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September 19, 2016

Want To Be A Cool Blogger, Then Attend FlBlogCon

Want To Be A Cool Blogger, Then Attend FlBlogCon
by William Jackson, M.Ed @wmjackson
Daddy Blogger – Social Media Safety and SWAG Blogger
Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Blogger
Mental Health Blogger Community Activist Blogger

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FlBlogCon – http://flblogcon.gottagetblogging.com/

Blogging allows you to be your own
Editor – Publisher – Writer – Content Creator
Thought Leader – Influencer – Brand

Want to grow in your blogging skills and knowledge,
the opportunity is here at the upcoming
Florida Blogging Conference in Orlando, Florida
at Full Sail University http://flblogcon14.flblogcon.com/
Saturday, September 24th

So much  to learn and the networking is great.
Come prepared to learn, share, and network;
connect with experts, creatives and innovators that
share energy and passions for building and creating
diverse content. The FlBlogCon is a great opportunity
to put aside your fears, apprehension and self-esteem
issues with your Blogging and Social Media journey.
Want to know how to do it in Social Media?
The FlBlogCon will teach you not only how, but
why.

In the 21st century you cannot question your ability
to create meaningful content, you do yourself damage
if you doubt that you are a “thought leader” or even an
“influencer.” You must have the passion, determination
and confidence in “your” ability to attract an audience
to share your ideas, dreams, talents, abilities and
apply your skills as a creator.

What better way to magnify and quantify your ability
to share information across dynamic Social Media
platforms than to attend and be engaged at the
Florida Blogging Conference

As a veteran in attendance and participation in
conversations, discussions and dialogues make sure
you’re bringing your business cards.
Update your Social Media platforms with working
email addresses, active hashtags, web sites that are
not “404 in your face.” Renew that domain name and
be prepared to pick up plenty of tips, tricks, cues,
shortcuts, strategies, tools and Apps.

Make sure you bring that power strip to share an
outlet with a potential customer or collaboration.
Charge that Tablet, Smartphone, Watch, Recorder and
other digital devices to capture those million dollar ideas
that you will be exposed to.

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Wm Jackson 

Be prepared to take those “selfies” with business
leaders, and those special people you have seen on
television, YouTube, SnapChat and other sites that
digital celebrity’s hangout on. Rub elbows with
the creator Bess Auer and her awesome team.
http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/print-edition/2014/02/07/meet-the-influencers-bess-auer.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bess_Auer

Blogging suggestions that I share with my Educational
Technology and Social Media class at Edward Waters
College provide the encouragement and vision to stay
engaged and active in the ever changing world of Social
Media and Technology. These can be applied to the
Florida Blogging Conference

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William’s suggestions to grow in your journey
as a “content creator” and “thought leader.”

  1. Write as if the world is going to read your blogs,
    view your videos and download your Podcast.
    When people hear, read or view your content they
    should see, feel, hear or taste the passion for what
    your creating content about.
    2. When blogging take the time to review, rewrite,
    revise, what you have written, sometimes you have to
    come back to what you started to see a new direction.
    Don’t be afraid to re-record a Podcast or a Video Blog.
    Your content represents you!!!!
    3. Don’t trust anyone that tells you your blogs are
    “great” all the time. Have a critical eye and humility
    about your content. Ask diverse people to read your
    blogs you’re going to get different opinions, ideas,
    likes and even dislikes and perspectives.
    4. Have a hard skin and look at certain criticisms
    as room to grow. One bad opinion should not stop
    you from writing.
    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, branch off and
    challenge your abilities to write outside your box of
    understanding and expertise. What is perplexing,
    what is disturbing, what is scary. Expand your
    abilities and challenge your skill level.
    7. When writing, write as if telling a story to a friend,
    relationships are important, building a relationship
    brings connectivity and long standing.
    8. Read other writers that you respect and admire,
    this inspires your creativity and literary growth.
    9. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words that
    encourage the imagination and tickle the senses.
    10. When writing determine if there are characters,
    challenges, conflicts that need to be overcome.
    Learn from situations and circumstances that toss
    you on your literary butt. That promotes growth.

    11. 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.
    12. Keep your passion and excitement about your
    writing, it is an extension of who you are. Don’t stress
    or over extend your writing. Some people plan,
    others just take flight. Find out what works for you.
    13. Figure out who or whom you’re writing to, leave
    opportunities to receive feedback and comments.
    14. Your writing is an important part of who you are,
    what you are growing into and how to expand  your voice.
    15. 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.

    16. Watch YouTube videos to learn, attend conferences,
    Meetups, and EdCamps, if you’re in education. Even if
    you’re not an educator attend EdCamps to learn from
    experienced educators who may own businesses and
    work as entrepreneurs.
    17. Be mindful of your content, your Brand is a
    representation of your promise for what you’re working
    to accomplish.
    18. Never assume you’re invisible, just because no one
    leaves a comment, provides feedback does not mean no
    one is watching, reading, listening or studying who
    you are.
    19. Expand your Brand by volunteering to speak at
    schools, churches, community centers to expand your
    circle and take the chance to mentor others.
    20. Blogging is a life-long journey and should be a
    life-long adventure, have fun with it.

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    Resources on:
    FlBlogCon Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/FLBlogCon/

    What I Learned from the Florida Blogging Conference 2015
    http://www.hypeorlando.com/my-quest-swag/2015/09/28/what-i-learned-from-florida-blogging-conference/

    What You Need for the FlBlogCon
    http://www.hypeorlando.com/my-quest-swag/2015/09/22/what-you-need-for-the-florida-blogging-conference/

    William Jackson Social Media Platforms
    Instagram:  http://instagram.com/williamdjackson
    Twitter: @Wmjackson
    Tumblr: http://Tumblr.com/WilliamDJackson
    About Me: About.me/WilliamDJackson
    WordPress: http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com

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July 20, 2016

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Call Me Mister Instructor and Advisor
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!”

Video via
William Jackson
william.jackson@ewc.edu

If the embed does not work
here is the link to the video.
Call Me Mister
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fglK5KUyMwM

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June 29, 2016

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
#MyQuestToTeach

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BlackGirlMagic Magazine
@BlkGirlMagicMag Twitter
#BlackGirlMagic Hashtag
http://www.blackgirlmagicmag.com/ Web Site
We are looking for works about and by
Black Women

This blog is not about just one color or
culture, but about the value and importance
of reading, literacy, comprehension and
creativity of writing for all children.

The summer has made its appearance and
kids are excited about the opportunities of
“freedom” from schools across the nation.
Parents should still have their children
engaged in learning opportunties by visiting
library events, museum viewings and cultural
events that engage kids with fun
learning activities.

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Reading and writing during the summer are still
important and the the power of the written word
has been seen for thousands of years, individuals
and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions,
feelings and to tell the life histories of
people and cultures.

Children, teens and young adults should be
introduced to writing as a way to learn how to
express their feelings, dreams, passions and
the challenges that they face. Writing can be
used as a coping mechanism and teach how to
manage the emotional diversity of children,
especially children of color and culture.
To develop intellectual thought and creativity.

Various cultures and societies have their
influences in writing as early blogging
(in my humble opinion). Chinese culture
writing was determined to come not from a
god but an ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh.
He was a minister in the court of the legendary
Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the
invention of writing was supposed to serve as
a communication tool between heaven and earth.
The culture of writing has historical
importance around the world. Diverse
cultures througth history shared their
stories throught storytelling orally until
writing was established and education
advanced.

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#MoxieGirl
The Adventures of Moxie Girl

Blogging on a digital format continues to change
as writing is manipulated, transformed, dissected,
adapted and tailored to the increasing integration
of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in
thought the words that are transcribed into
written or typed words. In a way these words are
already in an electrical format because
thoughts are generated by the synapses
of the mind, thus electrical impulses
and birthed by the hands onto the materials for
publication.

Formats can be seen from the dynamic
platforms being used from Blogger, WordPress,
Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. Children, youth and
teens can embrace the diversity and creative
characteristics of blogging and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases and extention
of their views. Writing helps
to develop vocabulary in children, making it
fun to combine words into stories. It is
wonderful to see a teen excited about reading
and the process of writing.

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Astronaut Star Bright @astroStarBright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/

Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
(http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/16/best-blogging-services/)
it is clear that blogging will remain as an important
historical tool to share and disseminate information
on multiple levels and students need to learn how
to write, the importance of the
writing process and that it can be fun.

Many children are excited to share their thoughts
with art work and drawing, this is the creative
centers of the brain, writing also encouarges the
mind to form ideas, challenges connections and
breeds innovation. What better way to build
character.

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#BrothasRead Twitter

Children should be taught that not to long ago
it was illegal to teach slaves or those of color,
no matter what color or culture to read and write
during the time of slavery not just in America,
but around the world. Today Blogging is
responsible for showing the world the greatness
of people. There is estimated over 12 million
bloggers in America, African Americans need
to take seriously their ability to share stories.
(The State of Blogging 2014,
Pew Internet & American Life Project)

I always encourage people of color and culture
the beauty in blogging because it allows
the expansion into other areas of digital
communication. A platform of expression on
levels that allow for intellectualism where
students should be moving towards.
Students should understand blogging allows the
writer (them) to be creators in this age of
digital media that is changing social
interaction, allowing for collaboration,
a paradigm in alliances of the mind and taking
social networking to levels of
unprecedented growth.

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Children, teens and young adults, bloggers of
color and culture and those of diverse
languages are important because they create
original content specifically addressing diverse
issues that may never be recognized by
traditional media or ignored
because of a lack of understanding or caring.

No matter the color, culture, gender,
generation and age kids of all ages have
something to say, this summer parents get
your children involved in some type of reading
and writing program to prepare them not
just for the next school year, but for life.

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Resources:

Support Education on Brothas Read
#BrothasRead on Twitter

Barbershop Books
@BarbershopBooks on Twitter
http://BarbershopBooks.org

Vincent Taylor
Cornbread Series of reading books
http://www.cornbreadseries.com/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CornbreadSeries/

Well Read Black Girl
https://www.facebook.com/wellreadblackgirls/
#WellReadBlackGirl Twitter

Angie Nixon and Natalie
The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
for girls of color and culture that
struggle their own identies and hair.
http://moxiegirl.com

Get Connect Dad sharing stories
@GetConnectDad on Twitter
https://getconnectdad.com/2016/05/17/48-stories-on-fatherhood/
theconnectdad@gmail.com email

Astronaut Star Bright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/
@astroStarBright

May 12, 2016

Finding Your Voice on TED Talks

Finding Your Voice on TED Talks
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TED – Technology – Entertainment – Design

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas,
usually in the form of short, powerful talks.”
https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

This is where Technology, Entertainment and
Design converge in dynamic conversations that
have grown globally.

Speaking at TED or TEDx; independently run TEDx
provides an opportunity for people of all cultures,
genders, life styles and educational backgrounds to
share their stories and empower their voices.

The value of storytelling, the importance of a
personal story is seen as speakers share their passions,
loves, fears, dreams, humor and life experiences.
Even the personal action of a contribution
that could contribute to global change. A paradigm
of conversation of cultural and historical value.

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TED Talks allows for innovative and personal dialogues,
providing unique and transformative content that grabs,
caresses, massages and even attacks the senses and in
some cases the sensibilities of those listening.
Capturing the visual, auditory and multi-dimentional
gateways to a persons psyche to grab the attention
of the listener and allow for an exchange beyond cognitive.

The voices in TED – TEDx are authoritative, commanding,
passionate, and engaging. Combined with the emotional
displays of the human experience that allows for bridging
differences, to shed light on personal similarities,
cultural blending and building connections that show
we – the human race are a race of people united by more
than just blood, skin, tissue, and other physical
attributes. We each have a soul, shared by the ether
of the universe.

Our minds cannot be limited by the amount of melanin
that dictates the shades, hues, and color variations
of our skins. As human beings we are more than this,
by way of TED Talks there is a connection that borders
on a matrix of inter-connective energies. Our skin, Our
voice helps define our individuality and amplifies our
connection to the diversity of the human
race and the human experience.

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It is impossible to list all the TED – TEDx Talks so my
connections are from several that have connected beyond
my mental interpretations, one of the most powerful is
the “The Danger of A Single Story,” by Chimamanda Ngoze
Adidchie, I introduced this to my students in my
Educational Technology class and had them write a blog
about their interpretations and connections to it.

Nigerian authors such as Adidchie, Chinua Achebe,
Wole Solinka can be thought to share similar
experiences across cultures. Each of us has a single
story, but our stories are interconnected with broad
intersections either by personal meetings or the
engagement through Social Media platforms.
Blogging and the Connection with Achebe and Soyinka
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/
blogging-and-the-connection-with-achebe-and-soyinka/

The beauty of Adidchies presentation shows the
magnificent use of connecting the dynamics
of race, color, social order and societal expectations.
One of the lessons shared is that no one should allow
one person, one group, one entity to tell their stories.
Each of us has a responsibility to tell our own story.
Adidchie’s ability to share her personal story to allow
connections to others is truly a work of artistic expression.

Each of us has a story that is important. Each of our lives
are filled with lessons of value, and each of us has a
purpose driven life if we only embrace it and charge after it.

TED Talks allows the human experience to be shared, unfiltered,
unashamed and undeniably needed to bridge gaps that try to
keep us (humans) separated as a race of human beings. Our
diversity is powerful and can solidify unification and provide
solidarity beyond the differences that make us unique.
We are not a collection of random beings, but a complete
organism that cannot survive alone. We need our collective
cultures, communities and human environments to survive.

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TED – TEDx is creating historical documentation of the human
experiences that unite us and bring enlightenment and
illumination to the power of the human spirit. The
conversations continue to change the traditional cognitive
structure of reasoning and perception of people of color
and culture.

Globally we must embrace these talks in order to strengthen
humanity as a global community. Take the time to engage
in TED Talks to learn about the stories that make the human
life important.

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Resources:

Apply to Speak at TED in Jacksonville
http://tedxjacksonville.com/apply-to-speak/

TEDx Jacksonville, Florida
http://tedxjacksonville.com/attend/

My Favorite with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en

April 4, 2016

Blogging While Young Gifted and African American

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Blogging While Young Gifted and African American
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Edward Waters College

The need for youth to write has grown in importance and value,
in too many cases it is a challenge for many African American (AA)
youth, teens and young adults that have not developed the skill
sets to write coherently and in turn articulate what they have written.
There may be a struggle to develop, create and design comprehensive
sentences and paragraphs that combine together to tell a story.

Blogging allows the writer in this case AA children to “create content”
which is web based and tells their story, sharing experiences
through a story, their stories.
AA children cannot afford to have “educational incapacity,” there
cannot be a blindness to new learning nor to learning how to properly
integrate useful skills. As I discuss writing and blogging, I want to
make sure that blogging is understood as original content from a
writer, expressed through written words, a new talent in the ability
to communicate.

Writing is no longer a boring activity, it is dynamic and exciting
because its integration and infusion of multimedia elements that
allow for multicultural ideas, dynamic mental images and even
embedding descriptions of emotions. AA students can share with
peers and those of similar ideologies the same experiences of life.
“The Danger of the Single Story,”­­ by Chimamanda Adichie shares
why storytelling is vital for clarity and comprehension of people,
AA children have an important story to tell and blogging
is a platform to use.
http://www.npr.org/2013/09/20/186303292/what-are-the-dangers-of-a-single-story

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Chimamanda Adichie

AA children draw, they share their stories by art. The use of writing
by free hand and digital tools are tools to transition from drawing to
writing. Educators are learning the value of writing/blogging for
creativity and language development of their AA students, some that
grow up in poverty may lack linguistically the exposure to words that
encourage intellectual thought, but the art work is there for expression.
Writing prepares students for the ability  to speak on a higher level of
engagement. Writing teaches “formal” skills past Social Media mentions
and likes. Students must not be allowed nor encouraged to write like
they talk or use cultural vernacular, when “proper” English is needed,
“cultural vernacular” or “cultural speech” is needed sometimes to
make a connection or show a value in culture and color.

As a higher education professor all students need to learn how to
write and even transition to blogging. The exposure to diverse
technology tools builds skills that can transition to areas of academia
and students of all grade levels feel ownership and accountability for
their content.

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Wole Solinka (Nigerian)

Once a child starts blogging they create a digital footprint that can be
followed globally. Chinua Achebe, and Wole Solinka; (Nigerian)
African writers, emphasis that youth need to write as early as possible
to tell their stories and encourage others to enter into sharing content.
Parents are the key to encouraging their African American children to
read, write, comprehend and get out of their mental boxes to explore
new worlds that challenge their thinking. Parents must expose their
children outside of their communities to see other parts of their
cities, states and countries.

There is no age too young to write, storytelling was once told by
coloring on cave walls, then transitioned to stone tablets, then parchment,
and finally to the diverse resources of paper and digital parchment that
allows for continuous creation on unlimited pieces. African American
children deserve to share their stories, to show their personal stories
matter. Listed are suggestions to help youth, teens and young adults
to be excited about writing and telling their stories.

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Suggestions to grow as a writer/blogger:

  1.  Put items in order from most to least important, learning
    organization is important.
  2. Write a short summary of your writing. This will develop into
    your first paragraphs.
  3. Expand on each item in your list to build on to expand.
  4. Read – re-read and modify your writing until you get is right,
    these are your words and you should have ownership of them.
  5. Avoid run on sentences, watch grammar, slang and cultural slang
    Be aware of stereotypes, slang can be used when making a point
    to that audience you are writing to.
  6. Check grammar and spelling as you write, no one likes bad
    grammar and spelling.
  7. It may help to read out loud what you are trying to write and
    read in a mirror, practice now for the future audiences.
  8. Listen to how each word sounds and try not to write like you
    talk, but write like you’re telling a story to an audience.
  9. Even if you don’t have one yet write for your audience and
    watch it grow.
  10. In your writing you’re not trying to impress your trying to
    educate – share knowledge.
  11. Speak in front of a mirror to practice expressions that
    emphasis key elements.
  12. Have a neutral and supportive teacher read your writing or
    a mentor to bounce ideas from.
  13. Attend conferences, workshops, spoken word and poetry
    readings, listen to the diverse styles of writers.
  14. Never give up on your writing, it is your story and never let
    anyone, but you tell your story.
  15. Listen and read other authors, find connections and experiences.
  16. The more you read the more you know, the more you know
    the more you grow.
  17. Allow your writing to help you to grow in new directions. Don’t
    be scared to move outside your comfort zone.

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    Chimamanda Adichie

    Resources:

Blogging While Brown – https://www.facebook.com/bloggingwhilebrown/
Black Girls Code – https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsCodeOrg/
People of Color In Technology – https://www.facebook.com/poctech/
Blacks in Technology – https://www.facebook.com/blacksintechnology/
Moxie Girl – https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
My Quest To Teach – http://www.myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Black Superheroes – https://www.facebook.com/events/244794949186578/

 

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