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WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp)

Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 10.25.47 AMYour student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women.

Posters were selected for their powerful and empathetic artwork drawn by real artists of the Resistance and are fine-tuned for optimal impact.  WalkWoke encourages additional creators to submit their own artwork for consideration for inclusion.

Here’s how it works

1. Users choose from a wide array of powerful graphic or photographic art as a template from either the Feed screen or by browsing a variety of topics:
  • Religious Freedom
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Labor Rights
  • Beauty of the Earth
  • Violence
  • Criminal Justice
  • Poverty
  • Disability Rights
  • Be the Change
  • Healthcare
  • Climate Change
  • Body Image & Confidence
  • Corruption
  • EducationLGBTQ
  • Let Kids be Kids
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Diversity & Equality
  • Vote
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gun Violence
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Women’s Rights
  • Children’s Rights
  • Immigrants’ Rights & Freedom
  • Environmental Justice
  • Science
  • Net Neutrality
Select a poster by Topic
Each sample poster displays its title, author, topic and number of views. Select a poster from the feed
2. Customize your poster by creating your own message, changing its backgrounds, font, font color and text size. Drag your message to the desired position. 
3. Preview your power and then choose to print it, save it to your photo library, share it on social media, or choose to schedule Twitter or Facebook posts.
Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 2.18.24 PMThings to think about . . .
Designed to empower political activists, facilitate protest, build community and to graphically amplify voices of dissent to enact change, this is the first app of its kind.And . . .Of course, there is POV here.Before using WakeWoke in your library or with your students, consider your community and its values and the age of your audience. Consider how you might ensure that diverse points of view are recognized and encouraged. The posters in this collection can be personalized, but they definitely favor liberal and resistance perspectives.

Of course, posters are designed to have power.  They are designed to persuade. They are powerful, carefully constructed media messages.

Consider encouraging students to create posters that represent their viewpoints in combination with historic studies of visual persuasion and media literacy.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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