A Webmaker User Story in the Wild

As Mark explains, it’s Webmaker Planning Season, which includes writing user stories for where we want to take Thimble, Popcorn Maker and what we build to tie it all together. A really fantastic real world user story appeared over the weekend, courtesy of Notch and…

Building the Platform to Teach the Next Generation of Webmakers

New software products start with a vision, solidify as a product plan, and are fully realized through design and engineering. A few days ago, Mark wrote about the clarified vision of Webmaker, then Erin followed up with what that meant to Webmaker as a product….

Badger Glue

A few days ago, Mark Surman wrote a blog post, Making tools for webmakers. I love the opening line, “We want everyone to tap into the full creative power of the web.” That’s a great mission. The rest of the post is a review of…

First Round of Planned Backpack UX Improvements

The Mozilla Summer Code Party kicks off at the end of June, most of the work on Thimble (the tool the Open Badges developers were working on during our hiatus from Badge development) is done, so we’re getting ready to get back to Badge development….

Super Awesome Badge Summer

We’re a third of the way into second quarter, so I wanted to check in with the roadmap and see how we’re performing against the plan. The structure of the development team has changed a bit. Our full time developers Brian and Mike are helping…

Post Flourish Badge Talk Thinking

The Flourish talk went well, at least that’s the what the feedback was.  It felt rambly to me, probably because I was having a hard time pinning down what I wanted to talk about.  Badges is a big topic, it’s a not-trivial technical implementation, and…

Badges – Less Yack, More Hack

This post is the basis for a talk I’ll be giving at the 2012 Flourish conference on March 31st I’ve covered a bit of what a OBI compliant badge is, technically, but wanted to speculate a bit on where badges could start appearing. There’s a…

Earn a badge, issue a badge

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/raster/status/182658137621405699"] Good question.  The hardest part is deciding what kind of badges you want to issue, the rest is straightforward.  I’ll explain. Earn a badge! Let’s start by earning a badge on openbadges.org. Click on the big blue “Get Started” button on the front…

Isham Randolph, Poet

I’ve written in the past about Isham’s 26 stanza poem, written for Admiral Dewey on his visit to the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal.  You can see the entire poem on page three of this album.  I’ve found plenty of examples of Isham’s technical writing,…

What Badges Would Isham Have Collected?

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/plural/status/177170929053483008"] My pal @plural (Jason Gessner)’s funny tweet inspired a second (shorter) post explaining badges in terms of Isham Randolph.  (for those just joining, Isham Randolph was the chief engineer of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the canal that reversed the flow of…