Cyber in 2011

Gardner Campbell explains about blogs and how we can use internet to our benefit and educaation. One thing that stood out the most for me while watching this video was “Narrate, Curate, Share” and i also found and article from him too ‘Narrate, Curate, Share’: How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning and you can see in the second page that he explains clearly what they mean. I think these three practices would help people learn a lot not only because they would be blogging but they would be sharing ideas to people from different parts of the world and it expands knowledge.

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According to Campbell with this video game you can creat your own levels “you ca be a participant and a producer “

Jim Groom

“Remember when the Internet was about opening up access to information and breaking down the barriers between content creators and content consumers? Think back to when spam was just a meat-like substance. To those heady days when Timothy Leary was predicting that the PC would be the LSD of the nineties. Before the DMCA. Before eBay. Back when the Web was supposed to be a boundless Borgesian ‘Library of Babel’ and not a global supermarket. Forget that the dot-com era ever happened—if you were an investor or working for stock options back then, maybe you already have.”

Taking this course has changed the way I look at techonology and school. I expected to have a different kind of teaching in this classroom, it was totally different from what we are doing now. I am really glad I am taking this course because I actually learned  few things about websites and techonlogy, since I want to creat a website for a small program I run in my country, thats helping poor students. The most important for me is to remember how to do everything I did in this class, so that when I start teaching I can apply it to my lessons and that my students can enjoy as much as I did. And here is a link to my page


According to Gardener Campbell  “Personal Cyberinfrastructure”  is what we learn through the internet with no help, just though investigating the web to help solve our problems. We as students use this space to create a personal space where we share information, for our professional career or personal life. Campbell states:

“students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking. Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium.”

“Pointing students to data buckets and conduits we’ve already made for them won’t do. Templates and training wheels may be necessary for a while, but by the time students get to college, those aids all too regularly turn into hindrances. For students who have relied on these aids, the freedom to explore and create is the last thing on their minds, so deeply has it been discouraged. Many students simply want to know what their professors want and how to give that to them. But if what the professor truly wants is for students to discover and craft their own desires and dreams, a personal cyberinfrastructure provides the opportunity. To get there, students must be effective architects, narrators, curators, and inhabitants of their own digital lives.”

The above quote is an example of what I created in my blog; I created my personal blog where I provided my opinions, and sources that can help others with their education career.  And Jim Groom reflects this also on his essay, our personal cyber space allows us as students to help each other out.

“The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!”


*Reflection on AC230: 

What I expected to get out of this class was nothing close to what I have learned. I wasn’t aware of all these bloggers and their ideas on education. I expected to learn simple things but never on how to create a blog and what edupunk was etc. As the course proceeded I saw how little I really knew and how much I can incorporate what I had learned into my lessons, I found myself writing lesson plan ideas down, because the internet was something I could use for my future teaching career. The most important thing was the skills I learned with posting and embedding pictures and videos, incorporating that into my lesson plan. There wasn’t anything least important to me because everything I learned was something new and I knew at the moment that I could use that for my future lessons. Professor Smith made sure we knew what we were doing yet he allowed us to teach ourselves, after taking this course I feel like I’m capable of doing a lot more than I did before, I am definitely going to be using these techniques in my classroom.

What edupunk means to me


the meaning edupunk is basically wanting  students to create their education rather than merely consume it.

some of the definitions that helped me understand this even more was found at this website

The definition of edupunk is somewhat loose, as preferred by its creator and early adopters. The New York Times defined the term as “an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like PowerPoint and Blackboard, and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom”.


This DIY perspective is something I used my whole life. I never had anyone help me, I had no older sisters or brothers to help me. I had to learn everything myself and with all the education I have gained.

Quote I like by Anya Kamenet“Everybody loves the idea of being a bit rebellious, and the idea that I’m trying to get across is that there is a student-centric way to approach higher education.”

How to connect your Macbook to your TV

1. You connect your adapter from your Mac to your TV

2. You press on System Preferences.

3. Next you click on display, you select arrangements and then check the box where it says display Mirrors.

Then what’s on your computer screen should pop up on your TV screen.


I used a video camera to take this video and uploaded it to youtube 🙂



So during my edupunk research, I decided to simply just type “edupunk” into youtube and see what videos I would find.  I think this video is pretty cool, it has a rebellious vibe to it.  It compares older teaching styles to rusty chains that need to be broken. I think edupunk represents the change or evolution in the way in which students are learning.  When i first started my reading on edupunk and DIY style of learning I immediately thought back to a statistics course I took last semester.  I didn’t buy a textbook or take a ton of notes.  I googled my way through the whole class and received a B.

I’ll do it myself


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.

EDpunks who?

Edpunks is the idea of teaching and learning through a system of doing it youself using internet and other approaches, it avoids things such as blackboard, powerpoint, where you are not really learning just storing information.

The whole idea is getting your hands dirty, it does not matter in which way you go about learning how to do something, the important thing is that your doing it yourself, and learning from your experience.

However there are many critics of this notion, not because its not a great movement but the lack that Anya Kamenetz fails to explain. Kamenetz explains that we can learn using other tools but has what may only be described as a very naive understanding of education (including online education).

In one blog someone described:

 “The way do-it-yourself learning is depicted in her guide, it substitutes presentations, resources and materials from professors and books for presentations, resources and materials online through videos and online documents,” he says. “There is no sense that it is do-it-yourself learning; it’s just putting digital in place of traditional learning materials.”

Edupunk An Open Education.

According to the edupunk guidebook, edupunk is the learning we do with the help of internet resources as well as ourselves. Reading through Wikipedia I came across this quote that better defines what it is:

“Is an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself (DIY) attitude.[1][2] The New York Times defines it as “an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like PowerPoint and Blackboard, and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom.”[3] Many instructional applications can be described as DIY education or Edupunk.” – wiki.

 I also came across this website below where it stated more information on what edupunk and DIY was:

“I saw them as part of a storm of disruption invading one of the most entrenched institutions in Western civilization: The disintegration of state support for public higher education both here and in Europe; the inexorably rising worldwide demand; the inflation of the student debt bubble; the proliferation of both large publicly traded for-profit online colleges and VC-funded edtech startups that were reinventing everything from lectures to flash cards to textbooks; Creative Commons and the global open educational content movement; and above all, the explosion of disorganized, unaccredited, totally unsupervised DIY learning that makers and hackers and users of social media are engaging in every day.”  – website

According to what I have been reading I can see that edupunk helps us educate ourselves more however, using internet resources in the future may not be to useful for us because the information may not be accurate. What we as students learn today to teach our future students may not be needed because they might already know how to use and do certain things on the internet. Technology continues to expand, we always have to keep reviewing and updating for better lesson planning.



You Can Do It ..

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.


Thank you Edupunk….I will move on my own..

This is a modern educational ideology to bring self- sufficiency.  It expresses the notion that If there is no one for help, just remember you have your self. In the mist of this economic crisis, no one will help you but yourself. Everyone is busy running behind money. It is not 1970s anymore, when people would stop and offer help. Being self-sufficient we can save money and earn money as well. If we just know simple things of daily life, we actually don’t need help. The DIY punk ethic also applies to simple everyday living, such as learning bicycle repair rather than taking a bike to a mechanic’s shop, sewing/repairing/modifying clothing rather than buying new clothes, starting vegetable gardens, and reclaiming recyclable products by dumpster diving. As I was doing this assignment, I asked my friend to help me to find info about EDU punk. He said “he is writing his paper”. I said I believe in EDUpunk now, watch this I do my own..So instead of bugging him to help me and create an image, I actually took the time to search in YouTube to help me with Photoshop. And this is what I did: I took my own image and created this visual that tells how technology has improved my daily lives. By doing this on my own I figured and believed what Anya Kamenetz  said about learning..”DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, is a movement about self-reliance and empowerment. DIY communities help each other 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 rock show” I strongly believe if you put the effort to do something you can surly succeed. ..Below is the image I created with Photoshop.



In this video she talks about “Transformation of higher Education“. She gives an outline about what students can do to empower themselves,  what to look out for when going for higher education and to take charge and learn about the things they are really passionate about in a degree that makes sense for THEM. It is inevitable that when building our social networks such as on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc, that we connect with the people and practical experiences that can land us the job at the end of it all.  she is taking about how an individual can make transformation for higher education openness attitude meaning sharing information to others. more socialization in online. build online community this is also good for jobs people who are studying art and music by creating onlline community you are making a resume of self by making porfolio of your work online. You don’t have to have degree from expensive schools, you establish your credential by your work and get hired. But sometimes what we see is how employers can judge potential job seekers when those seekers do not have the requisite college degree, I’d like to point out that the students often manage to get “Degree” without learning much. Many job seekers have experience, references or a portfolio of work that shows their abilities that might be a better indicator of future job performance than a college degree. Employers use the college degree to screen out applicants without even considering them. This is a lazy and stupid way to select employees! Going through four years of college is an expensive way to qualify for consideration for a job for which you may be unfit, while others who might be great employees are locked out of even being considered. How stupid is that?