Embracing a bit of the Maker spirit

I consider myself tech-savvy & I also consider myself to be forward-thinking, but I will be completely honest in this posting that until I signed up for CEP 811 I had steered clear of the maker culture. It isn’t that I didn’t admire makers from afar, because I absolutely envied the spirit that I have seen from my students, colleagues, and conferences I have been to. I think a part of it was fear – you see, especially when it comes to technology, I have a tinker nature myself. I will spend more time than I have fiddling with editing photos, organizing the online layout of my curriculum, and preparing blog posts. I knew that the maker culture would suck me in…. and my first initial foray definitely did!

Using the web-based tool of Mozilla Popcorn was tricky at first. I watched and rewatched tutorials as well as remixed a couple from the site in order to see how subscribers made each component interact seamlessly. When I first started constructing my remix I thought I was just going to comment on what it meant to be a maker, but I started to think from the Dale Dougherty Ted Talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/dale_dougherty_we_are_makers.html) that the broader commentary of maker culture is the contrast of maker culture to the fears of technology.

There seems to be a pervading message in the media that technology is leading human beings into a toxic modern world. One in which we are doomed to live in isolation & die alone. However, all that I have read, seen, and experienced with the maker culture leads me to be believe that all is not lost. I also think that this class will give me a chance to activate the hidden maker within. Hopefully this message will also come across in the Mozilla Popcorn remix I made. I hope you enjoy it!


Remix Credits

Backert, Rachel. (2014 April 30). Google Glass: Shiny New Technology or the Root of All Evil? [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ2D0UgxTxM

Coronet Instructional Films. (1949). Act Your Age. [Video File] Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/ActYourA1949 

Geek Group. (2014 Aug 30). TGG at the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire! [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwmKvm726ys

Koshy, Koshy. (2011). Yosemite National Park. [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/4Mls5C

Krebs, Denise. (2011 Nov. 20). Technology Wordle. [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://farm8.static.flickr.com/7029/6400358699_1d089846e0.jpg

The Orchestral Movement of 1932. Home. [OPSOUND.org].[Free Copyright].[Audio file]. Retrieved from http://ia902708.us.archive.org/19/items/HomeEp/05-Home.mp3


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