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April 22, 2016

Why Jacksonville Needs WordCamp Jax #WCJAX


Why Jacksonville Needs WordCamp Jax #WCJAX
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

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The recent 2 day WordCamp at Florida State College
Jacksonville, held at the Advanced Technology
Center shows the value of content creation,
innovative uses in web development and the growing
numbers of bloggers in Jacksonville and surrounding
counties.

Jacksonville is gradually becoming recognized as
a city that incorporates diverse technologies in
the area of content creation in blogging (writing),
web development, computer programming, computer
coding, and other areas of integrated technologies.
The movement from hands on industries for in labor
to cognitive content creation has expanded the need
for people that are critical thinkers, analytical
interpreters, managers and higher order thinkers.
The landscape for the “type” of workers has changed
and the skill levels, not just in Jacksonville, but
in the southern regions of the nation.

The infusion of cross platform and integrated
technologies that allow for the creation, manipulation,
and sharing of information is important in several
aspects of life in Jacksonville. Technology has grown
beyond just industry use, the level of technologies
used in schools today are preparing students to have
the necessary skills to start careers even before
entering into higher education or the work force.
Students in Duval County Public Schools are learning
to be entrepreneurs even before they fully understand
what the word means or the opportunities as a business
owner.

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Higher education has and continues to integrate
technology with curriculum’s because their “clients,”
students need the skills to become employed after
graduation. Graduations are a determining factor if
higher educational institutions are actually
working, if students cannot find jobs that means
there needs to be changes made in the educational process
at this level and in high schools.

WordCamp Jacksonville is providing exposure to diverse
Social Media, Social Marketing, Branding, Content Creation
and business startups to provide expertise to inspire
others in diverse technology fields.
Jacksonville Business Landscape is adapting from a
fear of Social Media and Social Marketing to embracing
platforms and tools. The world is a global market,
if Jacksonville, Florida cannot effectively and
efficiently communicate and compete with the world of
commerce, business, industry and education it will miss
out on the potential of new business collaborations.

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DCPS student

WordCamp Jax offered the opportunity for networking,
collaboration and exposure. Even students from
Duval County Public Schools, Putnam and Clay
counties attended to learn how they can step to the
next level. Educators such as myself in public education
and Edward Waters College attended so we can share
with our students new and growing initiatives.
Exposure is vital for students even from elementary
up to higher education because it connects them with the
experts and those growing in the diverse fields that
are constantly changing, relevancy for learning is
important to make the connections WHY do I need!!1

Schools such as Raines, Ribault, First Coast and
others are changing curriculums because of the changes
in industries that are requiring their employees to have
higher order and critical thinking skills, students
must possess the ability to create presentations using
productivity software that is used in business and industry.
Writing is vital because that is how students will be
judged and evaluated. Students must possess foundational
skills in writing, blogging helps to build writing skills
that complements reading, literacy and comprehension

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Parents need to understand that the manual labor jobs
of the past in factories and fields are not available
and technology skills combined with the ability to
read, comprehend, apply and integrate are the skills
necessary to enter into higher education, military
service, law enforcement careers and other careers that
will be demanding its employees to “think critically”
and to solve complex problems in the STEM / STEAM /
STREAM / STEM2 careers.

The WordCamp Jax provided content creators like myself
with diverse backgrounds in programming, web
development, advertising, e-authors, e- educators and
even how to integrate tech in ministry. Blogging is
typically what is thought of at a WordCamp because of
the application WordPress used to create web sites;
integrating plug-ins, widgets, themes and a host of
other multimedia elements WordPress is more than
writing stories, it is creating dynamic content and
put on a dynamic platform that shares information,
incorporates data, interactive opportunities to share
and collaborate and can be transformative when people
work as teams on projects locally and globally.

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Words such as Content creation, Innovation, Branding,
Marketing, e-Reputation, e-Presonalities, Thought Leaders,
and more are showing how technology expands the roles
and responsibilities of people working in industries that
are evolving approximately every 7 to 9 months as new
applications, Apps, tools, and platforms are created.

Technology has created a dynamic learning curve of
continuous educational necessity to stay abreast and
aware. WordCamps, Bar Camps, EdCamps and other
professional development opportunities are expanding
to allow people the most important element to share
their knowledge and experiences.

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My WordCamp Story in Pictures
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/WordCamp%20Jacksonville%202016/story

Resources:
Blogger Week in Washington D.C. http://bloggerweek.com/

Blogging While Brown: http://bloggingwhilebrown.com/

Orlando Tech Week: http://week.orlandotech.org/

WordCamp Central: http://central.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Jacksonville: https://2016.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

WordPress: http://wordpress.com

Bar Camp: http://barcamp.org/w/page/402984/FrontPage

For Educators:
EdCampUSA: http://www.edcamp.org/

EdCampGlobal: http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edcampglobal

 

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