Designed as an open educational resource (OER) and an open source project, Hackasaurus promotes skills, attitudes and ethics that help youth thrive in today’s digital age. By making it easier for tweens and teens to experiment with the building blocks that make up the web, Hackasaurus enables them to move from digital consumers to active producers who view the web as something that can be constantly remixed and improved.
Instead of using “kid-ified” sandboxes or artificial languages, Hackasaurus lets youth hack their favorite webpages using real programming code. The X-Ray Goggles bookmarklet enables learners to visit any webpage and inspect the code, with WebPad then allowing learners to take the next step by creating a copy of the webpage instantly which can be remixed to alter how it looks.
Lastly, the Hackbook provides bits of commonly used code for learners to copy and paste. This is only the beginning though, as there are more tools being developed.
TASCasaurus is a partnership between TASC, an intermediary organization, and Hive NYC and Mozilla, the two creators of Hackasaurus. The goal of TASCasaurus is to: • Prepare and motivate community educators to deliver technology-enabled, student-driven learning opportunities using the Hackasaurus tools. • Use technology to engage youth in a project that will increase both their digital literacy and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). A pilot project was implemented in six New York City after-school sites to engage youth in 4 to 8 grade to re-mix websites and research STEM content. This curriculum is a result of that collaboration.
ii. ii. Firefox (Mac or PC):
ii. iii. Safari (Mac):
Feel free to play with the Goggles to see how they work. If you wish to teach yourself HTML or CSS (the basic building blocks of websites), click here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/HTML/ or see “Remixing the Web:Part 2” of this curriculum for more details.Continue to work through the following lessons, which demonstrate how to hack and provide you with the opportunity to practice what you will demonstrate to your kids (note; this is important as it will allow you to try out the various instructions and become familiar with everything). Don’t worry about not being an expert — everyone will learn and grow together!