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EWC Students Integrating Social Media Tools
EWC Students Integrating Social Media Tools

EWC 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 from 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 chronological 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 disciple-
ines.  Higher education students are moving into the digital age that is embra-
cing 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 connecting 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 educational 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 establishing 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
accountable 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
Modeling the use of digital tools allowing my students to mentor others as we
participate in STEM; Science, Technology, 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 possibilities of imagination, self-empowerment, content creation
and cultural enhancement. The Internet contains tools that allow for growth and prepa-
ration 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.
Educational Technology
Edward Waters College

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