My Quest To Teach

March 31, 2015

Teachers Don’t Let Social Media Get You Fired

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 12:30 am

Teachers Don’t Let Social Media Get You Fired

We are around our coworkers a lot during the day, every day. We sometimes are
closer than our own family in some ways because of shared experiences, shared
lunches and even school field trips. So it can only be expected that coworkers get
on our nerves from time to time. Because of the close proximity be careful what you
say if you ever feel the need to vent your frustrations, it might land you in trouble.
By “trouble” that could mean disciplinary action, suspension or fired landing you in
the unemployment line.

Social Media Tips for Teachers
The use of Social Media is an inviting media to vent anger or frustrations about a day
on the job especially if you are a educator. Multiple responsibilities in school combined
with morning and afternoon routines and duties, assessment deadlines, classroom
management issues, lesson plan development, parent/teacher conferences, and
meetings create an atmosphere of stress.
Days seem to run together filled with challenges and seem not end even in the comfort
of a teacher’s home. Teachers are the one profession even after a day of teaching,
counseling, assessments, meetings and related duties work is often still brought home.
This creates bottled up emotions that contribute to frustration, anger and stress.
Venting is not the problem, the use of Social Media has created a platform where
the professionalism of teachers has been questioned because of the language
used and the intensity of emotions are shared. Social media has gone
through an evolutionary stage
where text is not the only tool, the integration of video and audio elements create an
expressive and interactive component, the other component is that comments, video
and other content are easily shared. Thus making Social Media an interesting and
deadly platform to talk about others.
A Massachusetts school administrator resigned after posting on her Facebook page
that the parents in her upscale town were “arrogant” and “snobby”, writing in a joking
fashion, a Professor wrote: “Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete Hitman?
Photos once posted can be saved to another person’s computer or a screenshot made
to be saved. An example, postings included photos of female teachers in sexually
suggestive poses in their classrooms, and a male teacher who listed “Chillin wit my
n—as” as a weekend activity holding a alcoholic beverage.
Teachers must understand that their content can be taken out of context by those that
see these messages. People hold district and school administrators to a higher level of
professional expectations. Even teachers report other teachers in a profession that prides
itself on professional respect.
One of the misunderstood things about Social Media are the security settings of
sites like Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn. Teachers must be sure to make their comments,
postings and pictures private. This adds an extra protection, but caution should be used
when befriending parents and students. Teachers unless related to classroom projects
should NEVER have students as Facebook friends because of the potential for
inappropriate content posted or a misunderstanding in a relationship with that student
or their parents. Facebook projects should be separate from personal accounts.
The realities of life are that certain jobs have always restricted what a person can say
in any kind of public setting especially on Social Media. I grew up in a teachers family
so my mother would always warn me not to repeat what I or my siblings over heard.
The problem for teachers today, particularly young teachers, is that new era technology
has bamboozled people into thinking that they can have an online privacy life. It’s just
not smart to think this way.
I’m a parent, a blogger, an educator in elementary education and an Adjunct teaching
Educational Technology at a college, so I balance my life as a parent, a teacher then
when I blog I make sure it is content that is helpful and relevant. When involved in my
community on Boards, in my church as the Social Media manager I have an additional
responsibility to manage what I post and how I post. Reflection on my content is
always thought of and how it is interpreted in my community. It is important in how
I’m perceived and respected.

Some suggestions to my educational peers are:
1. Don’t friend students nor their family members
2. Don’t put your student’s pictures on your Facebook Page
3. Don’t text your students about new content on your FB, Blogs,
Instagram, Tumblr or other Social Media Platforms.
4. Be careful of your wording and mentioning your school, teachers,
administration, support staff, students and families. Some or many
of them could be friends with friends of friends.
5. Do not post during meetings on school time you can be held
accountable for your time.
6. Remember your school email is open to the public. Be careful of
who, whom and what you email. Emails can be court ordered to view the content.
7. Caution in emailing parents, before you email make sure your administrator
is CC’d and a spelling, grammar, and content is checked.
8. In any electronic communication do not criticize educational peers in any manner.
You may be held liable for slander, defamation of character.
9. Portable devices like laptops, iPad, etc used for school is not your personal
equipment. Do not allow your personal children to use these for entertainment.
Do not load personal software on your school computers, I personally have
had to clean up too many laptop because of adult content viewed by
teacher’s children, spouses and family members.
10. Each school district has an AUP that needs to be familiar with by teachers.
Don’t ignore it, toss it to the side or throw it away, read it to CYA and use
common sense.

March 28, 2015

HBCU’s Must Be Revolutionary to Survive with Technology

Filed under: HBCU — William Jackson @ 2:36 am

SCSU Bulldogs

HBCU’s Must Be Revolutionary to Survive with Technology
by William Jackson
Graduate of SCSU ’85

Applying technology in higher education is the act of acquiring
knowledge of technology platforms, integrating technology
to create a paradigm of change in the instruction and application
of learning. It is a holistic approach to create a person that is
prepared with the skills needed to be an affective Human Capital
agent with diverse global skills.

In the 21st century HBCU’s are increasingly in danger of being
shutdown, articles like “11 HBCU’s That Have Closed”
http://urbanintellectuals.com/2014/10/17/
are showing a hostile climate of competitiveness, innovation,
research and development and financial management events
that are forcing HBCU’s to be revolutionary. On the instructional
side the application of technology platforms, development of
Apps, and creating an innovative foundation to build from
benefits HBCU students.

The most valuable asset of HBCU’s is intellect and strengthening
academic instructions with tools that support multi-disciplinary
applications of instruction and research. HBCU’s have a strong
foundation in preparing its students, competing against PWI’S
(predominately white institutions)is a challenge to serve and
being of service to communities once of color now of diversity.
At one time HBCU’s were the dreams of students in the communities
where these historic Black schools were built, communities
flourished around them and the school was part of the community
and the educational climate.
Now communities do not show the respect or admiration they use
to about these remarkable communities of learning. Black families
are too quick in looking for a way out of their communities instead
of working to re-invest in them, in their struggles to leave they neglect
and even contribute to the demise of their communities. Too many
Black leaders are happy to receive honors, awards, recognitions and
even pseudo-doctorial degrees, but what have Black leaders done
to raise monies for financial aid, scholarships, offered internships
and other supportive devices for HBCU’s? There is support and
assistance, more needs to be done by alumni.

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Educational Technology EDU TEC 250
Edward Waters College Spring 2015

Students of HBUC’s are Human Capital that are just as valuable and
talented as those from PWI’s, while HBCU’s are preparing students
for the work force, students must be exposed to the intellectual
resources to teach the necessary skill-sets for students to survive
and flourish in careers or as entrepreneurs.
Students entering into HBCU’s must be ready to change their way of
thinking by adapting their thought processes to grow and importantly
mature intellectually and behaviorally. Applying their acquired
knowledge and skills in their areas of study. Statistics are showing
women are out growing men.

HBCU’s adapting to the 21st century are building not just Human
Capital, they are creating Knowledge Workers. “They are workers that
build a deep expertise in a set of skills.” Google: How Google Works 2002.
They become the “go to people” with dynamic skills that are needed,
skills that solve problems and ask the questions that need to be
asked in diverse industries.
The survival of HBCU’s are vital to America, proper and truthful financial
management, strong academic curriculum, building Human Capital which
relates to recruiting students to attend an HBCU and importantly ensuring
they graduate. It takes a continual coordinated effort with collaborative
work between instructors and counselors. My son, a graduate of Florida
A&M University understands the value of a strong academic foundation of
an HBCU, graduating Summa Cum Laude then attending Florida State
University’s graduate program and hopefully doctorial program.
FAMU provided an excellent foundation for him to build from and grow.


Florida A&M University Spring 2014
Graduation

In the world today there is a transition of abilities based on management
skills and technical skills. HBCU students learn the necessary management
skills to “manage” people and resources from experienced instructors.
The technical aspect is applied when the use of technology is integrated
properly and with purpose from those with vast experience in the areas
that they teach. Many are / have been industry leaders in technical fields.

The combination of technical application, integration, collaboration and
coordination comes from participating in areas where these skills can
be nurtured, practiced in class and applied in real world situations.
HBCU students are judged on the type and continuity of their content,
so having a mission and vision in creating content is important. In my
#EducationalTechnology class at Edward Waters College students are
learning more than just PowerPoint, Word, and Social Media they are
learning how to apply productivity tools, and digital tools in Social Media
on diverse platforms. Learning how to integrate technology to teach with
if in education and apply tech to other disciplines.
To be able to communicate in an atmosphere of diversity, intellectualism,
collaboration and cooperation. Networking in digital environments where
you are judged by your content. Coordinating to help students manage
their cross discipline skill sets ,utilizing tools helps HBCU students build
their Human Capital value as well as building Knowledge Worker skills.
Writing builds intellectualism that can be applied across the academic
curriculum of any discipline. It is my opinion that all HBCU students must
consistently build diverse content and grow their writing skills. Building
their critical and higher order thinking skills that allow for strong content
development so they can Brand themselves and Market their abilities.
Content development helps to share information, build relationships,
and expand intellectual thought. The fight for the survival is critical and
increasingly dependent on the product that is graduated each year.
To stabilize HBCU’s there needs to be continued re-investment and
investment to keep HBCU’s viable, valuable and visible in and beyond
the 21st century.

Support HBCU’s

March 26, 2015

African Americans Building Tech Creators Not Consumers

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 5:52 pm

African Americans Building Tech Creators Not Consumers

As I teach Educational Technology in higher education I see a
disturbing trend that too many African American young adults
are happy being consumers of technology and not creators.
Consumptions of tech takes monies away from the community
while creators re-invest and re-invigorate the community.
They inspire youth, teens and other young adults to follow their
journey to increase their educational opportunities and networking
exposure. African Americans will not benefit from the continued
advancements and engagement of technology because of the lack
of African American role models.

“The building of content, creation of Apps, and the
integration of technology for African Americans is
only part of the battle to create an employable workforce.”
William Jackson, Edward Waters College
Educational Technology Instructor

In a BET survey (2010) African Americans spent about 39 billion
dollars that went towards purchasing technology. The purchase
of computers, cell phones, tablets, watches and other digital
equipment shows that African Americans are connected and
plugged in. They are sharing content which includes text, photos,
video and audio files. The complexity and diversity of the software
platforms and tools allows for interactivity and the integration of
programs and Apps that simplify and allow for engagement on
many levels.

This connected power is in the form of African American consumers
where monies are taken away from their communities that are
struggling with high crime rates, low educational successes, struggling
schools, under-employed men and women who often times
supplement their incomes with state or federal assistance programs.
Too many are under-employed because they are under-educated.
The inclusion of African Americans is questioned when decisions
are being made to bring in employers that are providing jobs, but
at a level where technology skills and the initiative to learn how
to integrate technology is needed. What stops too many African
Americans is either they don’t have basic tech skills or they have a
criminal background that includes felonies and they can’t enroll
in schools to gain tech knowledge.

Educational programs that are provided by school districts, colleges,
community action groups and individuals are needed to prepare
African American children to be producers not just consumers.
Education is the best investment to re-invest in communities to
encourage the building of a foundation for re-investment to build
communities and change the dynamic of consumers to creators.
Surveys and studies show that African Americans are slowly climbing
the technology ladder by creating Web content, blogging on
community issues, micro-blogging (Twitter) about events that
directly influence their socio-economic status. The Pew
Research Center (2011) is showing that African Americans
are moving into careers that incorporate and integrate tech,
but more needs to be done on the creativity side not the
consumer side.

Wealth and influence are found when African Americans are
building Apps that perform a desired function, programming
in code for computer applications or Smartphones, computer
software, and even web page development are valuable skills
that are needed in corporate environments and increasingly
in medical and military environments. The consistent use of
Twitter (Microblogging) and Facebook by African Americans
can be seen when Twitter feeds are packed with information
about the latest episodes of “Scandal” and “Empire.”
Advertisers are seeing these trends and responding with ads
on Facebook feeds, on Youtube channels and increasingly
attached to other digital transmissions to encourage revenue
in products and services that beg for attention. The percentage
of African American businesses involved is less than 2% Nielsen 2012.

Nielsen surveys from 2011 show that African American TV habits
are spending 40% more time watching shows especially premium cable
channels than any other group. During these activities African
Americans are using mobile technologies to Tweet, FB, and other
tech to talk about and share information about these programs with
family and friends even during the shows air times. This shows the
diversity and strength of technologies that instantly travels from across
a room to thousands of miles in an instant to share information.
Text, video, audio and multimedia elements are imbedded in
digital media so engagement is easy and seamless. The scalability
is found in software that allows for increased functionality not
through cumbersome hardware that grows outdated in months.

The power of information can be seen in cable news programs that
feed information from around the world; this information feeds that
need or desire to be connected. The danger is the power of the media
to influence the thinking, rationalization and decision making of millions.
Opinions are shaped and molded by the media. Recent situations where
the media was in error with facts has caused people to question not
only their trust in the media, but the power to influence the minds and
actions of people according to gender, culture, age and sexual orientation.

African Americans must increase their involvement in the creative
aspects of technology in developing Apps, learning to computer code,
and dynamically create content that truthfully tells their story as is relates
to being an American. Allowing someone else to tell your story can create
misinterpretation of a person’s actions, interaction and engagement
with groups and people that share or are against political or religious
doctrines. The power of managing and manipulating information can be
seen with ISIS and their attempts and successes in recruiting for their
group using Social Media. The posting of military service information
with addresses and other personal information. Dramatic events
that threaten men and women of the military in the United States Armed
Forces from simple online content. All information gained from researching
online Social Media resources are being used to now threaten them and
their families.

African Americans use more mobile voice minutes per month than
any other group, anywhere from 1200 to 2000 minutes to share information
with family, friends and others (Nielsen April 2011). The power of
communication and information sharing. In order for African Americans
to truly be influential is to  make transformative moves from consumers to
creators and create an educational paradigm shift that schools
especially in the African American community start to teach tech skills
that engage and empower for current and future careers.

Wm Jackson
William Jackson
Reader Theater in Jacksonville, Florida
Working the Social Media and Audio portion of the show.

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