This week I’ve been:
- Attending SXSWedu all week in Austin, Texas. I’ve blogged about that here.
- Presenting at SXSWedu. Slides for the session Kathleen Stokes and I ran on ‘Supporting a Generation of Digital Makers’ can be found on Slideshare.
- Co-ordinating the work around Mozilla’s work with the community around a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. You can find the recording from this week’s call here.
Next week I’m working from home on Monday and Tuesday and then heading to Chicago on Wednesday for the DML Conference. Excitingly, we’ll be launching v1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure! Also, as I’m not speaking there I’m looking forward to the snow subsiding and the green river for St. Patrick’s Day!
This week I’m over in Austin, Texas for a session I’m running today with Kate Stokes from Nesta at SXSWedu. Entitled Supporting a Generation of Digital Makers, it’s ostensibly a panel session, but we’re hacking the format a bit to include some discussion activities.
Technology is shaping our world, yet most people still only consume it. To harness its potential, learners need to understand how it works and what is possible. Going beyond theoretical instruction, young people can be empowered to gain new digital skills by making things they are passionate about – from web pages to robots. So how do we encourage a generation of young people to be digital makers?
In the UK, Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust are working with partners to spark a digital-making movement.
To connect existing opportunities and amplify impact. To make more activities available to learners. Most importantly, to change perspectives on what we learn (digital skills are more than coding), how we learn (not just transmitting theory) and where we can learn (anywhere!).
Sharing experiences from this collaborative work-in-progress, we will bring participants into a lively discussion on how digital making can become a core educational experience for youth everywhere.
You can find out more about the Digital Makers programme on the Nesta website with additional commentary on the Nominet Trust and Mozilla blogs. Also, check out the short video montage I created from some of the application videos:
This week I’ve been:
- Taking PTO (Paid Time Off or ‘holiday’ as we call it over here). I took Monday off work as it was the first day of the half-term holidays. We went to Belsay.
- Writing the first draft of a vision document for Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard work.
- Leading an #etmooc session. I blogged about T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw (#etmooc) and linked to the recording.
- Responding to comments on my DMLcentral blog post Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy
- Advising how to make your blog posts last forever in the wake of Posterous announcing it’s closing down.
- Planning more activity around the Web Literacy standard work I’m leading for Mozilla
- Celebrating being granted planning permission for the ‘shoffice’ we’re going to build at the bottom of the garden.
- Travelling to London for a couple of days’ work (Thursday/Friday).
- Speaking at the University of West London about Open Badges. The lecture theatre was packed (standing-room only!) with over 90% students. Slides here.
- Contributing to the repeated Web Literacy standard kick-off online gathering. You can access the recording via the Mozilla wiki page.
- Posting to the Mozilla Webmaker Google Group.
- Planning a presentation and creating a video for the SXSWedu session that Kate Stokes (Nesta) and I are running.
- Booking flights for the next Mozilla All Hands in Toronto (week beginning 20th May)
Next week it’s nose to the grindstone. I’m at home all week spending a couple of days helping judge the Mozilla Game On competition and planning the start of the Web Literacy standard weekly calls. However, as I’m at SXSWedu (Austin, Texas) and then the DML Conference (Chicago) with only a few days inbetween, I need to get planning! Not only do I need to have the whole ‘arc’ in place for the Web Literacy standard work before DML, I also need to start getting ready for my OER13 keynote and the Nesta One Day Digital (Edinburgh) session that are coming up before the end of March. 🙂