Saturday, October 6, 2012

Remix: Composing Education Futures/Getting Ready for #Literacies Chat on 10/18/12

Part I: #Literacies Chat

On Thursday, October 18 from 7 PM (EST) to 8 PM, I will be hosting a discussion about remix on #Literacies chat via Twitter.  I hope you will join me.


You can find the #literacies chat on Twitter every Thursday from 7-8 PM EST. Search for the hashtag #literacies in Twitter. We’ve learned from our friends and colleagues you participate in#engchat that another tool like TweetChat can help you follow the discussion.

In preparation for the chat I am posting some initial thinking on the topic and a few questions here, as well as some general resources about the topic. When I think of remix, I think of it as a method for making meaning and (re)presenting meaning based in part on someone's work that is resituated into a *new* composition.  It reminds me of Mikhail Bakhtin's (1981) notion of language as heteroglossia: the unofficial forms of a particular national language; a hybrid of utterances.

Remix is a hybrid of utterances.

Lawrence Lessig (2005) defines remix as: someone mixes things together, and then someone else comes along and remixes what they have created.  

There's a lot of space to explore in these definitions.  During the chat, I want to think with you about remix in two specific ways that I see as being connected. Remix

  1. as a means of social and rhizomatic composition, and 
  2. as a playful method to (re)design concepts about living, learning and schooling.
To situate the discussion, I hope you will take 11 minutes and watch an animation by DML Research Hub of a John Seely Brown (@jseelybrown) lecture that helps to frame these questions.  Take a look:


Some questions then that I am thinking about and might use during the chat:

  • How do you currently understand the term, remix? 
  • What confuses you about the idea/practice of remix? What do you wish you had more clarity about?
  • Are there rules to remixing? Do you need to tinker and build in order to remix?
  • How does remix produce content and context and connections? 
  • How does remix shape thought? Consider this video produced hours after the first presidential debate. 

  • In what ways is remix social? Rhizomatic? 
  • What are potential relationships between play and remix? 
  • What spaces of permission are required in order for students to tinker, build, and remix at/during school?
  • How might our definitions of schooling alter if we think of learning as remix?  
  • Can school redesign be influenced by remix? How might that work?

Part II. Some Resources

1. Video

Remix the Early Years

Everything is Remix

Copying is Not Stealing

Steal Like an Artist

A Response to Steal Like an Artist


Julia Child Remix

2. Print, Blog Posts, Websites


Bob Egan's work from here. 
  1. Amerika, Mark. (2012). remixthebook. University Press of Minnesota.
  2. Callahan, Meg & Jennifer M. King. (2011). Classroom remix: Patterns of pedagogy in a techno-literacies poetry unit. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 55(2), 134-144. 
  3. Bob Egan's Pop Spots
  4. 14 Quotes about Remix
  5. Free to Mix: An Educator's Guide to Reusing Digital Content.
  6. Gainer, Jessica & Diane Lapp. (2011). Literacy Remix: Bringing Adolescents' In and Out of School Literacies. Newark, DE: IRA.
  7. Jenkins, Henry. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  8. Jenkins, Henry (10.5.2012). Digital Detrournement: Jamming (with) the Simpsons-Bansky Intro, Jonnstyle. (Blog post)
  9. Knobel, Michele & Colin Lankshear. (2008). Remix: The art and craft of endless hybridization. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 52(1), 22-33.
  10. Lessig, Lawrence. (2008). Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. New York: Penguin.
  11. McVerry, Greg, (2011). Remixing websites with Hackasaurus. New Literacies Collaboratives.
  12. Reilly, M.A. (Blog Posts): Remix as Composition (2012). Remix Bricolage: Making Art from Multiple Images (2011). Trying for Fire: Or Why Technology Has Never Been Just a Tool (2012). 
  13. Tips for Using GarageBand JamPack 2 Remix Tools Instrument.
  14. Vasudevan, Lalitha. (2010). Education remix: New media, literacies, and the emerging digital geographies. Digital Culture & Education 2(1), 62-82.

Apps to Help You Remix

Gendered Advertising Remixer
Looptastic HD
Romplr: Remix
UrbanRemix Recorder

Remix Tools/Sites


  1. I don't get out of class till around 7 on Thursdays but will do what I can to participate in the literacy tweet, or read later.

    I like the Seeley--except I think he romanticizes the one room schoolhouse. I remember from history of education books children being horribly abused--made to stand with their arms held out with a heavy book on top over the stove. I also think Dewey pushed against the rote and memorization required in those schools.

    But Homo Ludens by J. Huizinga was my favorite book from my doctoral studies.

    Will share this blog with my grad students; they need internet based texts for an assignment and this will help. Thanks!

    1. Interesting comment on JSB. Look forward to you joining in.


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