A couple of weeks ago I was happily twittering away when @timbuckteeth (Steve Wheeler) dropped the link below into the tweetstream.
I have no idea why I clicked on the link. Maybe it was to test the
livestreaming because I’d been experimenting with basic streaming from
my phone. Maybe it was simple curiosity or perhaps it was an example of
what Steve Wheeler called legitimate peripheral participation (lurking). Whatever the reason I spent the next 30 to 40 minutes watching a Skyped presentation in Bremen, Germany.
I was introduced to Edupunk,
a term that’s probably familiar to many, but new to me. I watched with
burgeoning interest as Mr Wheeler explained some of the ideas behind
Edupunk, interacting with the class, answering questions and adding
insights. You can view the Mogulus archive of it here (skip to 3:30) and read Mr Wheeler’s subsequent blogpost.
I think I’m beginning to understand Edupunk’s far reaching
philosophy. It’s about teachers (and students) participating on their
own terms. It’s cutting out the educational profiteers, directing
financial resources elsewhere. Like using a Wii remote hack costing less than NZ$250 to create a multitouch digital whiteboard instead of paying NZ$3295
and lining the corporate coffers. It’s about finding ways to overcome
barriers to learning by using, mashing and melding the available
(usually free) tools. It’s dealing with lack of hardware by dragging
things out of the bin and re-jigging them until they do what’s needed.
Teachers have always done this in the classroom with the resources
they’ve been supplied with, supplementing them with their own money,
time and ingenuity. Edupunk brings this into the 21st century teaching
and learning environment.
Steve Wheeler suggests taking it further-
“I would even go as far as to claim that
Edupunk teachers should be challenging the curricula they are required
to teach, and especially the assessment methods that are imposed from on
high. These are the structures that constrain education and stop
learners from achieving their full potential.”* Read more here.
Digressing slightly, Mr Wheeler’s response to a question, describing
lurking as “legitimate peripheral participation” rang so true for me.
For many it is a prerequisite to contributing. In my case lurking has
led to commenting, connecting, collaborating and creating… participating
A year ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of writing this, but now I feel
part of a global community, connected enough to comment and feeling that
I have found my voice.
So what do you think? Does Edupunk encompass any of your teaching/learning? Were you or are you a longtime lurker?
More Edupunk below-
http://ubernoggin.com/archives/434 3 videos to watch
This post originally posted at http://attheteachersdesk.blogspot.com/2009/04/lurking-anarchists.html
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