Many teachers have used Hackasaurus a Mozilla Foundation tool that exposes users to the lines of code that make up websites.
I wrote a post about how I’d used this web hacking tool myself, to customise the BBC News web page. The “hack” is an excellent introduction to web building and can also work as a writing frame to support young reluctant writers too. It beats just typing out on Word.
Since Hackasaurus appeared online, the community of Mozilla web makers have offered more tutorials and “hacks”. These can be found in the gallery of Webmaker.org. Here you can explore the Thimble projects which offer interactive web pages that encourage you to remix by changing lines of code.
So, of course I changed Google to include a background of Doctor Who themed animated gif files.
You can try it yourself by following the tutorial here:
The hacking and playing should not end there and teachers and pupils should follow the advice at the footnote of the tutorial.
Now apply your new skills further! Play around. Hack. Tinker. Become a maker of the web.
Obvious links here with the Switched On ICT unit for Year 6 – We are Web Developers or aspects of the new Switched On Computing.