One of my favorite parts of this class so far has been the claiming of my own piece of the internet…my own website. It is my favorite part because out of my own work or skill I put it on the web.
My parents recently asked me what I was doing in my classes. I believe we all remember these types of questions from our high school days. Common replies included “Nothing” or “Just the same stuff, it was boring” as I rushed for the couch after school. Yet, when my parents called last week, I had a different answer: I was learning something exciting, I was learning the skill of basic web-making. I could also give them a definite sign of my work, I gave them the link to my website.
My math teacher always used to stress that he was trying to have us learn HOW to do something, not simply memorize material. Well in high school, I got good grades, by simply memorizing material for the next upcoming test or quiz. I believe that is why I loved to learned how to use Dreamweaver or how to solder.
It is the learning of skills that makes this class exciting. I do not believe any of us have ever been part of a class quite like this. I know I also have classes in which I cram like crazy the night before just to be able to regurgitate the information the next day on the exam. This class and the maker culture as a whole stress the understanding of skills, whether that be concise writing or we making, something my analytical mind appreciates.