Mozilla Rewards Digital Literacy With New Webmaker BadgesBy: Chris Crum - November 12, 2012
Over the weekend, Mozilla launched Mozilla Webmaker Badges to “recognize the skills that you learn” while making “awesome webmaking projects” (and for participating in the Mozilla Webmaker community and events).
Here are the badges you can earn:
“As users complete projects on Webmaker.org – like creating web pages, animated GIFs, or learning the fundamentals of programming — they can earn digital badges linked to their identity,” Mozilla explains. “This provides a lasting record of their skills and achievements, and shows off their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers, backed by Mozilla.”
The idea is to encourage digital literacy among a new generation of people creating for the web.
“Digital literacy is to the 21st century what reading, writing and math were to the 20th century — vital to creativity, empowerment and economic opportunity,” says Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning at Mozilla.
The badges are powered by OpenBadges.
Mozilla also launched Popcorn Maker, a web app that lets you create “pop up videos”. More on that here.