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April 27, 2015

A Growth in Tech for Girls and Women Edited

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 12:02 am

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The Adventures of Moxie Girl and An Agent of STEAM
Natalie and Taylor

A Growth in Tech for Girls and Women
by William Jackson, M.Edu.

Re – Edited:
In the past several years I have noticed more women in my Educational
Technology classes involved in community activities that integrate
Social Media, technology and STEAM. Teaching in higher education and
at the elementary level the conversations have changed from cosmetology,
service careers to building Apps, designing web sites and developing
Social Media platforms.

The increasing numbers of girls and women that have an online presence
shows the increase in knowledge in women to be “Content Creators”
and “Knowledge Builders.” Intellectualism in tech is not for just men any
longer. 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, and others are creating a dynamic
change in the perceptions of girls and women involved in technology and Social Media.

Taylor 2

Education and Exposure
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 Social Media behaviors, this can been seen in media reports
showing the results of Cyberbullying, harassment, stalking, Catfishing,
child abductions that started with innocent chatting online.
Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, M.D., “The digital world is an evolving landscape
that parents have to learn to navigate.” Social Media is a representation of
society and parents should be very cautious. “Education is the key to
understanding how SM platforms work” William Jackson, Edward Waters College.

Social Media content can provide a Marketable opportunity to promote talents,
abilities, skills and putting girls in line for scholarships, Internships and starting
careers. 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/women should always Market and Brand
themselves for success.

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Who Is Watching You
You never know who is watching your online content, from colleges to potential
employers. There are potentially 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 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 http://www.mhiaac.org/ .

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
http://LinkeIn.com 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.
The young ladies of Journey Into Womanhood spent a Saturday at the Microsoft
Store in Jacksonville, Florida. Learning about the business side of technology, the
opportunities as a programmer, development of Apps, games and virtual reality the
next evolution in gaming. Team work and collaboration are important because in a
global economy you never know who you will be working with on an international
project or development of a platform or tool.

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. Recruiters are “Googling” people,
their family members and getting interesting results. I have said 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.
The next discussion is how terrorists are recruiting girls and women globally and parents
are unaware.

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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 lifestyle.
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, and aggressive (at times) but must
“keep it 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
with those of women and even girls eager to show their tech skills.

Congratulations to One Sparks newest and youngest winner “The Adventures of Moxie Girl”
Blog on Moxie Girl:
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/the-adventures-of-moxie-girl/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl
Instagram: http://Instagram.com/Adventuresofmoxiegirl

More can be seen at “One Spark Winner Inspires Young Girls”
http://www.news4jax.com/news/one-spark-winner-inspires-young-girls/32337258

Resources:
Interested in learning more about STEAM – STEM
Arlene Cameron-Loyd, M.Ed Director
(904) 800-9589
arlene386@gmail.com

GEERS
Great Expectations Educational Resources & Services, Inc.
Robotics
Holly Stewart , Exe. Dir.
(904) 982 4997
holly.stewart@geersrobotics.com
Ronnie King, President
Day In the Real World
Web-Based Mentoring Activity
Mentoring Simulation Experience for Students
http://DayInTheRealWorld.com
rking@scratchwerkconsulting.com
888 316 6939 ext. 702

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