Guest post via @wmjackson: Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE”

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Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE”
Designed by Professor William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educational Technology, Social Media, and STEAM
Library Services Emma Kent
Edward Waters College (HBCU)
@wmjackson Twitter
Blogging at EWC Educational Technology |
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com

“Every Tiger has a passionate and important story that needs to be
respected and shared.” Prof. William Jackson
“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is modeled after TEDTALK and TEDX being held nationally and internationally. The goal is to provide a
platform so students at Edward Waters College in the Educational
Technology course within the Education and Urban Studies Department at Edward Waters College. Other academic disciplines of learning are
encouraged to participate and display their growing skills and talents
in storytelling, poetry, spoken word, and blogging; taking audiences
on a lyrical and intellectual journey.

Students in the Educational Technology class have been blogging about several TEDTALKS and TEDx events, in the course. As a national,
international blogger and speaker my intentions as an instructor, to
provide my students a true experience with them as the creators and presenters of content. The exposure provides students an
opportunity to share their passions, interests, skills and abilities in
a semi-professional, intellectually stimulating and academic
environment.

Many students are experiencing this platform for the first time on a
stage of intellectual engagement combined with technology. The
exposure provides students an opportunity to develop and produce
content instead of just being consumers. Students attending
HBCUs must understand and learn the process of producing, to be
“thought leaders,” content creators, and innovators in tech
and oration.

Students can share their Social Media platforms to present their
content on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, Instagram,
Tumblr and other Social Media sites that encourage interaction
and engagement. This provides a platform to share content that
is motivational and inspiring. It promotes intellectualism on a
level of engagement and proficient articulation.

It is hoped that other HBCU’s will work with Prof. Jackson and
Emma Kent of the Library Services at Edward Waters College to
expand these dynamic opportunities for engagement
and content creation taken to another level of intellectualism
and creative innovation.

The first “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” was an opportunity to
begin the process of preparing students to speak, to share
information verbally that many have not had the opportunity
to perform.

“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” are a sharing of ideas, in the form
of powerful talks, discussions, dialogues that are 15 minutes or
less. The exchange is an opportunity to share life experiences
to further encourage discussions on academic, social, business,
cultural and economic issues that because of time restraints
cannot be shared in a classroom setting.
To better understand what TIGERTALKS are a definition below
developed by Prof. Wm Jackson, this wonderful opportunity
of oratory engagement is shared.

TIGERTALKS” are short, engaging and intellectual talks
(15 minutes or less) where students speak on their passions,
talents, course of study, community engagement,
future aspirations, importance of HBCUs and other relevant
conversations from their experiences in life and interaction
with others.” Prof. William Jackson

Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is just
the beginning and will seek to expand on the campus and
inspire others on a speaking format: Poetry, Spoken
Word, Storytelling, and Personal Experiences.

Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is just
the beginning of this endeavor to expose HBCU students to
blogging, speaking and the engagement that technology provides.
The goal is to expand and inspire other HBCUs to create their
own model and collaborate with others in academia, business,
medicine, commerce, finance and other areas.

The first speakers were:
Mr. Charles-Eddie Smith of Varnville, SC
Blog for Mr. Smith – https://chiefchuckblog.wordpress.com/

Mr. Prince Braynen of the Bahamas.
Blog for Mr. Braynen – https://pbraynen.wordpress.com/

These two young men are both academically and athletically
talented. What a great start to the goal of a foundation of
“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” setting the foundation
for excellence.

More information can be found Educational Technology
and Social Media Blog Site:
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

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