My Quest To Teach

October 1, 2016

Africans Start to Hashtag and Google Yourselves Part 1

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Africans Start to Hashtag and Google Yourselves
William Jackson, M.Ed.
@wmjackson
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media
#MyQuestToTech

The elevation of Africans having access to the
Internet is increasing the digital footprint of
those denied access to information for years.
Internet access supplied by providers is allowing
people in cities, villages and towns unprecedented
access to information.

Africans are embracing their Afrinerdiness
(African Nerds) that encourages global collaboration,
cross cultural connections, access to entertainment
media, and educational resources never seen before.
There is so much digital eye candy that African teens
and young adults need to be cautious of the glitz and
glamour of global content.
As Africans grow in engagement, their words
will have new meaning in the global context of their
digital content that will expand. The perceptions
they create will define them, the digital ether can
quickly and unmercifully absorb the
attentions of Africans and present a unfathomable
world of cultural.

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Googling will have a new meaning for Africans,
their created content is fresh, unfiltered by world
exposure and lack of  Internet etiquette and guidelines
in some cases. African children are in many ways no
different than European, Asian or American, many
want their content to go viral, with the potential of
making them instant superstars and celebrities.

African parents like others from around the world
must be very cautious of their children’s access to
online content because it can literally be addicting
and life changing. Unfiltered access to the Internet
in some cases may be a Pandora box because African
children like those of other nations may not
inappropriate content being created and read
or viewed.

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For African parents to keep up with their children
they should Hashtag and Google their children
regularly. To digitally follow them, not stalk but
check to make sure they are not being lead or
drawn into dangerous digital territories.

African parents must be educated on setting
boundaries for their families in the absence of
local, national and continental laws safeguarding
children from predators, stalkers, scammers and
even terrorists. As a professor teaching
Educational Technology and Social Media safety
in higher education, youth, teens and even
young adults do not understand the dangers of
posting to much information online about
themselves, their families and even their
ideologies related to religion, sex and education.

There are still parts of Africa that are not and
may not embrace the ideas of freedom of speech,
and open society to information and even the
freedom of girls and women accessing
educational resources. Educational institutions
across Africa are going to have to develop
policies and procedures to make sure all
students no matter their religious background,
cultural upbringing, economic status, political
status and even mobility will have to have
equitable access and support.

As a parent of two I demand equal educational
resources for my daughter like my son. My
daughters value is just as important as my son
from elementary to university levels.
As an educator I have equal expectations of success
for my male and females students. My educational
diversity is that I teach on the elementary and
college levels and see all sides of educational
success and the results of educational failure by
lack of involvement by parents.

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The development of policies, procedures and
practices cannot be made by one entity, it must
be inclusive of Internet Service Providers,
educational institutions, departments of
government and even involve African parental
groups because  they are the grassroots of
addressing issues and concerns.

There must be further opportunities to teach
parents about the online world so they can monitor
their children through Googling and Hashtags.
Many in government and business are of the
opinion that it is too early to address these issues,
I say there is not a level to early to empower parents
to teach their kids and to be  cautious and aware
of their safety.
Just as in the United States, I travel to teach
parents about Social Media Safety, Etiquette,
prevention of cyberbullying,  cyberstalking,
Sexting and other online activities are creating
social issues that have direct influence in the
social and educational order for families.

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For too long Europeans have tried to determine
what is best for African people without asking
them, Internet access creates a  platform where
education is for everyone – equally.
The power of Google searches, Hashtags,
Branding, Marketing,  collaboration and even
association has a powerful place in global
communities. African parents learn to
Google their children,and Hashtag them.

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Part II Suggestions for African Parents
When Monitoring Their Children Online

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Hashtags
The Africa the media never shows
#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

Twitter
https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou?src=hash

Elle Decoration
http://elledecoration.co.za/theafricathemedianevershowsyou-2/

The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jun/30/the-africa-the-media-never-shows-you-in-pictures

Blogging about Africa
https://blog.fh.org/2015/07/theafricathemedianevershowsyou/

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September 17, 2016

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Edward Waters Collegfe
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

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25 Suggestions for African Bloggers
1. Write as if the world is going to read your
content. When people read your content they
should see, feel and hear the passion for what
your blogging about.

2. When creating content take the time to read,
review, rewrite, revise, what you have written,
sometimes you have to come back to what you
started to see a new direction or a new level of
engagement.

3. Don’t trust anyone that tells you your blogs are
“great” all the time. Have a critical eye and humility
about your content. Some of your content will be
great some of it will just be ok, so be fine with it
and grow.

4. Don’t create content to be famous, sharing
your life potentially to the world, not selling your
soul to make a profit. Look at the greats like
Achebe, Addiche, Soyinka.

5. Embrace the diversity of the world. Your blogs
should be able to reach out to diverse audiences
unless you are specific about who or whom you’re
writing to.

6. Don’t always write about sunshine and happiness;
branch off and challenge your abilities
to write outside your box of understanding and
expertise. What is traditional, what is disturbing,
what is scary, the changes and challenges of
African culture.

7, Build your writing by reading what other writers
have written, see if your experiences
are like theirs. Chinua Achebe and others were
able to blend stories.

8. When writing, write as if telling a story to a friend
or family member. Relationships are important,
building a relationships brings connectivity and trust.

9. Read other writers that you respect and admire,
this inspires your creativity and literary growth.
You’re not trying to be like them, but create your
own journalistic journey.

10. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words
that encourage the imagination and
creativity in you.

11. Use music to inspire, excite and give you
the chills about what you’re writing. There
is a writers zone that will take over the more
you write.

12. When writing determine if there are challenges,
conflicts that need to be overcome and shared.

13. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to multiple
sites. You never know who will publish
your works. Even if you are rejected 100 times,
101 might be the one that gets you an
awesome gig.

14. Keep your passion and excitement about
your writing, it is an extension of who you are.

15. Write different kinds of stories.

16. Read, Read, Read and Read some more,
fall in love with reading.
17. Your writing is an important part of who you
are, what you are growing into and how to
expand your voice.

18. Bloggers must continue to grow in their fields,
you may start off in a traditional blog,
but be willing to incorporate Microblogging,
Podcasting, Vblogging and other technologies
that reach diverse audiences. Periscope,
Facebook Live and other platforms.

19. Volunteer in your community if it is safe
to do so. Help others and see the beauty in
people of diversity. Never judge those that
have less or even more than you do.

20. Blogging is a life-long journey and
should be a life-long adventure for the blogger.
When people read your works, see you in
person they should be able to see your
passion without you saying a word. Be a
student of life, never think that you can know
too much, learn to little or grow too big. Be a
part of something bigger than you are that is
positive, and productive. Your words will last
forever, what impression do you want the
future world to have about you??

21. Take time to meditate and listen to the
ancestors, what stories are they telling you
to write.

22. Look into the eyes of children, the elders
to seek the spirit of Africa, to share with those
that want to see what you see, rely on your
writings to experience life experiences.
“When old people speak it is not because of
the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is
because we see something which you do
not see.” Chinua Achebe

23. Write something every day….

24. Use YouTube to listen to past discussions
by Achebe, Hughes, Dyson, Sanders,
and others that are not well known.

25. Create your own YouTube channel or
Vimeo to record your reading and share
your stories through video.

Resources:
Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
http://www.bloggers.ng/
African Blogging Awards –
http://www.africanbloggerawards.com/2016-winners/
African Fashion Bloggers –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chayet-chienin/bloggers-african-fashion_b_6613940.html
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014 –
http://buzzsouthafrica.com/blogs-south-africa/
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa –
http://memeburn.com/2014/05/25-of-the-best-bloggers-operating-in-africa-today/

September 14, 2016

Part 1 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 1 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educator, Blogger
Edward Waters College
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

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Blogging ideas from a national and international
Blogger, Speaker, Content Creator, Thought Leader.
There are millions of potential brother and sister
bloggers in Africa, diverse people of color and
culture, yearning to tell their stories, develop
and share their Brands and expand their
opportunities to collaborate.

This writing is a contribution of knowledge to
share and hopefully motivate and inspire
Africans desiring to Blog, Microblog, Vblog,
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.

What better way than to blog and share with
the world, to create unique content that is
just as diverse as the most diverse 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 others of color and culture.
Following the examples of Chinua Achebe,
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri,
Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo,
Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic
creators of storytelling, poets, and diverse
content creators. African children are learning
that through education they can contribute
to the world in ways not available decades ago.

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Colonialism attempted to
silence the voices of Africans, they failed
because the voices of Africans can be
heard whispered on the water and air
currents that travel the rivers, streams,
and creeks 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.

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 encourage
African parents to encourage their children.
Do not allow others to tell your stories as they
did during the decades of slavery and colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your
stories and let the world hear you.

Part 2 25 Suggestions for African Bloggers

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Resources:
Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
http://www.bloggers.ng/
African Blogging Awards –
http://www.africanbloggerawards.com/2016-winners/
African Fashion Bloggers –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chayet-chienin/bloggers-african-fashion_b_6613940.html
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014
http://buzzsouthafrica.com/blogs-south-africa/
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa
http://memeburn.com/2014/05/25-of-the-best-bloggers-operating-in-africa-today/

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