"Make something amazing with the Web!"
In the first week of March, I attended the Reps Training Days at Athens, Greece by Mozilla Foundation. 40 amazing Reps from all over the world came together to meet, discuss, brainstorm on taking the Mozilla Webmaker Project forward. All the Reps are from different backgrounds, different languages. One common thing in all is "We love the Web."
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First day was the Hive Athens Pop-up Event. It was a good learning experience where people from different environments come together and teach/learn stuff with the latest technologies. I was electrified and learnt some robotics and played with the electricity ;)
And the Training Days started:
The two days were full of brainstorming and discussions on the Webmaker tools, events, mentors, kits, hacktivities. Each of them had a different perspective and we've made the wall so colorful with all our ideas.
The part which I loved the most. Yes, third day was the Test Event at British Council.
Teaching kids is fun. I was amazed to see, the kids know that Popcorn Maker is a video remixing tool and not a real Popcorn maker ;)
We had proper hacktivities and agenda prepared for this event and everything was hacked right from the start. Yeah, we tried to hack the British council computer system to start with.
The kids which I trained were of age 13 and they did create something amazing with the web. We used Popcorn Maker and remixed a lot of videos. It was so easy for them to learn the tools, rather it was easy for me to teach the tools to them. A kid remixed a video for an F1 competition at his school (He is also a web developer at his school).
Poor thing. Firefox was not updated on their laptops and it took a while to get the updated version installed on it. In the meantime, IE was so generous to us and Popcorn Maker worked like a charm!
Would've been great if we did a full day event rather than a half day event.
Suggestions from the kids for Popcorn Maker:
- Need an option to remix two or more videos at a time
- Need a download option (It is hard, but can get an addon like video downloader?)
- Need a 5 minute plain white background video to create a new video out of it
Looking forward to do a similar event for kids at British Council in the coming month at Bangalore.
I still wonder how can you be so energetic all the day! :-/
You know or don't know the code and want to make something amazing with the web? Mozilla Webmaker is the right place! :)