After watching the TED talk with Logan LaPlante and “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy” it kind of makes you think, “how can we make education more fun so the kids want to learn, and are able to apply the information given to them?” I do not know that you can totally hack every course in every grade. Think about it though, if your kids came to school ready to learn because they knew they were going to have fun doing so. I really agree with a lot of what Logan had to say, who wants to do test after test, worksheet after worksheet. I know as a new teacher I am not going to want to grade all of those when we could be doing hands on activities and having fun. I mean as a teacher I want to have fun at my job too.
When I start teaching I want to incorporate hacking into my lessons. I want to do different creative things to encourage the students to use their creative side whenever they can.
According to Bud Hunt’s blog “Centering on Essential Lenses: Make/Hack/Play” we need to go back to the original meaning of hacking. Hacking actually means to fix something to make it better. In education then we need to have the students make things. It doesn’t matter what it is or what it is for but just make it. Then we need to hack it. Teachers need to have the students hack what they made or fix it to make it better. Then finally they can play with it. But we have to help them make it better first. I liked how Bud Hunt uses lenses as a reference. You can use any lens you want to fix certain things but you can not use just one lens to fix multiple things. Everyone has their own lens in all the time. We as teachers should try and get kids to change that lens every once in a while to see something a different way .
I would like to know more about how you get to start hacking your education system. Is there a lot of work put into it? I feel that you would have to be careful to just not bring arts and crafts into the classroom all day. I feel that would be a lot of work for the teacher. So I guess I am wondering what else there would be out there to hack the classroom.