I never heard of the term Edupunk but i like the sound of it. As i was browsing the internet i came across a link EdupunksGuide which explains what Edupunk is. It says An edupunk is someone who doesn’t want to play by the old college rules. Maybe you have interests that don’t fit the academic mold. Maybe you’re in a remote location. Maybe you have a family, a job, or other responsibilities and you can’t take on life as a full-time student. Maybe you love new technology and new ways of learning. Or maybe you’re just a rebel! Then there is Do it Yourself Learning from what i understand is learning, building and creating things on your own. Then there is DIY communities which help people get the knowledge and tools they need to solve problems and accomplish goals on their own without being told how to act or being forced to spend a lot of money.
“That can mean growing your own food, fixing your own car, publishing your own writing or putting on your own rockshow. In the case of DIY education, it means getting the knowledge you need at the time you need it, with enough guidance so you don’t get lost, but without unnecessary restrictions.”
“It means that the resources are in your hands and you’re driving the process.”
In this article EduPunks Say Do It Your Self. EdPunk is basically educating yourself and using technology such as wikis and blogs.
“What we’re doing now as EduPunks is we’re kind of taking the same concept, the same ethos of the punk era and we’re applying it to education,” says Steve Wheeler, a self-proclaimed EduPunk educator at the University of Plymouth. “We’re doing it ourselves. We’re using our own tools. We’re bypassing the educational systems that have been put in place by the corporate companies and institutions. That’s EduPunk.”
In Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle I liked Talk – Action = Zero which i believe is so true because you can’t have talk without action it goes together hand in hand. Some students show up to class and do not take notes or pay attention the lecture and when it’s exam time the results show. Some students miss many days of school and cannot pass by just showing up when they feel like. Talk + Action = Success.
In the world we live in today we have to strive for ourselves. It’s not like how it use to be when people were willing to give a helping hand. At the end of the day you have to help yourself before you can help someone else. With the technology we have today we can open so many doors, we just have to be curious, motivated and stop depending on others, we have to depend on ourselves first. It is also good to form webpages or to blog because it’s a good way to learn, communicate with others and build or create something. In our life we have teachers, mentors, coworkers and family but they will not always be there for us, we have to think for ourselves and sometimes figure things out until we have a headache and maybe that’s the best way to learn. Knowledge is so important because so one can ever take that away from you.