Be a MAKER. Solve some problems.

On to CEP 811 Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education.

Week one started with an exploration of Remixing and Maker Culture.  We watched these (pretty awesome) videos by Kirby Ferguson (Part 1 of 4 is below) and read about Lessig‘s opinion of getting back to sharing ideas to advance the community as a whole.  Basically what it boils down to is this: society innovates by leveraging what has been done into what can be done.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

To combine the ideas of Remix and Maker Culture, I ventured into WeVideo (the tutorials are super helpful here, particularly with adding text) and made my first remix…actually it’s about the tenth iteration of my first video, but who’s counting?!  I started with storyboard to come up with my plan – that alone changed A LOT.  Then it came time to find media through the Library of Congress, Vimeo, and Pixabay (CC0 – Public Domain).

There are so many options when it comes to remix especially when talking about maker culture.  Makers have existed since the beginning of time!  Do I try to cover all that time with representative examples?  The aqueducts, crop rotation, the printing press, urban development, vaccines, pacemakers, antibiotics….the options are endless!  Eventually I decided that a one minute remix should focus on only one example of a maker solving a problem.  Now it was a matter of finding an example with some interest and maybe a little shock value, but that everyone could relate to.  It’s safe to say that we all get the impact of cars, but did you know that they literally saved New York City…and London…and practically every other major city in turn of the 20th century?!  Watch to find out…
Video References:

.(1870) [Broadway near Grand St., New York City]. [ca][Image]Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc,gov/item/91793479/.

Rustad Media (Producer). (2013, May 10). People of New York II.  Retrieved from

.(1896)[Street types of New York City: Hansom driver standing in front of horse and cab]. C. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,



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