In their article DIY Media Creation, Fields et al focus on how digital tools and on-line spaces can shape teaching practices and processes of learning. Grounded in research, the article states that young adults are motivated in educational settings where they believe in their own self-efficacy, are intrinsically motivated and set goals. (Deci & Ryan 1985) Two interesting websites are referenced as examples of online spaces that do exactly that. As well as enhancing creativity by adding technology, the multimodal and interactive design of figment.com and scratch.mit.edu’s on-line spaces encourage collaboration, peer feedback and sharing across various social media tools. Coming together with peers over a shared passion is a great motivator and opportunity for creative growth and learning.
Websites such as scratch and figment encourage creative media production by connecting youth with the same passion over a digital interface. They mirror features of popular social networking programs and make access to peers, a passionate audience and instant feedback possible.
How do we harness the creative and collaborative potential that these sites offer and apply it to the classroom? I don't think the challenge lays in student readiness or the introduction of digital technologies such as these; No, the challenge centres around the teacher. How can we ready our teachers for these new ways of collaborating and creating? How can we build a digital comfort in our educators? Is the integration of social media and DIY creation a case of the student surpassing the teacher? To be effective in today's ever-changing classrooms, teachers have to remain current... and that, to me, is the biggest challenge of all.
Fields, D.A., Magnifico, A. M., Lammers, J.C., Scott-Curwood J.(2014) DIY media creation. Journal of adolescent literacy 58(1), 19-24