remix

So, consider me intrigued ... I just re-discovered the MediaBreaker tool by The Lamp as part of the Letters to the Next President campaign. MediaBreaker is like the old Popcorn Maker (I still miss you, Popcorn!) by Mozilla, in that you can layer media and text on top of video content. In this case, the idea is to make commentary on top of political videos. I tested it out with a video from a...
One of the most difficult challenges of teaching first-year writing at the university level is moving students from a set of tightly held, prescriptive beliefs about what constitutes good writing into a space where they can broadly consider the unique rhetorical situation of every composition. Each semester, multiple students tell me they’ve never written anything for school other than a five-...
Keywords: hack, remix, gender, barbie
So, this is interesting … coming out of a controversy in which Mattel pulled a book from its Barbie collection in which Barbie is cast in a role as a computer engineer, but the story is framed as Barbie being someone who needs help from the boys to get things done, like the actual coding and programming. Lots of push back, as there should be, and then a few folks set up this site that allows you...
(This first appeared at my blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind) Inspired by all the remixing of Garfield comics, and the back page Caption Contest of the New Yorker magazine, I decided yesterday to remove the dialogue from one of my own webcomics for our Make Cycle around hacking writing for the Making Learning Connected MOOC, and open it up to people to add their own. Call it community hacking. First...
Once again, my friend Chad Sansing has created a cool remixable project via Webmaker that I just had to check out and remix myself. Chad made a 'zine template with Thimble, which you can adapt for your own area of interest, print out, fold up and hand out to friends. How cool is that? I went in and made a little zine for the Making Learning Connected MOOC, which launches into its second...
Keywords: poetry, remix, collaboration
As part of the Rhizomatic P2PU course's theme around "cheating as learning" with Dave Cormier, I offered up a poem for others to steal and remix. It was a sort of call to arms, partly as poetry about the remix culture and partly to see if what I view as a rhizomatic concept (that of ideas twisting, turning and being reshaped as we make sense of experience in unexpected ways) might actually take...
Keywords: poetry, remix, podcast, voice
My good friend, Terry Elliott, released a poem into the wild the other day, and he asked that we remix it. I am not one to pass up a remix invite, and so I requested that he podcast his poem and share the file with me. What he didn’t know was that I was recrafting his words as a poem for two voices. In Audacity, I cut up his audio file, adding my own, and used sounds from his farm and from my...
Mitch Resnick, as the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab,  talks about kids not just learning to code but about coding to learn. At this year's NWP Annual Meeting in Boston, Mitch and his colleague Karen Brennan from ScratchEd, worked with a group of us to dive into Scratch and to play with the idea of coding to write and coding to learn. Today is the first day of an...
Keywords: making, remix
When we think of the current Maker Movement, we often picture robotics, crafts, or digital fabrication. What happens when we push ourselves to think about writing, media-making, and the arts too? Join us to explore this question through looking at work and drawing from our own experiences as writers and makers. bannerswp.png This Mozilla Thimble text documents some...
(this is reposted from my blog) During the summer in the Making Learning Connected MOOC, Sara Green posted a “tube map” style illustration of some of her learning. It was very cool. Then, in the spirit of the CLMOOC, Chad Sansing took Sara’s concept and built a remixable Thimble page for anyone to use. I sort of forgot about it (sorry, Chad and Sara) until this week, when my friend Paul Oh...

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