As organizations and communities across the U.S. scrambled to adapt to the impact of COVID, so did the Ecosystems forCS (E4CS) initiative at CSforALL. With support from Schmidt Futures, E4CS are 10 dynamic communities coming together to ensure all young people have equitable access to high quality CS education.

Originally slated as a mid-year in-person convening in Columbus OH, we moved to a series of 5 consecutive virtual workshops. During May and June 2020, the 10 ecosystem planning teams participated in virtual design-thinking strategic planning workshops to further develop skills in creative solutions-based problem-solving. …


Image for post
Image for post
CSforALL Summit 2018, Detroit MI

The Need

Technology has become an integral and ubiquitous part of society. Not only is it important to have a skilled workforce, but computer science’s ways of thinking, problem solving, and creating are invaluable to all parts of life. Equitable access to and participation in the virtual environment are essential for inclusion and success in education, employment, finance, health and wellness, civic engagement, and a democratic society. Without computational thinking, young people and especially those in marginalized populations will be left behind without the core critical thinking and innovation skills that the digital world requires.

Educators, policy makers, families, and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that computer science (CS) is a “new basic” skill fundamental to STEM and other careers, civic engagement, and equity. Hence CSforALL’s mission to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success. …


Image for post
Image for post
Gwynn Hughes, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Laveta Wills-Hale, Arkansas Out of School Network present a summary of the Mo’Time for CS meeting at the CSforALL Summit, October 9, 2018

CSforALL encompasses powerful learning opportunities both in and out of school. To create a shared understanding of computer science (CS) education in the out-of-school time (OST) space and imagine a future for CS in OST, a group of 75 experts including content and program providers, researchers, technologists, policymakers, and funders gathered to share research, policy, promising practices, and generate ideas.

Under the banner of “Mo’Time for CS” and leading up to the CSforALL 2018 Summit Celebration at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, they gathered to discuss what afterschool, summer, libraries, museums, and other OST spaces can bring to the CSforALL movement. …


Image for post
Image for post

October 8, 2018, CSforALL will host Mo’Time for CS, a national convening to set the stage for integrating computer science education into out-of-school time (OST) as part of the annual CSforALL Summit 2018 in Detroit Michigan. With support from C.S. Mott Foundation, the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, and RBC Capital Markets and others, invited practitioners, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and experts from after-school, summer learning, library, museum, and other OST spaces will spend the day at the first-of-its kind working summit. …


Image for post
Image for post

From online banking and keeping up with the news, to accessing real-time patient medical records and keeping in touch with friends, online life is now real life.

Web literacy skills like searching, remixing, and basic cyber-security are necessary for people to understand and take full advantage of all the internet has to offer. In the 21st century, these fundamental web literacy skills are as essential as reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Further, the countless stories from Equifax to Facebook to disinformation being used to stoke political campaigns to the fact that all jobs will soon be digital is a wake-up call to empower ourselves with these core skills. …


Image for post
Image for post

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the first cohort of Mozilla Web Literacy Leaders met on July 18–19 in Chicago to continue growing their open leadership skills. Through skill sharing and design thinking they deepened their knowledge about web literacy and what it will take to support a healthy internet.

Here’s a snapshot of what was shared and learned.


What is the Web Literacy Leaders Program?

Mozilla’s Web Literacy Leaders Program is a six-month, cohort-based program designed to build a cadre of learners, teachers, and leaders who become advocates of an open and healthy internet by teaching others core web literacy skills. The cohort will participate in Mozilla-led web literacy trainings and train-the-trainer sessions, deliver training to others, learn to work in the open, participate in the larger Mozilla community, and become web literacy leaders in their professional fields and communities.

Why does Web Literacy Leadership Matter?

Web literacy leadership is a critical part of improving web access in a networked world. Leaders are those who build their own knowledge and expertise and share their learning with others. They connect with other leaders and support their peers with professional development around participatory, learner-centered, 21st Century learning. In addition to helping individuals improve their employment outcomes and access to resources, web literacy leaders are will bring critical skills to diverse audiences all over the world, and increase access and digital equity. …


As part of the Web Literacy Skills for Library Staff project funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services, library pilot sites are remixing Mozilla’s web literacy curriculum and training for library staff and patrons.

Here are a few highlights of what’s been accomplished by some library pilots thus far:

Anythink Libraries, a large public library system serving the residents of Adams County, Colorado featured their remix of the web literacy curriculum and training at Tech Fest 2017, a district wide staff training session in which about 130 library staff participated. At the Tech Fest, participants were given a “Guardians of the Galaxy” themed guidebook with different planets representing the various web literacy competencies such as “navigate”, “evaluate” and “search. ” Participants continued working on Thimble activities after the tech fest and/or explored new ones via the page of Thimble remixes Anythink created for the day. …


Learning can take place anytime, anywhere, at any pace in a rapidly evolving, networked world. At Mozilla, learning to read, write and participate on the web is the 4th basic fundamental skill next to the three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Image for post
Image for post

The practice of the learner at the center is also fundamental to Mozilla where the mission is to ensure a healthy, open and accessible internet for all. One way to do this is provide people with open access to the skills and know-how needed to use the web to improve their lives, careers, and organizations.

In traditional U.S. education settings, competency-based learning has emerged as a way to make the learning experiences in afterschool settings “count” toward graduation and career-readiness. How to measure skills and show how students meet specific competencies has remained a challenge. Digital badges/credentials have emerged as one possible solution. …


Are current learning standards addressing the essential web literacy skills everyone should know?

by An-Me Chung and Iris Bond Gill

Our lives — and work — are moving online.

Are current learning standards addressing the essential web literacy skills everyone should know?

Increasingly, every job will become a digital job — whether field worker, designer, engineer or educator. Employers, education, and other institutions are looking for those with the agility, skills and know-how to participate and thrive in the 21st century. Knowing how to read, write, and participate on the web has become essential in our rapidly evolving and interconnected world. …

About

An-Me Chung

Forever a thinker, learner, and optimist.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store