My Quest To Teach

February 21, 2012

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EWC Social Media

EWC Social Media


Students Integrating
Social Media Tools

As I teach Educational Technology course 250
the dynamic benefits of  Social Media there is an influx
of digital technologies that are embedding themselves
in future careers of these students. Technology gradually
changes my student’s career choices, lifestyles and the
decisions they make in connecting with others in a
digital environment. The instructional components
change as the integration of technology changes the
role of the instructor from a lecturer to a facilitator
of learning.

The digital resources we are using range:
Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, About.Me and using
productivity tools like M.S. Word and PowerPoint to
complete projects that mirror the dynamics of
collaborative environments that students
will be involved in.

Writing and literacy are important, the creation of
content, manipulation of words that share ideas
and the responsibility of becoming knowledge
developers. The act of Blogging/Writing,(a chronolo-
gical log of thoughts published on a Web page).
Expands from just a personal development tool to
one that expands into higher education, business,
science and other disciplines.  Higher education
students are moving into the digital age that is
embracing culturally diverse ideas and multicultural
nuances that require a two way exchange of
content sharing.

The role of the higher education instructor is to place
digital tools in the hands of students and guide them
to the ethical and moral uses in fields that will benefit
their growth and make positive and accountable users
of technical tools.
Edward Waters College is the oldest HBCU –
Historically Black College and University in the state
of Florida. The inclusiveness of technology is taking
minorities into the 21st century where they are conn-
ecting to a world that demands interaction, creation
of content and the knowledge to implement avenues
of sharing.

In order to compete for jobs students attending HBCU’s
such as EWC need to accept the change technology brings
and embrace the execution of productivity tools that
are prevalent in the business, science, finance and educat-
ional world. Tools that provide digital networking
(LinkedIn) should be a requirement before students
enter into their sophomore year, Twitter (micro blogging)
should be integrated in the freshman year to communicate
with instructors. The 140 characters or less allows for quick
contact that is concise and straight to the point.

About.Me sites should be created in a
student’s sophomore year as a developmental
digital Bio that is a living digital document and
WordPress a tool to allow for Blogging and
development of writing skills, this will demonstrate
the growth of a student developing in their writing
style, ability to collaborate with others and establ-
ishing positive literary content footprints digitally.
These are just the basics to allow for expansion
into more developmental interactive tools.
Students at HBCU’s that do not use these tools are
at a disadvantage when seeking research opportunities,
internships, and employment opportunities.

Technology in business, education, medicine, science,
law, etc, future leaders taught the appropriate use of
technologies that are relevant in the world.Social media
is more than social interaction it is sharing knowledge
with peers in peer collaboration (Students gain leadership
through collaboration and empowers peer to peer learning.)

The possibilities of expanding knowledge, requiring
the proficiency of reading (literacy/comprehension)
and writing (creative thought process). Blogging/Micro
blogging requires the participation of writers and
readers involved in a symbiotic relationship that is
interdependent upon each other.  Sharing, exchanging,
developing and creating content is more than just writing,
there are collaborative elements and exchange
of cognitive ideas. The skill of reading (literacy/comprehension)
are challenging areas for those that struggle not too just
read, but comprehend (understand) what they read or
what others create. Instructors are responsible and accoun-
table for their student’s correct use and development to
literary creations.

My students are learning how to use Twitter beyond
just the social exchanges, interacting with those
in careers diverse in development and application. The
hashtag (#edutechewc) allows direct passage of characters
that students can Tweet in an academic environment;
as my students grow I grow as an instructor learning
more about available resources and contacts
(@wmdjackson) in Twitter.

Teacher, Joel Arquillas states, ”I like the fact that it (Twitter)
is a living document.” Arquillos states that his students
“learned the power of writing and being able to defend their
view”.  Exchanges can be posted on LinkedIn and Blogging
sites for further discussion and interaction. No one is
excluded or segregated from connecting to others with
like ideas, business interests or
controversial opinions.

The wealth of information that is important to
educational and professional growth greater than
discussion on clothes, music and the day’s events that
are placed on social networking sites. HBCU students need
to become aware of the potential to expand their knowledge
base locally and globally in areas of politics, economics,
business, medicine, education and cultural diversity.

Transitioning to Blogging allows students to be creators of
digital media content that is transforming social interaction,
taking social networking to new levels of cognitive growth not
just empirical information that is irrelevant and in some cases
professionally and socially detrimental. I hope to instill in
my students technology should help them to embrace new
media and new technologies especially in the digital world
were the access to information is imperative.

Blogging/Tweeting is cyber-publishing for higher education
students to share their stories, ideas, passions, and in some
cases rants and raves. Textual manipulation is not the only
option, blogging can be spiced up with photos and video
that is more interactive and informative. Video blogging
allows for more interactivity and engagement.

Modeling the use of digital tools allowing my students to
mentor others as we participate in STEM; Science, Techn-
ology, Engineering and Mathematics in other learning
environments like Andrew Robinson Elementary STEM
night. EWC students get first hand experience being role
models to youth. Out of the classroom learning and
exposure is important because classroom instruction
can be applied in actual learning situations with students
in elementary school or other environments.

Edward Waters College students are proving technology
must be embraced and all that it has to offer, all the poss-
ibilities of imagination, self-empowerment, content creation
and cultural enhancement. The Internet contains tools
that allow for growth and preparation for future careers not
even invented yet. Technology is about communication.
EWC students will show their communication abilities as
they grow in content creation using tools that take them
outside of the classroom and prepare them for the work force.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
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Educational Technology 250
Edward Waters College

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