Hello, my name is Jessie, and I have been a Media Educator in Canada for 13 years. I am writing to you because Canadian teachers need your help.
I design and deliver hands-on media workshops for students of all ages. These workshops are rooted in Media & Digital Literacies, where students learn how to think critically about the media they are consuming, and are then provided an opportunity to create their own media project using digital tools. I also train teachers on how to incorporate these same workshops into their own classrooms.
I want to provide all Canadian students the opportunity to express themselves through art-based media projects, no matter what kind of access to technology they have. Creation in this way is empowering, liberating, therapeutic, and so incredibly important for self-expression in the 21st century.
But through my work across Canada, meeting thousands of teachers and students, I have noticed a very troubling situation: The Digital Divide.