Meet the Presidential Innovation Fellows — Medium

Did you know POTUS Obama issued an Executive Order making the Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program a permanent part of the Federal government yesterday? Read the White House’sMedium blog:

Digital & Tech Professionals Apply for Presidential Innovation Fellowship

Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday!

Today, I’m encouraging digital and tech professionals interested in serving the U.S. Government to apply for the Presidential Innovation Fellowship. It’s a great way to give back, grow, and make America’s technology in government better. Click on the link for more details:

My White House Conference on Aging Adventures


Click on the link to read my Storify blog recap of my adventures with my father Dr. John F. Leeke, a 76 year old senior cyber activist and blogger, at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13, 2015.



#InternetGeek Tuesday: #InternetGeekat50 Lesson 7 PASSION


Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday!

PASSION is #InternetGeekat50 Lesson 7. Nearly 30 years ago, I entered the digital world as a first year student at Howard University School of Law and fell head over heels in love with information from articles, books, case law, journals, and magazines included in the LexisNexis database. My passion for online information gave birth to a bigger passion that now includes a digital communications career and several projects that focus on building and celebrating community, creating and curating content, and inspiring others to use their online presence to express their digital citizenship. Thanks to the White House Office of Digital Strategy, I’ll be able to express my digital citizenship and passion for all things POTUS and FLOTUS Obama during the Spring Garden Tour Social on April 25. Be sure to follow my adventures on Saturday, April 25 via Instagram and Twitter

How do you express your passion in the digital world?

Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday: An Unforgettable Selfie


Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday!

I love taking selfies with other people. Today I took one with President Barack Obama during the White House (#whsocial) Tumblr Q&A session on education, college affordability, and student loan debt reduction. 

What are some of your unforgettable selfies?

PS: I’ll post a blog recap about my #whsocial visit later this week.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday: #DigCitizen Profile of #WHSocial Alum Jason Knoll

Photo Credit: Jason Knoll
Photo Credit: Jason Knoll

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Today marks the launch of the Digital Citizenship (#DigCitizen) Project’s profile series featuring social media leaders who participated in the White House Social (#WHSocial) for the State of the Union (#SOTUSocial) and French Arrival Ceremony.

Meet Jason Knoll

1) Tell us who you are.

My name is Jason Knoll. I am a High School History and Government Teacher from Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more about me, visit my blog, and follow me as @jasonlknoll on Twitter.

2) Why did you apply to participate in the #SOTUSocial?     

I applied to the #SOTUSocial to show my students that social media can be used an effective tool to engage with our elected officials and representatives.

3) Share one to five key moments you experienced while participating in the #SOTUSocial.   

  • I thought it was really cool to be able to connect with people beforehand using #SOTUSocial and then meet them and talk with them during the event.
  • I had a 15-30 minute conversation with my congressman in the airport as we waited to board our plane to come back home.
  • As a result of me live-tweeting, some of my students also live-tweeted, which led them to have interesting discussions with their classmates.

4) What social media tools did you use to support your participation in the #SOTUSocial?    


5) After the #SOTUSocial, did you write or participate in any follow-up interviews for a blog, magazine, newspaper, radio station, or television station?

Yes for Reuters and The Cap Times Reuters.

6) Did you learn any lessons while participating in the #SOTUSocial?

  • Social media is here to stay, so it is best to embrace it and learn how to use it.
  • Take a look at Twitter to see some really cool work being done in the field of digital diplomacy.

7) What does digital citizenship mean to you?

Digital citizenship means using social media to engage with others about serious topics (i.e. policy), whether it is with a friend or an elected official.  It also entails sharing information with others so that they can be involved in the public sphere.

8) How are you planning to stay engaged as a digital citizen?             

I’m comfortable right now using primarily Twitter and my blog to stay engaged, and that I do not currently plan on using any other major social media platforms.
9) Share several ways Americans can use their digital presence and online network to engage civically on a local, state, and/or national level. 
  • Tweet to elected officials about an issue.
  • Participate in Twitter chats with government agencies.
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PS: The first #digcitizen Twitter chat will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 p.m. EST (one hour). The topic is “Lessons Learned from #SOTUSocial and #WHSocial.” Follow me on @anandaleeke and use the #digcitizen hashtag.