‘Webmaking with Mozilla’ – a Webmaker Workshop was conducted by me at Xavier’s Institute of Engineering, a prominent educational institute in Southern Mumbai, on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
The workshop saw a whooping participation of around 80 students, in spite of Saturday being a holiday for the institute. Most of the students were freshmen and were keen on learning about Open Source and the Web. The participants began filling in around 9:30am, and by 10:00am, we had a full house.
I started the workshop with a presentation introducing the concept of Free and Open Source Software to the students. I talked about the history of FOSS and the inception of Mozilla. Having briefed the students about Mozilla and its mission, I also touched upon the various Mozilla projects. Further I introduced the students to the Webmaker project and its tools – Thimble, X-Ray Goggles, Popcorn Maker and Appmaker.
The presentation was followed by the hands-on session starting with Thimble, followed by other Webmaker tools. Due to a limited number of laptops being available, groups of 10-12 students were formed, with each group working on a laptop.
Giving the students ample amount of time to explore each tool, I introduced all the 4 tools, one after another. The students, enthusiastically explored the tools and came up with some really cool makes by the end of the workshop.
I maintained a etherpad page for the event to keep track of all the makes, during the workshop.
The following are the makes that the students came up with, during the workshop:
X-Ray Goggles Makes:
Popcorn Maker Makes:
Appmaker App Makes:
I held pop quizzes throughout the workshop, awarding the participants with Mozilla buttons, lanyards and wristbands. After having worked with all the tools, I took a quick poll from the students on the tool they found most interesting. The popular opinion was X-Ray Goggles. At the end of the workshop, we had a group picture as a remembrance of this wonderful event.
I would like to thank Krishna Rohila, the Chairperson of Computer Society of India Student Chapter – XIE branch and his entire team, for helping me, during the course of the workshop. It was a great experience for me teaching webmaking to the students. Hoping to conduct more such events in the future!