I come from a family of DIYers. It’s a culture. It’s a mentality. An ingrained skill that has been passed down from my grandfather to my mother, and finally to me. And it’s fun, authentic, and a true learning opportunity. Rather than pay a “specialist’ to come in and do a job for you, DIYers do the research themselves. They seek what is of interest to them, watch videos on their own, and teach themselves to learn a new skill or trade. I’ve taught myself to do oil changes, to change the brake pads on my car, to lay flooring, to upkeep a pool, to use a new #edtech tool, to adopt a new teaching practice. The list goes on.
I had the opportunity to present last week at Montclair State University’s Emerging Learning Design Conference on Gamification in the Classroom. I want to first thank Chris Aviles for contacting me about taking over this presentation for him as he got called up to the Big Leagues to attend a conference for the Department of Education. Thanks Chris and way to go!
The Emerging Learning Conference was a wonderful experience. For those of you who do not know, the Emerging Learning Design Conference is a showcase of innovation in education, as well as a way to engage in pedagogy and how technology can better enhance or transform it.