My Quest To Teach

May 29, 2017

Dynamic African Stories Are Relevant

Filed under: Chinua Achebe,Education,Literacy,Ngugi wa Thiong'o,Wole Soyinka — William Jackson @ 6:30 am

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Dynamic African Stories Are Relevant
William Jackson, M.Edu. @wmjackson
Edward Waters College

Based on the presentation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Nigerian author) through TED Talks,
“The Danger of a Single Story.”
African children, each child has a story, a story that
defines their lives, a story of diverse emotional and
psychological dimensions, it is important that African
adults play a part in their children’s developing
stories because adults set the tone for
continued growth the children will grow to
take leadership roles in their respective nations.

Childrens lives are like books and because each page
is blank, African parents need to be cautious as to
what is imprinted on each page.
Childrens stories cannot be erased, rewritten, edited
nor started over. Their lives are continuous pages that
may branch off into diffrent storylines, each
storyline is as important as the next because they
are the stories of that child.

Parents establish the foundation of a childs language
development. The term “garbage in, garbage out” is a
technology term that can be applied to the educational
and cultural development of African and American children.
As technology expands in households what goes into a
child will come out. Technology is
a two edged sword and parents must guide their
children to determine what is good and what is bad.

African parents help to create a storyline in their
children by allowing or denying the infusion of reading
and literature. If parents encourage reading, cognitive
development, appreciation of diverse literary content,
their children will have a well rounded literary
background which allows for strong language development,
appreciation for diversity and promote the strenthening
of African societies.

I do not know the individual academic situations of
African families or children, so this is not a judgment
just educational guidance to help those that have a
desire to help families and children if color and
culture.

Listening to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a
Single Story,” my interpretation is for African parents
to understand how they shape, mold and create the stories
of their children because society will continue to
create their own story of African and American
children of color.
Based on the color of skin or the perceived cultural
background. Children will be given a false story as was
done during colonization. African parents
must make sure an authentic story is heard loud and clear
about their culture, their societies and their children.
Chinua Achebe often shares how his culture (Ibo) was forever
changed by colonization. So transformative was the change
that his book, “When Things Fall Apart,” was published,
it resonated globally with many cultures that were
tragically affected by European, Japanese, Chinese, and
other cultural colonization.

Each new day is an opportunity to create a story
of societal unity, progressive educational access and
understanding the Africans place in the world. Each child
is a single story that is continuously being developed,
the story is written on the lifelines that are a trail of
deeds, actions, events and circumstances that cannot be
changed once done.

Because of the dimensions of life our stories
cannot be rewritten because they happen each
second, each minute, each hour of each day.

As Ms. Adichie states we cannot buy into a
single story based on the media (paraphrasing).
“Show a people as one thing, and only one thing
over and over again, and that is what they become.”
In many cases African children have been given the
wrong information and their perceptions of self are wrong.

When we allow one story to be told about a culture,
gender, and lifestyle things can get twisted and misinterpreted.
One story cannot be the representation of a whole culture or
race of people. The media will have you believe an opposite
truth than the reality. Ms. Adichie states that,
“The single story creates stereotypes, the problem is
not that they are true they are incomplete.”
This is one of the misconceptions African Americans have
of each other and the African culture, African Americans
have been so brainwashed and mislead they lost their
connection with Africa. They no longer see the historical,
cultural, ethinic, scientific, medical and global greatness
that is Africa. There is only one story that the media tells
that is inaccurate.

Each African child is important to the story of Africa
because of the capcity for change, the ability to
influence the stories of each other and the cultural
stories that continue to expand.
Listen to the stories of the past African Writers:
Chinua Achebe, Mariama Bâ, NoViolet Bulawayo Tsitsi
Dangarembga, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Binyavanga Wainaina,
Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Teju Cole
These are just a few that inspire, influence and
encourage the African story.

Educators in Africa have a tremendous job to teach
African children about their history and also to teach
African children what their place is in the world.

 

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Resources:
25 Books by African Writers
http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/

Popular African Writers
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/african-writers

Top 10 African Writers
http://theculturetrip.com/africa/articles/the-top-10-contemporary-african-writers-you-should-know/

May 22, 2017

African American and African Children Should Be Blogging

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:30 am

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African American and African Children Should Be Blogging
by William Jackson @wmjackson
Educator, Blogger, Community Activist,

The inclusion of technology especially the explosion
of wireless technologies provide African American and
African children a great opportunity to share their voices.
No time in human history has the human voice been able
to reach so many people instantly and so powerfully.

Digital technologies have embedded themselves in the
lifestyles of children, the communication gaps have
been forever destroyed. The only challenge is to open the
eyes of African American and African children to connect
with each other.

Blogging either the traditional way of writing or even the
growing Podcasting, Vblogging and other streaming
services opens unimaginable ways to collaborate and
network. The use of Microblogging can be seen in
Africa because the scenes that the world does not see
can now be enjoyed.

“On Twitter, the ebb and flow of conversations such as
#TheAfricaTheyNeverShowYou and the role of global
media in its perception of the continent remains a great

talking point.” CNN Africa Social Media Consumption
African Americans have moved into a digital age that is
embracing ideas of diversity and multicultural shades
of acceptance and unity. Children are not quick to see
shades of color as adults do; parental influences directly
affect the growth and development of children in their
mental, emotional and spiritual growth, if directed in
the right ways they can be beneficial and productive.

In a world of diversity parents cannot afford to teach
their children racism, bias, bigotry and prejudice
because they cannot predict what environment their
children will be working in or what relationships that
will develop either personal or professional.

Technology breaks down the limitations of connecting,
but parents build mental barriers that destroy trust and
relationship building.
The inclusiveness of technology is taking many of those
of color and culture into the 21st century where they
can connect to the world. There is an estimated 8
million bloggers in America (The State of Blogging
2005), Pew Internet & American Life Project). Africa
has an estimated around 9% of Africans use social
media.

Technology is infused in all aspects of life and is expanding
daily and becoming more intuitive to the wants and needs of
the user. This is requiring African Americans and African
people to accept and embrace the education required to
grow. There is so much technology available in schools
children need to understand how to apply these new tools
to life not to just play games or cyberbully.

If knowledge is lacking then children of African American
and African diaspora will be at a disadvantage. They will
be struggling to acquire the knowledge to be knowledge
workers in a digital world of information.

The proficiency of reading (literacy/comprehension) and
writing (creative thought process) is needed now more
than ever. Manual labor jobs are still there, even they
are using technology that requires thinking. Statistically
African Americans are behind in technology applications
and implementation (digital divide) professionally and
educationally. Social media will not produce jobs, it will
not empower people monetarily. Degrees and
certifications are the way to go that will empower
children for careers and financial stability.

Teaching our children blogging is a new world, a world
of digitized created expressions and voices on a multitude
of subjects that matter.
The skill of blogging does opens doors to avenues of
business ventures to expand literary and informational
access. Their voices are provided a platform to share their
happiness, trials, tribulations. Each generation has moved
from the spiritual songs, hymns and other harmonic
expressions that past generations have used. Today in
this digital age the quiet sounds are of processors of digital
devices that move codes, create binary languages that
produce what is held in the hearts and minds of children,
youth, teens and young adults.
Blogging produces content for cyber-publishing, to share
stories, ideas, passions, and in some cases rants and raves.
The capability for African Americans and Africans to launch
their own newspaper, magazine, radio and even television
shows is empowering. What better way to involve generations
to become contributors to the discussions that need to be
presented to the people.

Africans and African Americans must embrace technology
and all that it has to offer to build communities up to
educate each generation to be better than the next.
Technology is about communication between people and
helping them to be empowered.

EWC and HBCU Students Should Be Attending WordCamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EWC and HBCU Students
Should Be Attending WordCamps

by William Jackson @wmjackson
Emma Kent @librarianewc

The WordCamp Jacksonville was a prime opportunity
for EWC and HBCU students to meet and interact with
industry professionals in the fields of web development,
graphic design, Java development, Cybersecurity and
other areas of Branding, Marketing, Advertising and
business ventures in the area of tech.
The opportunity to share their voices through tech
has never been available before in history for EWC and
HBCU students.

Emma Kent, MA, MLIS librarian of Edward Waters
College attending her first WordCamp shared the
historical importance of EWC and HBCU students to
continue to grow and be engaged is as many tech
conferences like WordCamp Jacksonville. Ms. Kent
talking to the industry leaders, developers, bloggers,
programmers, etc.

Social Media has moved beyond the traditional
blogging into a broader spectrum of interactive
engagement, connectivity, Branding, Marketing,
find a person’s Niche and even collaborations in business.
The levels of engagement, interactivity and networking
is valuable for EWC students that have dreams of
moving into new areas of careers in technology, but do
not know who to connect with.

This is a big challenge, HBCU students do not think
conferences, meetups, workshop and networking events
are important, but are dangerously wrong.
Meetups, conferences, summits, workshops and
other events are important to understand who to
connect with, where to go to connect and the
value of getting your name in the minds of
professionals that can offer Internships, scholarships,
jobs and open doors that were once closed.
Emma Kent and William Jackson, Presenters

 

 

 

The presentation
“How to be DOPE on Social Media and Relevant,”
was celebrated as bringing a diversity of
content and cultural connections. Praised
as new and exciting the presentation was
engaging and interactive.
WordPress Jacksonville is growing and providing
more opportunities through the meetups
happening each month.

EWC and HBCU students are encouraged to find
groups that support WordCamp, WordPress, EdCamp,
BarCamp and other opportunities for networking and
learning.
If HBCU students want to be involved in areas of tech
or even as entrepreneurs they still have to have access
to knowledge, resources, venture capitalists that make
the much needed  investments and have the degrees
and certificates necessary to sit at the table where
the decisions are made.

The concept of “How to be Dope on Social Media and
Relevant” is the vision of William Jackson professor
with Edward Waters College, he teaches Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEM. Professor
Jackson provides a much needed experience and
knowledge to help EWC and HBCU students to grow
and be part of industries that claim there are no knowl-
edgeable nor capable students of color and culture.
Professor Jackson has 27 years as a public educator
and teaching at EWC since 2004, he attends national and
international conferences to speak on tech issues in many
cases that are directly related to people of color and
culture and supports hiring EWC and HBCU students.

Pro. Jackson is a national and international blogger
whose content is published in Canada, South Africa,
Nigeria and throughout the United States.
There are national WordCamp opportunities and EdCamp
for EWC and HBCU students in education programs
working to be educators in schools across the country.
Students take advantage of this chances to grow beyond
imagination.
Conference photos: 
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/WordCamp%20Jacksonville%202017/story

 

 

Resources:
Emma Kent, MA, MLIS
Librarian – Division of Academic Affairs
Twitter – @librariantiger

William Jackson, M.Edu
Social Media Visionary – My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Twitter – @wmjackson
EdCamp Central
https://www.edcamp.org/
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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