The Hive Learning Network in Toronto
Since its first iteration in 2012, Mozilla Hive Toronto Learning Network has emerged as a dynamic force for learning and engagement. A thriving collaboration with 42 youth-serving member organizations across the city, Hive Toronto has engaged more than 3,500 youth and educators in connected learning experiences through funded programs and public events.
- For youth, Hive Toronto creates opportunities that enable learning through hands-on making and exploration with peers and mentors, and that develop digital and web literacy skills for future success.
- For educators, including youth-serving organizations, formal and informal educators, designers, makers, artists and technologists, Hive Toronto offers the opportunity to inspire and be inspired through shared commitment and participation in building innovative and transformative educational experiences for youth.
- For partners, technologists and tool-builders, Hive Toronto a distributed learning lab that provides opportunities to mentor young makers and inventors, playtest and provide feedback for new prototypes, and develop new approaches and tools with learning innovators.
Hive Toronto Collaborative Community Projects
Hive Toronto members partner to create new connected learning and web literacy opportunities for Toronto youth. The emphasis is on creative, hands-on approaches to teaching tech and digital skills, helping youth become active makers, creators, innovators and storytellers. Some recent projects include:
- Remix the City — Led by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, these weekly workshops taught 400 youth digital skills through exploring local neighborhoods with mobile video.
- Digi Story Making — hosted by Story Planet, a non-profit that offers free drop-in literacy skills through its SciFi-themed storefront, this workshop series helped youth become peer mentors while making creative use of technology to tell their own interactive stories.
- Making Makers — Co-led by Kids Learning Code (an off-shoot of the popular Ladies Learning Code and Girls Learning Code organizations) and MakerKids, participants received access to advanced maker technology and digital tools — plus help “teach the teachers” by developing workshop modules and training conferences for educators.
- Wide Open Wednesdays — this monthly workshop series hosted by The Textile Museum of Canada will celebrate maker culture in the GTA, bringing together digital media and physical making by focusing on key principles like openness, sustainability and self-sufficiency.
- Sustainable Communities Tech Camp and Pop-up — Led by Golden Horseshoe Green Tech, this week-long camp in Hamilton will provide hands on learning for youth-at-risk, combining tech skills with environmental sustainability and community-building. It will also include two interactive science fair events where campers will mentor other youth.
Hive Toronto, stewarded by Mozilla, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation
Mozilla has been the steward of Hive Toronto since its beginning in 2012. Through its Webmaker initiative, Mozilla is dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy to build a web that’s open and participatory. Hive Learning Networks are a project within the global Webmaker Community, which is comprised of educators, technologists and others who want to explore, tinker and create with the web, and share their knowledge with others.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) invested $365,000 in Hive Toronto in 2012 to support the network’s growth and provide funding for collaborative member projects that create innovative connected learning opportunities for youth.
Recent Blog Posts on HiveToronto.org
- Growing Hive Toronto, Together (http://hivetoronto.org/growing-hive-toronto-together/)
- Mission Recap: NASA Youth Space Challenge (http://hivetoronto.org/mission-recap-nasa-youth-space-challenge/)
- Taking Hive Global (http://hivetoronto.org/taking-hive-global/)
- The Three Tiers of Hive (http://hivetoronto.org/three-tiers-hive/)
Stay Connected to Hive
Hive Toronto can be reached via Mozilla in Toronto.
366 Adelaide St. W.