identity (presenting and managing) and its position within the Web Literacy Map. Is it implied somewhere under the Connecting area?
Do any of you with much more experience have any advice/feedback to share?
I appreciate your time,
shelleyvadams at May 21st, 2014 00:43 — #2
I had a tough time choosing a focus on the Web Literacy Map as well. I decided to take the first sentence of the instructions for the making activity,
Plan and create a lesson plan that embeds web competencies and skills with the learning goals you're most interested in teaching.
and start at the end, by choosing something I'm interested in teaching. Then I looked for potential intersections with the Web Literacy map. Since I'm involved in mental health advocacy and currently looking for job opportunities in health IT, I decided to focus my teaching kit (a work in progress) on evaluating the quality of online health information, which ties in directly with the Credibility section of the Web Literacy Map.
Concerning online identity, there are some related items in the Privacy and Community Participation sections of the Connection area.
Also, for what it's worth, I would absolutely love to see some Webmaker resources focusing on accessibility. Whenever someone asks for an honest critique of a website, this is inevitably one of my biggest gripes. I'm constantly keeping an eye out for new tools and guides related to improving the accessibility of existing web content.
Thank you for sharing your frustration, and kudos to the entire community for creating safe space!
laura at May 21st, 2014 05:12 — #3
@Leah I agree with @ShelleyVAdams in this idea of "starting at the end". I think we can embed web literacy competencies into ANYTHING. They don't have to be a goal unto themselves.
Since you're interested in teaching your kids how to be makers, maybe you should think about a physical project you want to do with them. You can plan and document the project (whether it's kitchen chemistry, home improvement or a claymation movie) as the basis for your kit.
Then, you can layer in Web Literacy competencies. You can do this in a minimal way, for example by encouraging a single open, online reflection. Or you could make web literacy skills a larger part of the project by having learners do online research, make supporting digital artifacts, post online reflections, etc etc around the physical thing they're making.
Also, for what it's worth, I would absolutely love to see some Webmaker resources focusing on accessibility.
I did a quick search with the WebLitMapper though and there are some things that have been tagged, but I think we need some teaching kits that focus on web accessibility specifically.
Thanks to you both for creating that safe space!
dougbelshaw at May 21st, 2014 05:43 — #4
Hi @Leah, thanks so much for bringing this up! I'd +1 what @laura says, but also add a note about this:
Digital identity is a very interesting and important area, and something we discussed many times as a community during the months we worked on creating the Web Literacy Map. The feeling, however, was that it was a 'meta level' thing, something that emerges from the other competencies. As such, and as with 'digital storytelling' we didn't address it in the map.
What I would say that at the Mozilla Festival and then afterwards we'll be working on a v2.0 of the Web Literacy Map. If you'd like to be part of that in some way, you might want to add a comment here.
chadsansing at May 21st, 2014 07:25 — #5
@Leah All sorts of great advice here, so I'll try not to repeat too much.
I've used DIY.org with students and my own kids to prompt some Maker projects. Typically more advanced work links oiut to examples of Instruables and the like. The new Maker Dad book has a lot of early maker wins in it, as well (though I think Maker Kids would have been the better title).
claw at May 21st, 2014 10:26 — #6
Leah, I hope this is a useful thread of responses, some good insights.
We have lots of ideas, targeted needs and remixable ideas if you wanted to help out the Teach the Web staff. Let us know if that's interesting and we can share some ideas.
codekat at May 22nd, 2014 07:55 — #7
Hello @Leah! Adding to a very enthusiastic chorus here, so I won't say too much, but wanted to say that I love your idea of an Accessibility focused teaching kit.
And I'd love to co-author one with you, if you're interested!
When we started building the Lo-Fi, No-Fi! Teaching Kit for learners in regions that don't necessarily have regular Internet access, @jess and I also discussed how there's a big gap in activities that teach Accessibility techniques. It would be great to create some of these together, and package them as a core offering for educators.
Let me know if so, via this thread or email: email@example.com
mikko_kontto at May 22nd, 2014 11:12 — #8
I teach kids aged 10-13, and since school's almost done for this year (in Finland) and there's nothing much to do I thought I would take a peek at what they would say about Webmaker. I am not an expert on HTML, CSS or Webmaker (as I've only been involved a couple months now), but having made a few things on it myself I thought I had nothing to lose...
The response from the kids was awesome! Yesterday we took a look at the Keep Calm... remix and all of them took to it like wildfire. Today we went back to Webmaker and I had some kids looking for all kinds of bits of code online, trying to create their own web pages from scratch. I was totally blown away by it all, because I have thought that a) kids would not be interested and b) that they would not have the skills.
The reason for this response, I think, lies in Webmaker. It allows the kids to make, research, show their interests and pride and much more, while at the same time giving instructions and being forgiving (you can always undo whatever you did).