Indie ed tech is defined in this article as a movement "that encourages students to create, not merely consume, the technology that they use."
Rikard, who also wrote an article titled "Do I own my domain if you grade it?" (Visit External Site), shares his experience of participating in a Personal API design event hosted by Davidson College and led by Kristen Eshleman and Adam Croom.
A Davidson College API would let me, with a simple piece of code, give or request information around courses, faculty, credits or even currently empty campus computers. If I had access to Davidson’s API, I could then connect it to another Twitter bot that would let me tweet, “Computer lab X has a free computer #IndieEdTech” every time a computer opens up. I could create and publish an app that displays free computers around campus. API’s let you build, hack and remix current systems.
Key to the design experience was the focus on designing with students, for students.
The session used principles of design thinking to place students like me around tables with edtech tool-builders and decision-makers in order to break down the hierarchies and drive empathy. I had a CIO asking me questions like, “What do you love to do?” “Why do you use the tools that you use?” and “What’s it like being in a classroom all day?” The goal was to use the empathetically obtained answers to create a tool that required a personal API.