Earlier this week I gathered together some of the instructors / event organizers that Mozilla’s been chatting with to talk to them a little bit about forming an instructor community. (Don’t worry if you missed it! — it’s not for lack of love, this was just my attempt to talk to a few people at first. There’ll be much more chatting coming up. 🙂 )
Here’s the etherpad notes: March 6th instructor call notes
A few summary points:
- What do we call their role?
- “teacher” implies classroom teacher
- “mentor” feels too top-down
- “educator” liked by some; feels like boring, old, no-sense-of-play by others
- What do we call what they’re teaching?
- “coding” is too narrow
- “web making” is clumsy but has greater extent
- How would they best like to talk with each other?
- Some way of discussing things. Mailing list not visual enough. Forum?
- Idea: parts of the site could be built by the classes folks are teaching
- Wiki/commenting type thing would be useful
- Google+ group? Tara started one.
- General enthusiasm about having a conference. Esp. if a bare-bones site is up by then.
- General enthusiasm about day of action. Ideas about how to think even bigger. (Haha, I ❤ you guys.)
It was great to finally get some of these folks in the same “room” and chatting. I think others who attended will agree that there was a lot of energy on the call. Looking forward to setting more of that in motion!