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Make something amazing on the web during Mozilla's 2013 Maker Party

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Think back to the first thing you created on the web. For me, it was making a Geocities homepage when I was a teenager (Hollywood, represent). I was amazed that by writing HTML, I could make images of the Green Bay Packers and my favorite PEZ dispensers appear on a web site with my witty commentary.

My self-taught childhood HTML skills laid the foundation for my life on the web. Instead of merely consuming information online, I was armed at an early age with the basic skills needed to create content myself. » Read more

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The blurry line of developer and journalists in the new journalism of the open web

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"We're at an inflection point of the way journalism treats the web," Dan Singer said in the "Open Web, Open News: Reporters & Developers Remix" at SXSWi. "We're no longer simply putting things into channels." He and the panel discussed the difference between between being "on the web," which is how traditional journalism first approached technology, and being "of the web," which is what they'd prefer to see. For journalism to become "of the web," there's a significant need for new journalists who are willing to collaborate. » Read more

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The next web: Joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

The next web: joyful production vs. "elegant consumption"

Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker spoke recently about an interesting shift we’re seeing in technology — a shift from the web as a "maker’s world" that actively encouraged tinkering, tweaking and getting your hands dirty, to an era of "elegant consumption" that’s increasingly about one-way reception.

As she points out, that shift isn’t necessarily bad — but it does open up new opportunities and challenges, and a role for Mozilla to act as convener and gathering point for "web makers" — people who bring the same energy and fulfillment from making things in the physical world to the web. » Read more

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Introducing the OER university: 5 Questions with Wayne Mackintosh

I first learned of the idea of OERu from a webinar coordinated by Steve Hargadon at FutureofEducation.com's lecture series. » Read more

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Crafting an open web qualification

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For working in the open web, people need to know more than one technology. They need to learn, hack, and be creative. Mozilla is driving a project to create a broad, university-style, comprehensive course of study: Mozilla's Drumbeat Open Web Developer degree. Currently, they're calling for tutors and mentors to join the discussion about what this might look like. » Read more

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