Web Literacy Basics | Hack the News

Made by Hive NYC and Mozilla

Update: Mozilla has officially discontinued X-Ray Goggles. If you want to continue using a similar tool, check out this similar tool created by our friends at Mouse.org.

"On December 16, 2019, Mozilla wound down Thimble. If you are looking to learn about the web with tools like Thimble, we encourage you to check out Glitch (https://glitch.com).

For X-Ray Goggles, the message is: "On December 16, 2019, Mozilla wound down X-Ray Goggles. If you are looking for similar tools, join our friends at the Mouse Learning Network for free and check out their awesome Coding course (https://mouse.org/coding)."

60 minutes

By using X-Ray Goggles, a tool that makes it easy to see and remix the code behind your favorite web pages, you remix a news website while learning about openly-licensed resources and different forms of media. You will learn how to code, compose, remix, and share.

Follow this link to localized versions of the activity.

Remix this lesson in Thimble!

Web Literacy Skills

21st Century Skills

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between original content and a remix.
  • Use X-Ray Goggles to alter a web page to give it a particular theme.
  • Critique another learner's remix


  • 13+
  • Beginner web users