Web Literacy Standard 1.0 from Mozilla

Mozilla has shipped the 1.0 of its Web Literacy Standard: "a map of the territory for the skills and competencies Mozilla and community think are important to get better at to more effectively read, write & participate on the Web." It's a noble effort, and it's meant to be a baseline for people who want to develop teaching programs, curriculum, and identify Web resources that will aid in promoting Web literacy.

Participating on the web

Sharing and Collaborating Jointly creating and providing access to web resources:
* Sharing a resource using an appropriate tool and format for the audience
* Tracking changes made to co-created web resources
* Choosing a web tool to use for a particular contribution/collaboration
* Co-creating web resources
* Configuring notifications to keep up to date with community spaces and interactions
* Using synchronous and asynchronous tools to communicate with web communities, networks and groups

Community Participation Getting involved in web communities and understanding their practices:
* Encouraging participation in web communities
* Using constructive criticism in a group or community setting
* Configuring settings within tools used by online communities
* Participating in both synchronous and asynchronous discussions
* Expressing opinions appropriately in web discussions
* Defining different terminology used within online communities

Privacy Examining the consequences of sharing data online:
* Identifying rights retained and removed through user agreements
* Taking steps to secure non-encrypted connections
* Explaining ways in which computer criminals are able to gain access to user information
* Managing the digital footprint of an online persona
* Identifying and taking steps to keep important elements of identity private

Announcing the Web Literacy Standard (specification)

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  1. Nelsie says:

    a map of the territory for the skills and competencies Mozilla and community think are important to get better at to more effectively read, write & participate on the Web.

    Speaking of literacy, that's an awful sentence, or sentence-fragment. The juxtaposition of two prepositions is hideous, and the whole thing just piles phrases on top of each other. I hate to think what the whole sentence looked like.

  2. Does it mean I’m web-illiterate that I have no idea what the fuck they’re talking about?

  3. mtdna says:

    Trolling to best enrage others:

    • Insulting Apple computers
    • Claiming to be an audiophile
    • Complaining about other people's bad grammar
    • Being sympathetic to the NSA
    • Not being a hipster
    • ...
  4. Hey! I thought I'd chime in as I work for Mozilla and was a part of the process of rolling out the Web Lit Standard. In case it helps clear up some confusion --- the web literacy standard was developed as a part of a community-driven process, in an effort to create a standardized, commonly-agreed upon framework for what being "web literate" means. Right now, that doesn't exist, but should, as it's helpful to have common thinking amongst educators teaching about and with the web.

    Calling it "1.0" is a little misleading --- this is being put out there for others to try and implement by testing it, breaking it and building their own curriculum. That's what it means to be doing this as a community-driven process: we've gotten as far as we can, but the next step is for educational organizations to test it out and see how it measures up in the real world. Through that process collectively we'll see what's missing, what works, what doesn't, and start to develop a network of effective and diverse curriculum, lessons and resources.

    One last thing to note: I know we're best known for FireFox, but Mozilla cares very deeply about education. I'm a part of our Webmaker project --- whose goal is all about teaching an learning (our tagline is to move people from being the users of the web to the makers of the web). It combines easy-to-use teaching tools like a self-correcting html editor, "x-ray goggles" which allow you to see and change the code behind any web element, and the integration of together.js to allow for remote teaching, as well as a global community of educators teaching their peers, and, yes, the web literacy standard to map the framework of our education. The Web Literacy Standard was rolled out as a part of the overall presentation on Webmaker at the Mozilla Festival this past weekend --- and is being put out there for feedback like this so we can make it better.

    If you care about this stuff or see things about it that aren't working, I'd encourage you to join in the process, give us feedback, and help us build the standard (and the curriculum that will surround it) together.


  5. Hi Girard,

    Just a quick note (and full disclosure I work for the Mozilla Foundation on our teaching/learning work) to say the Teaching Kits are intentionally streamlined to invite educators to remix them with their own content and to improve them, all while leveling up their own HTML, CSS and Javascript skills. The goal is to make a OER publishing and production process utilizing the Webmaker tools. We are a long way from getting it right but want this to be an open and participatory process. Partners like the National Writing Project and the YMCA of Canada are helping us flesh out examples and re-mixable curriculum. Here are two prototypes that arose from the recent Mozilla Festival:

    1. A curriculum for Girls in Tech https://stephguthrie.makes.org/thimble/girls-in-tech-teaching-kit
    2. Mixed media artist Max Capacity includes a tutorial in his music video for others to hack and remix https://popcorn.webmaker.org/editor/60433/remix

    Sounds like you would have some great ideas to add to and improve this work, feel free to find me on twitter @chrislarry33 if you'd like to contribute.

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