Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators

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Sharing Ideas to Build African Content Creators
William Jackson, M.Ed.
The continued growth of African content creators is
being seen in the global expansion of Africans that
are sharing their digital stories.

Whether their stories are personal, professional,
collaborative, political or based on social issues
there are more African bloggers than ever before.
Digital infrastructures are allowing Africans to build
businesses using their cell phones and tablets.
Technology is opening new doors to compete and
collaborate and the world is noticing on Social Media
and digital commerce.

There are many African bloggers not sure how to
start and where to go for help. The availability of
WordCamp conferences and other tech workshops,
meetups and meetings helps tremendously.
Understanding and comprehension of how to apply
content creation is important. Blogging is not and will
not die because of the diversity that is available.

Sharing from my experiences to help bloggers on the
African content are from my experiences as a blogger,
speaker, volunteer, advocate and organizer at WordCamp,
Bar Camp and other tech events.
As a professional educator with a Masters in Technology
with a focus in Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEAM and 30 years of teaching I have seen so much
on the local, national and international levels.

African communities are improving their infrastructures
so the increase is necessary to support the growing number
of users. Resources are valuable to allow for growth
educationally, economically and even socially.



22 Ideas for Growth and Engagement of

African Content Creators
1. Find your calling for content creation, you should
enjoy the process and feel that your accomplishing
something that is coming from your heart and your head.
2. Question your direction in content and where you’re
going. The direction that you are traveling is important
to the stability and growth of your personal and business
life.
3. Use your current skills to build your craft and build
your Brand. Starting is sometimes the hardest part, but
begin and don’t look back.
4. Always participate in learning activities, being a life-long
learner is beneficial because it sets the foundation for
continued learning and growth.
5. Stay true to your Brand, your Brand represents you
and the business you are building.

6. Look at your potential competition as possible future
collaboration. Find common ground to work on and build
a following together. The world is a global economy that
is based on business collaborations.
7. Be proud of who you are and be authentic in your Brand.
8. Don’t be distracted by others and their growth, don’t
imitate others that are growing faster than you, study
their marketing abilities and who is their audience.
9. Embrace your cultural heritage and leverage it to grow,
but always be mindful of the power of embracing diversity.
10. Don’t forget where you came from and how you can
help others grow from their situations and circumstances.
11. Watch your level of articulation and language when
posting content on diverse platforms.
Your words carry power.

12. Be careful how  you share information across cultures,
genders and generations. The language you use can make
or break your Brand and building relationships.
13. Be prepared for trips to libraries for research. Gaining
information to build beyond your opinion, speculation and
perceptions from experiences. 
14. Being involved in Social Media and tech it is important
to always have your devices charged because you never
know when content will be available for your next blog
or video.
15.  Try to put aside your personal ideologies and nuances
that will affect your writing. Distractions must be kept to
a minimum.
16. Write for multiple platforms, diversity helps to bring
about diversity in thinking and looking at things differently.
The TEDTalk “The Danger of a Single Story” is important
to listen to and helps understand potential perceptions.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an excellent storyteller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

17. Check to make sure your writing from the heart and that your writing
not just for yourself, but potential readers.
18. Never forget the humanistic and humanity in your storytelling.
You have a voice that has power so make sure there is a purpose.
19. Look at your attire and the perceptions that you create.
Writing changes as you change in maturity, experience and
relationships. Adapting is important and necessary over time.

20. Surround yourself with people that are growing and moving.
Developing and rising take time, but the foundation can be
made by who and whom you hang out with and collaborate with.
21. Guilt by association is very powerful, be aware of your
associations, relationships, and who you’re seen with.
22. Have your “elevator pitch” ready at all times. You may
end up giving it in the bathroom or the most awkward places
and the rewards can be life changing.

The Growth of My Quest To Teach

My Quest To Teach Logo
My Quest To Teach is now on Alexa and Google, this means that
now you can listen to the international blog My Quest To Teach
by William Jackson, M.Ed. and Aida Correa.
William Jackson speaking at WordCamp Jacksonville 2018
William Jackson speaking at WordCamp Jacksonville 2018 The MQTT blog is a journey of William and Aida and
their quest to provide information addressing technology,
STEAM, Social Media, digital engagement, community
activism and how technology is changing the world we
live in especially for youth, teens and young adults
of color and culture. William is a 32 year professional educator, Aida is a
equally talented educator in STEAM, Web Development,
and small business. She has a dynamic curriculum for
youth, teens and young adults that is rich in hands-on
project based learning and engagement. Between them
are 50 years of educational and creative experiences.

This is your invitation listen to the web site, My Quest
To Teach using Google and Alexa located at
https://myquesttoteach.com/
Saying “Alexa play my quest to teach” or “Google
run my quest to teach” allows the Apps to play the blog.
You’re encouraged to send William and Aida feedback
by emailing myquesttoteach@gmail.com letting them
know what you think of the current blog or former blogs
that can be read to you. WordCamp Jacksonville 2017 If your a business owner, entrepreneur, solo-preneur
there are opportunities to expand your business and
grow your influence. Google or Alexa read who you are and what your about
with your business to local, national and international
businesses and organizations. New technologies are being integrated into blogging,
it is not just text there is digital engagement and
opportunities to share your Brand and build a Niche.
Technology is allowing individuals to build Professional
Learning Networks and Personal Learning Networks.
There are collaboration opportunities that extend the
opportunity of collaboration not competition. WordCamp US 2018 - Volunteering for the first time !!! Take your blogging to another level and move it beyond
a local site to national and international engagement. Contact Create My Voice – https://www.createmyvoice.com/
Chip and Pam Edwards – To gain more information just let
Chip and Pam know that William Jackson of My Quest To
Teach sent you there way…
https://www.createmyvoice.com/content/pages/contact-us.html William Jackson – My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.com
myquesttoteach@gmail.com KidsCamp - Building Digital Innovators with STEAM

Ford and Community Engagement Thru Social Media

Ford Bloggers

Theresa Campbell Aida Correa William Jackson Chaun Avery Cayla Whitcomb
Theresa Campbell, Aida Correa, William Jackson, Chaun Avery, Cayla Whitcomb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford and Community Engagement Thru Social Media
William Jackson,  FORDVIP Blogger
William Jackson and Aida Correa are attending multiple community
events sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the Southern Ford
Dealers across Florida.
Selected as part of 25 Blogging Influencers that attended the Florida
Blogging and Technology Conference in 2018. Several of the events
are highlighted in this blog.

The Black History Month Unity Networking Mixer in Orlando, Florida,
sharing this event on social media channels to encourage community collaboration to build partnerships in mentoring and business.
Ford sponsors many activities across the state, this effort through
the #FordVIP and #ConnectFord program addresses the use of
social media and digital platforms to reach out to communities to
broaden the vision for unity, collaboration, business growth
and family/community engagement.

William and Aida residents of Jacksonville and part of the 25 member
team FORDVIP Bloggers that blog using multiple platforms and report
on state-wide activities that are sponsored by Ford. Each event
represents family oriented and community based to engagements
promoting the beauty of diversity, awesomeness of inclusion and
the need for increased community service.

What better way to create a vision of diversity and inclusion, to allow
bloggers of diverse backgrounds to share their experiences through
their eyes using their talents, skills and abilities using social media.

The Unity Mixer was attended by several  hundred business  and
community organizations that contribute to building youth and teen leadership skills, advocates for  STEAM and educational  success in
Orlando and surrounding areas.

The ROLEX 24 auto race held at Daytona International Raceway
gives a view into the world of motor racing that many do not get to
see and experience.

Bloggers like William, African American, educator and speaker at
national and international WordCamp conferences shares his
views why people of a diversity should experience attending races
with their families.

Aida of Latina background, Puerto Rican shares from the perspective
of a mother, grandmother, Artist what her views are of the fun women
can have with their families attending motor sports.

Cultural backgrounds should not limit the involvement and
engagement of activities that are different and out of the norm.
What better way to experience life than to do things that are
different, exciting, new and innovative.

Pictured are operations managers and marketing specialists that
coordinate with William and Aida to provide maximum exposure
for the Southern Ford Dealers that are sponsoring events that
promote family engagement and unity in their communities.
Attending community events like the Women On The Rise that
celebrates women doing phenomenal things in their communities
that influence youth, teens and young adults is more than a
movement it is a passion for the direction of change.

Attending these events are pictured:
Theresa Campbell (Regional Marketing Specialist Orlando Region),
Aida Correa  (FordVIP Blogger),
William Jackson (FordVIP Blogger),
Chaun Brown (Orlando Sales Operations Manager for Ford),
Cayla Whitcomb (Sales Business Development Specialist).

Follow William and Aida and other bloggers on the social media
hashtags:
#ConnectFord
#FordVIP
#MyQuestToTeach and
#LoveBuiltLife

 

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/

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally

Wm Jackson SCSU Grad

Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando

 

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally
William Jackson and Aida Correa
Twitter @wmjackson and @lovebuiltlife
Hashtags Respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife

Cross cultural and cross curricular learning encourages
applied cognitive tools during the learning in the
KidsCamp and Youth Camp environment.

Cross curricular processes to learning, making a transition
in math, writing, reading, comprehension when applied to
STEAM helps to show that all learning is relevant, connected
and valuable.

This is not the “you have to learn,” demands of parents there
is the guided learning of “why you should learn,” and “the
benefits to your life” guidance.
Youth, teens and young adults need learning that is individual
and in a team learning process as the teachers are the
facilitators of learning in an environment of discovery
and creativity. Kids and Youth Camp Conferences are the
growing and engaging ways to move.

STEAM – STREAM -CSTREAM
Hands-on learning that is projected based: students are
provided a project to accomplish and the process is explained
and they are let loose to explore the project to completion and
provided learning avenues to discover and explore.
Kids and youth are engaged in the learning process aided to
build critical and higher order thinking in a collaborative
environment with a goal that is measurable upon completion.
Hand-on learning is transformative and changes the learning
paradigm even for autistic children.

A stipulation, build relationships and build their
interests and how it can be applied to their growth. In Kids
and Youth Camp Conferences there should be trust, passion,
engagement and connections. Many times these cannot be
created in structured settings like schools, so WordCamp
conferences are unique and needed.

STEAM encourages learning scaffolding, problem solving,
sequencing, pattering, and critical along with higher order
thinking skills. Youth, teens and young adult may not know
when applied to building, designing, the Arts, discovery and
innovation, it provides a new avenue for learning and how
to apply that leaning for relevancy. Artists like Aida Correa
understand the value for these connections and why
the Arts are important. Guiding new areas of thinking,
rationalization, creativity and even building discipline.

Integration of core subject areas, creating a STEAM lesson
integrates Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math
as a 30 year professional educator teaching Physical Education
and Technology (Engineering) creativity and innovation go
hand in hand. Kids want to build, break, design, construct
and get messy from time to time. Web development builds
reading, comprehension and literacy skills. Behaviors do
change when youth, teens and young adult learn that
anyone globally will be able to read their content to they
put their best foot-forwards in writing and posting content.

Collaborative planning with business and industry students
are encouraged to take ownership for their learning, not just
to meet learning standards in schools, there is the freedom
of expression and sharing their passions in areas they can
learn about online not just in a classroom or school setting.

In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences they become the teachers
and parents become the students and parents are the support
mechanism during the Kids and Youth camp process.

What is learned in the traditional classrooms are applied in
hands-on lessons to revel that all learning is connected and
relevant to building ideas for careers that are now, new and
exploratory and ones that have not been created yet.

The engagement of individual learning and the connectivity
of collaborative learning are powerful tools especially for
children of color and culture. This provides an avenue to
show them that their “being” is important and they can both
individually and collectively make a difference in the world
around them.

Youth, teens and young adult in Africa and Canada are
expecting their participation in WordCamp conferences and
if they are not invited are protesting along with their parents.
The ability for WordCamp to expand and grow is dependent
on the support, encouragement and advocacy for Kids and
Youth Camps. The United States of America with all its
resources still cannot dominate the world with tech able
people, globally WordCamp conferences express
collaboration, connections and the integration of STEAM.

STEAM educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa
also show that Representation Matters because of their
diverse cultural backgrounds. Children of color and culture
need to see people of color and culture teaching them,
mentoring and guiding their growth.

Kids and Youth Camp Conferences in 2019 located:
United States
WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
https://2019.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia
https://2019.atlanta.wordcamp.org/

Canada
WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada
https://2019.calgary.wordcamp.org/

Central America
WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicaragua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/

Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach
a Sponsor https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp CapeTown
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach a Sponsor
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/sponsors/