This week we read Fields, Curwood, Lammars and Macnifico’s article DIY Media Creation (2014) and learned about ways to motivate students to develop a variety of skills and knowledge by collaborating with others through the use of digital technologies. “Do it Yourself” education Is still a relatively new concept as a pedagogical approach to learning. However, it is not a new concept within informal settings and media like TV shows, Instagram, blogs, facebook and websites. “How to” books have been around for a long time, but with the takeoff of social media, people can now receive “just in time” learning from a variety of sources.
I for one have thoroughly enjoyed watching DIY shows like “Property Brothers” or searching on Pinterest for homemade gift ideas. We know that constructivism as a pedagogical approach allows students to have a deep understanding of what they learn because they are “constructing” their own knowledge. So it is a natural leap to start incorporating DIY projects into school since this is pretty much a slight variation of problem-based learning. While researching the topic students are assisted and guided while building skills like: writing, reading, presenting, collaboration, etc.
The key to DIY Media Creation is to make it applicable to the appropriate age group. For example, when I taught grade 2 I had my students blog once a week and then help correct each other’s blogs so they could edit and enhance their writing, grammar, spelling and technology skills. They would pick a different topic each week to write about and research. My students really loved being able to work together and learn about topics they were interested in! Obviously for my college students I have a much more complicated project but just as fun!
Fields, D.D., Magnifico, A.M., Lammers, J.C., Curwood, J.S. (2014). DIY Media Creation. Journal of Adoelscent and Adult literacy, 58, 19-24.