I had forgotten how thrilling email can be! I think she suddenly felt a part of a new world where she could solicit answers to questions in a mature way. No more yelling at Mom over the sound of the dishwasher and the TV, send her an email. . . and then yell "Mom, did you get my email?"
After tasting the thrill of sending text content to someone I encouraged her to take another step. She loves to watch videos on YouTube and I struggle with limiting her time on this medium. Yes, I have restrictions set on her iPod, but I want her thinking and creating not passively receiving. So I suggested that she could make a movie and publish it to YouTube. She has created four now, well that was the count as of 9:00. She started a series and is thrilled to watch her views and comments.
I know from my work in educational technology that creating for a wider audience is motivating to students, but I have seen it in action this summer. Watch out George Lucas, the next great cinematographer is in training!