MQTT mission is to teach the value of accountability and responsibility associated with Social Media and Tech. Embracing and accepting the diversity of global learning. Helping to amplify the value and importance of diversity and inclusivity.
Scotty Reed is the Host of Black Talk Radio
Blog Talk Radio January 2009
With the advent of new media technology, African Americans have a new tool to empower, inform and educate themselves yet many only use these tools for entertainment.
Blacks must be able to use and apply technologies to help in obtaining
educational successes, obtain new career fields that help build economic
stability and growth and create and share content that is authentic and
empowering for each generation.
Blacks must start to think past sports and entertainment and learn HTML,
Coding, Productivity Skills, Graphic Design, Development of Web Sites,
E-commerce and other areas that allow for leadership, creativity and
Join Black Talk Radio member and my guest William Jackson, M.Ed to discuss the question “Can African American’s Afford Not To Blog?”. Can African Americans Afford Not To Blog
DCPS Students Continue Learning Through Virtual Summer Camp William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest to Teach
Having the opportunity to speak to youth, teens and young
adults is a wonderful experience especially when speaking
to them about different areas of technology addressing
Sexting and Cyber-bullying.
It was a great pleasure teaching virtually to students of
Duval County Public Schools “Cyber-bullying and Sexting
Can Destroy Your Future,” as one of the sessions for the
Virtual Summer Camp.
Baptist Health supports Communities in Schools’ virtual
summer camp with wonderful sessions covering Depression,
COVID-19 Trauma/Social and Emotional Impact and other
areas. Baptist Health is always interested in the health of
community youth, teens and young adults.
Community in Schools Virtual Summer Camp was a wonderful
opportunity as a teacher and advocate of STREAM to speak
to students from Duval County Public Schools middle and high
schools about their digital content, being accountable with their
social media postings and how cyber-bullying and sexting can
destroy their future even before it can begins.
As a teacher of 32 years being able to judge how you’re doing
comes when youth let you know. Love the comments that are
received, Dykisha stated, “Preach!” as I shared that they
(students) are their Brands. They must guard their Brands
against self-destruction and mis-interpretation.
Their actions, behaviors words have influence in their lives.
Technology has opened opportunities to be influential in both
positive and negative ways. Especially during the pandemic
where youth, teens and young adults are isolated in their
homes and lacking physical contact with friends, social media
is the go to source of connection on digital platforms.
Students even in middle school need to know that their digital
devices can be their best friend (BFF) or their worst enemy by
the content they post on platforms like Twitter, Instagram,
TikTok, Tumblr and other sites. Parents need to understand
they will be held accountable for what their children do if they
are paying for the cell phones and their children are minors.
During the presentation students where asked what they learned
and students like Cortney stated: “I learned that my branding
is important and jobs will look at the things that I post. I also
learned that there are other ways to deal with cyber-bullying
then just ignoring.”
Asking students how they would deal with cyber-bullying and
getting advice from them is key to involving them in the decision
making process where they learn from, and teach each other.
There were other presenters addressing higher education,
business etiquette, time and personal management.
Members of the Pan-Hellenic (Greek) organizations participated
sharing the community works that Greek orgs provide and
the importance of sisterhood and brotherhood. The
combination of age levels, grade levels and exposure to
professionals of careers is important even in virtual
learning because comments like this from Ashlee:
“I learned that no matter what even if you delete (content)
your service provider still has that information or proof If
there is an issue that can be investigated about
cyber-bullying or sexting.
MaryAnn (adult online chaperone) provided great feedback
to several students: “Cortney & Ashlee, those are both
really good take-aways!” Stating that the CIS Jax program is
preparing them for beyond high school and providing career
skills to be successful in life. More virtual learning will be
held in the future making virtual learning the new normal in
the era of the pandemic.
Teachers Joining Together in Virtual EdCamp Teacher Conferences
William Jackson, M.Ed. 32 year educational professional
My Quest to Teach #MyQuestToTeach
The diversity of subject areas for discussion in virtual EdCamp
conferences has expanded from just a dialogue on teacher
tools, platforms and the development of educational
strategies to equitable access to the Internet, teacher
preparation to teach virtually, the Digital Divide and
Teachers of Color Meet-up.
Discussion will be held in areas of
“Teachers of Color Meet-Up,” “Session 1: Elementary
School (Grades PreK-5),” and “Session 2: Digital Divide.”
There are many opportunities during the summer for educators
to share their experiences, ideas, strategies and incites
addressing COVID19, the pandemic and educational equality.
Digital learning has been thrust upon the nation
and what is being shown there are drastic changes
that are needed to accommodate all learners. Too
many students are denied access to high speed
access to the Internet, families are lacking the
necessary skills to help children learn virtually
and school districts many times do not have the
infrastructure to handle the amount of students
that will be trying to access virtual classes.
The pandemic is showing that there is much to do
for students, families and communities to address the
equability of accessing tools for virtual learning.
COVID19 school closures have caused drastic changes
in the instructional models across the nation.
Educators are working during the summer to continue
to figure out how to best support students with
virtual learning or a combination of traditional
and virtual. There were rapid changes when COVID19
started and educational leaders scrambled to move
traditional learning models from teaching in the
classroom to virtual classes.
Looking forward to participating in “Digital Promise
and Edcamp Foundation” events online. Educators
working to support one another in the transition
to virtual learning at Edcamp.
What EdCamps are:
Edcamps are free public events which leverage the
knowledge and experiences of attendees to create
the topics and discussions of the day.
The theme of this Edcamp is “Equity.”
These sessions provides a space for elementary,
middle and high school educators to connect and
share insight, experiences,
and resources related to this theme.
Sustainable Development Goals for Jacksonville Businesses During COVID19 and Beyond
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach
As the world copes with COVID19 and potentially many Jacksonville
small businesses will be gone forever, many will be struggling to
remain open or even open back up. There is little guidance from
the government and in some cases confusion from local governmental
officals. Many small and minority businesses are being ignored and
continued to be marginalized no matter their color.
The community works that are necessary to help Jacksonville small
businesses stay alive are not being met. Local officials are not
even going into minority communities or using technology to talk
to local business owners. There is a big distinction between how
small businesses are being treated and larger businesses are.
In many cases small businesses cannot afford the fees associated
with the loans being offered and paying back of loans may not be
possible because potetntial customers themselves do not have
the monies to shop at smaller community businesses.
Small businesses performing evaluation of their financial data see
daunting finanicial challenges and are closing. Minority businesses
are hit hard financially, they are hard hit because they employ
family members and a double hit that family and friends financially
There is a challenge to moving forward in a economy with the
possibility of a depression and continued economic down turns.
Even with the changing of digital environments, small businesses
are not digitally conneceted. They may not understand the
value of Zoom, TEAMS, Skype, Facebook Live, IG Live and other
digital platforms. Even before COVID19 small and minority
businesses struggled with just having a basic social media presence.
The level of digital knowledge for samll business owners
needs to change, they have to increase and improve digitally.
This is a new normal and will not go back completely to the
way things were. There should be a plan how to implement online
Branding and Marketing. This needs to be a priority to help as
many businesses as possible for future exhistance.
Local and community busiensses are the key to building and
re-building communities. The strength of local business
infrastructures helps to contribute to the infusion of tax
dollars to help provide needed community services.
Small and miniority businesses help schools to grow, roads to
be maintained, fund emergency services and other structural
services needed. All small businesses are needed to help a
city survive and thrive.
Conversations and communications are important because
knowledge is only powerful if it is applied correctly,
strategically, purposefully and planned. The time is now
to work together to collaboraate not compete, to bring in
the youth, teens and young adults of the communinty to
teach business skills, how to think critically, creatively
and with innovaton.
Small and minority businesses need to receive business and
political education and share with youth and young adults
so they will be prepared to be the future leaders, role
models and investors of the future.
The thinking should now be beyond Black Lives Matter,
but how can these Black lives promote community unity,
community pride, community awarenes, stop community killings,
stop community homelessness and work to build, create,
establish and finance investments in the Black and other
communities of cities. All small businesses are important
and needed for the rebuilding and growth of any community.
Listed are some community services in Jacksonville: