Blogging and DIY aMY, CHELSEY, Dylan, mITCH AND Evan

Question:

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?

To answer the question above we can:

  • Explore the history of 'DIY'
  • Look at websites that are popular data bases for DIY information
  • Research the use of technology in formal education (ex: blackboard, self guided tutorials)
  • Look at both successes and failures of DIY

Research:

"The slogan Do it Yourself currently keeps flourishing in many countries all over the world. It comprises many different ideas and practices of a so called self-made-culture: Whether in the context of home-improvement, or in the music-scene, by software-engineers or in the creative scene the DIY-culture spreads everywhere. While in the home-improvement-movement or the punk-scene the DIY-culture has a very long tradition, it became popular in other fields of everyday culture not until the last few years. Today many people like to make their clothing, assessors or furniture by themselves and often those self-made products are as well offered for sale at appropriate DIY-websites like etsy or dawanda." (Daniel, 2016)
"It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project." - Napoleon Hill

Proposal:

Similarly to someone who wanted to learn through DIY, our group is going to create an informative video about the research found. As well as this informative video, a webpage surrounding the video with our findings will further enhance the experience of anyone wanting to learn about DIY. Like learning something new, text and video go hand-and-hand. In our website and video, some main points our group will discuss are: the positives and negatives of DIY through technology, independence of the learner, cost through DIY, and education in a DIY setting through technology.

References:

Daniel, A. (2016, July 10). Third ISA Forum of Sociology (July 10-14, 2016). Retrieved from https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/webprogram/Paper81922.html

Davis, J. (2014, May 2). The modern ‘Maker’ movement and the return of DIY - part 1. Retrieved from http://www.goddardtech.com/blog/modem-%E2%80%98maker%E2%80%99-movement-and-return-diy-part-1

H. (2015, May 14). Your DIY Blog: How to Choose a Blog Topic and a Blog Name. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWXsxqHLJPQ&t=150s

Hill, N. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/napoleonhi384677.html

Pinterest inc. (n.d.). DIY. Retrieved from https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=DIY&rs=typed&term_meta%5B%5D=DIY%7Ctyped

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.

References

Citron-Fink, R. (2011, June). The Five Benefits of DIY. Retrieved from Care2: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-5-benefits-of-diy.html

Gutierrez, K. (2014, February 20). Four Ways Technology Is Changing How People Learn [Infographic]. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/336775/Four-Ways-Technology-Is-Changing-How-People-Learn-Infographi

Keegan, N. (2017, February 16). 24 hilarious DIY fails that will definitely make you want to call in the experts. Retrieved from The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2879489/24-hilarious-diy-fails-that-will-definitely-make-you-want-to-call-in-the-experts/

L. (2014, October 04). How can we use technology to enhance learning? (LEARNING FUTURES - NITA'S STORY). Retrieved February 16, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv02p3i2YP0

WGT. (2015, June 11). The Complete Guide to Changing Your Oil. Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyso06GPksc&feature=youtu.be

Wilson, N. (2016, December 12). How to Solve a Rubik's Cube. Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3g1BH6Yo8M&feature=youtu.be

Credits:

Created with images by kaboompics - "man reading touchscreen" • FootMassagez - "DIY" • Pexels - "art clay craft" • MabelAmber - "knitting knitting needle knit" • Barescar90 - "gears mechanical bronze" • Unsplash - "home office workstation office" • freephotocc - "cup of coffee laptop office" • AlexKingCreative - "mouse apple magic mouse" • FirmBee - "mobile phone iphone" • brendahallowes - "Technology" • kaboompics - "laptop office work"

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