What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mozilla Thimble is an online application that lets kids remix webpage projects and complete their own. Thimble is part of Mozilla's teaching resources site dedicated to making it easy and fun for kids to learn how the Web works. Kids can get started right away with sample activities, but will need to sign up for a free account to publish the projects and webpages they complete.
What's it about?
Kids can find \"starter projects\" to help them begin making webpages in MOZILLA THIMBLE. As soon as a project loads, kids can remix code in one window and see the effects of their changes in the window next door. As kids come to recognize the HTML \"tags\" or codes for things like colors, fonts, and images, they can begin predicting what their changes will do. When kids are ready to author their own webpages, they can create new Thimble projects. By publishing projects and webpages, kids can share their authentic webmaking with others.
Is it any good?
Thimble is an excellent tool for teaching HTML and making webpages. Because it shows two windows at once -- one for code and the other for the webpage -- it's always clear to kids how what they do in the code changes the appearance and content of the webpage. Thimble's starter projects give kids easy and fun ways to begin coding, but the editor and more challenging projects let Thimble scale up for more in-depth learning about HTML and how webpages work.
The authors of each project take care to include helpful instructions, and the Webmaker community is full of mentors ready to answer questions about Thimble and the Web. Thimble teaches kids to write code in a much more welcoming and supportive way than most other learn-to-code sites do.
Families can talk about...
Families can explore how webpages work and how to build web pages with HTML.
Families can discuss what kind of information is OK to share online and what kinds of information should be kept private.
Have kids apply their new web-authoring skills by creating new webpages for family events, interests, or trips.
Families can talk about the different kinds of web content (such as memes) and how web pages communicate different kinds of messages.
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, text analysis, writing |
Math: patterns, ratio
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, part-whole relationships, problem solving, thinking critically |
Creativity: developing novel solutions, making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: developing resilience, moving beyond obstacles, persevering
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, making wise decisions
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology