From the Crew of Hello Web

The Crew of Hello Web share their experiences on their Web Literacy venture:

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  • Shreenath Tewari: “Arkodyuti Saha had been a friend, philosopher and guide throughout our initiative to spread Web Literacy across the city of joy – Kolkata. It had been a pleasure working with the crew of Hello Web. Each and every individual was enthusiastic about the initiative from the beginning and worked with the same erstwhile exemplary vigour and will right through, skiing their assigned job punctually and professionally. Never for one moment did it feel like I was alone in the initiative, we were always a team – even when the bow crashed into troughs, even when ship sailed in the flat calm. Besides coworkers, they were all great friends. Arkodyuti was an exceptional mentor, he led by example but not for one moment tried to hold on to something by will. He was always welcome to suggestions and never tried to force his way through. Thus, it was a pleasure working with the crew of Hello Web with Arkodyuti as mentor and I will always be optimistic towards such projects in the future.”

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  • Debol Das: “It was a good time working with Arkodyuti.The event was very well organised. It was a very interactive session. The response of the students was quite good.Our captain, he was just amazing in all aspects. . starting with event hosting and then guiding us.I was able to learn a lot of new things and it was a good experience altogether.”IMG-20151214-WA0002
  • Rayan Dutta: “Hello Web – An Event about Web Literacy.
    7 days. 10 hours a day. 70 hours of ultimate excitement.
    Popular hashtags like #HelloWeb and #TeachTheWeb were globalized.
    There were a lot of social media hits, but then when the event went live, we actually started teaching the web to people, aiming for better web citizens and making people aware about open source communities.
    Overall. it was an amazing experience to work with my colleagues Debol, Kalyan, Namrata, Sayan and Shreenath, as they were very co-operative and we worked together to aim for better web citizens.
    Arkodyuti has been the most amazing mentor, guiding me along every small step I take, motivating us to keep working and setting goals for us to complete, and being with us, through and through. He was never dominating, yet, he lead us as a friend, and not as a mentor. It has been the most amazing experience having Arkodyuti not only as a mentor, but as a leader, a great personality, a knowledgeable person, a motivated personality, and most of all, as a friend.”

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  • Sayan Sadhukhan: “This experience as a FSA helped me develop my learning and leadership skills. Arkyodyuti has been a good mentor through and through, motivating me to do more. I look forward to 2016, for more opportunities.”

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  • Namrata Kundu: “Working as an FSA and providing web literacy to the young minds in various places has been a great experience. It helped me gain more confidence and leadership qualities and some moments unforgettable. I’m glad to be a part of such a team and have Arkodyuti as a mentor who has been throughout the journey of HelloWeb and helped all the crew members to carry out the event pretty well. It was a great motivation to start with and I am looking forward to 2016 for further work,  oppurtunities and experiences.”

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  • Kalyan Maji: “This was a wonderful to be acquainted with joy one gets by teaching bright young minds of tomorrow about the web – something that is an integral part of their present and would go a long way in defining their future. The crew of Hello Web consisted of wonderful people – they were great friends and just the kind of people one would like to have around to take up a task of this magnitude. Arkodyuti is great mentor, a man with an eye for details – a perfectionist who never tries to boss his way around. It was an enriching experience to work with such a team for such a noble cause and I am looking forward to carry on this initiative to other parts of the country in the years to come.”

Hello Web – Making Kolkata Web Literate

Web Literacy is not something that should be confined to certain parts and certain areas only. It is something that should be widespread and the light of knowledge of the web should touch each and every aspect of human life in each and every part of the country. So, we decided to make the pre-university students and those living below the poverty line aware of what it is to be a part of open source communities and the different products that these communities have developed. From this idea came Hello Web – an initiative by CHiPSET enacted in collaboration with Mozilla and Scrollback for students across Kolkata to spread Web Literacy, encourage students to become good Web Citizens and actively develop their Communication Skills, because we believe we that Web Literacy is for all and no corner should remain untouched.

Web Literacy – Making better Web Citizens

Web Literacy is not a one way traffic. Web Literacy is not something by the virtue of which we look to instill among people the love for web development, it as an ongoing integral process by the virtue of which we encourage students to become good Web Citizens. As it is our duty to be good dutiful citizens of the country and the world at large, it is also the duty of each and every internet user to duly and rightly associate the term ‘good’ with tagline ‘Web Citizens’. We discuss with our delegates the immense possibilities of being a part of Open Source Communities – the global exposure that one gets subjected to when he actively participates and considers himself to be at one with the community. The delegates are given vivid description of how the web works, what actually happens when you type ‘www.mozilla.org’, how can a person build a website for himself and how can he actively contribute to the development of the web. Beside these technical aspects, the delegates are inspired to be good Web Citizens – people who care about the ethics of usage of internet and duly follow the duties that come imbibed with the active utilization of technology. Thus spreading Web Literacy is best way we can give something meaningful, something fruitful back to the technology (i.e. Internet) that has helped shape our future in the way we know, in the way we see it.

St. Mary’s School – Here We Come

The day was Wednesday, December 19, 2015, Firefox Student Ambassadors walked into St. Mary’s School, Taltala, Kolkata, with a single thought in mind – an eternal wish to inspire students of this institution to become good Web Citizens by spreading Web Literacy on the part of the initiative Hello Web. By Hello Web we wanted to inspire people to become good Web Citizens, the web that is so fruitful, that is such a treasure house of resource and entertainment should utilized to its potential but the user should follow certain norms, certain ethics. As users of the web, it becomes our moral responsibility to abide by these ethics. And good web citizens are obtained by spreading web literacy across the hierarchy from the very grass root level. So, the delegates of the four sessions conducted by us were students of standard 8 and 9.

Four Sessions having the same agenda were conducted for students of Classes 8 and 9. Each session was attended by over 50 students representing the various sections of these (each class had two sections). The total number of Web Literate was around 220.

Each session was started by giving the delegates an introduction to ‘Open Source and Open Source Communities.’ Detailed explanation as to what an Open Source is and how Open Source Communities work were given to the delegates. To make the session interactive, live examples corresponding to Open Source and Open Source Communities were given. The delegates got an insight into how Open Source Communities like Mozilla work and how each and everyone associated can contribute to the growth of these global communities. After introducing the concept of Open Source, the session moved into its second phase where Firefox Student Ambassadors gave the delegates an insight into how the web works, what actually happens when one types the url, ‘www.mozilla.org’ and presses enter and how webpages are made. The delegates watched with their eyes wide open and mind fully focused as basics of the functioning of the web were discussed. The role played by TCP/IP as well as the usage of HTML and CSS in designing websites was thoroughly discussed. This phase was made even more interesting by involving the delegates in a Quiz. The delegates had to answer verbal and picturesque questions corresponding to the various technologies that makes the web work to earn themselves Mozilla goodies. The student response was overwhelming. Energy was bursting through their veins as did everything in their might to lay their hands on one of the Mozilla stickers up for grabs. After the quiz, the delegates sat down and tuned their minds to listen to the next session in which the FSA’s depicted the functioning of the Mozilla Appmaker. A musical app titled ‘Play to the Beats’ was made right in front of their eyes and mechanisms involved in making an app were thoroughly depicted. The rich set of customizable assets provided by Mozilla Appmaker were also shown. The last phase of the each session was an insight into the active development of Communication Skills and Public Speaking. The delegates were introduced to Scrollback in this phase. The enormous importance of possession of good communication skills were thoroughly discussed, some tips on public speaking were given and lastly the delegates were encouraged to come on the dice and speak on any topic of their choice for atleast two minutes. It was a great opportunity for these budding teens to make the stage their own and overcome the fear of facing the crowd. The delegates were introduced to Google Code-in and encouraged to participate in it.

The delegates were encouraged to ask questions and clarify their doubts. Each question was taken very seriously and every attempt was made to clarify their doubts. Live Examples were given and the most satisfactory moment for any of us taking the session was to see the satisfactory knowing smile on the answer seeker’s face when his doubt was clarified. At the end of the day we felt extremely honored and privileged for being able spread some fundamental information about the web, give some tips on personality development and most importantly for being able to inspire more than 200 budding bright minds of tomorrow to be good Web Citizens.

Web Literacy

Cholbena! Cholbena!

The city of joy is also the city of revolution…of Protibaad..The birth of new stories! #Kolkotha

Web Literacy is not a one way traffic. Web Literacy is not something by the virtue of which we look to instill among people the love for web development, it as an ongoing integral process by the virtue of which we encourage students to become good Web Citizens. As it is our duty to be good dutiful citizens of the country and the world at large, it is also the duty of each and every internet user to duly and rightly associate the term ‘good’ with tagline ‘Web Citizens’. We discuss with our delegates the immense possibilities of being a part of Open Source Communities – the global exposure that one gets subjected to when he actively participates and considers himself to be at one with the community. The delegates are given vivid description of how the web works, what actually happens when you type ‘www.mozilla.org’, how can a person build a website for himself and how can he actively contribute to the development of the web. Beside these technical aspects, the delegates are inspired to be good Web Citizens – people who care about the ethics of usage of internet and duly follow the duties that come imbibed with the active utilization of technology. Thus spreading Web Literacy is best way we can give something meaningful, something fruitful back to the technology (i.e. Internet) that has helped shape our future in the way we know, in the way we see it.

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14 th December 2015, session for Hello Web was held at Aakash Institute, Deshopriyo Park, Kolkata.

Two distinct sessions were conducted two enlighten two groups of students studying in Class XI. A total of 126 delegates participated in these interactive sessions.

The delegates gaped in wonder and astonishment as the Mozilla CHiPSET Volunteers talked about Open Source Communities, the prospective field of global exposure offered by these Communities and most importantly how they can enroll themselves into these communities and call themselves a proud representative. The concept of Open Source was clearly explained to the delegates. They were also encouraged to be good Web Citizens. The delegates participated actively by asking a few questions about how these Open Source Communities work. One particular question asked was corresponding to the process of being a part of these communities. Their questions were heard and answered seriously as our motto was to see the knowing satisfactory smile on the face of every answer seeker.

Google Code-in, the revolutionary initiative by Google to instil the love for coding among pre-university students and reward their excellence was also introduced to the delegates.

The feedback for both the sessions was something that all session conductors like to see. The wish to be a part of these global communities and the desire to find more about the revolutionary concept of Open Source could be seen in the eyes and felt in the multitude of attitude of all students who had lend us their ears.

Intro to Open Source Communities

13th December, 2015, Volunteers of CHiPSET took up the initiative to introduce the immense possibilities and perspectives offered by Open Source Communities as a part of Hello Web to the students of class XI. The FSA’s held brief sessions each spanning 15 minutes to bring into retrospect of their delegates how Open Source Communities like Mozilla work and how each and how everyone can contribute his/her ideas towards the development of the community.

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The delegates were encouraged to actively voice their opinions about such communities and their questions were duly entertained until a satisfactory smile appeared on their faces. The delegates were told about the Global Exposure that one is subjected by being an active cooperative part of these communities. Around 150 students attended actively the session.

 

A brief session on Google Code-in was also conducted to make the delegates aware of the outstanding opportunity that lies within reach to gain some real hands-on project development experience by participating in this initiative by Google.