Churches and Social Media A Tool of Ministry and Outreach

Social Media and the Church of Christ
Alvin Daniels Elijah Taylor William Jackson
Minister Alvin Daniels, Elijah Taylor III, William Jackson, M.Ed.

Churches and Social Media A Tool of Ministry and Outreach
William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina
State University… William Jackson Northside Church of Christ, Jacksonville,
Minister Alvin Daniels of Hope Church of Christ, Hollywood
and Elisha Taylor III of Northbound Church of Christ provided
valuable information during the Social Media workshop portion
of the 51st Annual Florida State Church of Christ Lectureship
held in Jacksonville, Florida.

Attended by over 500 hundred members of Church of Christ
ministries and friends during the week, there were workshops
dedicated to Ministry, Evangelism, Youth Ministry, Outreach and
other areas of need and interest.

The workshop “Bridging the Gap Through Social Media”
was an interactive discussion covering digital content, social
engagement and how future employment and careers are
affected. How to digitally evangelize online and share the
gospel in outreach.

Social Media can affect credit scores and perceptions
that church members create when posting inappropriate
information. Digital information never goes away, members
of the Church of Christ and other ministries should understand
this, stated by William Jackson a 32 year educator.

People judge ministries by the Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat
postings of their.Church are being classified as good or
bad by members content.

William Jackson, Digital Media Innovator of My Quest to Teach
shared a new term “Sharenting” where parents are constantly
posting content about their kids. The danger is posting photos
of children nude, semi-nude or in poses of “cuteness,”
perceptions of being older and poses present a more mature
look can cause issues and dangers from cyber-stalkers, potential
child pornography issues, cyber-bullying and harassing in future
encounters with content online.

Minister Alvin Daniels spoke on how to create an effective
Social Media presence for ministries, to develop a team that
can support each other, that can use different platforms to
share the gospel and support the members and show to the
community the atmosphere of the ministry.

Minister Daniels shared how people will Google churches if
they are looking to move memberships or if they are relocating
to a new area. The Social Media engagement does mean
a lot for families. Hope Church of Christ is successful because
of its consistency with posting content, replying to emails
and messages from online and being able to rotate staff so
no one get burned out from doing the same thing all the time.
Successful engagement is having the minister and leadership
share content individually in videos, chats on Twitter, LinkedIn
and Instagram.

Even in this age of digital engagement it is important that
ministers do not shield themselves from the public,but use
Social Media to show their availability and access for prayer
and inviting the community to events of the ministry.

Minister Daniels has used Social Media to build Hope
Church of Christ to one of the largest and connected
ministries in the South Florida area.

Social Media is a powerful tool that can build a person’s
Brand or destroy their ability to communicate and influence.
The photo shows on the left Minister Alvin Daniels,
Elisha Taylor III blogger, speaker at tech conferences and
the first DCPS student to peak at a TEDX Salon at Florida
State College in Jacksonville and William Jackson DMI of
My Quest To Teach.

51st Annual Florida State Lectureship can be found at https://www.facebook.com/2019FloridaStateLectureship/
Minister Alvin Daniels can be found https://hopechurchofchrist.org/
Elisha Taylor III can be found at
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/elisha-taylor-iii/
William Jackson, M.Ed. can be found at https://myquesttoteach.com/
More about Sharenting
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750577697/what-parents-may-not-realize-when-they-post-about-their-kids-online

Writing and Storytelling for Africans

Image of Africa

Writing and Storytelling for Africans
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
@wmjackson Twitter

image of William Jackson
image of William Jackson, Blogger and Educator

“Writers have to recognize the works of the artist and
those of the activist. Creating content is more than just
throwing words, video, pictures on a digital sheet of
paper. There is serious intellectual thought during the
writing process. Sometimes writing will be in a zone of
creativity and innovation to create new content that has
an intended outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are
unknown.” William Jackson

Professor Soyinka “Just sit down and write….” as he has
stated to growing African writers across the continent.
The ability of a blogger / writer to write also means that
they have a responsibility to tell the story of those that
cannot write, those that are silent and have no voice.

Digital content is powerful and enabling to bring recog-
nition, attention and urgency to civic issues that need
to be addressed.

The growth of the blogger / writer is composed of periods
of growth, reconciliation, enlightenment and a civic
responsibility to write / blog not just for oneself, but for
those that do not have a voice and will not be heard.
The ability to share a story comes from the ability to listen
and apply knowledge from a person’s experiences,
interactions, goals for growth and even how mistakes are
made and learned from.

The diversity of culture influences a writer’s ability to
“touch” the people they are writing to or writing for.
When past writers applied their skills they shared stories
that could be connected to real life, to the experiences
that many knew they could connect to.

The diversity of African bloggers represents the diversity of
a continent that influences not just the global weather, but
has digital extensions that influence business, commerce,
entrepreneurial spirits of the dreamers, creators and
innovators that have ideas to change the world around them.

Africa is in a constant state of flux economically, educationally,
culturally and the future is unknown, but it is becoming
brighter and brighter as business and entrepreneurial
opportunities become available.

Writers like author and Professor Wole Soyinka who are
involved in civic issues, governmental policies and the
educational growth of youth, teens and adults. He
is of the past, but influences the present.

There are modern writers waiting to be read.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been nominated for a Nobel
Peace Prize in 2017 and is a strong contender to win
one in literature.

The African continent has birthed intellectual and
intelligent writers that have embraced and applied
digital platforms to awaken and encourage others in
the African diaspora to spread their digital wings and
take flight. The storytellers of the past have grown and
adapted to the Bloggers, Vbloggers, Podcasters,
Facebook Live and Instagram visionaries building,
creating, designing and posting content that influences
thought not just emotions.

Stated by Soyinka, “when Africans learn the power they
have in their hands in writing, they can influence their
communities and make important and needed changes
because they will have a voice that others can hear and
follow.”

Writing is a grassroots process that builds knowledge in
Africans of all ages and can influence generations. The
educational process is key because as can be seen in Africa
it is dangerous to allow your colonizers to educate your
children. Their goals are not the goals of those being
oppressed. The goal of the oppressor is the keep the
oppressed ignorant. So that their resources can be drained
dry before the oppressed realize what is happening
to their lands, to their people and their very existence.

Stated by Prof. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
“If we (Blacks) are not speaking for ourselves or writing
for ourselves, someone else is going to describe who we
are, where we came from and ultimately where we are going.”

This creates identity problems because those that are doing
the writing are not looking through the eyes of those being
written about. The people are not seen as people they are
seen as little things with no value, as Chinua Achebe states,
“as funny things.”

Too many stories are wrong in their direction to offer solutions
to issues that Africans are experiencing. Africans must be able
to tell their own stories because there is a story to tell…..
“Your pen has to be on fire.” Chinua Achebe
Social Media has opened more doors to express, share
and even demand change.

Resources:
How many people use social media in Africa?
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/africa/africa-social-media-consumption/
BBC Africa
https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcafrica
10 Best African Speakers
https://www.africa.com/ted-global-2017-meet-the-10-africans-on-the-list-of-speakers/

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville
William Jackson and Monica Timmons
Partnership between:
Jacksonville section of the
National Council of Negro Women
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC

The Jacksonville Section of NCNW and STEAM Chair Monica Timmons
envisioned All Kids Can Code Event, as a talking point for students that
would spark interest in technology.
The event was created to expose kids to the computer programming
coding language  “Scratch,” discuss various types of technology
careers that kids can have access to..
Monica knew that in order to captivate the audience of young people
she would have to be transparent and meet the youth where they
were with positive word affirmations over themselves. The students
yelled, “I am somebody, I control my destiny, I am brilliant and my mind
is limitless.”
“My hope is that a technology movement of young people building code
and using creativity will erupt and cause the youth to put down guns
and pick up coding methodologies,” said Monica.

William Jackson, a 31 year educator hoped that the skills gained learning coding
and applied to Social Media responsibility and accountability can
change the mind-sets of youth, teens and young adults. “Creating a transformative mental shift away from self-hurt, self-denial to self-nourishment and self-empowerment,” said William.

The ability to understand languages is not just related to foreign languages;
Spanish,  French, Igbo and the other diverse languages that can he heard in the
community of Jacksonville. There is another language that is located on digital
platforms that is the language of coding.

Coding can be the language to program robots, mechanical machines, cars,
airplanes and spaceships. It can be related to the language of the web also,
that Tim Berners-Lee created browsers to allow the Internet to be seen by human eyes through web browsers and not just viewed but with interaction and engagement.

A quote by Lee, “the Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future
is still so much bigger than the past.” William Jackson a STEAM advocate
encourages youth, teens and young adults to have a global perspective of the
world. To look beyond Jacksonville, Florida.
There are other similar languages CSS, Python and others that allow for the
connections of human and machine. The incorporation of AI – Artificial
Intelligence that blends human thinking to the decision making of machines.
Allowing machines to think like humans and make independent decisions.

The All Kids Can Code workshop for kids provided by the vision of Monica
Timmons, a skilled and proficient coder, developer, web creator. Monica an
active and engaged member of the historic National Council of Negro Women
https://ncnw.org/ Jacksonville Chapter.
The direction of life sustaining careers is directly related to STEM and STEAM.
Science Technology Engineering and Math or in some cases Mechanics.
The A represents the engagement of the Arts a very important element that
allows diverse areas of the brain to function in creativity and innovation.
Artist like Aida Correa infuse these elements to excite kids that are not into
sports or entertainment.
Youth, teens and young adults need to be engaged academically that can lead to professional careers.

Great appreciation to Gabriella White for sharing her story and drive toward her career dreams. Her involvement is an inspiration to the youth attending to see a young person they can look up to as a role model and even a mentor.
Opportunities like All Kids Can Code have the potential to open professional doors that  lead to sitting at the tables of business, commerce, technology,
the Arts and education.
The economic opportunities for children of color and culture to develop skills necessary to start their journeys in new career opportunities and as entrepreneurs.

The NCNW in partnership with My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC
will be providing workshops on June 15th and June 22nd in Jacksonville continuing to teach coding, web development and Internet safety and responsibility.

Thanks and appreciation goes out to Monica, the volunteers and support
of the NCNW and building the future leaders Jacksonville will need to become a transformative city for the future.
Businesses are embracing new technologies that manage data, are proactive to challenges that humans face and even encourage innovation.
The Arts is a very valuable component because of the infusion of visual elements that  bring attention to nature. Special thanks to the Jacksonville Public Library and the use of its state of the art facilities. Always available to help and build a better future for youth, teens and young adults in Jacksonville.

NCNW Jacksonville Section under the leadership of:

Kruzshander Scott – Executive Director
Dr. Sabrina Edward, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Jevetta Stanford, Ph.D. – Vice President
Brandi Bennett – Secretary
Alfreda Denson-Butler – Interim Treasurer

William Jackson can be contacted at myquesttoteach@gmail.com
Monica Timmons can be contacted at jaxncnw1938@gmail.com
Aida Correa can be contacted at heisintheart@gmail.com
Jacksonville Section of NCNW website: https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

 

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to Right: William Jackson, Alfreda Denson-Butler,
Sharita Neal, Gabriella White, Tasha Gaitlin,
Monica Timmons, Marcia Brown, and Marilynn Doucet.

21 Reasons Your Online Content Should Be Dope

William Jackson, Blogger

 

William Jackson at WordCamp US
William Jackson at WordCamp US

21 Reasons Your Online Content Should Be Dope
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

Being dope on Social Media is not a cultural thing,
it is the ability to be comfortable in your digital life
and in your digital skin. As a content creator, digital
diva, thought leader, digital innovator, graphic artist
or even a dope web developer. It means that it is ok
to have fun on the web and to integrate yourself into
your product even on a digital level.

Too many people lose the excitement of creating
content that will be read, viewed, studied, listened to
and watched when they are just writing for themselves.

The pleasure comes in writing for others and sharing
your story. Your audience changes as access and
platforms change, so why not be Dope and Lit, providing
something that brings people to you so you can teach,
inspire, encourage and engage. Share your energies
and your excitement.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is not always the ticket,
WOM or Word of Mouth is still important and should always
be a viable strategy to build your followers and participating
in community events.
Search Engine Optimization is computer based, technology
cannot always bring readers. Building relationships and
collaborations are the keys to building and developing a
following, building a Brand and creating a Niche.

As a parent of 2 adult children, 32 year professional educator,
blogger of over 20 year, community mentor, community activist,
speaker on the national and international level, and STEAM
advocate here are my 21 Reasons Your Content Should Be Dope…..

Men of WordCamp
Men of WordCamp

1. To attract diverse readers and viewers. Being diversified
of content is a plus because people connect with what they
like and relate to. How your content relates to their needs and
relevance. Apply learning to real life.
2. Most viewers will be women and they love dope content.
Try not to be boring or repetitive but engaging and even fun.
3. If you want a broad spectrum of followers dope up
your blog with relevant content and graphics that attract.
Visual appeal is very important especially to women.

4.International markets look to promote Dope and Lit
content. They always look for awesome people that
apply their craft and enjoy what they are doing.
5.If your looking to monetize your site and content
expand your dopeness to new markets. Diversification
is the ticket.
6.Hire dope speakers like me to talk on your Podcasts,
talk shows and even television shows.

7.Take plenty of dope photos and video with dope and
lit people. Use your Instagram and Twitter sites to
share and expand your reach.
8. Speak at WordCamps, Bar Camps, EdCamps and
other tech conferences.
9. Always have your business cards available, make
sure there is a dope photo of yourself and have
your “elevator pitch” at the ready.

10. Hire a dope graphic artist to create your dope
logo. People are visual use that to your advantage.
11. Be a sponsor and promoter of community events
in your community to get your name out there.
12. Join the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business
Owners and other dope organizations that are
invested in the community and city.

13. Be a speaker on talk shows to share your
knowledge. Give back, don’t always take.
14. Start your own Podcast with guests and be fancy
with your title.
15. See where you can help your church of ministry
with their connectivity.

16. Take a Social Media class yourself.
17. Offer Social Media classes with certificates
when completed.
18. Keep your profiles current, relevant and
oozzing with dopeness. Who are you associated
with makes a difference.

19. Take a dope vacation from time to time
to encourage inspiration and meet new people.
20. Embrace diversity in your company and your
associations.
21. Network – Network – Network

William Jackson Speaking at
WordCamp Conferences on WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson

 

William Jackson and Aida Correa
William Jackson and Aida Correa

The Power of Blogging – Opening Dynamic Digital Doorways

Logo of My Quest To Teach

The Power of Blogging – Opening Dynamic Digital Doorways
by William Jackson @wmjackson

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

Blogging is a dynamic digital doorway to discovery and social engagements
that are continuously changing. Blog provide a voice to the voiceless and a
platform to tell a story. Traditional processes of communication have changed from verbal exchanges to the infusion of digital tools and platforms that
allow for uninterrupted connections and enhanced exchanges of information.

The tools or platforms range from Vblogging, Podcasting, Instagraming,
Snap-chatting, Vining, Periscope, Voxing, Facebook Live and the list continues to grow.  As a past instructor teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM at a historically Black higher educational institution – HBCU Edward Waters College. The opportunity to teach, expose and bring to
light how powerful tech can be is awesome and a little intimidating.

There is a need for instruction that is tailored not to specific platforms,
but an open discussion of the why Social Media should be implemented
and how to effectively to get students to understand that their career
success is dependent on their gaining knowledge, acquiring resources and networking. As shared by a previous student Crystal Sanders, attending
the class on blogging and technology; “as a future educational leader you maybe required to conduct training’s on a platform or formats using productivity tools and digital tools.” Educators must be able to apply real learning to real relevancy so students know how to apply their thinking. Understanding how to use these tools is very important, each lesson in Educational Technology was designed for you to “think and apply” “in a particular way concerning your area of study.”

Prof Jackson and Students
Prof Jackson and Students

The Educational Technology and Social Media course is project based
and develops thought leadership and critical and higher order thinking
that students will need as they begin their new careers. Our society is
a knowledge based society. There is a need for the skills of acquiring information, applying information and understanding the relevancy of information. Students need to understand the application of applying
knowledge, especially to career choices and learning situations.

Blogging is not dead as some people imply. It is transforming to embrace
a digital lifestyle. The growing social engagements that allow for direct communication, local  connections that allow for community activism,
mobile ability to communicate on the move and community interaction
that brings people closer together and allows for diversity to unite instead
of divide people.

If students are not taught the power of blogging, building digital platforms
and growing into digital innovators, the ability to be authentic storytellers could be lost, their voices could be drowned in the commercial manipulation
of media and our diverse cultures could be lost in the overall digital Matrix.

The power of blogging strong when words define a Blog, words create a
Niche and word are characteristically adaptable to all situations and circumstances for communication. Sharing stories was once only done by storyteller, blogging is now the storyteller format for digital communication and allows anyone, everywhere, from all walks of life to have a voice and
bring a voice to the voiceless.

Blogging is not dead, nor will it ever die, it will adapt, re-invent itself and
even become scalable to new tools and platforms to share information
that is transformational and empowering.

Bloggers, Content Creators, Digital Innovators
Bloggers, Content Creators, Digital Innovators