Fab Fridays 20: Modern Making

Creative uses of technology to learn and produce.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Modern technology has lowered the barriers for amateur content creators and producers. I was inspired by Malik Bendjelloul, the director of “Searching for Sugar Man" documentary.

Bendjelloul's film tells the story of Rodriguez, a singer from Detroit who was hardly known in the US but somehow became a legend in South Africa.

Bendjelloul started shooting the documentary with a fancy Super 8 film. With several important shots left to go, the production ran out of money and could no longer afford any more pricey Super 8 film. In desperation, Malik used a $1.99 iPhone app to finish shooting the film. The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

What can we learn from this?

We don't need expensive hardware to create.

We don't need fancy softwares to share our stories.

A phone can turn anyone into a filmmaker.

A keyboard can turn anyone into a writer.

A microphone can turn anyone into a podcaster.

“We are all designers now. It's time to get good at it.” —Chris Anderson


Show & Tell: Modern Making

In this week's Episode #6 of Show & Tell, David and I talk about Modern Making.

Digital media editing tools can turn anyone into a producer. Blogging, podcasting, and video editing allows anyone to share knowledge creatively and for an authentic audience. Kids now have the ability to manipulate words and images in ways they couldn’t before.

Among other things, we talk about:

  • Creative uses of technology to learn and produce

  • The power of self-directed learning

  • Tik-Tok Theory of Culture

  • How digital tools have revolutionized different industries

I had some audio issues--I will fix them for next time!

​Watch here and let me know what you think, and subscribe to my YouTube channel here.


The Vance Crowe Podcast: Learning Online in the Digital Age

This week I appeared in The Vance Crowe Podcast to talk about education.

Watch the YouTube video here or Listen to the podcast here.

Some of the things we talk about:

  • Remote Learning vs. Online Learning

  • Learning Just in Case vs. Learning On Demand

  • Homeschooling, Microschools, and Online Learning


Parents, what has surprised you about your child during the lockdown? How are they using their free time? Any new interests emerging or skills you were not aware of before? Anything you've found surprising? What have you learned about your child that you did ’t know before? I would love to hear from you!

Until next week!

Ana Lorena Fabrega