Add-Ons for Learning Online


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Last fall, Mozilla Education launched the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge with support from the MacArthur Foundation. The goal was to spark and support innovation in developing browser extensions for social learning. Designers, educators and software developers were encouraged to turn their ideas about learning online into working prototypes in the form of Firefox add-ons.

Ten teams have now been selected for a hands-on Design Camp, which provides an opportunity to complete the prototypes with support from Jetpack experts. You can view a list of finalists and prototypes on the Mozilla Wiki.

“The selected Jetpacks support a wide range of learning activities,” writes Philipp Schmidt, who helped launch the challenge and is director and co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University. “They help users learn foreign languages, support the development of sophisticated web-skills or turn the web into a quiz engine.”

Jetpack is an open-source Mozilla labs project that enables anyone who knows HTML, CSS and JavaScript to participate in making the Web a better place to work, communicate and play via Firefox add-ons.

Aspiration, a nonprofit technology organization, is co-organizing the event. An overall winner will be selected during the camp and announced at the Mozilla SXSW event.

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