What in the world… #teachtheweb Week 4

choose2matterplain For week four, I wrote learning goals using the provided template for a project I have started with my sixth grade students which we will continue next fall, hopefully in grades 6, 7, and 8. I will share this “Share the Web Soapbox” project with my students.

Here are our first projects and directions: What In the World…

We will apply our Common Core State Standards which apply for  #teachtheweb while following our interests and passions, writing the web with media literacy.

The goal is to introduce students to an open web, a transparent, sharing web in which their projects matter, and their voice can be heard. We will read, write, and share on projects that matter to us, learning to code, to search, to read, to write, to convince, to collaborate.


What do you think?


Reference Projects

Angela Maiers Choose 2 Matter

Denise Krebs What action will I take?

Karen Fasimpaur What is open?


Open is Fun – It is hope #teachtheweb

Just have to get this out. This is how kids feel, and what kids want in school: the chance to learn by making. Really, that’s how I’ve learned to write and how to do anything. It’s so interesting, exciting, engaging, and I don’t want to stop.

My new friend Emma Irwin and I just discussed this in our Google Hangout to hash out our mashout for the Mozilla #teachtheweb project. She showed me github and her part of our collaboration by screensharing; made feel like I could do that to, especially since my students and I have been playing with Mozilla thimbles. Now I do have to say that remember the days of Claris Home Page — anyone reading remember that?

So in our #teachtheweb community, Emma posted a request for collaborators just as I read a tweet that Week 3 was to collaborate. I hopped right in, and as usual, the one word we’re talking about is true:  OPEN. Yes, join. Yes, you’re welcome to join. Yes. That’s the HOPE of OPEN: welcome, open, transparent, sharing, reviewing, critiquing, creating, reviewing, revising, revising to creation so others can re-create it. Janet Webster was Chief Reviewer to the brainstorm crew of Emma and Sheri, and Vivek Ananth also joined in.


It’s a great collaborative endeavor, with each of us adding our own particular strengths to bringing the project to fruition. That’s collaboration. It’s not done yet, but I just wanted share the fun of it — and the learning that occurred because of it. I learned about code, design, reflection, collaboration, privacy, and copyright. More on that in a different post.

Right now: here’s what you have to look forward to:

We are remixing, mashing-up the ideas in Clint Lalonde’s post: Open is a noun, verb, adjective, and an Attitude, which Emma directed us too. We discussed in our community post, brainstormed in EtherPad, and mashed our words and ideas with his into our github ( Open is Attitude and Hope — final ready Fri, May 17 ) and video (Open is Attitude; Open is Hope ). Clint wrote a follow-up post which tells of the power of openness, learning together: Remix My Words. He says, “Needless to say, seeing my work used, reused and remixed in this way makes this open educator very happy.” The thing is, we’re so happy he licensed his blog for us to learn better by reworking the words to better understand them. As my friend, Ben Wilkoff, says, “We’re in teaching to be better.

Thanks to Emma, Janet, Vivek, and Clint for another wonderful collaborative project found and developed by being open and sharing.  Thank you for the experience.


Our Video (audio to be added later):


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The video was created in Keynote, a presentation app for the Mac and iOS.

Joining #teachtheweb MOOC

Another task to keep me learning: Teach the Web by Mozilla.  I may not be able to do everything, but I have already started with my students.

During our Genius Project time, we are learning code through the THIMBLE projects:

Animals From Code

Avatar Maker

Cite that Image

How To Web

Meme With Code Our Work: Sixth Grade Thimbles 2013

Reporter Supporter

Show Some Awe

Six Word Memoir Code   Our Work:   Six Word Memoir Links


The students are engaged and collaborative, jumping around helping each other figure out the code. “Go to line 20,” one will call out, followed by directions. In each class, one student always excels and offers to help the others, even though this is completely new to them.

How did I get them started? I showed them this:

I explained how the tags are like the Russian dolls, each enclosing the others.  I explained the image in Basic HTML, then a Thimble code page and the similar coding on that page.  Then I let them go, and they didn’t stop.

Coding is poetry.

A balance and symmetry.

Collaborative creativity.

At student-parent-teacher conferences, coding was the favorite part to share, and parents were amazed that their students were learning a new language!

Take a look at the projects, and then try it.  Let us know how you do!