Call For Classrooms

January 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

(and Researchers, Professors, Teachers, Students …)

Mozilla is working with numerous educators, professors and researchers across the world, both to bring open-source, the open web and web technologies into the classroom, and to bring the contributions of students and their mentors to the world. You can be a part of this, and your field does not have to be Computer Science.

Mozilla in the classroom – and beyond

Mozilla? Certainly, you have heard about us. Mozilla is best known for its work on the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird mail client but that is not all there is to Mozilla, far from it. The activities of Mozilla reach largely beyond a few software products. The objective of the Mozilla project is to promote an open, participative web. For this purpose, we have developed and promoted Firefox, Thunderbird, open standards, add-ons, and countless experiments and innovations. For this purpose, we want to work with you.

This is a call for academics and students. We would like to work with you, with your classrooms and with your labs.

Mozilla is already present in numerous classrooms and research laboratories around the world, thanks to collaboration of numerous educators, professors, researchers and students. We deliver courses, we provide teaching material, but most importantly, we provide opportunities for students and their mentors: the opportunity to make impacting contributions to the web, to open-source and sometimes to society, the opportunity to tinker with technologies used by hundreds and millions of people, and to deliver research results to an audience consisting in the the whole web, and also, most importantly, the opportunity to learn and teach as part of an exciting, participatory and fun community.

So, whether you are an academic or a student, if you want to work alongside us, please contact contact us.

Topics of interest

At its core, Mozilla is an open-source community. Our work at Mozilla covers many topics. Some of these topics are extremely technical, some do not even involve a computer.

Here are but a few.

Open-source (Software Engineering, IT, CS Research, UX)…

  • client-side programming in C, C++, JavaScript, Java;
  • server-side programming in Python, JavaScript;
  • concurrent and system-oriented programming;
  • implementation of programming languages;
  • static analysis, rewriting and semantics or programming languages;
  • instrumentation, dynamic analysis;
  • distributed, scalable databases;
  • distributed, scalable web services;
  • client-side web security;
  • server-side web security;
  • network security;
  • network maintenance;
  • applied cryptography;
  • implementation of cryptographic protocols;
  • establishing and maintaining mirrors;
  • service-oriented architectures;
  • low-level, 2d graphics programming;
  • low-level, 3d graphics programming;
  • implementing typography and layouts;
  • defining typography and layouts;
  • developing user interfaces;
  • designing user interfaces;
  • web applications;
  • video game development;
  • build systems;
  • tools for developers;
  • data mining from bugzilla, survey results, etc;
  • implementing web standards;
  • designing candidate web standards;
  • privacy analysis;
  • operating system development;

… community (Internationalization, Events, Representing Mozilla)

  • internationalizing Mozilla and other community applications;
  • internationalizing Mozilla and other community websites;
  • organizing local or global open-source events;
  • … or web events;
  • … or technology events;
  • participating to local or global events;
  • teaching the open web to non-technical audiences;
  • teaching the open web to technical audiences;
  • teaching web technologies;
  • organizing local communities;
  • spreading Mozilla and other open-source technologies;
  • providing technical support in the local language;
  • representing Mozilla in a highschool/university/…;
  • communicating with local media;
  • analyzing industry news;
  • advocating open web or open-source to local companies, organizations and communities;
  • interacting with other technology communities;
  • writing articles on open-source and the open web;
  • … or filming documentaries;
  • … or anything else you can think of!

What the Mozilla community can do for you

On some topics, Mozilla can provide you with teaching/learning material or get you in touch with Mozillians who would love to come to your classroom and deliver interventions or lectures.

More importantly, we can help shape student projects and we can contribute to mentoring them. Do not limit yourself – with enough dedication, student projects can change the world.

If you are interested, please get in touch.

You can reach me by e-mail at, as dteller.

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§ One Response to Call For Classrooms

  • uksuperiorpapers says:

    I think it is the parents and teachers who must make education relevant to students. Technology should become nothing more than a tool. Where all are able to have access to hardware and applications.On the one hand I bet using technology is not learning – just as using a remote control does not teach you about tv. You are the slaves to the technology; not the technologist.

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