To the misfits, the rebels… and the makers

This week I began my class in CEP 811 at MSU (Adapting Innovative Technology to Education).  My mission this week was to create a 1 minute video using WeVideo and create a remix about something that has resonated with me after learning more about the Maker Culture.

I was truly inspired after watching the 4-part series on how Everything is a Remix by Kirby Ferguson. After watching the third part in his series about creativity, it got me thinking about computers (especially as I am typing this on my MacBook Pro) … I never really thought about how Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak (and the rest of Apple, Inc.) really got its’ start. I mean, yes, I’ve worked for Apple, Inc. for 7 years now and I’ve used their devices for even longer than that… but I really thought it was interesting when I learned how the Xerox Alto was the first graphic interface and how Steve Jobs, in a sense reinvented the wheel so that the computer could become more present in the everyday household.  Truly, it became a competitor with IBM as being one of the more affordable, personal computers of its time.

Now that Apple is a leader in cutting edge technology, other companies are taking ideas that Apple has created and repurposing them for their own devices.  Companies such as Samsung and HTC look at the Apple  iPhone and try to build better phones that breed a healthy competition.  Every year I think all of these technology companies go back and forth with “newer” and “improved” features that compete with the other devices that are out there.

Most recently, Apple’s iPhone 7 took away a headphone check.  It came off as controversial to get rid of antiquated technology like the 35mm auxiliary port and force customers to use Bluetooth headsets (or an adapter).  I think what this will do, is push headphone companies to make better quality Bluetooth headsets AND make them more affordable for customers.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Android or Windows phone hardware comes without an auxiliary port as well.

I thought I’d do my remix video about the Macintosh computer and Steve Jobs being true maker.  I took his infamous quote:

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs (originally from the 1997 Apple, Inc. commercial).

and I laid that out throughout the WeVideo because I think it’s perfectly sums up what type of people make up the Maker culture.


Note on creation: I have to say it was interesting to learn how to use WeVideo – I am much more familiar with how to use iMovie on the Mac (and even Final Cut Pro) than I am with We Video – they are laid out similarly but there are some details that were frustrating to me — like setting up subtitles and captions. Just seemed like there were more constraints.

At first, when I was thinking about the remix, I didn’t know where to begin. There are so many makers out there that are inspiring.  Not to mention, I’m not the most in touch with the Maker world, but have always found it intriguing. Every year I tell myself I will go to the Maker’s Faire here in the Detroit area, but never make it out.  I think this class is going to inspire me to actually go next year.

As I was watching some of the examples that were given to us for the class — the Henry Ford example by Chris Rivard inspired me to think about where I work (seeing as Rivard had been working at the Henry Ford museum for 10 years). So I thought I’d focus on a man who’s had a huge influence in my life for the past 7 years in my life — Steve Jobs.  I remember reading the Steve Jobs’ biography after he passed away and thinking about how much of an innovator and maker he truly was.

Once I had the idea set, I began my search for Creative Commons clips and photos. Just finding video clips that were Creative Commons licensed was in itself a difficult task.  I am more aware now that being a maker and remixing/repurposing tools for different tasks takes a lot of innovation, creativity and time.  Looking forward, working with my Maker kit, I am going to have to spend more time thinking outside of the box; along with becoming more resourceful (like using more of my networking resources) to figure out what I can do with my Circuit scribe and using it for a Spanish lesson.


Apple III Computer, photo taken by Alexander Schaelss on April 15, 2004; uploaded to the German Wikipedia on 16 Apr 2004 under the GNU-FDL license. Source:

Breville Appliances, photo taken by Kelly Perazzolo on August 21, 2009. Retrieved October 23, 2016 from Wikimedia Commons website:

T-Mass. Up in Flumes. Retrieved October 23rd, 2016 from Soundcloud website:

Steve Jobs photo. Retrieved October 23, 2015 from Flickr website:

Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak photo. Retrieved October 23, 2015 from Flickr website:

National Museum of American History: Retrieved October 23, 2016, from Flickr website:

[News reel: Steve Jobs’ Biggest Apple Flop: LISA 1983. Retrieved October 23rd, 2016. Published March 18, 2015, from YouTube website:

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