A Few Highlights From 2016 (So Far)

Kristina Gorr

The first few months of the year have been bustling for the Mozilla Learning team and community, filled with new web literacy curriculum and event resources, program expansions, and more. Here are just a few highlights:

  • We launched two new Mozilla Clubs resources in celebration of International Women’s Month:
    • A teaching kit for combating cyber violence against women & girls
    • A guide featuring tips for designing safe and inclusive events for women and girls (and check out our fresh new template for Clubs resources)

Women and the Open Web

  • We hosted a  Mozilla Web Literacy Leaders workshop for New York City area teachers, as part of the Department of Education’s Innovative Partner Professional Development program. Participants were given the opportunity to practice and learn web literacy skills and will be creating their own open education resources throughout the duration of the program.
  • We introduced new ways to connect with Mozilla Learning and the community (newsletter, curriculum workshop, community call, and tweetchat) all of which will officially kick off later this month. Mark your calendars!
  • We wrapped our Web Literacy Basics I localization effort. Our hope was to have this first module translated in five languages, and thanks to the help of our global community, we exceeded our goal! Click on the top right of each of the six activity pages in this module to see what other languages are available – 11 in total!
  • We announced the expansion of the Gigabit Innovation Program: $300,000 will be made available for pilot projects that show how high-speed networks can be leveraged for learning in the two pioneering gigabit cities of Kansas City and Chattanooga, TN.
  • We kicked off Web Literacy Skills for Library Staff pilot project as part of a recent grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) . The goals of the project are to adapt and refine Mozilla’s Web Literacy skills, curriculum, tools, and resources for public library staff, and to run a pilot in five public library systems and one library school of information.
  • We participated in the first ever SPARK Hackathon at St. Anne’s-Belfield School (STAB) in Charlottesville, VA, in which over fifty teens from area schools joined and collaborated on a project to Fight for the Open Web using Minecraft.
  • Have you tried X-Ray Goggles lately? We launched a new onboarding experience to help users have a seamless first time experience. You can learn more about the updates here.
  • Mark your calendars! We announced the new dates for MozFest 2016–October 28-30!

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