Lens and Hackschooling Response

In Bud Turner’s blog post “Centering on Essential Lenses“, I really enjoyed his analogies with the three lenses being our tools of learning. He explained the three lenses as making, hacking and playing. With these three lenses, we learn. I do wonder if as learners, we use one lens more than others. In the definition, Bud Turner explains the making lens as “Learning happens when we make things.  We make sense of new situations.  We make knowledge by processing our experiences.  We make tools to help us do things we might not yet be able to do.  Making matters.” Isn’t that the start of learning? Our first and initial lens so to speak? Before we can start learning we have to process it, we have to decide if we are going to learn it, we need to make decisions to continue to the next lens. We can stop and end here before we continue on to the next lens, hacking and the next, playing. I see the first lens as being important in digital literacy, a place that we have an overload of information that we must process and make sense of.

In the Ted Video “Hackschooling” I think the big message was the way we teach in schools. The rigid curriculum, the fear to deviate from the familiar. He makes a great point about how he used to dislike writing, it wasn’t that he really disliked writing, it was because he had no passion in what the teachers decided that he would write. When he was allowed to pick his topic, he enjoyed writing and it was something that he did well. In my own experience, I never liked school. I disliked high school classes and it was not because I did not understand the information, it was because I did not enjoy it. I had little interest in what teachers decided I would learn. College opened a door for me and gave me a second chance at loving learning. I was majoring in something I enjoyed and I could select classes that peeked my interest. Now, it’s hard to imagine that my college days will come to an end, I’m enjoying learning! Now, while I work in education, I am not a teacher, so I don’t teach in the traditional sense. I’m in the field of occupational therapy, so you could say I am teaching skills or adaptions of skills. One thing I learned fast was that when the child selected their activity and had interest in it, they suddenly became much-much more willing and made progress towards their goals at a faster rate. I have no doubt that this method is something teachers use with success in their classroom.


Turner, B. (2012, May 24). Centering on Essential Lenses | Bud the Teacher. Retrieved from http://budtheteacher.com/blog/2012/05/24/centering-on-essential-lenses/


3 thoughts on “Lens and Hackschooling Response

  1. You make some really important points here, Heather. We work so hard in school to create situations of extrinsic motivation to coerce, bribe students into doing what we want them to do. We wouldn’t have to work so hard to motivate students if we understood how intrinsic motivation works and provided the scaffolding for students to discover their own motivation.


    1. In OT, when I’m working with students, I try to pick activities that interest the student. It’s easier to get them to work towards their goals when they are doing things they enjoy.


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