The wordcloud above is what my MDL4000 class generated regarding what media and digital literacy skills entail. This sparked conversation and reflection about how I personally share myself in a media rich world. It seems that as I get older I share less and less of myself, and more of my learning knowledge. My selfie game used to be on point, yet now I feel less inclined and a little uncomfortable to post a photo of myself. My presence on Facebook is all but obsolete and my obsession with the blogger platform Tumblr has ceased to exist. The majority of my social media presence rests on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I use Instagram to post personal photos of nature, friends and family, and exciting tidbits of my life. Twitter is both an educational and personal platform for me, saving my witty (or what friends would dub as lame) sense of humour for my private twitter and using my professional profile to connect with peers and educators. As teachers we need to be cognizant with how we are conducting ourselves on the internet as it is out there for the public to see. This means employers, students, and colleagues are able to see what you are posting and whether or not it is appropriate. I created an online presence for myself via BitMoji, solving my selfie angst while still being able to represent myself in some kind of form.
Both technology and mind mapping are great tools for collaboration and sharing ideas in a small group. When asked to define media literacy a peer of mine, Jonathan, and I were able to map our ideas out on paper and then transfer these ideas to a wordcloud online. Both of these techniques were effective and gave us a chance to illustrate how to differentiate an activity to those that are more creative on paper or those that are more comfortable using media to create. You could use these wordclouds or mindmapping for numerous concepts across all curriculums allowing for collaboration, understanding, and different perspectives.