The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

Jenny Balliet
4 min readJun 24, 2020

Inspiring social change through FOIA & Digital Citizenship

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword Inspiring Social Change Through FOIA & Digital Citizenship

How to Inspire Social Change & Academic Success Through Digital Civic Responsibility

A brief overview of my multi-part video series on how and why we can use FOIA/advocacy writing to promote greater metacognition/critical thinking and empower students, families, and society for social change. [1]

Segmented videos contain added content to clarify. #DisruptEDELearners #DisruptED #ThePenIsMightierThanTheSword

** In order to serve as a better resource, each section has the sources referenced noted below it. The “Resources Consulted” has the fully numbered list in both link form and word form.

Topics Covered

  • Social Change. Recent events have demonstrated the need for persistent and sustained digital citizenship and has elevated the search for transparency. We can address this by educating to advocacy using FOIAs, Letters of Inquiry, and similar tactics to inspire our students.

What is an FOIA | Research | Primary Source | What Data? | Who has it? |

  • Transparency & Truth Sought. Lack of transparency is nothing new, it was known earlier as Propaganda. The Three Little Pigs v. “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” Without such our “News” becomes dichotomous and misleading, fueling varying levels of distrust in the “news.”

Propaganda | Transparency | Algorithmic Accountability| Transparency Report Dunning-Kruger |Data: A Stealthy Story Teller |Truth Machine | Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 Bill |

  • Students Seek Tools for Advocacy. We can leverage this teachable moment of social change to both increase academics and digital citizenship skills through inquiry and empowerment.

Defund the Police|Unions|Misconduct|School Resource Officer |Social Media | Bullying | Data

  • Digital Transformation Accelerates Privacy Need. We now need to advocate for both transparency in data and its application, i.e,: Algorithmic Accountability.

Right to Privacy|Data Aggregation | Tracking | Surveillance in Schools | Cloud Computing | Secure Data |FERPA

Jenny Balliet

Frmr. Dir. of Presentations, Athena.Trade | E Media Group | Educator|ADD/ADHD Coach |M.Ed. |Writer | MLAW |Founder of MinED & Lula & CO|Mom (14yo Gmer./Writer)