My Quest To Teach

June 27, 2015

Learn2Earn Experience and Social Media SWAGPC


William Jackson, Learn2Earn Instructor

Speaking to Students about their Social Media Content


Learn2Earn Experience and Social Media SWAGPC

The students of the Learn2Earn Experience and their collective peers
are interacting and engaging on Social Media platforms that were not
in existence years before. Speaking at Preventing Crime in the Black
Community and the Learn2Earn Experience this year shows that teens
are similar, they have similar dreams, goals, aspirations and even
challenges.

The Internet opens doors that allow for access to information not even
dreamed of ten years before, so students progressively have the
ability, using the right platform and the right tool and have an interactive
encyclopedia at their disposal. Several millions Tetrabytes of information
that can aid in research and discover to a student’s wildest imagination.
Opening the universe to those who will take us there in the future.

The interaction of students has changed as well, from the past traditional
firm handshakes, to the eye to eye contact that allows a person to
read body language, to friendly embraces that represent companionship,
friendship and brotherly/sisterly love. The Internet bypasses these
human traits and allows students to find out information that leads
to a neutral and sometimes detached and impersonal connection.

The verbal exchanges that bring incite to new friendships to digital
collaboration and interpretation of sharing information that builds
relationships. Students are finding that a personal relationship is still
needed to humanize their friendships and build on their network of
friends and associates.

Speaking how Social Media can influence their
future employment and educational options.
Speaking at conferences, workshops, summits and even in small group
sessions there is more teaching that needs to be done. Students need
professional development just like teachers. Students need to
understand the potential to build great works of science that once was
science fiction, students need to be able to use technology to explore
not just this universe, but distant universes. The student of today more
than in the past needs Social Media mentors, taught how to be Agents
of STEAM, and properly integrate, instigate and collaborate technology.

More needs to be done to prepare students starting from elementary
school to college about the value and empowerment of Social Media
platforms and associated tools. Many school districts are now seeing
that classes need to be available to teach Social Media skill sets,
preparing students how to manage their content, prevent bullying,
Cyberbullying, Sexting, keeping students safe from stalkers and even
the growing threats of terrorists and gangs that seek to recruit students.
The Internet is a representation of our national and international
societies. Students in this nation need to be aware and educated
how to use the tools of the current online environment and those
of the future to continue to be competitive for careers and jobs that
are embracing tech.

“Education is the key to continued global competitiveness.”
William Jackson, instructor with Edward Waters College

Twitter Hashtag at: #SWAGPC for sharing information
and photos of SWAG Social Media photos and videos.

Photobucket Photos of 2015 Learn2Earn Experience
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