Chris Lawrence Video- Poll Results

So I’ll begin by revealing my thoughts to my own questions before I read yours.

Question 1:  Is summer an appropriate season for this “Party”?

Me: First and foremost, I think that the whole idea of a party is great, but summer is my special favorite season. Not only because I usually host a bbq birthday party for myself and my daughter in the beach or at a water park or even in a pool, but because It can be amazingly HOT.  To make my point, as hot as it was today 96 degrees.  To be honest I dread having to be home when its this hot out.  I’de rather be on the beach under my large umbrella and enjoying the oceans cool breeze or swimming.  You probably think I’m a little too selfish, but that’s just my thought.  Just to show that I am not that selfish I have registered to attend Hive NYC Summer Code Party Pop-Up with Tumblr and Mozilla (Free).

According to the feedback I obtained, all of you disagreed with me nevertheless I value your feedback.

Questions 2: Do you think it’s a great idea to allow teenagers to participate in this kind of “Party”?

Me:  Yes of course, why not?.  I believe the input of their knowledge of technology or any other topic is very valuable.  Many young adults are sharing videos on how to ___ through youtube.  I think It’s great that parties like this one are available.  I anticipate that teenagers may at first be intimidated to participate because of the many adult experts, but this is where it’s the hosts duty and other adults to find ways to engage them in a fun, collaborative, and exciting manner so that they feel welcomed and not rejected. To close, both can learn from each other, sometimes a new, fresh perspective on a topic is what is needed to achieve utmost productivity.

A few responses were:

  • “Yes, because it’s a chance to change their perception of learning that can last throughout their whole life. Teenagers are teenagers and may have some dumb moments but I think if they have good security and its organized in a strategic way even teenagers can have a fun and awesome time. Not all teenagers are bad and not all are on the same level so this opens doors to opportunity and great motivation and interest for a better learning experience”.
  • “Sure it’s a good idea, except teenagers can easily drift from the main picture: which is to still be learn from these experiences. (BTW the Little Maker looks really neat)=)”.
  • “I definitely think that this party is the kind of party your parents would want you to grow up in. The problem with this I think is that kids would only be invited when they know someone what about an outkast child. Learning party idea is an awesome idea thought I think. Its great because learning can be structured at the same time I feel that the “party” idea is a very social affair but that only brings social kind of people into these parties. For learning and students who want to learn this is stuff is amazing!”
  • “Of course it’s a good idea, kind of a silly question actually! What I find would be interesting is to foster the hosting of parties by the individuals rather than the organization. Is that happening? How about you? Would you host a ‘party’ around building and creating. That would be a good idea.”

After reading the seven responses, I found everyone agreed with the idea.  Although many did not say why, and I don’t blame you, I did not require further explanation.  It certainly is a inspiring, new, reinvented “PARTY” idea and it should be happening.  The most exciting and interesting part is that this kind of party is one that would be hosted by an individual (as someone mentioned) rather than an organization, so wonderful things can be created because there is no strict agenda to follow.  I myself would like to host one, but I’m still in the process of learning new and exciting things through this course.  In addition I do not know enough people that are computer experts so my party would be a complete failure.

Again thank you, I appreciate your input on this topic.

Youth and The Hive Learning Network, NYC


Chris Lawrence introduces Mozilla Hive “PARTY” in this video.  Lawrence is project director of the Hive Learning Network NYC at New Youth City Learning Network.  I visited his Linkedin profile and was shocked that he started of with a career in music industry and switched to a better suited one in educational technology.  Another thing he mentions in his profile is his huge interest in museums, this is not only said, but obvious according to his lengthy line of work in museums .

Its amazing that Blogs spots and Twitter are really going viral.  Hive Learning Network NYC is maintained by Chris Lawrence team of expertise. I visited their website Explore + Create + Share today and was blown away by a Explainers as Designers: Teens Creating Phone Apps.  Back when I was teenager I would be in front of my computer (mobile technology merely existed) playing race games, call me a tomboy, but I used to love to race. In todays world, kids are making apps. How neat.  Now, in light of all this technology available there are educational “Parties” that adults and young children can attend.  One event that my son and I will enjoy is Little Maker at New York Hall of Science this summer.

Now we believe in NYC with Hive NYC that networks, that bringing people together, with passion, with shared interests, with shared believes is a great way to have a great party and have great parties thrown all the time. So building affinity  groups, professionals, and youth that want to build.  So friends, some of our members of Point and Dream Yard, they get together and they have parties they know each other, they want to play together.  That’s what we need to do.


Today I’de like to announce something that I think is going to be exciting this summer  and that is that Mozilla and Hive are going to bring together a whole culture of people who are going to spend the whole summer thinking about coding and building web makers in the kitchen backyards in libraries and those kinds of places.

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