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Learning through Situated Production in New Media Ecologies

K. Thumlert, York University

Learning through Critical Making

In this video, we take Laura Pinto’s theorization of critical making and apply it to digital – and very social – spaces where all varieties of informal making and sharing and collaborative learning is going on. In this video presentation, we explore the following questions:

Affordances of Equality: What and how do people learn through self-directed inquiry and creative production? How do the affordances of new media support creative capacity and enable anyone perform/enact complex multimodal literacies? And what can we learn from these ‘unauthorized’ social actors who are just doing it: creating and making and sharing sophisticated cultural products? And how might these young people help us re/think literacy and learning for the 21st Century?

K. Thumlert, York University, Faculty of Education

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Affordances of Equality: Ranciere, Emerging Media & the New Amateur

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PERFORMANCE BEFORE COMPETENCE (C. CAZDEN)
SERIOUS PLAY (S. DE CASTELL & J. JENSON)
INFORMAL LEARNING
PARTICIPATORY CULTURE
CONNECTED LEARNING

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Putting the Critical Back into Maker Spaces

Dr. Laura Pinto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Learning through Critical Making

This video interrogates the popular maker movement’s ‘state of the actual’ in education with respect to its criticality, problematizing the effects of an uncritical exuberance for educational making. To do so, the video situates maker and production pedagogies philosophically, and discusses how their thrust and emphasis create both hidden and overt curricula that can either cultivate or silence criticality. The video calls attention to how making has abandoned its original, critical roots and the resulting educational, environmental and social implications.

Laura Elizabeth Pinto Laura Elizabeth Pinto is an Associate Professor of education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the recipient of a 2009 Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for her academic work. Her critically-oriented research focuses on democracy and social justice in both education policy and practice.

Learning Through Critical Making: Putting the Critical Back into Maker Spaces

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CONSTRUCTIONISM: learners co-create new knowledge based on active engagement with raw materials or digital code.

MAKING: a strategy to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole

CRITICAL MAKING: production that necessarily integrates reflective processes – thus emphasizing a certain type of critically-infused process over the production

PRODUCTION PEDAGOGY: learners engage in (multi)literacy, artistic, and/or practical design challenges and aptitudes through the making of authentic artefacts.

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Making off the Grid: Upcycling Learning

Gordie Wornoff, York University

Learning through Critical Making

In this video, educator Gordie Wornoff explores multiple dimensions of DIY production and critical making ‘in the wild’. Gordie models his theory and practice of critical making, and links critical making and learning to wider social-environmental and educational ecologies. Gordie unpacks terms like upcycling, salvaging, and modding, and examines how forms of ‘DIY microproduction’ (in and outside of schools) might be conceived as a pedagogical intervention, and seen as both aesthetic and emancipatory form of learning. Tools for conviviality – in action.

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SALVAGING
REPURPOSING
TRANSFORMING
UPCYCLING
DIY MICROPRODUCTION
MODDING

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Putting the Critical (Back) into Maker Spaces

Critical Making Takes a Holiday

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Learning through Critical Making

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Laura Elizabeth Pinto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

ABSTRACT
Among educators today, ‘making’ has become a vogue term. The recent wave of makerspaces, however, has shifted away from the original maker movement’s roots. Rather than taking a stance against consumerism, making has emerged with a new purpose, as articulated by the Maker Education Initiative: ‘a strategy to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole’. So, instead of making as an interdisciplinary means of personal and community self-reliance, many newer projects see it as a way to engage students in subject-specific learning. In schools, maker kits and prepackaged a ‘maker curriculum’ are welcomed as part of this movement. This article explains what is lost when making is co-opted by consumer curricula and predetermined maker outcomes, and how we might put the critical (back) into maker spaces.

Supporting Texts & Resources:

  • Ratto, M. (2011). Critical making: Conceptual and material studies in technology and social life. The Information Society, 27(4), 252-260.
  • Wark, M. (2013). A more lovingly made world. Cultural Studies Review, 19(1), 296-304.
  • Pinto, L.E. (2016). Critical making takes a holiday. Philosophy of Education Society (PES) Annual Conference, March 18-21, 2016, Toronto Ontario. (Slide Deck Available in Downloads Area).
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What is Critical Making?

Dr. Laura Pinto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Learning through Critical Making

In this introduction to the module, Dr. Laura Pinto defines ‘critical making’ and explores the difference between limiting forms of educational making and ‘maker culture’, and truly critical making, and how that distinction matters for transformed educational practice and deep learning today.

Laura Elizabeth Pinto is an Associate Professor of education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the recipient of a 2009 Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for her academic work. Her critically-oriented research focuses on democracy and social justice in both education policy and practice.

What is Critical Making? Module Introduction

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MAKING: a strategy to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole.

CRITICAL MAKING: production that necessarily integrates reflective processes – thus emphasizing a certain type of critically-infused process over the production.

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