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April 24, 2015

A Technology Paradigm Challenge for Girls and Women

Filed under: Education,hIGHER Eduction,Social Media,STEAM — William Jackson @ 4:06 pm

A Technology Paradigm Challenge for Girls and Women
by William Jackson, M.Edu.

In the past several years I have noticed more women in my Educational
Technology classes and involved in community activities that integrate
Social Media and technology. Teaching in higher education and on the
elementary level the conversations for girls have changed from cosmetology
careers to building Apps, designing web sites and interaction on Social
Media platforms.
The increasing numbers of girls and women that have an online presence
shows the increase in knowledge and capabilities in women to be “Content
Creators” and “Knowledge Builders.” Intellectualism in tech is not just for
men any longer women are growing. Women are intricately involved
and changing the paradigm for who is developing Apps, software applications
and involved in STEAM initiatives. Black Girls Code, The Misadventures of
Awkward Black Girl, The Adventures of Moxie Girl, Journey Into Womanhood,
Taylor Richardson (an aspiring astronaut) and others are creating a dynamic
change in the perceptions of girls and women involved in technology and
Social Media.

“You need to be educated on how
to integrate and collaborate with
technology and Social Media”
William Jackson

Education and Exposure is Important
Education and exposure is important to empower girls and women to the benefits
and dangers of using Social Media platforms to communicate and exchange information.
There is a growing need for girls and women to understand the dangers of Social Media
participation, this can been seen in media reports showing the results of Cyberbullying,
harassment, stalking, and Catfishing that started with innocent chatting online,
from online verbal conflict that lead to physical assaults.
Social Media content can provide a Marketable opportunity to promote talents, abilities,
skills and putting girls in line for scholarships, Internships and jobs. Girls/women are
afforded a chance to Brand themselves intellectually, creatively, and analytically.
Skills that show leadership abilities, higher order and critical thinking skills, there needs
to be caution when friending, collaborating and sharing information with unfamiliar people.
Good rules of thought “Think before you post” and “Everyone is not your friend,” on
Social Media. Content posted either in text, pictures, video or other formats cannot be
deleted once posted online. SM tools for girls, a good measure to remember in using
Social Media platforms: girls should always Market and Brand themselves for success.

Journey Into Womanhood visit to the Microsoft Store
in Jacksonville, Florida

Somebody Is Watching You
You never know who is watching your online content, from colleges to potential employers.
There are potential college scholarships, Internships, or jobs waiting and SM activity
can influence inclusion or exclusion in receiving them. SM platforms can build a Brand
as an expert in fields that are looking for talent and innovative thinking. Technology
has opened opportunities for women of all ages to work in tech careers never thought
possible and even start their own businesses. Branding as a “Thought Leader,”
“Content Diva,” will build a person as “Human Capital” that businesses are thirsting for.
Social concerns like mental health, physical wellness, pregnancy, dating, bullying/cyberbullying,
breast cancer and other personal issues are generating a Social presence because of
Social Media’s ability to “connect” people with similar passions. Creating a presence on
Social Media has the potential to create a following and make social change effective.
Issues addressing Mental Health are brought to light through organizations like MHIAAC.
Applying SM tools to share information, MHIAAC is growing because SM allows for
anonymous and discrete access for those still challenged by embarrassment and
misinformation of mental health

Journey Into Womanhood visit to the Microsoft Store
Jacksonville, Florida

Managing Your Content
Learning through active dialogue, engagement, discussion, debate and even role
playing, the importance of proactive action in managing content and displaying the
importance of intellectualism that can shine on networking sites like LinkedIn is important to set a positive foundation.
Competition is stiff and unforgiving when seeking jobs or starting a career, intellectualism,
academic success, community involvement and even spiritual awareness
are valuable in Marketing, Branding and Promoting. A girl’s and woman’s content
sets their foundation for public respect and notoriety if done correctly.
On PBS Frontline documentary “Digital Nation” 2007 each generation that is involved
in the creation of digital content is creating a paradigm shift in how higher education
and businesses find information on future employees. Recruitment procedures have
drastically changed because of Social Media platforms.  Recruiters are “Googling”
students, their schools, family members, zip codes where they live and getting
interesting results. I have said on numerous times for parents to Google their children
and school districts should begin hiring Social Media counselors to provide professional
development to students in middle and high schools. Terrorists are recruiting girls
and women globally and parents are unaware who their girls are talking to online.

Taylor and Wm
Taylor Richardson, aspiring astronaut
Jacksonville, Florida
Taylor is an “Agent of STEAM”

Your Profile Is Your Foundation
Caution must be used when creating a profile that the world will see. The Social
side of Social Media is influential because of the opportunity to be popular, funny,
cool and attractive to people. The profile of girls may be an exaggerated, perfect
versions with cute photos, or the ones where life is perfect and pure. French
blogger Garance Doré stated, “we put an edited version of ourselves online.”
This version is not accurate and truthful. Girls and boys do edit themselves, girls
try to show the best things starting with physical attributes to talents not showing
their intellectual abilities. Colleges, universities, and those looking to hire professionals
for the most part want intellectual people with talents and abilities not floor model
air heads that cannot use productivity tools and think Facebook is the ultimate way
to search for a boyfriend, husband or one night fling or even promoting an alternative

Research from the University of Wisconsin has found people looked at their perfect
Facebook profiles they felt a rush of self-esteem, but the esteem did not last long
because of the occurrences of real life.
Social Media provides a platform to show a better version of ourselves, especially
if Branding ourselves and Marketing our abilities and skills. Girls and woman should
realize that they will have to interact with others for real and execute skills that are
smart, creative, adaptable, intelligent, flexible, aggressive (at times) and “real.”

A great example is the comic book “The Adventures of Moxie Girl” that recently
won the Education Division at #OneSpark the Crowd Funding initiative in
Jacksonville, Florida. Angie Nixon and her daughter Natalie using Social Media
and personal marketing were able to win in their division to continue the
community works they are passionate about. Social Media and Technology
are a transformative tool to Brand girls and women in this and the next century.
Allowing the face to technology fields to change and adapt.
Girls and women are deciding what face to put in public and what information to
Brand themselves and Market them against the competition that is growing

Angie photo
Angie Nixon – Natalie’s mom
“The Adventures of Moxie Girl ”

Congratulations to One Sparks newest and youngest winner and
Jacksonville’s Moxie Girl!!!
Blog on Moxie Girl:
More can be seen at “One Spark Winner Inspires Young Girls”



Taylor Richardson an “Agent of STEAM”

April 21, 2015

“The Adventures of MOXIE GIRL”

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 12:29 pm

Mayor Brown and Natalie

The Adventures of MOXIE Girl
A story of personal triumph and discover of Natalie McGriff

When 7 year old Natalie and her mother Angie wrote the comic book
“The Adventures of Moxie Girl” they created a foundation for a
social movement that focuses on issues of personal challenge
and discovery.
The Crowd Funding venue One Spark was the setting for what would
become a whirlwind of speaking, handshaking, elaborating on who
and whom Moxie Girl is; photo-shoots, meeting a Jacksonville
Jaguar, meeting Mayor Alvin Brown, talking with supporters and
those in the news media. Her mission became a passion for
social justice and community activism, Natalie is an icon for local and
national change for Black girls and all girls.
Exclaiming proudly that #BlackGirlsRock, ‪#‎MoxieGirl ‪#‎BlackGirlMagic

The One Spark event is just a stepping stone for the continued
adventures of not just “Moxie Girl” who has created a following
on Social Media that is growing digitally viral. Angie Nixon the mother
of Natalie is already ingrained in the Jacksonville community by her
passion for issues of social consciousness and community activism.
Raising her daughter Natalie to be a strong independent thinker,
self-conscious of her abilities and talents, understand the value of
education and proud of her own unique blessed gifts that will elevate
her no matter what she endeavors to do. These are the qualities that
Black mothers and other mothers of culture need to birth in their girls.

Angie is a blueprint for motherhood that tirelessly strives to build,
re-build, define and re-define the self-image in her daughter that defies
the media execution of Black girls and girls of color. Black girls are
intelligent, talented, gifted and possesses a natural self-awareness
that is positive and healthy. This can be seen in Natalie who wears
this as a badge of honor and encouragement for other girls.

Like scaling a mountain Angie and Natalie are taking one step
at a time with a few leaps and bounds to continue their journey
of self-awareness and self-discovery. “The Adventures of Moxie
Girl” a comic book based on a little Black girl that hated her kinky
hair and after using some magical shampoo, her Afro puffs become
her super powers used to save the Jacksonville Public Libraries from
being eaten by monsters.  She turns her insecurities into super powers
that fight evil.
Stated by Angie about the comic book; “I decided to help Natalie
write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding
her hair and she hated to read.  She now realizes how powerful and
awesome her hair is (there are the occasional rough days) and that in
order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and
learn different words.”

These are concrete examples that show parents the importance of
reading, writing, literacy and comprehension. The value of parental
guidance and support to create strong readers in their children.

The first teacher is the parent as shown by Angie from the interaction
and continuous engagement in communication that brings exposure
to life events, people, community awareness and the respect for
education. Parents have the tools to motivate their children to be
life-long learners they just have to be willing to implement those tools
and stay actively involved. The defining relationship of Angie and
Natalie is a praiseworthy collaboration of love, respect and cooperation
between a parent and child.

Natalie 4

One Spark is creating transformative opportunities for hundreds
that have dreams and ideas. This Crowd Funding opportunity
is not just for adults; children, teens, and young adults that have
a vision are able to participate.
Natalie’s Creator #21800, use of Social Media platforms and the
explosive personality that exudes confidence and a determination
to excel helped to lift Natalie to first place in the Education division
of One Spark.
“The Adventures of Moxie Girl” had the biggest increase in
percentage of votes in the education field for One Spark.
It helped to have a network of diversity that not only were
well-wishers, they voted and shared their excitement for and of
Natalie online by voting and praying.

Natalie Winning
As the news spread and the creators were notified of their
positions the paradigm change resulted in Natalie and Angie winning.
Stating how she felt: “I am literally holding back tears because
I am so excited. There were so many times that my baby came
home or was watching TV and voiced her disdain about her
hair and how ugly she thought it was. The fact that we wrote a
book about a little black girl who uses her kinky hair to save the
public libraries and people of ALL different ethnic groups embraced it…
I have no words. Thank you Jacksonville. My city is indeed progressing
and we are taking it to the next level!”

Congratulations to One Sparks newest and youngest winner and
Jacksonville’s Moxie Girl!!! Look out for her books and public

More can be seen at “One Spark Winner Inspires Young Girls”

Phone: (904) 601 7103

April 20, 2015

Readers Theater Celebrates Poetry Month

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 1:30 pm

Ari Turner William Jackson and Tangela Floyd
Ari – William – Tangela

Readers Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
by William Jackson IT Manager for Readers Theater

The Readers Theater performance with Ari Turner, Tangela Floyd
and William Jackson was performed at the Mandarin Public Library
in Jacksonville, Florida.

Infused with Spoke Word, Poetry, Sonnets, Odes and other poetic verse the performance,
one of many in Jacksonville, showed the “Unlimited Possibilities in Poetry” as the title of
the performance explains the dynamic adaptability of how words can be used to tell
a story, share emotions, thoughts and promoting intellectualism.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty
and there is strength.” Maya Angelou
Readers Theater provides a passionate performance for various genres of poetry including
lyrical, narrative, dramatic, and spoken word poetry. The cast of Readers Theater celebrates
the literature of poetry past and present, bringing history, emotion and inspiration of poetry
to life. Directed by Tangela Floyd and Emanuel Washington, there will be performances
held each month in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities.

“Poetry is the doorway opening to a portal of possibility.” Beyond Literacy Link, 2014
The empowerment of Readers Theater is from its Mission to address literacy empowerment
in urban communities and schools. RT works to bridge communities through the personal
writings of notable literary icons in our nation’s history from all walks of life, gender and

The cast of professional readers, poets, bloggers, and spoken word artists brings words
to life. Each production is accompanied by a multimedia presentation utilizing visual and
musical backdrops. Readers Theater is a Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc
(YMBSC) production.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.
We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Wilma Rudolph

Contact for performance information:
(904) 635 6167

Additional performances will be available:
Stetson Kennedy Legacy: Slave Narratives and Folklore:
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 3:30pm
World Gold Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, Florida 32092

River Speaks:
Literature Inspired by the St. Johns River
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1pm
Main Branch Library
303 North Liberty Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Celebrating Women’s History Month March 2015

Stetson Kennedy
Stetson Kennedy – writer, poet, community activist,
supporter of the arts, educator, and much more.

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