Reflecting on #MyMozFest
I learn so much by volunteering my time as a teacher for Mozilla. This year I attended my first #MozFest. As a participation leader I want to help my team. We want to get you more involved as a contributor to Mozilla.
Being a Better Teacher
MozFest is like no other conference you have attended. Its hackability becomes apparent as soon as you walk into Ravensbourne College. We power our sessions with post it notes not Powerpoint.
Products are perceived, prototyped, and pushed in days. That is what struck me most. I watched Matt Thompson, Phillip Smith, and Darren Mothersele push GitDone from just an intro session on project management with Git. More so I participated in the design.
To me that is #Mozfest. We (re)Design future possibilities.
GitDone is a project management tool. I must admit I was a GitHub naysayer when MoFo (Mozilla Foundation) transitioned that way last year. I work with teachers who volunteer for Mozilla. Our time is limited. I want any time educators have to offer to be remixing curriculum not trying to figure out what a repo means.
Yet what I saw were developers recognizing a community need and solving the problem for non-developers like me.
This experience made me a better teacher.
I was also presenting for the first time at #Mozfest. I and a group of open scholars tried to hack together what it means to play in open spaces as teachers and learners.
It started with a PechaFlickr session. Slidedecks are so much better when you have no idea what will come next. Then we did a live demo on how not to make awful instructional videos.
So we tried to brainstorm what instructional design means from a #Mozfest perspective. This is what we determined would be relevant.
We first started with a discussion of traditional instructional design:
We then examined a bunch of Open classrooms such as #ds106, #walkmyworld, #rhizo15, and #clmooc. That lead us to this:
We took the lessons learned (such as RSS being the backbone of push/pull learning) and then tried to apply a #MozFest lens. This is what we came up with:
Passion. That’s the key difference with Mozilla. We want production based learning that drives people to the web because it is a place of passion.
My goal as a participation leader is to help improve the professional development and leadership training offered by Mozilla. This is a goal of both the Corporation (MoCo) and the Foundation (MoFo).
Step one is helping people tell there #MyMozFest story. We learn and teach best when we do it in the open and our open course safari noted that the most successful online classes empower people to learn on their own space and then they push/pull the participants across many different Web.
Step two (scratch that making this step one) is thanking the amazing people who made MozFest possible for the Participation Team.
I just met so many amazing people who want to change the world. It will take me quite some time to say thanks to them all.
Want to help?
Whether you were a remote or on the ground attendee tell your story about MozFest and share across the Web using the #mymozfest hashtag.
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