Exciting News: I Am Now Taking DVD Orders!

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I would like to formally announce that my social media education DVD, “Social Networks, Educator Empowerment, and Student Success,” is now available for purchase! If you would like to purchase this DVD, please follow this link to my business’ personal website and check out the “Purchase” tab!

Here is the formal description of the DVD: “Social Networks, Educator, Empowerment, and Student Success” is split into five different segments. After watching the DVD, educators will know why social media is beneficial in the classroom and how it can be incorporated into the curriculum. Moreover, educators will have the knowledge to empower students to personalize their education and explore passions that could lead to successful careers.

You may also email me at paige.a.woodard@gmail.com if you have any questions about the DVD!

Partners in Learning Network: Microsoft in Education

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In addition to my exciting nomination for the Bammy Awards, I am currently writing blog posts for the Partners in Learning Network for Microsoft in Education. I write under the “Personalized Learning” section, which can be found here. I have written two posts thus far, “Exploration of Personal Interests and Learning How to Fail Beautifully” and “Personalized Education: It’s Not For Everyone.”

This has been such an exciting opportunity to work with other influential educators who are so passionate about the education system and truly helping their students in every step of life. Therefore, I strongly encourage you all to check out the Personalized Learning section as well as the many other topics available, as there are many insightful posts written by some awesome people!

Bammy Awards Nomination And What It Means For You

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This morning I was nominated for a Bammy Award in Student Voice by Brad Currie, an educator who I worked with in the blog post “Dean of Students Encourages Well-Rounded Social Media Gurus.” He also contributed a quote to my DVD, which will be available in the upcoming week!

As the first sentence under the tab “Eligibility and Guidelines” states, “The Bammy Awards are about celebrating the spirit of collaboration — it’s about ‘WE,’ not me.’” That being said, this is not a nomination solely for myself, but for all who are passionate about integrating social media into the classroom and share in my mission. The section continues, describing the honor it is for the community to receive an award. So, please, consider yourselves already honored. Though I have not been named the recipient of the award (is it too bold to say yet?), I want you, my audience, colleagues, and collaborators, to feel accomplished and appreciated, for without your help and passion, social media would not be on its way to its incorporation into the curriculum and students would be unaware of the power they possess in their social media profiles.

I do want to take a moment to acknowledge what an honor this means to me also, though, as this is such an amazing opportunity and wonderful privilege. Throughout my seven months enrolled in my Innovations class, I have discovered and rediscovered my passion for establishing social media usage in the classroom and its importance to the success of students’ careers. I have been called “a role model for students,” “the best example of Student Tech Leadership in the US,” and–my personal favorite–a “rockstar.” I have collaborated with unbelievably inspirational people around the country, such as Howard Rheingold, Eric Sheninger, and Vicki Davis; but more importantly, I have gathered great support from wonderful educators and other individuals who continually show me how impactful my mission is and that motivates me more than any kind word. Those who exemplify my reasons for pushing social media education and show me how my mission has impacted them is the greatest gift I could be given and that is why the Bammy Awards statement I quoted resonates with me.

My mission–and this honor–is not for self-fulfillment or self-acknowledgement. Yes, I am proud of where my mission is headed and how much I have personally grown since August 2013, but my success would be much more limited without the help of my supporters. Without your help, I would not have been nominated for such a prestigious award or have the motivation to continue spreading the word of social media education and its importance in the education system.

Repeating this blog’s title, what does this mean for you? It means your hard work and dedication to social media education is being heard! Though not each and every one of you has been nominated for the award, please consider my nomination yours as well, as we are a community. The success of my social media education and my DVD is not mine alone: I share it with all of you.

Please vote for me as the recipient of the Bammy Awards in Student Voice by going to this link. If I am chosen as the recipient, I will be invited to the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September! Thank you all for this amazing opportunity and for never allowing your faith in my mission waiver! You all are truly wonderful!

 

 

The Inevitable Question: “When Am I Going To Use This?”

I’m sure that most–if not all–educators have been asked at least once in their teaching career “When am I going to use this?” “This” could refer to a detailed description of the migratory patterns of black-footed ferrets, a complicated algebraic equation including radians, a handwritten synopsis of Color of Water or an explanation on what a mole is and why one mole is equal to 6.02 X 10^23. If you were wondering, no, I did not make these topics up. I have had assignments on all of these topics and have probably wondered why this is important to gaining an education at the collegiate level and successful career.

And while in math class, I have had this recurring conversation with my teacher (in my head of course):

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When I graduate high school in seven weeks, I won’t know the process of applying for a loan or what words are best to avoid when describing yourself in a job interview, but by golly I know that apparently the letter “i” does not always have to be capitalized, even if it is standing alone.

But wait… Is that fair of me to say? Yes, it is, though I do believe my frustration is aimed at the wrong people at times. What many students forget (myself included) is that teachers are not the ones who create the long list of standards that we must fulfill by the end of each school year. Teachers too are plagued with overhanging requirements that, should students fail to obtain the information, can cost them their job. I’m sure some teachers look at their material and feel the same way the students do, questioning themselves, “When have I ever used this?”

So… What are our options as students and educators? We do not have the power to create our own standards, but we do have the power to speak out about it. Most of the authorities in charge of the education system have long graduated from the school system (I’m talking decades) and are oblivious to how the evolving world does not match up to our concrete and sometimes irrelevant standards.

Just as I want to integrate social media into the education system because it is the most prominent form of worldwide communication in the professional world and students need to learn how to maneuver it, I hope the education system itself will be improved to incorporate values and standards that are relevant to the 21st century workforce and what students will benefit from most when cultivating successful careers.

Though I will not be able to reap the benefits from this much needed update–or in some cases, overhaul–in the system, I would be conflicted when sending my children to a school that still does not foster creativity, individual thinking, or the education of skills and information that can translate to every single job in the professional world. These skills would include what key words/questions to avoid during a job interview, how to approach applying for a loan, and, as the picture states above, how to balance a checkbook. Of course I will teach my children just as my parents have taught me. But many students are released into the world without any of this knowledge because their parents were never formally taught or simply do not take the time to.

I understand the education system cannot prepare students 100% for the professional world, as I do believe parents must take a majority of the responsibility; however, the skills and tools needed to succeed in the professional world are necessary, rather than wasting time on what a radian is and its relationship to the unit circle.

As a student myself, I have questioned the material I am taught countless times. And though I do want to blame the teachers for “wasting my time” and “teaching me things I will not use in the ‘real world,’” it isn’t their fault and I am unfairly questioning the wrong people. Instead of leaning back in my chair and gazing out into space when I do not understand the relevance of the information, I should–we all should–address the real issue and speak to the authorities who do have the power to change what we are learning. Such as Arne Duncan, who has already been mentioned on my blog in “American Schools And Their Rigor: Should That Be Our Focus For Aiming Towards Success?

DVD Filming Begins

As my Spring Break came to an end last night, I realized all of the great progress I made over my break. I completed the script for my DVD and it was finalized today with my camera crew. We start filming on Wednesday, April 9, and I could not be more anxious to see the outcome of the final product! If you would like to preorder my DVD, or have any questions, please contact me at paige.a.woodard@gmail.com. I should have a website up and running within the next two weeks, which I can then direct you all to.   Though this is a short update for the week, I believe it carries more momentum than many of my other posts! The goal I have been working towards is now becoming a tangible object and I am so excited for you all to see the final product!   If you can’t decipher my happiness through my frequent use of the exclamation mark, here are some pictures I found on Google that best represent how I am feeling right now! jump3 jump jump2

Call Out For Educators

Currently, I am constructing the script for my social media education DVD. As released yesterday, I am officially the business owner of Education Media Tools Inc. and that means that the deadline for the DVD is fast approaching. Therefore, I am reaching out to all of my educator/professional friends to provide information that will be incorporated into the DVD. This is solely to enhance the credibility and substance of the DVD and all quotes will be attributed to the educator/professional by job title and school (if applicable).

I have compiled a list of questions that I would love input on. If you have more ideas or want to elaborate more, please feel free to do so! The more information I have to work with, the greater this DVD will be! Remember, I am filming this DVD to share with educators in countless different areas and all information will help benefit students and their futures!

 

1. Why is social media an important tool in the classroom?

2. What are some examples of how social media can be used in the classroom?

3. Why should educators be the ones to help students understand the repercussions of social media abuse?

 

If you would like to begin a discussion on social media education or simply want to email me your answers, please contact me at paige.a.woodard@gmail.com!

Essentially, this is free advertisement for your name as an educator and also makes my DVD look AWESOME, so it is definitely a win-win for both parties! Unfortunately, I will not be able to reciprocate with any money for your words/ideas, but again, they will be attributed to your name!

Thank you all! I am so honored to have the great mentors that I do and the amazing supporters of my social media education mission!

We Are In Business

We Are In Business

And with this document, I am officially a business owner! With only a few short weeks left until my social media education DVD’s debut, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Thank you to all who have helped me in my journey in the last seven months! Without you educators/professionals passionate about integrating social media into the education system, my success would not be as great!