Edupunk is a teaching philosophy which is gaining momentum, incorporating learning and teaching practices steeped in the do-it-yourself DIY ethic, without abandoning the thrill of personal rebellion and all of its fruition.
I like the quote by Norman which can be found here:
But, the key to edupunk is that it is not about technology.
It’s about a culture, a way of thinking, a philosophy. It’s about DIY. Lego is edupunk. Chalk is edupunk. A bunch of kids exploring a junkyard is edupunk. A kid dismantling a CD player to see what makes it tick is edupunk.
This kind of stuff reminds me of my time as a kid when I used to be always outside breaking things like old stereos and seeing how it worked and stuff like that. I guess I kind of did have a DIY perspective. Most of the things like learned was by myself. I taught myself to be a good basketball and football player. I taught myself how to get into great shape when I wasn’t a couple of years ago when I was just a skinny kid who didn’t look tough. I could have wasted money and have a trainer train me but why waste the money when I can find information about strength training anywhere. There was a comment I came across that made me laugh. the quote this which can be found here
One way of looking at it, as someone commented on Twitter, is that all learning is DIY. You can pay Harvard $40,000 to lead you to water, but you have to drink it yourself.
You have to do thing yourself, its that simple
Edupunk, it seems, takes old-school Progressive educational tactics–hands-on learning that starts with the learner’s interests–and makes them relevant to today’s digital age, sometimes by forgoing digital technologies entirely.