Enter a competition to support youth in building a better web

For young people who 'live on the web', making the web a better place is an ideal version of community engagement and betterment. And they have many ideas about what a better web could be. Project:Connect engages youth-serving organizations in supporting young people to take on the challenge of creating a better web community. An opportunity and a challenge Project:Connect is a competition for organizations to imagine ways to bring youth together to take on the challenge of digital citizenship. The Digital Media and Learning Competition, administered by HASTAC and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, and in collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation and Mozilla, is calling for proposals that offer youth a chance to “Project:Connect” this summer. The Project:Connect-Summer Youth Programming Competition for U.S. based organizations that support learning, youth development and civic engagement calls for Summer event and programming proposals to excite and enable youth to engage the web in civil, collaborative, productive, safe, and confidence-building ways. Deadline: Online applications are due June 10, 2013, at 5pm PST. How to apply. Timeline: Project:Connect-Youth Summer Programs will be held July-September, 2013. Full timeline. Awards: Up to $10,000 per institution; winners to be announced in early July 2013. Winning proposals will create: Social Tools...
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Take up tinkering with Afterschool Alliance

Join the Afterschool Alliance for a three-part webinar series for afterschool and summer learning providers that want to embrace a maker culture. Designed for maker “novices”, the webinars will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the learning philosophy that underpins making culture, and the chance to see and hear how it works in practice. Here's an advance peek at the topics for our monthly webinars: Part I: Build, Create, Innovate: An Introduction to Maker Culture (May 28, 1:00pm EDT) Part II: Best Practices for Integrating Making into Afterschool Curriculum  Part III: Setting Up Makerspaces After School   [caption id="attachment_981" align="alignnone" width="577"] Visit the Afterschool Alliance webinar site for information.[/caption]

Are You Ready for the Summer of Making and Connecting?

The Summer of Making and Connecting organizes hundreds of events, projects, and programs in communities across the nation, around the world, and online to help people connect learning to their interests and to enable teachers to learn from and network with their innovative peers. The campaign brings together organizations from the worlds of DIY, making, writing, and learning to build the Connected Learning movement. You can participate by taking up the hashtag #makesummer or by following the events and opportunities at Maker Party 2013 and Educator Innovator.

Project:Connect empowers young web makers to make the web a better place

By idecoursy; Cross-posted from The Webmaker Blog— On May 9, programmers, designers, educators and learning innovators came together in New York to hack for a better web. The Project:Connect hackathon — hosted by the MacArthur Foundation, Facebook, the Family Online Safety Institute and Mozilla — kicked-off this year’s Digital Media and Learning Competition. The competition brought together teams to develop prototypes for social tools, including apps, badges, and curriculum in pursuit of a better web. Participants advocate for the innovative use of new media in support of connected learning, using the web for everything from building community support frameworks to gaining better information access in schools. Participating partners included Mozilla Hive NYC Members of the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network took up the challenge; they included City Lore, Exposure Camp, Global Kids, Institute of Play, Iridescent, MOUSE, New York Public Library and WNYC Radio Rookies. Teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges that included Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation (also known as Lady Gaga’s mom); Chris Bevans, Founder of CBAtelier, creative director for Billionaire Boys Club and MIT Media Lab Fellow; Diana Rhoten, Chief Strategy Officer at Amplify; Anne Collier, safety expert, on the Facebook Safety Advisory Board and editor of NetFamilyNews.com; and Dave Steer, Manager of Policy Communications at Facebook. Greater freedom...
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