Webmaker/Teaching Kits

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What we're sprinting on in Q2

  • the new version of "explore" surfaces our best of kits for all competencies.
  • For the next part of Q2, we'll sprint on refining and evaluating them. We'll polish up the copy, polish up the design, add them to a new streamlined teaching kit template, and invite community to test and evaluate them with us.


  • v2 = copy review
  • v3 = design review
  • v4 = evaluating quality with community. identifying gaps or weaknesses.
  • v5 = build a work queue. exposing a better open "hit list" of kits we still want / need.

Summary and Key Docs

  • A Teaching Kit is a remixable collection of resources and activities that guide a user through the teaching process for a web literacy competency or competencies. Here are bugs, summaries and roadmaps for the Webmaker kit process in 2014. Questions about this wiki page? Get in touch with Kat.
  • Public Spreadsheet of teaching kits in progress. Questions? Get in touch with teachtheweb at mozillafoundation.org.
  • Full Bugzilla list of curriculum and kit actions to be shipped. Questions? Get in touch with Kat. (this link is broken link)
  • Best in Show list of kits we already have for each competency to go on new /explore page. Questions? Get in touch with Chris or Kat.

Teaching Kit Bugs

To Make

  • STATUS = UNASSIGNED. "We want to do these things, but nobody's assigned to actually do them yet."

No results.

0 Total; 0 Open (0%); 0 Resolved (0%); 0 Verified (0%);


  • STATUS = ASSIGNED. "I'm working on this right now!"

No results.

0 Total; 0 Open (0%); 0 Resolved (0%); 0 Verified (0%);


  • STATUS = RESOLVED. "So done! Much made!"

No results.

0 Total; 0 Open (0%); 0 Resolved (0%); 0 Verified (0%);

Kits that Teach the Web

Teaching Kit v2.0 remix prototyping in progress.

The Web Literacy Map is a flexible specification of the skills and competencies that Mozilla and our community of stakeholders believe are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web -- and the main way we guide learners and teachers through these skills is through Teaching Kits housed on Webmaker.org's Thimble web-editing tool.

A Teaching Kit is a remixable collection of resources and activities that guide a user through the teaching process for a web literacy competency or competencies. Rooted in the concept of making as learning, teaching kits encourage hands-on activities, peer-to-peer learning and open exchange.


Teaching kits are also highly modular. Users can change the ordering of activities, swap out one activity for another, add or delete activities, and otherwise rearrange the modules to develop courses or lessons that are suitable for their own target audiences. Teaching kits are not only about Webmaker tools -- they can be built to teach any tool or method that aligns with the culture, citzenship and mechanics of the web. Our aim in ensuring kits are modular, open source and easily remixable is to allow users of all backgrounds to engage with kits and make them work for their own contexts.

We also aim to ensure kits are discoverable across the web. By building on the MakeAPI, users can "discover" teaching kits on webmaker.org and then embed them on nearly any other website. Ideally, a user's contributions to a kit will show up in their Webmaker user profile and be acknowledged by an open badge. We are also working on a process to ensure kits can be read and modified across hundreds of local languages through community contributions to the continuous localization tool Transifex.

The process of teaching kit creation, adaptation (ie, "remixing") and use is an essential contribution pathway for the Webmaker community and its partners. Want to get involved? Let the #TeachTheWeb team know via email!


Kits, Activities and Resources

Here is a quick glossary of some of the ways our community describes the working parts of a kit. Due to the ever-evolving nature of this project, the terms each individual uses are myriad and based on a variety of contexts -- but a good rule of thumb is to remember that each of these terms can be seen as a type of kit, activity or resource. Feel free to browse the full run-down on our /Terminology page.


A kit is a web-based collection of resources and activities that guide a user through the teaching process for a web literacy competency (or competencies). Kits are usually housed at Webmaker.org.

Our community often adds modifiers for clarity:

  • Teaching Kit: Explained as a guided experience to teach a web literacy competency or competencies
  • Event Kit
  • User Testing Kit
  • Co-design Kit
  • etc.


An activity is a something you do with other people together. Activities are linked together within Kits. Many of these are documented and tagged on Webmaker. Want to try making your own? Here is a template to get started.

Here are some example activities:

  • A thematic spectrogram (like this spectrogram for an interactive video activity]
  • A sprint
  • A jam (like this Remix Jam for cultural heritage professionals)
  • An event
  • etc.


A resource is something that supports teaching or learning in an autonomous context. Resources may be one-off webpages, or they may be more complex, such as a tutorial. Resources are added to support the activities within a Kit.

Resources might be:

  • Tutorials, templates, Starter Makes or user-created makes
  • Discussion Guides, reading materials, cookbooks (ie a Hive Learning Network Cookbook)
  • Images, links or videos

Roadmap: Summary

Curriculum codesign.png

Our goals for Teaching Kits in 2014 are shared across community, mentors, partners and the Mozilla Foundation's Teach the Web team.

Together, we will aim to fill the Web Literacy Map with outstanding teaching kits, open educational resources and activities that are creative and fun for learners to use. Mozilla Webmaker already has a wonderful community of mentors who are co-designers of these materials, so this year will be all about highlighting community involvement while also building a set of exemplary kits in-house that can be easily used, remixed and shared across the globe.

Sample activities

  • Community contribution campaigns. Co-design and curriculum building sessions in tandem with our Training activities that help us create exemplary kits focused on one Web Literacy skill / competency at a time, starting with "Remix". Working in the open with our lead users.
  • Engaging a set of contracted professionals. Include domain experts who can build out exemplary pieces of content relevant to specific Web Lit skills. Work in tickets and deliver public-facing outcomes.
  • Curation systems. Peer review and QA. Systems for reviewing and up-levelling the best work from the community.
  • Robust preparation for global participation. Ensure kits are ready to share, remix and build around the world. Redesign for v2.0 of kit templates. Prepare for Transifex translation.
  • Internal resourcing. Build bespoke tools, content, and apps that team members from both Product and Community teams build. (e.g., building a specific app, video, or widget to help support a given teaching kit or activity.)

Roadmap: Q1


The first stage of our roadmap is focused on reflection, early builds and preparation. In this stage, our goal is to ensure the canonical teaching kits we build are ready to be used and remixed by many communities around the world, and to set up key codesign collaborations to bring in new content.


To achieve the above, by the end of March 2014 we aim to:

  • Start the process by facilitating a content co-design sprint at the Webmaker workweek to create initial prototypes for the kit and gather the existing best-of-breed resources from across the web (Kat).
  • Contract and empower community leaders to help scope the future of our kits, write design briefs and determine best practices (Michelle, Chris, Kat).
  • Prototype some new features to make existing kits easier to read, translate and remix, including easier back-end code and conversion to Node for Transifex translation (see Bugzilla Bug for details)(Humph, Ali, Fuzzy, Kat).
  • Discuss the redesign of our Teaching Kit templates for better modularity (see Design Brief and Bugzilla Bug for details)(Cassie, Kate, Kat).

Important Dates

Late February: Facilitate content co-design sprints for an example kit at Webmaker workweek
Early March: Prototype and wireframe v2.0 of Teaching Kit templates (see Bugzilla Bug for discussion + details)
Early March: Prepare design brief for kits to determine what works and what doesn't in our existing interface
Early March: Prepare v2.0 of Teaching Kit templates for global translation and use (see Bugzilla Bug for discussion. Note: this has been pushed back to Q2.)
Early March: Start early discussions with kit codesigners to create new community-driven content packages
Late March: Curate 'Best in Show' kits and resources aligned to each Web Literacy competency on the map, to populate new /explore page on site (Etherpad)

Planning Documents

Roadmap: Q2


The second stage is about testing, localizing and integrating exemplary codesigned kits with in-person Training. This stage is also about working with newly redesigned kit templates, prototypes (such as Kit Builder) and Transifex integrations in order to prepare our greatest kits for global use. We'll use that momentum to gather even more great curriculum from community members to go on the Web Literacy Map.


To achieve the above, from Apr to the end of June 2014 we aim to:

  • Launch at least 10 new starter resources on https://webmaker.org/starter-makes for widespread use and remix in kits (Kat, Fuzzy, Chad).
  • Ensure each Training has a kit or kits associated to it (Laura, Kat).
  • Continue working with community members and partners to codesign new and interesting kits that populate lesser-used parts of the Web Literacy Map - see spreadsheet (Kat et al).
  • Bake in QA and user feedback processes into new kits and template redesigns as they are released, through various forms of community consultation and workshopping around the world (entire TTW Team).
  • Test and ship new prototype features for kits such as Kit Builder, Transifex integration and new template redesigns (Kat, Fuzzy, Cassie team).

Important Dates

Mid-April in London: NCS Training We'll run an in-person training for NCS, culminating in a teaching kit about the process
End of April in San Francisco: Privacy Sprint We'll run a co-design sprint on Privacy with folks from Mouse NYC educators, potential partners interested in Privacy and the Privacy team at Mozilla.
May 12 - 31: Massive Online Training We'll help contributors run their own online training sessions and create a new series of teaching kits in their communities.
In prog.
In prog.

Planning Documents