My Quest To Teach

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 10, 2017

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids

Parents What You Don’t know about Social Media Can Hurt Your Kids
by William Jackson – williamderekjackson@gmail.com
Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary and Speaker
#MyQuestToTeach

 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking to the youth and teens attending the
Social Media workshop at The Bridge of Northeast
Florida, the third this year. Educating these elementary
and middle school students about the seriousness of
posting content on un-monitored Social Media platforms
and using digital tools that could put them in danger of
Cyberstalking, CyberPorn, CyberBullying and Sexting.

Even at this young age some students admit they have
been bullied online and know of situations where people
have been stalked from strangers.
Parents must check Social Media accounts their children
use, check phones for photos, video and other digital
information to keep their children from getting “caught up”
in mess that can cause physical and emotional harm and
even involved in law enforcement investigations.

Schools must now have safeguards and policies to keep
students in all grades from posting information like
location, who they are with and what they are doing to keep
from being followed. It is important for parents to Google
their children from time to time to keep them safe and not
have their children associated with those even online that
are involved in drugs, gangs, Sexting, pornography,
bullying and human trafficking.

These actions may affect the ability to enter college, the
military and even affect credit scores in the future. The
misunderstanding is that if a Social Media site is deleted
this will “hide” them. Social Media platforms archive all
their information, backup their backups thus data is never
deleted or lost.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida has placed a high priority
to educate their students from K to High School because
student safety physical, mental and emotional are being
impacted by the choices that are being made because of
Social Media activities. Cynthia Gibson and her staff
coordinating the workshops understand that children are
at serious risk and many parents just don’t understand the
technology.

Her proactive measures may mean keeping a child from
Sexting that can ruin their personal, digital and future
professional reputations. Keeping students from Cyber-
bullying that may cause others to consider suicide because
they feel abandoned and friendless.

Educator and Social Media consultant and visionary
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach are speaking at
conferences, workshops, school events and churches to
help parents understand the dangers and even the benefits
of Social Media platforms and tools to keep children and
families save.

Teaching over 20 years in elementary and higher education,
speaking, blogging nationally and internationally and having
a strong PLN (Professional Learning Network) helps to gain
and share information that can empower parents and engage
students about both sides of Social Media the light and the
dark.

DCPS Launches New Safety Hotline
The Early Learning Coalition of Duval is asking families to
take the “Unplug and Connect” pledge by putting down
the mobile devices to spend increased quality time with their
children. Instead of focusing attention on a digital device, do
an activity that allows you to have a closer connection with
your family without the distractions of a wired world.
To take the pledge, visit www.earlylearningjax.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources:

Jacksonville’s ONE-STOP early learning resource.
ELC Duval – Twitter: @ELCDuval
Jacksonville, FL
Web: http://EarlyLearningJax.org

The Bridge of Northeast Florida
1824 N. Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
General Information
Phone: 904-354-7799 Fax: 904-354-6352
Email to: info@bridgejax.com
http://www.bridgejax.com/

February Workshop 2017

April 2, 2017

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach @wmjackson

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The more I speak at conferences, churches and with
youth groups the more I see that information needs
to be shared with parents and their children.
Too many parents are clueless that their children are
involved in Sexting, Cyberbullying, and even digital
Pimping. Yes I said digital Pimping. The use of  Social
Media to post personal pictures, tantalizing videos,
stimulating sexual photos and senseless party picts
may be fun and exciting, but they can hurt a teen and
young adults e-reputation, e-personality and potentially
their credit score.

You can forget being involved in politics, ministry and in
some cases community service. If you “equipment” is posted
for everyone to see that is almost and death sentence for
community dreams. Employers, educational institutions
and even the military have the capability to check Social
Media platforms to look for and find potentially harmful
information that can stop college entrance, put a stop on
receiving scholarships and internships, even prevent starting
a promising career in a dream job making millions.

Parents should learn the terminology their children are
using online to stop potential problems before they happen,
giving their children a Smartphone is not very bright without
talking about expectations for behaviors and actions.
It is almost like giving the keys of their car to a unlicensed
driver with no experience and no insurance. The Internet
contains the worst and the best of human information,
but youth, teens and young adults will ultimately be attracted
to the parts that are unhealthy and potentially dangerous.

The lure of excitement is more powerful than common sense.
Sexting is a dangerous activity that children are participating in,
they lack the maturity to understand that as a boy sending a
(DP) “dick pic” or a girl sending a (Taco) or vagina pict has
consequences that may involve law enforcement and being
accused in child porn.

Their reputations can be destroyed and that DP or Taco will
never go away because information is backed up, archived and
stored on servers someplace. Traditional laws did not have to
address the Sexting and child porn of the last 10 to 15 years,
because of the Internet Congress has passed legislation
to cover these issues and jails contain men and women
caught in child porn and prostitution rings.
Parents need to understand they have a moral and ethical
responsibility to talk to their children to set expectations, to
reinforce values and morals about their conduct and actions
online. The online world has dangers and tragedies seen when
kids are kidnapped, sexually assaulted or sold as sex slaves
when enticed to meet strangers away from home.

Sexting; is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit
photos and/or text using cell phones with digital cameras.
USA Today has reported in past issues that the percentage
of men admitted to sending a DP is increasing:  those surveyed
because they were asked for one, others they wanted to turn
the other person on. Other reasons flirting and to get the other
person to send one back. Teen girls have reported it is important
to “checking out the junk” to see how real it is because the
imagination can be deceptive and wrong and all boys lie
about the size they have. “It is the imagination part of sexting
that mainly attracts women to it,” USA Today 2012 and the
thrill for guys.

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Studies conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University,
published in the journal Sexual Health reported No Privacy exists
in cyberspace and that those that Sext have no idea who is looking
at them in the world and have their personal information.
During my presentations over the years with community groups,
youth, teens and young adult groups and even at the international
Preventing Crime In The Black Community I speak realistically to
youth, teens, and young adults about the potential dangers and
future effects of Sexting. It is not romantic, it is not sexy, it is
not what they think when the image is spread to a whole school
or the football team, or basketball team or even in their church.

Too many young people still are under the idea that their pictures
will be deleted when they break up with that boy or girl they are
dating, but the hospitals and even cemeteries show that is not
the case when youth, teens and young adults try to or successfully
commit suicide because their sexting pictures or video are
spread to others and they are harassed and embarrassed at
school, in church and in their communities.

Parents need to have these conversations and Google their
children to see what is out there in photos, videos and sharing
sites, be friends with them online and if necessary contact your
cell phone provider and see who they are texting and sending
and receiving photos and videos with. Be proactive not reactive…..

It is important to be proactive before an incident happens and
law enforcement comes knocking on your door and takes
everyone’s devices for an investigation that will be embarrassing
for you at work, in church and in your community. Youth, teens
and young adults convicted of child porn must register as a
sex offender and this will destroy their freedoms social and
professional. Changes that will affect the whole family for
years to come.

Resources:
Dick Picts
http://www.dreve.co.za/2017/02/21/sexting-selfies-and-dick-pics
The Art of Seductive Texting
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/
Parents Learn the New Emoji Terms
https://www.bustle.com/articles/118609-10-new-emoji-that-will-up-your-sexting-game

 

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