On this year’s International Women’s Day, we launched the Mozilla Curriculum Workshop, a brand new webcast series meant to answer the question, “How can I use the web to teach and learn about the things that matter to me?” Amira Dhalla and I co-host the program, Paul Oh produces, and a stellar group of teammates work behind-the-scenes to make the show possible.
Each episode begins with a conversation about the challenges and opportunities we face in teaching and learning about topics like women’s education, the Internet of Things, and youth civic engagement. After we share a bit about ourselves and our guests, our work, and our beliefs, we begin pitching ideas for curricular prototypes that could help solve some of the problems we see.
Once we come to a consensus on what to prototype and how to begin, we do a short production sprint on-air and talk through our work to model collaborative curriculum development in real time. We work on our prototype (or prototypes) for the rest of the episode and invite viewers to contribute directly to that work through participation on an embedded etherpad and in any shared documents we create during the broadcast.
On our first episode, we prototyped a framework for successful mentor-mentee relationships between women tech professionals and young women learning technical and career skills. We were joined by
- Ingrid Dahl, Senior Director of Education and Field Building at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco, CA.
- Claire Shorall, founder of Teachers Teach Computer Science and Manager for Computer Science in the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA.
- Kim Wilkens, founder of Tech-Girls, and SPARK! in Charlottesville, VA, and co-director the K-12 computer science program at St. Anne’s-Belfield School.
Here’s how it looked in action:
Transcripts of the etherpad, chat, and shared documents from each episode make their way to this GitHub repo for the community to fork and develop after a webcast has ended. You can grab work from the first episode and join our Google Doc right now to iterate the project for your local community and Mozilla communities around the world. You can also discuss each episode on Discourse, our online public forum.
The webcast airs at 8 PM ET on the second Tuesday of each month. Once we have a few episodes wrapped, we’ll begin alternating our broadcast time to better serve our global audience of educators and mentors in the #teachtheweb community. We’ll begin archiving past episodes on our landing page in the near future.
We hope to see you on-air, in the chat, or joining us in prototyping and iterating with the community!