Do it yourself, or DIY, has taken popular culture by storm. The amateur mechanic, seamstress, trades-person, etc. can simply go to YouTube or Pinterest to gain inspiration or insight from 'how to' videos or blogs. How has technology in regards to DIY changed the way individuals learn?
Technology and DIY
Amy, Dylan, Evan, Chelsey, Mitch
The video below addresses the question of how 'Do it yourself' and our current ease of access to technology changes the way we learn. As a group we also participated in the DIY culture by creating the media piece. Making the media piece allowed us to develop a skill independently that we had not possessed previously. DIY and technology offer the user endless posibilities for creation and growth.
Media Piece: DIY and Technology
In addition to our video, more information on the topic of DIY and technology are available below...
Education in DIY
As technology advances, so do the ways we learn. Technology can help the educator and the student to meet educational and learning goals. It allows for more individualized curriculum that meets the specific needs of each individual by enhancing their strengths and challenging their weaknesses.
Independence of the Learner
DIY learning is important for developing independence of the learner. There are many benefits of developing this independence. DIY allows the learner to independently learn whatever they choose to, as well as learn at their own pace. The learner isn't being told what to learn and how they should learn it. Instead, they are free to make independent choices about what they deem to be important to learn and they can choose how they want to learn it. This helps the independence of the learner because rather than relying on an external teacher and curriculum guiding them and determining what they learn, the learner has to become responsible for their independent learning and making sure they stay on task. They make their own choices regarding how to complete the entirety of the DIY learning project. DIY learning also allows the learner to explore many different and unique learning projects, rather than, for example, following the strict curriculum of a university course.
Positives and Negatives of DIY
The positives associated with participating in DIY culture go beyond simply finishing a task independently (and maybe saving a little money). DIY offers a chance for individuals to feel empowered by their ability to succeed, to connect with others who have an infinity for the same craft or interest as well as opportunity to express themselves through their work. The link gives some more therapeutic benefits of DIY.
Although DIY may appear to be a fun and easy activity to take on, sometimes the task may be unattainable by a novice 'DIYer'. There are times when some projects should be left to the professionals. The link below gives visual proof of when DIY is not successful.