Guest Post: FREE DIGITAL LITERACY for 100 students from unprivileged communities

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This is a guest post by Biraj Karmakar, who has been active promoting Mozilla, Free Software, Advocacy and privacy in India for over 7 years

Volunteering with Mozilla, I learned that the term “Digital Literacy” has become more popular in the last few years. Humans have started communicating through a variety of digital mediums. From our workplace to educational facilities, digital technology revolutionized everything. This makes computer education very important. Information can be accessed by using the internet and digital literacy opens up many avenues.That’s why I started this initiative called “Digital Literacy Camp 2017“- this is my dream project. Here Mozilla is proud partner.

So let me tell you all about my Dream ProjectDigital Literacy Camp 2017 – aim to reach 100 students from the unprivileged communityage 8 – 25 years, in my city “Barasat”, Kolkata and make them powerful web citizens, transforming the little part of our whole country. 1 Common dream. The Desire to learn – Basic Computer Learning, Internet & Web Literacy, Spoken English and Smartphone usage.

Our training period is 1st Mar to 31st May 2017.

We think that this campaign also taught these students the power of teamwork. 100 smiling faces learning together, guided by a fabulous team, working for a greater good. We believe in their abilities, we believe they have the capability to make difference in the lives of others. Every citizen deserves a digital learning opportunity, no matter how tough the fight is.

Campaign Video

Project Goal

One-half of the world has access to computers while the other half knows nothing about the latest developments in the digital world. This digital impurity will ultimately harm them and as responsible digital citizens, it is our duty to prevent that. From learning about safe behaviour online to discovering new sources of learning, we must teach them, how to use computer, internet and smartphone in the right way.  If the students master these skills from this young age, it won’t be a problem in the future. Much like these students, parents should also get this awareness, because they ultimately inspire them to chase their dreams. They must know how to connect online and utilize the online resources.

The students will

  1. Understand the working of a computer and know about the various programs.
  2. Use English while communicating with others. 50% of the content produced on the internet is written in English, so the spoken English skills will come in handy.
  3. Utilize the power of the internet to understand the world in a better way.  They must know how to connect online and utilize the online resources. Even they can know more about privacy on their online life.
  4. They can know how the smartphone can transform their life. Also, we have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning spirit in them

Activities

The world has now transformed into a global village and the digital literacy movement will touch every city one by one. We have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning sprit in them. These beautiful minds will; get the best resources from us and that included proper infrastructure, skilled trainers, study material, internet and skill-based class training.

Impact

Digital footprints are permanent and if they lack digital knowledge, they will never develop the ability to differentiate between what is trustworthy on the web and what is not. As they are proceeding down this path, these young students are growing their vocabulary, learning how to do research and most importantly their critical thinking skills are developed.For more updates, please follow our facebook and twitter.

Campaign hashtag is #digitalcamp2017

Please read more about this campaign and how you as an organization, individual or a friend can help: https://birajkarmakar.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/my-dream-project-digital-literacy-camp-2017/

If you have any suggestions or comments please share with me at
brnet00[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

HelloWeb Curriculum Workshop

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Participation Opportunity – HelloWeb Curriculum Workshop

 

Supported by Mozilla Foundation the workshop will be held in Bangalore on 3rd June, 2017.

It is being hosted by the HelloWeb team with the support from the Mozilla Foundation for educators, developers and people interested in teaching the web to the larger community. This event will mainly focus on Curriculum Design with the intent of providing open source communities and educational sectors with better tools and kits to teach the web undertaking detailed planning, structure and workflow of the contribution pathways.

The participants will build curriculums/teaching activities on the following domains:

  • Internet Basics
  • Internet Privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Web VR
  • Design

Anybody willing to change the way in which technical education is imparted and make it more implementation based can register for the event. Find more details, please visit the wiki and/or the official website.

But before registering, please ensure that you will be available to come to Bangalore on 3rd June, 2017 and grace the occasion with your presence.

The application process would be closed on 20th May, 2017 at 12 midnight (IST). No late applications would be accepted.

Travel & Lodging reimbursement will be provided only to some selected attendees, shortlisted on the basis of their proposal.

If you wish to be the change we all wish to see, Apply Now.

This is a guest post by Arkodyuti Saha, Workshop Organizer. 
In case of a special query, please send a mail to Arkodyuti Saha – arkodyutisaha10[at]gmail[dot]com, or ping on telegram: @arkodyuti

 

What’s cooking in ‘WebVR India’ community!

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Hi Mozillians!

WebVR India Community, which was initially called as Grow WebVR Focus Group, was formed as part of community restructuring during Mozilla India Pune meetup in August month of last year. After 8 months since its birth, lets see what’s the status report from this community!

How do we function as a community?

After various iterations of brainstorming and improvements in the process, this is how we function as a community –

Recognition of contributors:

  • We have setup a github organization, which has a repository especially for the volunteer recognition system.
  • All the members are asked to report their contributions on the issues which are created monthly for this purpose.
  • Currently the contributors are mostly involved in creating A-Frame VR experiences/website, conducting A-Frame events, writing blogposts about the technology or personal experience (related to learning, teaching or exploration) and contributing to fixing bugs in a-frame library, website & A-Frame inspector.
  • At the end of each month, we document all these contributions on the wiki page of the community.
  • We also feature them as WebVR India Superstars and add them to a special Superstars telegram group. This group manages and carries out all operations of the community.

Decision making:

  • To ensure ensure openness and decentralization, we are doing all our discussions & decision making openly via github issues, during monthly hangout calls (which are publicly accessible by all the members of the community) or on the WebVR India Telegram group.
  • We have a separate telegram group for WebVR India Superstars where all the early discussions happens, which is then taken to wider audience using ways mentioned above. The process of adding contributors to the Superstars group is complete transparent as mentioned in the previous section.

Contests & Activities:

To ensures continuous involvement of the community members and expansion of the community, we host various contests and activities on a regular basis. Listing few of them below-

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Self-check takeaways:

Self-checks are indeed an important factor in maintaining the health of a community & its growth. We drew an initial roadmap and set goals for the first 6 months during the Pune meetup and we did our first self-check on them during monthly call in November. The second self-check was done during recently concluded Hack Night which was conducted for all the experienced contributors and following are the key takeaways from this.

This community has been very successful in meeting it’s immediate short term goals, which were proposed during the Pune meetup, and going well on-track for the long term goals.

The current functioning of this group is aligned with Mozilla India community structure proposed in Pune meetup.

What went well, few stats:

  • 3 repositories and 70+ issues on github used for open discussion and tracking tasks
  • Active telegram group with 200+ members
  • 20 awesome superstars who are mentoring and managing this group
  • 10 monthly online meetings conducted, meeting notes & recording links available on github.
  • 15+ events conducted by the community
  • 25 blogposts written by community members

What are we working upon next!

  • More superstars – Because out of 200+ members on telegram group, we have only 20 core contributors as of now
  • More woman contributors – Out of 20 superstars, only 2 are women contributors; as per Mozilla’s Diversity & Inclusion goal, this number needs to be improved
  • More impact-full contribution – Need more contributors picking up next level of contributions like fixing github issues & contributing to A-Frame component registry
  • Sharing community updates – Not many people outside WebVR India knew about the awesome work this community has been doing

Upcoming activitiesA-Frame

  • Super Hacker’s Contest coming soon! Gear up to fix A-Frame bugs and you could be the one of winners to grab few Sony phones & WebVR India Superstar t-shirts.
  • WebVR India website development under progress. Fully enriched site will be live soon.
  • Monthly newsletter with updates about WebVR India will be shared on discourse and Mozilla India mailing list.

Join us

If you did not know about this group before, feel free to join us now on WebVR India Telegram group.

Connect with us

If you have any suggestions/inputs/question for us, kindly feel free to open a new issue on our github repo. You can also quickly post feedback/discussion on the WebVR India discourse topic.

Gearing up for Firefox Nightly: All set to kick off on May 1

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As you might have head that entire Mozilla India community is going to create an outstanding campaign. As our dedicated, passionate and innovative, the members of the Mozilla India community always wanted to be associated with something great. From students to evangelists, this unique group of people really care about the true mission of Mozilla. This brings us to Firefox Nightly, a special version of your favourite Firefox browser, but with a different touch. To promote any new product, awareness is a must and this is why the concept of Firefox Nightly must be spread aggressively. The excitement is at an all-time high, as interesting things are in store.

RSVP here.

The 60-day campaign will feature as many as 15 events in 15 different places across the country and it will be an exciting ride. Firefox Nightly has essentially meant for the power-users as well as the core contributors of Mozilla. Developers under the Mozilla community are constantly testing the version and a feedback loop has been initiated. By involving all the active members, we plan to create a closely-knit community of innovators. The goals of this initiative are quite simple, 1000 Firefox Nightly will be installed and 20 new core contributors will be added to the campaign. The event will be run by 30 talented Mozillians and they will reach out to as many as 500 attendees.

Recently we had organized one community call on this campaign. You can watch it to know more:

How to get involved:

Online Activities:
  • Telling and inviting friends!
  • Create the event in social media!
  • Writing about it on Facebook & Twitter.
  • Posting updates on social media when the event is running.
  • Blog posting.
Offline Activities:
  • Introduction to Mozilla
  • Introduction to Firefox Nightly
  • Release cycle details
  • Why we need Firefox Nightly users?
  • Showing various stats regarding Firefox
  • Installing Nightly on participant’s PC
  • WebCompat on Firefox Nightly
  • How they can contribute in Nightly (QA and Promotion)
  • Swag Distribution

Few important things…

  • Duration of Campaign: 2 months
  • Total Number of events: 15
  • Campaign Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightlyDuration of each event: 3-5 hours

How to file a swag request?

Swags can be filed by Mozilla Reps, but non-reps must connect through an existing Mozilla Reps. In extreme cases, the core team should be contacted. After filing the crucial swag request, the representative must keep brnet00@gmail.com in the cc of that bug. The campaign owner will then complete marking the bug by putting the term INUsesFxNightly, in the whiteboard. Getting the swag pack is quite simple, but the event organizer must have a clear agenda of the event and define the goals. After the event ends, the event organizer must write a blog post and pictures from the event should be embedded in it. The metrics of this post must reach the core team so that they can analyse it easily. Know more here .

  • How to file a budget request?

  • The process of filing the budget request is almost similar to that of the swag request. Reps can do it themselves, while non-representatives must contact a reps first. The budget for every event is fixed at $25 (Rs 1500). Only the refreshment costs are covered in the budget and other costs are not included. By creating an effective event agenda with pre-defined goals, event organizers can make the application process easier. The reimbursement will be done only after the submission of the event report and it takes a maximum of seven days. Know more here .

If you have a special query, please send a mail to Biraj Karmakar [brnet00 AT gmail DOT com]. Don’t forget to join our telegram group for a realtime chat.

This is a guest post by Subhasis Chatterjee and Biraj Karmakar