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Here is a link to my reflection on the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom by finding

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I was computer illiterate before taking Academic Computing 230. I was scared to use  a computer  before because I was afraid to  click on any other  tools  on an application  that  I was not familiar with. If the computer in my house were not to be working properly, everyone would point at me.  During the course of Academic Computing 230, I have overcome that fear. I have learned to explore many applications and its tools. YouTube and Professor Smith have helped me overcome my struggle. I have never used YouTube so much before this class. Now that I do use YouTube, I am amazed with what it can help us do. I have become somewhat of an Edupunk now. I strongly believe in Jim Groom’s DIY theory, which Professor Smith enforced in our class. Professor Smith’s do it yourself strategy really helped me through the process because he wanted everyone in the class to first  try and figure things out on our own. You can even check my blog to see how far I have advanced with my technology skills. I am extremely proud of myself.

According to the article, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” by Gardener Campbell, web would help students “build a personal cyberinfrastructure where they would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.”  According to Gardener Campbell,  “in building that personal cyberinfrastructure, 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. Students would frame, curate, share, and direct their own “engagement streams” throughout the learning environment.” Furthermore, in the article, “A domain of one’s own” by Reverend, he states “as Brad Kozlek suggested recently in this post, “[the] blog is a tool for students to craft their digital identity with intention.” 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!” This will help frame one’s digital identity and help him or her become an independent thinker.

Professor Smith has given his students the freedom to explore and create and express things on our their minds by using technology and motivating us to create our own space, which is our blog. I have learned things I did not expect to learn in this class. This class was a great hand on experience and I loved it! I figured it would have been just like all my other classes where I just sit and take notes to memorize about different parts of the computer and its applications. However, this was not the case. Professor Smith amazed me the first day when he had the class actually work with the computers, which allowed us to think outside the box. This class was a great experience!

I am an Inspired Edupunk…:D Are You?

Comic: WTH is EduPunk?

Comic: WTH is EduPunk?

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!