For those of you who don’t know, I am taking courses through the University of Victoria to get my Master’s Degree. It’s only been 2 weeks, and I have had moments of panic, worry, the feeling of being completely overwhelmed, and a general fear of failure. But then, I had my moment.
Last Thursday night, sitting in my extremely hot, uncomfortable classroom, I was involved in my online class. I felt ridiculous at times because my friendly Master’s Education fly (he only shows up during online class) had brought 2 friends with him and I kept trying to discretely swipe them away so I could focus. The discussion with the human colleagues centered around ensuring that profiles were made, going over the website we were using, chatting about our blogs and thankfully, someone broached the subject of our media clip assignment. It was a relief to hear what our instructor was saying to us. Her words of wisdom were “Make it fun! Get your voice out there!” Then suddenly, in the midst of the conversation on FOIPPA, and privacy considerations, I wrote the words, “What about just using our students’ voices as a part of a media clip?” As the Doctor would say, Bada boom ba! It STRUCK! My moment of brilliant clarity.
Voice. In my learning last year, I started to take small, tiny baby steps into the world of Reggio Emilia and the fervent discussion of The 100 Languages of Children. Young children use so much more than their actual voice to tell their tales and share their learning. They use light and shadow, song and dance, building, drawing, sculpting and so much more. The question came to me: What about the use of Social Media as a voice of the child? My direction and interest suddenly became very clear to me. Perhaps, just perhaps, this is why I felt drawn to this area of study. Perhaps there is a way to balance this world of technology and social media with the natural, play-based exploration of our very young learners.
So, there it is. My moment of ah-ha. The worry faded away a lot after that. I felt comfortable for the first time with the direction I wanted to take, and the panic ebbed.