The purpose of media literacy is to empower individuals to make more of their own decisions about which messages to expose themselves to and construct meanings from those messages to serve their own goals.– Potter, J. (2019). Media Literacy. 9th ed. University of California: SAGE, p.34.
As you might know from my Homepage I am a teacher, and I have been teaching for five years.
I understand that in the world of education, five years is not a considerably long period. In fact, I have been advised by many friends and colleagues that I should wait longer before entering a graduate program. From the perspective of those giving advice, time and experience would help shape my views, and experience would make me a better candidate if I planned to change my role after obtaining my new degree.
Now, I do not necessarily disagree – I know that the few years out of high school prior to my first degree help me gain the perspective and the work ethic to make it through the Bachelor of education program. I also needed experience to make classes on Curriculum feel relevant, as I now know that curriculum is far more than the written and explicit documents used to guide a course. However, I applied and joined the Master of Curriculum and Instruction Course Route last May after realizing that I wanted to enter the program for reasons beyond career enhancement.
I am taking this EC&I 832 course for the same reason I selected my other courses thus far – I want to be a more purposeful and intentional teacher. I recognize that the nature of teaching requires that I always be a learner, and I would like to direct that learning towards my own interests. Since I was accepted into the Connected Educator project within my school division (RCSD) in 2018, I have been continually working on the Digital Literacies side of what it means to be a Digital Citizen in my classroom. We discuss their digital footprint and the importance of critically consuming the vast amount of content students will encounter as part of their active digital participation.
What interests me in terms of this course is expanding my understanding for the student Citizenship. I will be the first to admit that I am often caught up in the flashy and exciting ways technology can do something for my students (removing barriers to learning and providing high interest options for student engagement) however, I would like to reassess the reasons I committed to the journey of becoming a “connected classroom” and focus on what my students can do with the opportunities regular access to technology can bring. As a teacher, I have only recently began to understand what it means to use the opportunities for connectedness that social media can provide to create communities of professional learning, and it is in this class I hope to learn how to do the same with my students.