Creating a web literate planet
February 15, 2012
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“This wasn’t a class about programming. These were film makers”
“They just happened to learn about web technologies as they were fulfilling their goal of making movies”
(slide behind) “It’s about passion”
Just a random guess, but this is where “it” should happen. The teaching, the intervention of Mozilla.
“Where should we be evangelizing?” asks the previous blog post. Exactly there; where people passions lie. This is where the web making learning works naturally, but this is also where the challenge begins, because, passion applies to all fields (and not just film making!). The challenge lies in how this experience can be reproduced.
To figure out how to reproduce it, maybe would it be worth understanding as much as possible all the relevant things that happened before the “summary video” has been done. Then, understand what parts can be easily reproduced and which cannot.
I’ll cut the theory crap short, because I’m getting tired of what I’m writing.
This webfilm making class didn’t “just happen”. There was a connection between the filmmaking class, Seneca College, Mozilla. And I’m citing institutions, but I really mean that there were people, a small group of human beings, individuals, who knew each other, who were connected and trusted each other enough to start this webfilmmaking class together.
This sort of connections, trust among human beings, in different communities are the one that I think are at the center of any web-making non-technically-centric teaching activity.
3 months from now, I’ll certainly be posting about my experience in working with journalists students on a data journalism project (using web-based visualization of open data). Until then (and I’ve already started), i’ll be teaching some web maker skills to journalist students.
Regardless of what I have done or will be doing, at the heart of why this experience is happening is that I met someone who is in charge of the project and who invited me. A journalist non-technical person decided to trust a non-journalist technical person.
The web making learning will be happening thanks to a cross-domain trust relationship and probably nothing else.
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