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In this studio we will explore our own relationships to technology. You may just want it to work for you, so you can focus your time attention elsewhere, not deal with arcane technical tasks, this is what we call DIFM (Do It For Me). But in other situations, you may want to understand what a tool does or customize it, or have more control, and you are willing to be DIY (Do It Yourself).

Let’s say I have some friends visiting I have not seen in a long time. I want to make them a very good meal, and in the past they have enjoyed ceviche. I can find a recipe to DIY, but it will take time to buy the ingredients, cut and chop them, and prepare the meal. If this is my first time making ceviche, I risk making a mistake. But I could save time by going to a local store that can DIFM, I would have assurance it would taste good, but I may have less pride than in making a home made meal.

Or maybe these are not appropriate choices, what happens when we think about this as something we do with others, e.g. Do It Ourselves (DIO)?

Technology Education: The Hat Trick

In This Studio

This has been designed to give Conactáctica participants a taste of the Studio / Challenge format used by the UDG Agora Project, with this as an example of a Learner Selected Studio. A studio introduces a topic to be explored, and will include three or more Challenge activities. Rather than creating an activity every does in unison, participants are free to pick one that appeals to them.

The studio atmosphere is chaotic, noisy, and active. You can use whatever technology you have available- laptop, tablet, mobile phone– or you can work with someone else.

The purpose of this studio is to give you a chance to express a reaction to the idea of Do It For Me vs Do It Yourself in terms of integrating technology with your teaching.

Our time frame of an hour will give you enough time to create media such as group videos and meme images … but that is not the end purpose. Just making what looks like a silly piece of media may be fun (or frustrating), the question to leave with, what could you do in an instructional context with the same kind of tools?

Okay, let’s make some media…

An Acapella Message

aca-320x240A Message Acapella Style Try one of the newest mobile apps that allows you to create a short video with up to nine different voices each in a separate part of the screen. Aimed at performances of one person accompanying them selves in harmony, Acapella might be used for spoken poetry or multiple voices.

This app is currently only available for Apple mobile devices; feel free to try the Looping Short Video Challenge to create a short DIFM/DIY response video with Vine or Instagram.


This app makes it easy to do what might be possible with video editing software, but you might need advanced software and skills to produce it. On the other hand, this free app allows you to do it in a short matter of time, but you do have limitations of length, and your creative work resides on some company’s server.

Say it in a Meme Image

We offer you several tools to use to make meme images; the most important thing is that you are able to have the tool provide a web address for your meme.

There are many web tools you can use where you can simply choose from a collection of images, e.g. Meme Generator or Memeful.

You can also try a mobile app such as Meme Generator available for both Android and iOS devices. If you do have an iPhone or iPad, see as well the Memematic app – there is another challenge available with details on how to use that app.

My preference on a computer is the tool from imgflip Meme Generator. You can choose from commons images used by others, or in my case, I uploaded my own image (downloaded form Wikipedia). You then can enter the text for the top, and bottom, select different colors.


When it is published, you should go to the page that displays your meme image and make sure you save it as an image file to your computer or mobile device.

Once you have that image, send it by email to dio@trubox.ca. Your subject line should be a title for your Meme image, and you can include in the body of the message any description you wish to add.

We will show you in the studio where these images go!

Some More Tools To Examine



Short Form Video

Animated GIFS For FUN…



Explore Short Form Video Examples

Remake Any Web Page With X-Ray Goggles

xray-goggles-320x240Use X-Ray Googles To Any Web Page a Makeover Use a web browser tool to “fork” a copy of any public web page so it’s text, links, and images can be changed in a way to give it a different meaning. In this challenge, you can remake a Coursera course page, a YouTube video, or an Amazon product to give each an new personality related to DIFM/DIY. While often done to create a humorous expression, X-Ray Googles teaches skills of web literacy in helping to teach how web pages work.

This tool does not work with a mobile or tablet device.

Extending the Application

In these challenges, you have made media for more of a fun / entrainment purpose.

apps Find an Educational Use for Fun Apps For the next level of activity, we want to look at these apps, or any other single purposes ones that you use for personal purposes.

Pick one app, and brainstorm / design some kind of way you could create an educational activity around it that goes beyond it’s typical use.

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