“TIGERTALK” Experience 2017 at Edward Waters College
by Prof William Jackson, Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM
“Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.”
Dionysius of Halicarnassus
The experience to speak in front of large groups should
always be provided to students in higher education.
Providing the opportunity to practice skills that will be
needed in business, corporate environments,
educational settings, the medical profession and even
in military experiences and service. The skill of speaking
is very important to success in any career field.
Public speaking, corporate presentations, business
collaborations and even scientific conferences and
discussions relay on a certain level of intellectual
thought and engagement.
Higher education students, especially those attending
HBCUs need to have the exposure of sharing their
knowledge and experiences to others. There needs
to be a platform that they can express themselves
in several areas.
The first where they came from, the second where they
think they are going and third their destination. Each are
important because they are each learning experiences.
HBCU students need to understand that they will be
judged, measured, graded, scrutinized on their
professional successes and even the journey,
their articulation maybe based on how well
they speak and carry or present themselves.
“There are three things to aim at in public speaking:
first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject
into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the
heart of your audience.” Alexander Gregg
The disadvantage comes where many HBCU students
from their past have not had the opportunity to be
taught how to speak and share content in an environment
of structure and academics. Exposure to educational,
social and networking opportunities may have been
limited or not available.
HBCUs should have platforms of learning that engages
students in their skills of public speaking.
TEDX, TEDTALKS and HBCUs like Edward Waters College
“TIGERTALKS” Experiences where students are provided
opportunities to speak and share content. Students at the
time may not appreciate or understand the
importance of these events, but they need to be prepared
and ready for the engagement.
“They may forget what you said, but they will
never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner
Contained in this blog are the links to students
attending Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEM course at Edward Waters College and links
to their “TIGERTALKS” Experience. To date several
semesters of students have participated and students
have shared their hopes, dreams, aspirations and
plans for the PRESENT and the future. Because of these
experiences now those that continue will be prepared
to provide professional presentations at diverse venues.
Professor William Jackson and research specialist
Emma Kent of the Library Services Department of
EWC strives to create in each student a well-balanced
and practiced student with diverse skills they will use in
the real world of employment. The need for articulation,
timing, passion, confidence, and even research skills are
vital to build in students a foundation that will build
future success and achievement.
HBCUs will continue to face challenges no matter
what administration is in office, that is a fact, so the
best way to face any challenge is head-on and with a
plan that hard work, collaboration, teamwork, faith,
dedication and prayer will help continue to build a legacy
Looking at the recent Roland Martin discussion on HBCUs
and their proposed help from the new administration it is
seen that the last administration did not equally create
a financial cushion of support and acceptance. HBCU
institutions must continue to do more with less and build
the leaders this nation needs for the future to be
competitive and globally relevant.
HBCU Leaders Meet With Trump And Pence
“TIGERTALKS Experience 2017” Participants
Eric Odom “Anime:
George Ford “Pangea” Land Mass
Tyler Mahla “Family Time”
Christopher Thomas “Sharing his Family”
Teryn Ellis “Passion of Vblogging”
Shemithia Fitzpatrick “Free Spirit Fashion”
Jon Gregory speaking at TEDxFSCJ 2016
Hurtis L. Wyche Jr.