My Quest To Teach

September 11, 2017

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students
by William Jackson STEM/STEAM Advocate
Twitter @wmjackson
As more students become interested in dynamic careers that
require skills that apply Science Technology Engineering
and Math African nations have begun to accept the growing
STEM educational opportunities that men and women are
providing in their respective nations. STEM and STEAM
are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation
in the scientific models, but integrate hands-on learning,
team work, building leadership skills and incorporate
higher order and critical thinking skills.

Africa rich in natural resources is increasing its STEM and
STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities
to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education
and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s
influence globally. Africa can not continue to rely on foreign
investments only that place it deeper and deeper in debt to
others that in many cases still do not respect the African
citizen and their generational place in building Africa,
their homeland.

The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more
they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations
and continent are growing and influential in the diverse
markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.
“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because
of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the
girls think they can’t because they haven’t really
seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.”
Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern
to a field engineer at GE Africa.
Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change
for girls that in the past have not been included in
the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM
that requires hands-on learning, experimentation and even
mentors. There are growing numbers of African women
that are role models and mentors ready to share their
knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”

Developing the necessary critical and higher order thinking
skills that are applied to problem solving and even complex
thinking in the development of new ways to harness
natural sources of energy and exploration in new areas
of engineering and tech that are needed
to forge Africa as a global influencer.

The growing news reports in Africa.com and other media are
showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire
boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The
resources and people are available to help them move from
dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing
skills and talents.

There are Nigerian robotics entrepreneurs who are founding
new robotic companies like Surrogate Robotics Nigeria.
“I thought if you start when you’re really young to find
models to solve real world problems using robotics and
artificial intelligence, when you get older you’ll have
that confidence to approach problem solving.”
Christian Chime – Surrogate Robotics Nigeria
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real world
problems that help to build the continent and build the
confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who
are excited about the ability to create change.

The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs,
and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic
structure to engage more individuals that have the
knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that
have plagued Africa and meet future challenges.
African higher educational institutions now see their
responsibilities in building new generation of STEM innovators.
Educational institutions are being held accountable in adapting
their instruction to address the need for students to be
prepared as future STEM advocates and leaders.

Even in countries like Somalia the rise of innovation hubs
https://qz.com/1071505/
irise-hub-the-first-innovation-hub-in-somalia-has-opened-in-mogadishu/
making digital waves across a country devastated by wars and
poverty. Integrating the #SomaliaRising hashtag to show the
growth of collaboration and connections.
Founder Abdihakim Ainte, “iRise,” states, “there’s an increased
need for these kinds of spaces in order to realize the full
potential of Somalia’s technology sector.”
The vision is bright for the growth of technology and the
building of hubs that encourage and support new ways of
applying, integrating, creating and building an avenue
that supports innovation.

One of the dynamic aspects of tech integration is cell phone
technology that allows for communication and access to global
resources. This is allowing young entrepreneurs to share their
knowledge and build connections that encourage the creation
of new companies and business initiatives.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEMsquared and other related initiatives
are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed
to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers
that create wealth and economic, educational and generational
progress and stability.

Resources:
Somalia just unveiled its first tech innovation hub
by Abdi Latif Dahir
September 07, 2017 Quartz africa
Twitter: @qzafrica

Robots are Giving Nigerian Children a Head-Start on STEM
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

NGOs Focusing on STEM Skills Development in Africa
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/ngos-focusing-on-stem-skills/

WAAW Foundation
Working to Advance African Women (WAAW)
Lagos-headquartered company inspires African women to be innovators.

Her2Voice
Her2Voice was founded in 2013 by six Rwandan women who share the
same vision of fighting for gender equality and inspiring girls.

@iLabAfrica
Located at Kenya’s Strathmore University, @iLabAfrica
Research and incubation facility that promotes technological
innovation and supports entrepreneurship programmes.

The Visiola Foundation
Mentors young girls and women in the STEM fields to create a
generation of leaders who will help transform African economies.

GirlHype
Girlhype has reached more than ten thousand girls and
introduced them to opportunities in computing and engineering.

JJiguene Tech Hub
Established in 2007 with the aSenegal’s first technology hub
run by and for women. Jjiguene means “woman” in Wolof, the
most widely spoken language in the country.
Addressing the shortage of ICT skills in Ghana.

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May 22, 2017

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 19, 2017

Investing in Women Is Always A Good Thing

 

 

Investing in Women
Is Always A Good Thing

by William Jackson
Edited by Terri Drummond
“Xplosion” – Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Conference for women by women
that focuses on holistic
empowerment. “A Breakthrough to a New You”
The terms Black Girls Rock, Black Girls are Dope, Black Girls are Lit,
Girls Rock and Girls Rule, the growing motto for girls and women of color,
culture and diversity represents the increases girls and women have about
their personal and collective power and influence.
The list of motto, inspirational quotes, digital high fives and
even fist bumps continues to grow representing the magic, momentum,
and mystery of women.

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me,
bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate
and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”
Amy Poehler, actress

The changing dynamic of societal influence has allowed the dopeness
and intellectual blessing that women possess to be shared, celebrated,
and provided doors of opportunities to be smashed open. “A Breakthrough
to a New You,” is appropriate and powerful as a holistic approach to
empowerment.
The glass ceilings put in place by those that do not have the best
interests of girls and women and even those that still want to confine
women to outdated colonial thinking are fading away just as stereotypical
thinking is lost to history.

Bias against women is evaporating because the limited thinking of men trying
to keep women in “their place” has died and the fueling of intellectual
fire, creativity, innovation is growing faster because of the access to
educational, business, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Self-awareness is a beautiful thing, self determination is a powerful
ability and cultivating collaborations allow women to explore new
opportunities of growth and liberty.

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules,
and build a life you’re proud to live.” Anne Sweeney, Walt Disney

Gone is the era where women are tolerated, seen as second class citizens
and lower level partners. Because of educational opportunties, exposure
to new industries, access to finances and open global commerce women
are game changers not just locally in their communities, they have
national and international access to resources that where unheard of
just decades before.

Women are changing the dynamic of entrepreneurial development, there
are more women who are changing the definition of success because
more women understand the importance and value of independent thinking
and casting away the fears of failure. The greater fear is that of not
trying at all. Holistically women apply their faith, their intellegence,
their knowledge the willingness to collaborate and build professional
business networks. This builds into dynamically holistic engagement
and unity. Professional Learning Networks and Professional Learning
Communities help build the abilities of women to become thought
leaders, innovators and smart creatives as business leaders and
entrepreurial role models.

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life,
but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the
next moment.” Oprah Winfrey

Invitations are extended to women that want to be involved and connected
in the “Xplosion” of knowlede, experience, passion and unity. Stated
eloquently by W.E.B. Dubois, “There is no force equal to a women
determined to rise.”

Rise women rise!!!!!
For more information:
Email: info@xplosion2017.com
Phone: 904 479 6638

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