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EduPunks Say School Yourself!

Apr 01, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Howard, Nicole Veerman, Jim Saunders)

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"One night in 2008 at a Brooklyn bar, a drunk Jim Groom coined a term that has changed the way the world looks at education.

"The word is EduPunk and it sums up the need for educational reform -- reform that, to some extent, has already begun.

"Ordinary people are taking their education into their own hands. Using Web 2.0 tools, they have a world of knowledge at their fingertips. And classrooms, lectures, and curriculums are changing, dramatically.

""What we're doing now as EduPunks is we're kind of taking the same concept, the same ethos of the punk era and we're applying it to education," says Steve Wheeler, a self-proclaimed EduPunk educator at the University of Plymouth. "We're doing it ourselves. We're using our own tools. We're bypassing the educational systems that have been put in place by the corporate companies and institutions. That's EduPunk.""

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