There is much discussion about the negative power of social media, for a host of reasons. I will not argue, because all the negatives are possible. However, I have found that what exists as well, are a host of very positive reasons to engage and utilize social media platforms: for example, social media’s power to connect and build community. One example: A few months ago, I was reading through my Tweets and saw a post from the NFB (The National Film Board) saying something like, “Excited to start our animation workshops in Toronto and Montreal this morning.”
I quickly responded, “We’d love animation workshops in Vancouver too please :)”
And, guess what? The NFB replied, tracked us down and sent a crack team (Ashley and Claudia) from Montreal, to lead a Stop Motion Animation workshop at Byrne Creek for Valentine’s Day. How lucky are we?
As the Community School Coordinator at Byrne Creek, I no longer am a teacher with classes. Luckily one of our fabulous art teachers at Byrne agreed to participate! In Mrs. Mather’s art class Valentine’s Day 2013 a few exemplary NFB works such as Flawed were shown and then in teams the kids got down to work: creating a story board, inventing their claymation characters and beginning to create their animations. Our students used an App developed by the NFB called PixStop (which is free for all to use it) and, within a very fun hour and a half, stop motion animation pieces of their very own where ready to shared with you all. Enjoy!
Our students are more able to flourish, find their spark, find the excitement in learning, with partners like the NFB sharing their resources and expertise with us. Thank you NFB and to social media!