# #teachtheweb

We’d like to try an experiment in a distributed “marketplace” for webmaking. The idea is simple: **use the hashtag #teachtheweb to ask for and offer help.**

# Asking for Help

It works like this:

Say you’d like to organize a webmaking in your city, Athens. You’ve got a venue, you’ve got some learners, but you’re missing someone who can help you teach Javascript. **You can use the #teachtheweb hashtag to ask for help:**

> “I’m looking for someone to help teach Javascript at a webmaking event in Athens. #teachtheweb”

A community is monitoring the tag, who can amplify the request or answer it themselves:

> “I know someone who can help. @NAME knows Javascript. #teachtheweb”

>”I can help! When’s the event? #teachtheweb.”

**The hashtag isn’t just for events, either.** It can be applied to anything that helps teach the web — with a focus on asking for and offering help on specific things.

# Offering Help

In this way, you can also use the tag to share things that you can help with. You could say, for example:

> “I work with youth at my hackerspace and am happy to share activities they like. #teachtheweb”

> “I speak Spanish and would love to help translate learning materials about webmaking. #teachtheweb”

> “I’ve run a hive Pop-Up in my city and can help coach new organizers. #teachtheweb”

# Betatesting

**Since this is an experiment, we can’t anticipate how well the tag will work.**

But the hope is that with some decent traffic and an active group of people monitoring it, **the hashtag will be a simple yet powerful way to connect Webmaker Mentors and others who care about teaching the web.**

We encourage you to give it a try and to let us know what you think! If you’re interested in helping monitor and field requests, **please dive in and start replying.** You can also check out our newly launched [webmaker.org/teach](https://webmaker.org/en-US/teach/) for more resources and ways to connect.

If you successfully team up with someone, tell the world about it: **#webmakerwin!**


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