Ins and Outs
The Hacktivity Kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to organize their own webmaking session. Building off pilot events run by the Hive Learning Network in New York and Chicago and content created for various Webmaker events around the world, these kits are full of information and resources to help you facilitate sessions or classes that have a focus on webmaking.
The kits are organized around learning by making. You’ll be collaborating and making things for the web using the Mozilla Webmaker tools. Each section explains things you’ll want to consider as you prepare for your webmaking activities.
We’ve included everything from activities to assessing the participants‘ progress. We have also provided sample lessons, projects and activities. And to help make your event as “plug and play” as possible, we’ve included a Resources section with documents you can print out, whether that be sample badges to give your participants or a cheat sheet for HTML.
Hack the Hacktivity Kits! The kits are meant to serve as a jumping off point for you. We hope that you will ignore pieces that you don’t feel apply and expand areas where you feel your learners need more guidance. In short, we hope that you will take the kits, hack them, run events and then let us know how we can improve the base resources.
Technology The most important thing to remember in terms of technology is that everything we create is for the web. Not only do we plan to publish on the web, but many of the tools we use, exist as web applications rather than installed programs on our computer. Because of this, it is critical that you run this program on up-to-date web browsers. Our resources are designed to support the latest versions of either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
You might run into bugs, and you can help us squash them! Let us know what problems you run into, what your experience is. With feedback from you, we will be able to make our content and tools even better. The insight and imagination that you bring will pave the way for even more webmakers to use the web in fascinating ways.
Hacktivity Kits are compilations of one page resources, hacktivities, readings, discussion guides and more. Following a kit will allow you to fill a half day at any webmaking event. Feel free to mix and match or exchange other hacktivities for the ones in the kits. See the Hacktivities section for other Hacktivities and ideas.
This section lists individual Hacktivities and briefly explains the underlying pedagogy of each Hacktivity type. Help us collect great Hacktivities by adding them to this section! Hacktivity Grid linking to all hacktivities
An icebreaker is an activity that gets the blood pumping, forms connections between learners, and introduces a topic. There are thousands of different ways to introduce a topic and get learners interacting with each other. Choose one of these and hack it to be your own!
- How to Hack: the Robot Dance
- How to Hack: a Boardgame
- A Strong Wind Blows: for the Open Web
- Write the Rules: Procedural Storytelling
- Spectrogram: for Interactive Video
- Create a Script Shell: Use Visual Mindmapping to Create a Story
- Media Mesh: History's Web
- Make a Mashup: With the Gender Remixer
- Collaborative Mindmapping: Finding the How-To
A Diving In activity is one that gives pointed instruction to participants on tools or procedures. An example of a Diving In activity would be allowing the participants to get used to the interface of Thimble or Popcorn by having them make projects. Before learners can practically apply new skills, they need to be comfortable with the tools they'll be using and have a basic understanding of the skills they'll be sharpening.
- Hack the Web: with the XRay Goggles
- Hack the Web: with Thimble
- Remix the News: with Thimble
- Make Your Own How-to: with Thimble
- Hack Video on the Web: with Popcorn Maker
- Remix Context: with Popcorn Maker
- Hack a Commercial: with Popcorn Maker
- Hack the Tutorial: with Popcorn Maker
- Plan the Tutorial: Paper Prototyping and Schematics
Hands on Hacking
A Hands on Hacking activity is a practical activity that allows learners to delve deeper into the essential questions of your session. Go back to thinking of the results: what will your learners MAKE when they are done? Create a project that gives learners enough time to explore and tinker while working towards the completion of the activity.
- Remix-a-thon: Defend the Open Web
- Remix-a-thon: Holiday Hacking
- Bias the News: Give New Context
- Alter Ego/Evil Twin: the Opposite of Me
- Remix-a-thon: Cultural Heritage Remix
- SEO Battle: A simple SEO Hacktivity for Youth
- Make it Interactive: Bring a Radio Story to Life
- Localize it: Street Level Journalism
- Building the How to: with Popcorn Maker
Remixable and Remixed
These Thimble templates allow you to create your own Hacktivities. This is also the place to post your new Hacktivities or kits, so that the community can benefit from your awesome work.