I’m still new at this. My adventures after I ‘Awaken the Dragon‘ now leave me very visible and present in social media spaces. I need to carefully examine where that leaves ME. I’m not sure how my media creations look and sound in digital spaces. Am I being too loud? Do I talk too much? Who’s seeing me or even listening? Who am I in digital spaces? Is my ego showing? Who is the ME that is evident in my Media? The message others take from my MEdia should reflect who I am. Do others see ME in my writing? Is this rather shy, farm girl from rural Ontario evident in what I write? Do my Dutch roots show when words spread into media spaces?
I was humbled this week by the many connections and comments that came my way from people whom I respect as leaders in connected digital spaces.
- M. Pacansky Brock sent out this tweet about my blog post Teachers are humans too!
- Doug Peterson posted a thoughtful response to my blog post We are not algorithms and included me in this tweet-out.
- @HumanMOOC sent a link to a ‘call for book chapters’ relating to humanizing online learning to see if I was interested in writing on this topic.
- A paper on Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Education Landscape was published on the MediaSmarts website. Since being asked by M. Hoechsmann to co-author this work, I’ve become more aware of my voice as an advocate for a strong sense of critical digital literacy in Canadian educational contexts. This document, introduced by Matthew Johnson of MediaSmarts, links to educational resources for classroom use.
Throughout this week, I continued to read and connect through social MEdia and reflected on ME in digital spaces. After reading Sherri Spelic’s blog post On the Other Side of a Twitter Tizzy and Maha Bali’s blog post Ego, Self-Promotion & Empowering Minority Voice, my ego and sense of self needed to be checked and reviewed. Where is ‘ME’ in my MEdia. Am I in it for the ego-boost or, as Lee Skallerup Bessette states in Shameless Self-Promotion, “shameless self-promotion isn’t about just you; it’s about being better because of the people you’ve reached”? More reflection and self-checking results in renewed focus.
It’s not about ME in this MEdia. It’s about becoming a better human, teacher, person because I’m making a difference through sharing my MEdia with others. So that’s where I’ll leave it for now.
Where do you find your ME in your MEdia? What does your MEdia say about you?