The Power of Blogging – Opening Dynamic Digital Doorways

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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

The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

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Building with STEAM
Building with STEAM


The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

New initiatives in education and the increase of hands-on instruction
accompanying a STEM or STEAM model are being used in summer
camps.
Engaged and interactive learning is becoming the norm for summer
programs.  Youth, teens and young adults attention spans are short
and the window to lay the foundation for learning and comprehension
is sometimes short. There is competition with gaming, social
engagements with Social Media platforms and other digital
entertainment.

The push for gender equality in education still remains out of reach
because mentalities are slow to change concerning the abilities of girls
and women. The affects of socio-economic factors and gender-based
bias are preventing equal opportunities in learning.

A concern that should be addressed is the low female participation in
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) that leads
to be a progression into careers. Worrisome is the lack of girls and
women of color and culture in STEAM majors that lead to high paying
careers and thought leadership.

STEAM prevails many aspects in the catalytic for the achievement
of girls and women in preparation for careers. Education is key,
but the right education is paramount the directs girls and women
in the right direction that is best their-selves. It is crucial for
women and girls to have equal opportunities to contribute
and benefit from STEAM opportunities.

Girls and women participation, achievement and continuation in
STEAM studies is important in classrooms and even more important
during months when summer camps offer hands-on individual
and group instruction. The exposure to new ideas for careers, using
differential instruction, integration of diverse technologies, mentoring
and participating in Professional Learning Networks and communities
adds to the value of Learning Agility.

In Jacksonville alone the growth of STEM, STEAM, STREAM, Coding
and Web Development workshops and programs can be seen from
the Jacksonville Public Library system, the National Council of Negro
Women in partnership with My Quest To Teach
(William Jackson, M.Ed.).
The Arts with Aida Correa of  (LoveBuilt Life, LLC), Jacksonville 100
Black Men, the JAX PAL Summer STEAM Program and others.

Monica Timmons of National Council of Negro Women has an
extensive background in web development, coding and digital
technologies, she has a passion for helping youth, teens and
young adults to learn skills they will need for 21st
and 22nd century employment.

The past EYH – Expanding Your Horizon provided STEAM
workshops to girls from 5th grade to 8th grade at University
of North Florida. Women in the diverse fields of science, technology,
engineering,  math, business, nano-technology, DNA Mapping,
education and even those of military service, guided girls in
hands-on learning. The girls put on lab coats, googles and gloves
to simulate working in labs to provide a realistic feel to
their learning.

Girls and women have a right to equal opportunities that boys
have and equitable rights to have resources both hands-on
and digital that allow for maximum engagement. Summer
break should be open opportunities of engagement,
empowerment, collaboration and integration of new
learning adventures.

Summer camps expand the learning opportunities and
should apply what is taught in the classrooms and
enhance it even further.
The need especially in communities where youth, teens
and young adults need exposure, mentorship, modeling,
guidance and digital access. Representation does matter
because youth, teens and young adults of color
need to see professionals of color as thought leaders,
digital innovators, content creators and diverse users
of technologies that are cutting edge. One of them is the
saving of Twitter posts and the potential to use this
information against people. Weaponizing information
is the next threat people need to be aware of and
guard against.
Library of Congress Has Now Archived 170 Billion Tweets
https://mashable.com/2013/01/05/library-of-congress-twitter/

STEM and STEAM are only as good as what the participants
put in and get out of it. The level of engagement and relevancy
is vital because the participants need to understand how to
apply their learning and what they will get out of it. Youth,
teens and young adults should not see learning as boring,
dull or difficult, this is a time to experience new things,
new challenges and apply what they already learned in
schools. To be able to take that school knowledge to
another level.

Summer time is a perfect time to learn new ways that
tech can be influential and fun. It has to be relevant,
real and easy to apply.

Summer Resource:
Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Library
https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/locations/highlands-regional

My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.com/

National Council of Negro Women and My Quest To Teach
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

JAX PAL
https://jaxpal.com/

Jacksonville 100 Black Men
https://100blackmenjax.org/

LoveBuilt Life, LLC
http://lovebuiltlife.com/

If you have not already done so, please register your kids for an
amazing STEAM event in collaboration with Jacksonville
Public Library – Highlands branch,  William Jackson of
My Quest to Teach, Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life, LLC,
and Monica Timmons of Jacksonville section of NCNW, Inc.
STEAM committee.
*Discuss STEAM opportunities
*Senior Technology Staff provide knowledge transfer
*CODE through PLAY
*SOCIAL media overview
*Door Prize Give-aways
Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

Summer Tech Training
Summer Tech Training

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH

expanding your horizons

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson

Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning  to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and  young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.

Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida

Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.

The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.

Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..

There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.

Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
development.

Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.

The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
seminars.

The opportunities are there, parents need to make the choices
to sacrifice the time and the energy.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 – https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
EYH – Empowering Your Horizons 2019 – https://www.eyhn.org/
National Council of Negro Women 2019  – https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

100 Black Men of Jacksonville 2019 – https://100blackmenjax.org/
Black Male Explorers 2019 –  https://www.ewc.edu/black-male-explorers/

The African Silver Surfer Over 50 Bloggers

William Jackson and Aida Correa

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The African Silver Surfer Over 50 Bloggers
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Sponsor of WordCamp Entebbe, Uganda,
WordCamp Lagos, Nigeria
WordCamp PortHarcourt

The Silver Surfers of the digital age are growing at a tremendous rate
in Africa. Africans over 50 years of age are creating Facebook profiles,
they are Micro-blogging on Twitter, Instagramming their photos, creating
YouTube channels and just a little bit of SnapChat.
Silver Surfers are online actively engaged across the blogosphere sharing their experiences, knowledge, stories, wisdom and even humor.

They are talking about their lives in the present and the past, they are
talking about sex, relationships, gout, childcare as grandparents and
even taking care of their adult children as these children deal with
unemployment and social challenges that have economic challenges
and the political situations in their nations.

Technology is providing a new ability and platform to voice their
ideas, opinions and they are growing in influence.

African Bloggers over 50 are talking about politics, economics and
starting businesses. They are into cell phone usage that is transforming
the face of Social Media on the continent of Africa.

Digital communication is the way they stay connected to the world
and with family and friends. The Internet contains continuous developing
platforms for those 50 years and older to digitally travel locally,
nationally and internationally.

The challenges of obtaining a Passport can be overcome by hopping
on the Internet to visit local, national and international sites. Travel
is free, in the comfort of a residence and portable when done on
cell phones and tablets.

Silvers in Africa are learning that in order to stay connected to their
grandchildren they need to learn now to connect with them to see
what their children’s children are up to online. Using Apps are the
tools of choice to interact and be engaging.

Celebrating cultural events, special occasions, community events
and even attending political rallies can be done online and the ability
to contribute to the discussions to  share ideas and opinions to a large
mass of people.

Chinua Achebe once said about writing, my weapon for change is
literature. Africans have a weapon that is magnified by the reach
Social Media has and Technology provides.
Using applications that allow Face to Face communication, video
recording, and audio Chat helps in keeping connected and aware
as each generation gets older and older. Age does not stop discovery,
creativity, exploration and being curious. Age embraces the quest
of more knowledge and this keeps the brain youthful, creative and
innovative.

When cars are connected with Wifi, restaurants have free access and
even connectivity is available in bathrooms being connected is not a
challenge. Silver Surfers in Africa are asking several questions when
they go traveling; Where are the restrooms and what is the Wifi code?

Silver Surfers are building their own networks that create growing
communities and societies that are digital. Learning the acronyms
of  PLC  Professional Learning Communities and building PLN
Professional Learning Networks. African over 50 are becoming
activists in their nations, sharing their opinions passions and
encouraging change. I think knowing one’s history leads one to
act in a more enlightened fashion. I cannot imagine how knowing
one’s history would not urge one to be an activist.
John Hope Franklin has stated.

Activism begins with a passion for change, seeing a wrong that
needs to be corrected and inspiring people.

William Jackson 57 and Aida Correa 51 speak at conferences at
WordCamp internationally in Central America and Canada. Being
past the half century mark is not a deterrent to learning and growth.
Sharing content, wisdom and experiences to younger
generations

The increased presence of Silver Surfers that are Bloggers,
PodCasters, Instagrammers, VBloggers, MicroBloggers and the
diversity of content creators is represented by those that are
50 years and over seen at WordCamp and other technology
conferences

The dictionary defines Silver Surfers as a noun, an elderly person
who is a regular or enthusiastic Internet user. The word elderly
will be argued because those Silvers are determined in their quest
to show seniors are growing influencers. William and Aida are
Bloggers and Content Creators, showing that their knowledge
does make a difference in their communities.

The dynamics are changing with dictionaries defining the Silver
Surfers influence in an age of digital transformation and growth.
As seniors enter into the Silver years of their lives they are a
wealth of knowledge, wisdom and resources that are untapped
for younger generations.

The Internet and associated tools helps to connect families with
Silver parents, grandparents and other family members. Keeping
hearts and minds active, engaged and youthful. When the mind is
youthful the spirit and body follow, even if joints are touched
with arthritis.

The integration of smart, intelligent, intuitive, comprehensive and
AI elements benefits Silvers using technology.
Youth, teens, young adults and Silver Surfers are starting a new
era in collaboration and connections with tech as the bridge
between generations and diversity is crossed.

Age was respected among his people, but achievement was
revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could
eat with kings as stated by Chinua Achebe in his book Things Fall Apart.

Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences

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Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
Teachers for
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Orlando 2019
KidsCamp Miami 2019
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

Developing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating with Web Development.
The rapid growth of WordCamp conferences and the integration of
Kids Camp conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults of color need to be involved in new areas.
Educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa are
developing independent curriculum’s that are fun,
engaged, exciting and inclusive to the needs of
children of color. They (both are people of color)
understand that children of color need to see
representation that looks like them, allows for growth
and awareness in technology careers.

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher
order thinking that children of color have naturally,
but do not understand how to apply and build on their brilliance.
STEM camps, STEAM camps and Kids Camp are happening across
the nation and globally. Kids, youth, teens and young adults
are demanding to be included in the opportunities that WordCamp
conferences present. Kids Camp conferences are not only happening
in the United States, they are in San Jose, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua in Central America. William and Aida have assisted with
the Kids Camp in 2018 and with the Kids Camp in Calgary, Alberta
Canada as well in 2018.

Their participation is expected in 2019 and beyond to help
bring diversity in learning, engagement, fun and teaching skills
that are required in business, commerce and global enterprises.
Bursting at the doors kids are wanting to learn to code, and
develop web sites. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs
and business owners.

Kids love technology and what the potential is for new business
ideas not just playing sports and entertainment. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning
in schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships.

Education is not the only option, networking, collaboration,
partnerships are valuable. Learning skills that are part of the
business process and learning the language(s) to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Children of color must be able to engage in conferences
where their minds are broadened, their skills are
improved and sharpened and their fear of what is new is overcome.
Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating
beyond their present positions in life. Parents of color must
allow their children to participate in conferences to build
skills for future employment chances and changes.
Sports and entertainment come with inherent risks, but education
is only risky when it is discounted, rejected and laughed at.
The color of skin at a Kids Camp conference does not matter
because the instructors are of color and represent the kids
there.

William Jackson (African American) and Aida Correa
(Latina – Puerto Rican) create an environment of innovation,
creativity and discovery. All that is required is excitement,
a love for learning and creativity by the kids.
Children of color need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation,
and working together to accomplish goals and building future
dreams in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.

Children are learning about WordPress development,
web design, coding, java script, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and other related skills. Kids will walk
away from Kids Camp with their very own WordPress.com
website. How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity
to travel the world.

One of the challenges for many children of color is that
too many do not get out of their neighborhoods to
explore the world around them. They seem to be stuck with
no exposure to the future and this creates “dream deserts”
where children of color don’t dream.
Kids Camps provide a vision and purpose for dreams. The
excitement of new thinking, fantastic dreams of growth
and change. The dopeness of the future as a
leader, creator and innovator.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving. This must never be allowed to happen again !!!
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges. Children of color need to be part of the
solutions to solve human challenges, threats, complex
environmental changes and create generational growth.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted,
talented, creative and innovative should be celebrated as a
child of color and culture.

Start by attending WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences and
other areas involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright!!

Resources:
William Jackson and Aida Correa Welcome to Kids Camp Miami 2019
https://youtu.be/ibCFAAt8Z2s

Did You Know How Tech Influences Your Life 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8lBMFw2xFA&t=1s

WordCamp Central where globally WordCamp can be found
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/


I’m Volunteering and Teaching at WordCamp Miami 2019