Making Learning More “Accessible”

Just thought I’d share this viral video of one of my incredibly talented, fellow teacher colleagues from Brock University. While completing the Concurrent Education program, Christi got in an accident that left her paralyzed. Her amazing outlook is an inspiration to both educators and students. She lives by a motto where boundaries are socially-constructed phenomena that can indeed be overcome. Planning to show this video to my classes this week 🙂

 

Social Media and Educational Reform

Don’t mind me while I dust off my keyboard…needless to say it has been quite a while since my last blog post. However to put a more positive spin on it, these past few months have allowed me to think of what subject is most pertinent in my outlook as an educator. Over the past several weeks, a truly inspiring and thought-provoking video has become viral on Youtube (..and no ladies and gentlemen, I am not talking about “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction). The said video campaign is called KONY 2012, and it has made a significant impact on the way that society is relaying important messages in this digital era.

A message that was initiated by the founder of Invisible Children was instantly posted to Facebook walls, re-tweeted by celebrities, covered by numerous media outlets, and ultimately this powerful discussion made it’s way into one of my classes. This modern-day example of the game we once called “Telephone” gave voices to these invisible children..and this time the message was not lost in translation. Students who rarely offer answers in class were keen on discussing both the pros and cons of this overseas crisis. Although our conversations were not all in French, students were talking. And I mean that type of honest dialogue that has become virtually absent in many classrooms in more recent years.

As a teacher, this reinforces that the cycle of learning must be supported by instilling a more cultural perspective in today’s adolescent. Here we can see an example of where technological literacy meets global literacy, giving rise to a new student outlook. Although KONY 2012 has become a hot topic, I remember several years ago when one of my close friends from University gave school-wide presentations on Invisible Children, when the message was just starting to spread. I think that it would be inspiring for our students to research the many other world issues that are currently affecting their generation in today’s diverse world. At the end of the day, it would benefit students on both sides of the globe.