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InterMedia Hosts U.S. Department of State, Mozilla Youth TechCamp


InterMedia was the site of the first Washington-D.C.-based Youth TechCamp, hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  Technology experts from from the Mozilla Foundation’s Hackasaurus team worked with 21 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program alumni to expand their internet skills, including how to create their own Web pages.

Video recap of Youth TechCamp

The youth, representing 11 countries, learned the basics about Web design during the one-day workshop, which was led by Michelle Levesque of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, with assistance from State Department ECA, eDiplomacy TechCamp and InterMedia staff.  The Youth TechCamp helped participants understand how their use of digital tools and technologies can help them make a positive contribution to their communities.

After the initial ice-breakers, which provided the opportunity to discover common internet habits and discuss online ethics (“Is there more stealing or sharing of ideas on the Internet?”), the participants learned how to use the free Mozilla tool X-Ray Goggles to remix local versions of websites. Some clever individuals used their new Web skills to put themselves at the top of their own Forbes “wealthiest” list:  http://twitpic.com/aik7d0.  After lunch, the group worked on developing Web pages using Thimble, a code playground for quickly making websites in a browser.  The banner website used for the group photo, for instance, was cobbled together quickly with Thimble.

Youth TechCamp group photo

 

Link to the video summarizing the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHmW-lZ2inI

Link to the Facebook page for the event: http://www.facebook.com/YouthTechCamp

A few years ago the ECA’s Evaluation Division of the Office of Policy and Evaluation commissioned  InterMedia to conduct an evaluation of the YES program, including an assessment of the impact of the exchange experience on YES participants’ attitudes and behaviors over time. The longitudinal evaluation, conducted from June 2003 to August 2009, is available here.

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InterMedia Hosts U.S. Department of State, Mozilla Youth TechCamp


InterMedia was the site of the first Washington-D.C.-based Youth TechCamp, hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  Technology experts from from the Mozilla Foundation’s Hackasaurus team worked with 21 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program alumni to expand their internet skills, including how to create their own Web pages.

Video recap of Youth TechCamp

The youth, representing 11 countries, learned the basics about Web design during the one-day workshop, which was led by Michelle Levesque of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, with assistance from State Department ECA, eDiplomacy TechCamp and InterMedia staff.  The Youth TechCamp helped participants understand how their use of digital tools and technologies can help them make a positive contribution to their communities.

After the initial ice-breakers, which provided the opportunity to discover common internet habits and discuss online ethics (“Is there more stealing or sharing of ideas on the Internet?”), the participants learned how to use the free Mozilla tool X-Ray Goggles to remix local versions of websites. Some clever individuals used their new Web skills to put themselves at the top of their own Forbes “wealthiest” list:  http://twitpic.com/aik7d0.  After lunch, the group worked on developing Web pages using Thimble, a code playground for quickly making websites in a browser.  The banner website used for the group photo, for instance, was cobbled together quickly with Thimble.

Youth TechCamp group photo

 

Link to the video summarizing the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHmW-lZ2inI

Link to the Facebook page for the event: http://www.facebook.com/YouthTechCamp

A few years ago the ECA’s Evaluation Division of the Office of Policy and Evaluation commissioned  InterMedia to conduct an evaluation of the YES program, including an assessment of the impact of the exchange experience on YES participants’ attitudes and behaviors over time. The longitudinal evaluation, conducted from June 2003 to August 2009, is available here.

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