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iFixit: The Free Repair Manual

Found in: language arts & literature, science, 6-8, 9-12

Many students already search out instructional Internet videos. iFixit: The Free Repair Manual is dedicated to teaching people how to fix all sorts of things: Macs, PCs, Tablets, game consoles, phones, Androids, cars & trucks, appliances, cameras, and more. And because iFixit is a wiki, information users can become suppliers by creating new step-by-step photographic repair manuals or editing existing repair manuals. About Us supplies instruction for taking photos and writing text for new repair guides. Self Repair covers diagnosing problems and what tools and parts are needed. The website can serve as a resource and model for cross-curricular lessons in grades 7-12 technology, science, writing, and photography classes.

For example, the section for Apple iPhone Repair has complete disassembly and installation guides for the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Teardown includes video and step-by-step photo teardown, lists required tools and related products.

Fixing your own stuff can save money, but there are global issues to consider. Why Fix Things? addresses some of these. Philosopher and mechanic Matthew B. Crawford believes that fixing things is good for your soul as well. His essay Shop Class as Soulcraft  ( PDF190 KB, 18 pgs.) celebrates manual labor. It first appeared in New Atlantis (2006) and was later expanded into Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (2009) Both essay and book argue that using our hands and minds in making and fixing things is rewarding and develops problem solving skills.


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