We’re just getting started…
This initiative is an extension of the BC Webmaker: a grassroots group of educators, librarians, parents and technologists united in the belief that Web Literacy is critically missing piece of public education in British Columbia.
For the last couple of years we’ve been running coding events for youth and educators outside of schools in BC – but this is our first initiative seeking to work with schools, starting with our first Webmaker Club at Ecole Poirier in Sooke, BC.
We’ll be the first to admit, that turning a generation of technology consumers into technology makers is also a lot of fun and hope through this small effort, others will be inspired to run Webmaker clubs at schools in their area. If you are interested please reach out, we would love to collaborate.
The #1 goal of our school clubs is to have fun, but we try to align our activities and learning with the the Web Literacy Standard and it’s three strands: ’Exploring, Building and Connecting’. Our lesson plan includes both online and offline activities like learning to code using Mozilla Thimble, and playing around with Makey Makey
All youth participating in our club will require parental permission.
We take student privacy and security very seriously. We do not permit students to publish any personal information or photographs on the web. We also ensure all safety settings (Google & Youtube safe search) are enabled as part of our club laptop setup. All club curriculum includes one Cyber-safety activity.
Our school system is already stretched for resources, and teacher-time. By arriving prepared with modern technology we can spend as much time as possible ‘making’, and as little as possible time – fixing and configuring.
Here’s how to help:
Our first club starts November 18th at Ecole Poirier in Sooke British Columbia. We hope to match educators with technologists and parents interested in organizing a club – please use the contact form to reach out!
All donations of funds or technology will be honoured at the bottom of our home page under ‘Sponsors’.