Remix, Remake, Curate

Learning with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Tar River Writing Project, & The Poetry Project

Remix, Remake, Curate

Here we are in the last week of the Remake, Remix, Curate MOOC, working to make meaning by curating our making and learning moments over the past five weeks.  In this last week, we invite you to embrace the ethos of citizen science learning by remixing, remaking, and curating the #imakesci MOOC spaces.  Last Sunday, we sent out a newsletter that suggested cool digital and non-digital ways to tell your science learning stories, and this week, we hope you’ll continue using those and sharing others to help you chart and share your personal learning pathways.

What’s the difference between remixing and remaking?  Between hoarding and curating?

These are some of the questions we’ve been pondering this week as we sift through the midden heap of the MOOC and find the artifacts and relationships that define our community.  Poet CJ Suitt defines the differences between remaking and remixing as:

After a really smart question from Alyssa Harrell, a student at Hertford County Early College, Roy Campbell, Director of Exhibits at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, responded that hoarding might very well be a precursor to curating as we don’t know what stories to tell until we see all of the objects laid out en masse.  Watch our Google Hangout recorded on Friday to hear more.

As you make this week, consider the ways you can iterate and build on others’ makes and how you might be able to make new meaning by putting unlikely words, images, videos, makes, or ideas together.   In the photo below, we took Brianna Spruill’s Six-Word #imicro poem and replaced the background image with one showing mushrooms, nature’s resident decomposers.  How does the meaning of the poem change?  What new science literacy connections can be made?

6 word poemBrianna's Remix

As a reminder, here are some places to share and connect:

  • Join our Google+ Community, Remix, Remake, Curate. Post your thoughts, questions, ideas, and especially your young people’s work here. Record student poetry, share their experiments, let them see what other kids are doing, and share feedback to their work.
  • On Twitter, we encourage you to follow and use the #imakesci hashtag. You might also include the #iremixsci hashtag to share your remixes, remakes, or curations.
  • If you have a blog, you can make and create in your own digital space and share to the community on Twitter with the #imakesci hashtag or the G+ community Remix, Remake, Curate.

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Coming up

Our final Twitter chat will be held next Friday, March 13 at 10:30am EST.  This will be the last synchronous event of the MOOC, and we’ll be reflecting on the intersections between science and literacy and the ways we’ve made participatory science.  Join us to share your makes and your ideas and to help us think through the kinds of make cycles you’d like to see in 2016!


The Entire Facilitation Team at Remix, Remake, Curate

Author: Stephanie

I am an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric and director of First Year Writing at the University of Rhode Island. I received my PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication from East Carolina University. My dissertation research analyzes the knowledge-making practices of composers in both online and off-line maker spaces, and my digital writing research has appeared in journals like College English and Education Science and in the books The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing and Assessing Students Digital Writing: Protocols for Looking Closely.

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