On 10/18 Remix: Composing Education Futures #Literacies Chat

We are ecstatic to have @MaryAnnReilly hosting a discussion about remix on #literacies chat on Thursday, October 18 from 7 PM (EST) to 8 PM.

Below is a repost of Mary Ann Reilly’s post which includes a list of resources and items to consider before our chat. If any links are missing or broken, please see her original post here. And then we’ll see you on October 18th!

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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.


  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

Find the Chat Archive here…and continue the conversation below!


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