Mozilla’s Web Literacy Standards Released

Mozilla has just released its set of Web Literacy Standards and it’s something that everyone who uses the web personally or in the classroom needs to look at and try to understand.

Many people are comfortable with just accessing the web and siphoning off what they need for the moment.  But, that’s only part of the picture.  The web literacy standard identifies three strands where you might be navigating, creating for, or participating on the web.  See the table below.

It’s not a big task.  It only takes a few minutes to read the attributes.

But, where are you?  Are you stuck on the left?  If so, there’s so much more that you could be doing.  Shift your eyes to the right.

In the classroom though, this should serve as a plan to scaffold the type of activities that you have in your classroom.

Where do you fall on this chart?  I wish that I had found this to share at the open of the #ECOO13 Conference.  It would have added so much value to just about every session that was offered.  Certainly, it should help as folks plan for ECOO14.

For more details, check the Mozilla Wiki and the Web Literacy Standard page.

Kudos to Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) and team for release 1.0.

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7 thoughts on “Mozilla’s Web Literacy Standards Released”

  1. This is awesomesauce! I definitely lean to left and right, and desperately need help with the middle, because, even though I’m trying, that middle column is not my strong suit. Is it because I’m female? Or because I didn’t take Grade 8 math, really, or what? These are q’s I want to delve into ’cause I’d like to start a group at my school to play with that middle strand, but I need somebody to teach me. (I even find Scratch baffling).


  2. Thanks, Doug! I’m fascinated by the way people interpret the Standard. Columns are an arbitrary way of laying it out but, you’re right, it kind of implies a progression. We’ll be iterating so I’ll think of other ways of laying it out. 🙂


  3. What I like about it, Lisa, is that it does lay things out nicely and doesn’t explicity include arrow indicating one activity has to be concluded before moving on. You could buy in at any point.


  4. Thanks for dropping by, Doug. I am impressed by the simplicity of the layout and yet it’s all there and people can take it as they see it. I saw the layout as a gathering of items clumped together. As I mentioned to Lisa, that lack of arrows didn’t imply a progression to me but I guess I’ve been doing this for so long that I did see a left to right pattern. As Lisa notes, you don’t have to master the middle to get to the right. I’ll be interested in seeing how this evolves.


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