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July 31, 2017

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 10:35

EdCamp Leadership 2017 in Baker County Florida

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators
by William Jackson
Educator in elementary and higher education

The infusion of technology in education requires
that educators rely on each other to create opportunities
of instant and relevant professional development.
Creating PLN’s – Professional Learning Networks that
share information from tech, to classroom management,
to how to deal with hovering parents, to addressing
school budgets and other issues that are unique to
the classroom and school culture.

Diversity has always been an action word in education,
but when that diversity extends from the family structure
to addressing the challenges of learning diversity,
cognitive agility, behavioral awareness and the changes
in the family structure. Educators have a myriad of
situations and circumstances the can influence the
classroom stability and culture.

Students have access to online sites that encourage
connections  of interactivity and engagement,
this begs to insist that teachers also need instant
access to information. Teachers cannot run
away from technology and cannot ignore its invasion,
integration and even intrusion because it is right in
the face of educators.

Digital PLC’s – Professional Learning Communities
have grown so that every conceivable subject that
references the field of education is discussed,
diagnosed, dissected, and even how differentiated
instruction can be applied. Looking at Pintrest
alone you can see the magnitude of information
that can be shared for classrooms of any
instructional discipline.

The culture of the school is influenced by digital
access because instead of seeing a particular
culture sitting together in the cafeteria, digitally
they are interacting online, through Apps
and in digital areas where learning may not be
going on. The truth maybe there is an effort to
disrupt the educational
environment through bullying, harassment or
other forms.

Educators are building communities that are pract-
ically throwing learning tools, guides, ideas and
lesson plans across the Internet.
The only thing educator have to do is adapt them
to their classroom culture and learning structure.
Students are accessing content that allows and
encourages them to learn on levels unheard of just
5 years ago, that learning may not collaborate with
classroom instruction so teachers must
consistently share the relevancy of why students
need to learn what is being presented to them.

Teachers can no longer tell student they have to
learn the concepts because it is in the curriculum,
they must be creative in justifying how the curri-
culum will help them in life. Participation in online
programs allows for engagement in project based
learning that can be modified to meet the learning
modalities of diverse students. Combining and
integrating cross curricular learning may at first be
challening, but look at the video games youth,
teens and young adults are playing. How can
teachers engage the students minds that challenge
them to think and apply that thinking?

The challenge is to achieve a goal, educators
need to reinforce the goal of subject area instr-
uction. Taking learning to relevancy may seem
alien, but look at it from the students
perspective, “how am I going to use this stuff in life?”

Looking at the model of museums, libraries and even
after school programs, there are sounds, music,
engagement on multiple levels and even the
openness to fail so that failure is a conduit to
challenging multidisciplinary thinking. Applying
past learning to new learning to achieve a goal.
How do teachers harness this power and integrate
it into their classrooms?

Assisting teachers are PLN’s and PLC’s that
encourage teachers to talk to each other, share
information and resources. To provide digital
hands that guide teachers to digital sources
that make integration easier and relevant. The
brain fires its synapses that contains energy that
is a thought, teachers collectively sharing their
synaptic thought to bring about
real change in their classrooms.

Joining a digital network only requires having
a Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or other social
networking account. Doing some research and
connecting. The article “Teaching with Technology,”
Should Teachers Have a Social
Learning Network? Jakub Piwnik shows that value
of participating in digital communities for
educators.
Can be found at:
http://diversityined.uberflip.com/i/397327-diversity-in-ed-magazine-fall-2014-issue/40

Professional development has changed because learning
by teachers has changed. The days of just large scale
and district PD is still necessary, but the value is
shifting to more personal, connected and transformative
PD in the form of  EdCamps held at local schools
nation-wide and online learning  communities like
#FlEdTech found on Twitter lead by
Tammy G. Neil @TG_Neil and supported by a host
of dedicated educators from multiple fields and
years of experience. There is also #EduMatch also
on Twitter lead by Sarah Thomas #EduMatch
@edu_match also supported by national and
even international educators.

Digital events that are global can create changes
in the classroom instantly. Events like the EdChange
Global @EdChangeGlobal is a 24 Hour Online Global
Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28 http://tiny.cc/ecg2017

Teachers have options in learning, connecting,
collaboration, cooperation and integration.
I just need connecting with other educators and
not being afraid to integrate technology to develop
a teachers PLC and PLN that builds
PLF – Professonal Learning Families.

Resources
Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
#EduMatch @edu_match
Connecting educators with similar interests.
Goal: to foster collaboration. Learning together.
Education for educators, by educators.
@edumatchbooks #edumatch
Sundays weekly http://edumatch.org

Tammy Neil @FLedChat
http://fledchat.wordpress.com
#FLedchat is a virtual meeting place using Twitter.
Educators across the state of Florida come
together on Wednesdays at 8pm est to discuss
the topics of the week.
https://fledchat.org/

EdChange Global @EdChangeGlobal
The 24 Hour Online Global Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28
http://tiny.cc/ecg2017
Worldwide Events
http://tiny.cc/edchangeglobal

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July 28, 2017

New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth

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New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach
New Town Success Zone
The Center for the Prevetion of Health Disparties

Providing relevant information is what entreprenuars
are in need of to assist in establishing a viable and
growing business. The New Town Success Zone provides
business services that promote networking for business
owners and real advice from experiences and active
business ownership.
Learning the importance of a business plan and even the
understanding of the viability of a growth plan cannot
be ignored.
Moderated by Paul Stewart (professional photographer),
introducations included established business owners and
those with a dream to build wealth for themselves and
the communities they live in.
Sharing their testimonies are Mrs. Lakita Spann and her
husband, owners of Mr. Potatoe Spread (Food Truck &
Catering) and Mr. Alvin Brooks and his wife, owners
of My Season Chicken and Ribs.
Each shared valuable information from networking to
finding a CPA – Certified Public Accountant to customer
service and even the importance of training employees.
The third Thursday of each month business owners can
come together at the Healt Disparities building on the
cammpus of Edward Waters College.
HBCUs are the foundation of their communities and provide
needed services and experts, they volunteer their time,
wisdom, knowledge and time to help families act on their
dreams of being business owners and entrepreneurs.
Contained here is information shared by Mrs. Spann and
Shared from Mrs. Spann and Mr. Brooks

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Shared from Mrs. Spann
1. Networking and creating relationships is important
Attending networking events and exchanging business cards and
Social Media connections.
2. Create a flexible business plan and actually
do something with it.
3. Create a “Growth Plan,” which maybe more important
than a business plan.
4. Create a “Capability Statement” to work with and
assist in even applying for government contracts.
5. Execute your ideas because they will not work
themselves.
6. Be strategic with your ideas and plan how they can
be implemented.
7. Contemplate what benefit your business will have.
8. Don’t apologize for hours. This is a business,
but you also have a life.
9. Monitor deadlines they will help drive you to success.
10. Plan to successed, but if you don’t plan, plan to fail

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Mr. Alvin Brooks
1. Presentation is everything, it is important how
your business is seen. Think of how it will be
received by the public.
2. A Business Plan is good if you use it, so be sure
to apply your plan.
3. Hire a proven CPA – Certified Public Accountant
with a successful track record.
4. Know the difference between a LLC and a Corporation
when registering your business.
5. Pay yourself, you work hard in your business so it
is important to remember to pay yourself.
6. Customer service is #1, but the customer is not
always right. Have policies to address customer issues.
7. Don’t let customers drive your business. When you
open and close make sure you stick to it.
8. You should establish a policy to address customer
challenges, questions and even damage control.
9. The face of your business is important, everyone
associated with your business should understand their
roles and values to the success of the business.
10. Don’t mimic anyone else, be authenic in your
business.
11. Be consistant with your customers, when addressing
issues other customers will be watching how you address
problems.
12. Train your people so they are on the same page.
13. Be about business not just about money.
14. Take a vacation so you have time to rejuvinate
and re-energize. Be consistant on the vacation time
in date and length.
15. Have meetings with employees about their concerns,
ideas and remind them their input has value.

Wisdom when considering on starting your
business as shared by Mrs. Spann
“There are many people with great ideas for
businesses, but don’t act on them.”

George E. Maxey
Executive Director of
New Town Success Zone
Office: 904 470.8262
E-mail: george.maxey@ewc.edu

New Tows Success Zone Under New Leadership
http://jacksonville.com/news/2016-02-25/story/new-town-success-zone-creating-new-goals-under-new-leadership

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July 26, 2017

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility 

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility
by William Jackson
Speaker: WordCamp Jacksonville 2017, WordCamp DC 2017
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary, Content Creator

Attending any WordCamp should not just be an esoteric experience.
Being a part of WordCamp should be an experience that allows
for the spirit of innovation, the imagination of creativity and the
thirst for unquenchable knowledge to grab hold of a person’s
mind. Applying new knowledge to current/past knowledge, being
able to find new ways to create, share and transport knowledge
that can be applied to the diversity of life.
The body is a vessel that carries the brain, the heart and other
physical organs, but it also transports the spirit of passions and
the dreams of ingenuity and imagination. Technology does not
dwell in a sterile one dimensional environment, technology
embraces the diversity of the firing of the synapsis in the brain.
The thoughts that are as powerful as bursts of lighting and
applied linguistic agility.
Thoughts are electrical impulses that give rise to reality and
an entrance to the depths of the mind.
When a person thinks each thought is the result of a stimuli
that can result from a simple smell, a taste, a sound or even
a physical feeling. The site of a face can create a myriad of
emotions that can be pleasing, frightening, or overwhelming.
Technology is part of the mental and emotional selves that we
as humans create and share in our world. When attending a
WordCamp a person cannot just stay within themselves they
must venture out and connect, collaborate and create the
foundation of building real and lasting relationships.
WordCamp is an environment resulting from a seemingly
simple application of WordPress, an online environment that
allows for mental agility, emotional creativity and innovation
in an environment that allows the synapsis of our brain to
think, dream, speculate, consider, communicate, collaborate,
calculate and connect.
The ability for humans using technology to emerge from the
binary melting pot of coding to create the ability to communicate
on diverse levels. Seeking parity is not the priority, but the
transcending of current realities that have limited physical
actions. The mind knows no limitations only those created
by limited imaginations and self-perceived confines in a world
of rules and realities begging to be broken.
What is WordCamp; not just a simple or mundane explanation,
it is being adapted because the men, women, boys, girls and
diversity of nations, cultures, and ideologies are opening digital
doorways to a matrix of dynamic and infinite possibilities of
thinking, feeling, creating, innovation and being. Open Source
is an opening for the mind to fly though at light speed without
limitations to achieve wonders on digital platforms.
WordCamp and Building Your Linguistic Agility is requiring
modifying languages to adapt to new forms of communication
outside the spectrum of physical verbiage, it is demanding the
ability to create new languages that binary coding and human
thoughts are equal partners in communication.
When attending a WordCamp take the time to listen to the
conversations, attempt to enter into the minds of programmers,
developers, graphic artists, users, developers and others as
they share experiences that only those that apply WordPress
can only understand. Open the source of creativity that lives
and grows in minds that enjoy creativity, imagination and the
challenge of coding that machines only listen to.
Challenging people to share their stories is the easy part,
having people accepting the challenge to apply their mental
synapsis is the challenge and my quest.
#MyQuestToTeach

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July 24, 2017

African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More

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African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More
by William Jackson
Speaker at WordPress Jacksonville 2017 and WordCamp DC 2017
@wmjackson Twitter #MyQuestToTeach Google
As an educator, blogger and speaker I encourage not just my
students to attend conferences, but those that are entrepreneurs,
small business owners and even community activists seeking to
gain and share information.
No matter the level of participation, encouraging involvement
to attend and speak on the areas passionate about.
To share knowledge, wisdom, skills, that learning is a life-long
adventure and African Americans need to recognize this and be
involved.
To be involved in their communities to help them to grow
requires gaining, sharing information, resources and building
Learning Communities and Learning Networks within the c
community that fosters Learning Families. This shows gener-
ations that each of us has a responsibility to our future to
build knowledge leaders for the future.

If African Americans become complacent allowing themselves
to be lead the wrong way by misinformation we will loose the
very rights, privileges and very humanity we fought so hard
for. Those that have influence are those that embrace learning
and understand the value of networking and collaboration to
build communities that are diverse and connected.
Companies and industries are not just built by one person it
takes a collection of visionaries, dreamers, strategist, developers,
thought leaders, smart creatives and innovators. The opportunity
to exchange ideas, to collaborate with like-minded individuals
of color and culture and building Professional Learning Comm-
unities that build on professional relationships is immeasurable
in its power to make and sustain change.

The presentation “How To Be Dope on Social Media” is not a
cultural relevance, but how to connect with the diversity
of community residents related to the integration of Social
Media to share information not just the stupidity that youth,
teens and young adults are doing online.
How to learn the languages, the nuances and be able to effec-
tively carry on conversations that are beneficial to building
relationships and accept diversity.

The presentation “How To Use Your Blog to be a Community
Activist” too many African Americans do not think or plan
for the future, they live for the moment, do not participate
in opportunities to build generational knowledge to tran-
sition into generational value for learning and success.
Attending conferences opens the mind to new ways of
thinking and exposure to opportunities of change and
growth. African American are a growing entrepreneurial
force across the nation birthed from necessity and need.

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The availability of conferences, workshops, seminars and
other learning/networking chances should be attended
and followed up from exchanging business cards, followed
by emails and phone calls brings about beneficial business,
educational and entrepreneurial connections.
African Americans should be building their marketing
plans, growth plans, and developing Branding strategies
to take them into the future.
Parents are many times the ones that start their entre-
preneur journey and followed by their children, genera-
tional wealth is obtained because of what parents pass
down to their children and then to their grandchildren.

Conferences and similar meetings allow for plans to be
developed that can be put into place that are relevant to
what the person wants to accomplish. Gaining knowledge is
empowering, but the application is more important because
it creates the opportunity to open Marketing and Branding
plans that will allow them to be implemented to build wealth.
This summer opens doors to embrace the business knowledge
and take that leap, to cast away fear and self-doubt.
Many times the only thing holding a person back is their
lack of self-confidence, self-motivation and the fear of failure.
Being a veteran of conferences does not just empower me it
allows me to share knowlede with my students, even if they
are elementary school age or in higher education at Edward
Waters College.

We have to share our knowledge, wisdom and learning so
each generation can grow to be better for the next one.
African Americans must be sure to think out of the box,
to be thought leaders, smart creatives, digital innovators
even on digital paper for the world to read. To look at
nontraditional careers and seek to grow beyond
self-perceived limitations and fears.

My greatest thrill as an educator is to take students with
me to introduce them to new ways to see the world with
technology, to network with industry leaders, web
developers, graphic designers, venture capitalists,
problem solvers, CEO’s, CFO’s, chairman and
chairwomen of boards, corporations and even Mayors.

“What we plant in our students and in our children
will grow to take them beyond anywhere we
individually can imagine.”
Professor William Jackson 2017

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July 21, 2017

EWC Instructors Speak at WordCamp Jacksonville 2017

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Emma Kent and William Jackson

EWC Instructors Speak at WordCamp Jacksonville 2017
by William Jackson and Emma Kent
#MyQuestToTeach

Emma Kent and William Jackson
speakers at the 2017 / WordCamp
Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida
presented a different presentation
that engaged those in attendance
with a new way to look at
creating content, Branding and
even Marketing.
Titled “How to be Dope on Social
Media,” shared the intricate dyna-
mics of connecting with diverse
groups to provide information,
resources, potential collaborations
and even building
PLN – Professional Learning Networks
and building PLC- Professional Learning
Communities.

The national and international conference encourages
the sharing of experiences of developers, users, web
developers, graphic designers and others with a passion
with working on the WordPress platform. The
multi-generational conference even held a “Kids Camp”
to teach youth, teens and young adults about creating
and building a web platform using WordPress.

Emma Kent is a research librarian at Edward Waters
College and William Jackson is a Professor at Edward
Waters College where he teaches Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM.
Both are involved in Social Media in higher education
teaching students the value of their content and being
responsible and accountable for their content.
Ms. Kent and Professor Jackson encourage higher edu-
cational institutions especially HBCU’s Historical Black
Colleges and Universities to teach Social Media skill-sets
to the students from freshmen to seniors because of
the seriousness and relevance of digital content.

Professor Jackson is a national and international
blogger, content creator and digital visionary. He
speaks to youth, teens and young adults on the
value and importance of their digital content that
can affect credit scores, employment opportunities
and even earning internships and scholarships.

Prof. Jackson and Ms. Kent work to be mentors and
role models of proper Social Media engagement
while attending conferences, workshops, seminars,
and encouraging HBCU students to attend and speak
at events to increase network and collaboration
opportunities.

As the need for increased learning opportunities grows,
Ms. Kent and Prof. Jackson are traveling to speak about
being safe, responsible, accountable and dependable
online. Each person not only has a voice to share, but
their building a valuable Brand that represents them
to the world.

Events like WordCamp, EdCamp, BarCamp, WordPress
and other technology Meetups need the energy and
engagement of youth, teens and young adults that
will be the future engineers, web developers, graphic
designers and even Podcasters and Micro-bloggers that
will tell the stories of their communities.
There is enough room on the Internet for everyone to
catch a Niche, develop their Brand and Market their
talents, skills and abilities.

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