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March 15, 2017

Bring EdCamp To Africa To Build Collaboration and Connectedness

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Bring EdCamps To Africa To Build Collaboration and Connectedness
by Professor William Jackson – Edward Waters College

Kiswahili [another term for Swahili] the proverb
“Asiyefunzwa na mamae hufunzwa na ulimwengu,” shares
the responsibility of the community (village), or town or city
to raise/educate children.
The exposure to educational strategies, concepts, best practices
and the application of diverse technologies can sometimes
seem challenging when the infrastructure is  still being built.
Collaboration with educators is challenged when the basic
tools are not in place or accessible and teachers with years
of experience are not able to collaborate or connect with
new or pre-service teachers still attending college and
university. Bring in the EdCamp!!!!

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Chinua Achebe,
“When I began going to school and learned to read,
I encountered stories of other people and other lands.”
When young people decide to make education a career they
should be celebrated and  importantly supported because the
road to a “master teacher” is difficult and the learning curve is
at times steep. To many people are criticized for going into
teaching especially men. People do not respect the calling of
an educator or the responsibility of administrators that manage
personalities, egos, genders and even generations, that is just
the students.
Diversity in education builds strength in skills and abilities
because this can be applied to the growing student population in
schools that are diverse and constantly changing. How do you
address literacy skills if 1/3 of the students are ESOL and 1/3
may be hearing impaired or 1/3 visually challenged and 1/3 are
gifted. The classroom teacher must address each student
individually and align instruction with their abilities to be
academically successful.
It is common knowledge that schools are a microcosm of
their communities, and African teachers understand their
challenges are unique in their classrooms because of the
lack of resources.

Chinua Achebe (Nigerian Writer)
“A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy
educated, participatory follower-ship, and an educated, morally
grounded leadership.”
EdCamp provides a format in education for teachers, administrators,
support staff to come together and share in a collaborative
environment how to improve the educational culture and atmosphere
of schools. The physical infrastructure is important, but if you do not
have teachers that are passionate, engaging, creative and innovative
in applying academic intellect so students can see what they are
working towards, having stuff will not help. Instruction must
correspond with application to meet the needs of students.
“Learning must be relevant and real.”
Professor William Jackson, M.Ed.

The instruction and the instructional materials rests with the
teacher that is the leader, role model, mentor and guide to academic
direction. Teachers as they learn their students can apply the best
tool to the student(s) for the best results.
Even pre-service and new teachers can benefit because of the exposure
to those with experiences applying best practices and building a
PLN Professional Learning Network to share and support.
In this world of political lobbyists that do not understand how children
learn, the influence of community, poverty, generational influences
and teacher training;  EdCamp is not influenced by political affiliations,
special interests groups, lobbyists or the infection of governmental
policies.
The exchanges are by teachers that respect their peers and can relate
and understand the challenges of teaching and educating youth, teens
and young adults.
The teacher exchanges of ideas, resources and developing practices is
able to make trans-formative changes in the culture and learning of
the classroom faster than politicians changing policy that is filtered,
modified and changed to meet the needs of a political promise or
vision that is not in-line with actual learning.
Teachers and administrators understand that classrooms are global
environments of cultures, ideas, lifestyles and the socio-economic
conditions of students.
Education is the tool to take them beyond their current position to
move them upward. The family in most cases is part of the process
of education and because of this, family histories do matter. The
history of African education has been one of colonial influences
and even re-defining the learning objectives for students. Change
by African educators is finding appropriate resources not to just
satisfy a political mission, but prepare African children to be the
smart creatives and innovators Africa needs.

Chinua Achebe affirms the educational function of literature
and establishes a human context for understanding modern
African history.
http://faculty.atu.edu/cbrucker/Achebe.html
In Survey of World Literature, 1992
Education serves a vital purpose in understanding where Africans
have come from and it helps direct where Africans are going in
relation to the direction of global business, commerce, technology
and finance.
EdCamp can provide the missing pieces to teacher development
that cannot be influenced by one day professional development.
The African proverb, “It takes a village to educate a child,” brings
higher value to the creation of EdCamp on the African continent.
If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students will
be left behind and out of the decision making process of building
communities and prosperity for its citizens.
As a professor teaching Educational Technology in the Education
Department and Urban Studies at Edward Waters College and
teaching 27 years in public education, professional development
and networking are important to the growth and development
of new and seasoned teachers that need seasoning.
One cannot exhist without the other.
Kijita (Wajita) “Omwana ni wa bhone,” meaning regardless of a
child’s biological parent(s) its upbringing belongs to
the community.

EdCamp and WordCamp in Africa

EdCamp and Why Teachers Should Care
http://www.hypeorlando.com/my-quest-swag/2016/02/04/edcamp-and-why-teachers-should-care/

EdCamps
http://www.edtechupdate.com/edcamps/

WordCamp
https://central.wordcamp.org/

EdCamp Accra
https://sites.google.com/a/lincoln.edu.gh/edcamp15/home

EdCamps
Putnam County March 25, 2017
http://edcampputnam.weebly.com/home/edcamp-putnam

Branford April 22, 2017
http://edcampbranford.weebly.com/

Volusia April 8th
http://edcampvolusia.weebly.com/

WordCamp Jacksonville 2017
https://2017.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/speak/

Past EdCamps in Florida from 2015 to Present

 

December 30, 2016

Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017

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Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

“What should we be doing going forward?”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
There are millions of potential brother and sister bloggers
in Africa, diverse people of color and culture, yearning to
tell their stories, developing and waiting to share their
Brands and expand their opportunities to collaborate in
education, business,commerce, finance and global
entrepreneurship.
This writing is a contribution of knowledge to share and
hopefully motivate and inspire Africans desiring to Blog,
Microblog,  Videoblog, Podcast and create dynamic content
within their communities. Their (African) voices and stories
are important and should be shared on a global platform of
respect and collaboration on dynamic Social Media platforms.
To represent the African diaspora and historical significance
of the art of storytelling.
What better way than to share with the world, to create unique
content that is just as diverse as the most culturally rich
continent in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of all ages
to write their stories, to use their creativity to share innovative
ideas and create content that bridges generations and cultures.
The ability to create unique and transformative content that
can connect and unify their continent.

Following the literary talents of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Buchi Emecheta, Ama
Ata Aidoo, Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic creators
of stories’, poets, and diverse content creators.
African children are learning that through education
they can contribute to the world in ways not available
decades ago.
Colonialism attempted to silence the voices of Africans,
it failed because the voices of Africans can be heard
whispered on the flowing waters and in the air currents,
stories that travel through the trees, and the paths both
dirt and paved across the continent.
Social Media platforms and tools are allowing African
boys and girls to share their stories with the global
community, bringing attention to their lives right from
their mouths and to the ears of billions globally.

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As an educator and parent I want to encourage African
children, teens, youth and young adults to share their
stories through the diverse tools that blogging has to
offer and enhance their language abilities, “language
is the way to memory.”
Prof. Wm Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Do not allow others to tell your stories as was done
during the centuries of slavery, oppression and
colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your stories and
let the world hear you. Chinua Achebe the “Father of
African Literature” has stated many times that the
minds of the people were influenced by the
colonization of Europeans.
That African writers need to be activist in their
writing, to challenge the thinking of Africans, to
encourage intellectualism and activism even still
today.
The thinking and the writing of Africans are
challenging the “emperors” way of thinking,
“because the storyteller has a different agenda”
than the emperor, “Conversation with
Chinua Achebe 2012.”

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In many ways Africans have a responsibility to
share their stories and share their voices, what
better way to tell truth to life what Europeans have
tried to deny for decades. There was a denial
of building of thought leaders and intellectuals in
Africa during colonial rule. The independence of
Ghana in 1957 and subsequently other African
countries allowed for the potential of building new
intellectuals that in turn will teach others. Sharing
the value of their voices just as Achebe, Soyinka
and others have done, storytelling is a powerful
tool to build cultural pride and dignity.
The 20th and 21st century have opened new ways
for Africans to soar, to embrace the winds of
change that allow for the chains of colonialism to
dissipate. Achebe shares that Africans have the
right to share their expressions. No matter the
medium, the tools, or the platform.
The encouragement of children is important because
as Achebe says that “children can fly,” and should
be encouraged to.
Achebe states that he writes because he likes to
write, I feel the same passion. To share not just
stories, but information to encourage people to think,
contemplate, dream, consider the possibilities to grow
beyond the limited imaginations of those that
do not respect the diversity and the heritage of African
nations or the diaspora.
Africans must tell their stories, share their voices and
build a new dynamic identity for the 21st century.
Africans are more than a people to be colonized and ruled.
They are a people that have passions, expectations, and
dreams, this should be shared with the world.
African voices can influence geopolitical decisions that
will take Africa into the 22nd century and beyond.
Africans as a collective can influence the gaps in education,
in commerce, in the innovation of technology and the
opportunities to achieve more to the benefits of Africa and
African people, not just people from other countries.
54 countries united to solve their own problems can
achieve great things if they unite and speak united. Africa
united as a strong united force to make positive and
transformative change.
These powerful words from stated that, “no foreigners
have ever developed a country, the nationals have developed
their own country.”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

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Resources:
Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/sg6F-M6v1iM

South African Bloggers
http://weblogforlove.com/

Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

African on the Blog
http://www.africaontheblog.com

 

November 14, 2016

Learn to Speak in Digital So Lo Mo Environments

 

 

 

Learn to Speak in Digital
So Lo Mo Environments
by William Jackson
Edward Waters College @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach
Do you understand the power of:
So social Lo local Mo mobile how to implement the
right technology.
Using digital tools and the integration of SoLoMo,
“Black Millennials are using their power to successfully
raise awareness of issued facing the Black community
and influence decisions shaping our world.”
http://mediaconfidential.blogspot.com/2016/10/
nielsen-black-millennials-close-digital.html

The ability to communicate using digital tools is important
in an age of progressive digital technologies. Mobile tech
has changed the way people are communicating daily.
Smartphones, tablets, watches and other digital mobile
devices allow for new methods to connect with family,
friends, and professional learning communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software is becoming increasingly
intelligent and intuitive.
Whether you have an Android
or an iPhone the ability to
connect, collaborate and communicate has become
simplistic and literally at the touch of a button(s).
If you want to be taken seriously and looked upon as a
valuable resource you have to talk the talk, using the
words that connect like minds and even like goals.
No matter the age, generation, gender or life style
technology has the ability to connect two or two million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use your Social Media platforms to:
1. Be conversational
*the range of applications is as flexible as the type of
devices that are available.
*conversation is the foundation for networking and
building relationships.
*The power is in the software.
2. Share content – Sharing is Caring
*sharing content is important to growth and development
*the ability to create content, share content and archive
allows for influencing the present and the future.
3. Write / Blog Content is King
*to be a better blogger, you must write as much as possible.
*content creation is king as stated by Bill Gates in many
seminars and conferences.
*write to live and live to write is practiced in academia.
4. Build your e-Reputation, e-Personality, e-Reliability
*having a reputation or a personality requires some type
of Social Media presence.
*the debate is still going on which one is better,
*the more the better depending on what audience you are
trying to reach.
5. Learn to listen
*teach yourself to listen to people talking about how
they use technology.
*learn the difference between integration, implementation,
and initiation of technology.
*join Meetups, EdCamps, and other social events that
connect like-minded people.
6. Take the time to read
*even though YouTube can provide almost all your instructional
needs, reading still cannot be beat.
*read about those that are innovators and smart creators.
7. Collaborate – Cooperation – Association
*CCA to build your knowledge, build your Brand and learn how
to Market your ideas and skills.
8. Understand your community
*you cannot be friends with everyone on all Social Media platforms.
*learn which sites are beneficial to your needs.
*don’t lose your time on useless Social Media sites that are
not productive.
9. Say more with less
*Twitter is 140 characters
*how can you communicate in 140 characters or less effectively?
10. Social Media is a “pull system” you must know your audience.
*understand who your following
*why your following someone
*who is following you
*why are they following you
11. Find your Niche
*finding your Niche is important
*your Niche is your voice and your presence online

 

 

 

 

 

12. How do you want people
to remember you?
*content rarely goes away,
it is archived, saved,
packaged and stored someplace
online.
*you create a digital legacy with your content.
*people will remember you through your content.
13. Build a personal mission statement
*when using Social Media build a mission statement
that can help you grow academically and professionally
14. Remember Social Media is about relationships.
*building relationships is important.
*how do you build relationships online?
*remember everyone does not have the same
mission as you are so be careful.
15. Develop your elevator pitch for those unique
times when you have one opportunity to make an
impression.
*Social Media may provide a one-time shot to pitch
your ideas to the “right” person so have your pitch
ready to go.
16. You cannot be shy in the Blogging / Technology
Industry.
*technology opens opportunities nationally and
globally as never before.
*being shy will get you literally no where.
*to be successful you cannot afford to be shy or
hesitant
17. Don’t view other bloggers as competition,
they are opportunities for collaboration.
*sometimes it is better to collaborate not compete
18. Brand vs Visual Identity
*learn the difference.
*how do people see you online?
19. Your Brand is your Promise
*your Brand continues to grow as your knowledge
and abilities grow.
*mentor and be a role model.
20. Your Brand and Niche should be a safe place,
make sure your association is approachable.
*what type of people are you associated with?
*do they have the same direction, mission and goals
as you do?
21. Be Authentic
*no one can be you, but you.
*don’t try to be something you are not
*don’t steal someone else’s ideas
*think about what you bring to the table.
22. Social Media can bridge Culture
*diversity is a good thing.
*diversity is a verb.
23. Be careful about being assimilated
*assimilation, association and application are
important.
24. You do not have to know everything
*apply what you learn and allow yourself to grow.
25. Attend conferences and Socials
*connect, socialize and be friends.
*never doubt your ability to be creative and innovative.

 

 

 

“Build your Brand as having
authority over your life.”
Wm Jackson
 

 

 

 

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