Mozilla Rewards Digital Literacy With New Webmaker Badges

Chris CrumDeveloper & Design

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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:

Webmaker Badges

"As users complete projects on – 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.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.