Mozilla Thimble

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic online editor teaches kids to write the Web.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As part of Mozilla's Webmaker site, Thimble champions kids' authoring on the Web.

Violence

There is no violence in Thimble. Users can choose what content they put into webpages, but the mission and social standards of the Thimble community are completely kid-friendly.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Thimble encourages kids to be producers, rather than consumers, of online media.

 
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To save work in Thimble, kids have to create a "Persona" account with Mozilla. However, Mozilla, the parent organization of Thimble and Webmaker, is dedicated to online privacy and user rights, and its Persona service is extremely private and only requires an email address for verification. No other personal information is required. Parents and educators should remind kids to be careful about what personal information they include in their websites.

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 Webmaker.org, which is a site dedicated to making it easy and fun for kids to learn how the Web works and how kids can "write" or make their own digital content online. Kids will need a "Persona" account from Mozilla to log in to Thimble and save work, but all that's required for a Persona account is an email address. Kids can publish the projects and webpages they complete, and Thimble will give them a web address to view and share their projects.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis
  • writing

Math

  • patterns
  • ratio

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • developing novel solutions
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • asking questions
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids experience the delight of learning to write their own webpages with side-by-side windows that instantly show the effects of their coding tweaks.

Learning Approach

Authentic coding practice comes alive through fun, community-generated projects. Whether they learn through guided remixing or start a project from scratch, kids can find the right entry point into web design.

Support

Immediate feedback, baked-in help, and a supportive community all help kids persevere and publish their webpages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis
  • writing

Math

  • patterns
  • ratio

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving
  • thinking critically
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • developing novel solutions
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • moving beyond obstacles
  • persevering

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • asking questions
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn the basics of HTML (hypertext mark-up language, the language of the Web) and CSS (cascading style sheets for web design). With starter projects, the advanced tutorials, and the Thimble editor, kids can remix and create their own Web projects. Through remixing others' work, kids can also learn about educational and transformative fair use, copyright, and open content licensing. Mozilla Thimble is an excellent free and open resource for teaching kids to code their own webpages.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sansing

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator Written byravi1610 August 14, 2013
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QUALITY
 

Mozilla Thimble amazing code editor.

Really simple with great interface.
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