As assigned by Professor Smith, I began to read Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle. This article grew my curiosity to find out the controversy of this “Edupunk” topic. According to this link, Edupunk is an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself attitude (DIY). I started searching Google for a better understanding of Edupunk and here I found that “rather than relying on whatever learning management system one’s school subscribes to and e-paks from the publisher, edupunk educators go out to the blogosphere, the metaverse or into a MMORPG to find what will engage their students. It is an attitude about teaching that involves creativity, whimsy, Web 2.0 and a very limited budget (if you get a budget at all). So you DIY, you bootstrap, you use your strong and weak ties over the Internet to learn what others educators are doing. And most times you come up with something for your students that is engaging, challenging and creative. It’s about the passion for educating and learning – doesn’t matter what it’s called edupunk, DIY, Web 2.0, bootstrapping or bricolage. You do it heart and soul and it shows. Edupunk is just a word that seems to work for educators who have been DIYing it, bootstrapping and pushing education and learning to the bleeding edge.”
Basically Edupunk open’s the door to experiment through technology and gives us the ability to figure out what best works for us and perhaps our students. Edupunk, in my view is a struggle to advance along with technology. Edupunk opens us to go beyond the thought that we can only learn in school. No, this is not the only way, we have to take advantage and enhance through the DIY process. What I mean by this is, if I don’t understand something in class I would take it upon myself to understand what I don’t understand better. This blog of Tiffinianne is an example of the impact on Edupunk in our society, it was an inspiration to me.
I believe Edupunk is a better way to help gain the interest of students in institutions. This makes me wonder if we install Edupunk in institutions will there be less drop out’s? I mean if students are given an opportunity to figure out things on their own this will challenge their thinking and motivate curiosity to adventure in order to learn. Students can figure out and do things the way the enjoy doing it, in this case learning it the way are able to understand. Often students find school to dull which takes away from their interest in learning. Edupunk is a way to grow better understanding and share knowledge to help others who may be struggling to understand. Edupunk teaches us to rely on ourselves through doing it on our own. This is going to be a great learning process!