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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
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FlBlogCon –

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
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

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.


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.

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


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.


    Resources on:
    FlBlogCon Facebook

    What I Learned from the Florida Blogging Conference 2015

    What You Need for the FlBlogCon

    William Jackson Social Media Platforms
    Twitter: @Wmjackson
    About Me:


June 25, 2016

What I Learned from Vincent Taylor About Student Engagement

What I Learned from Vincent Taylor About Student Engagement
by William Jackson, M.Ed.


Attending the recent Literacy Expo with Duval County Public
Schools presented talented educators, administrators,
authors and even students that are nationally recognized
authors and speakers. These included Moxie Girl (Natalie
McGriff and Angie Nixon), Cornbread (Vincent Taylor),
Moving to Music (Shawn Brown), and nationally/internationally
known pilot Barrington Irving provided a moving and engaging
presentation about his success as the first African American
young man to fly solo around the world.

Mr. Vincent Taylor, author, educator, parent, husband and
community influencer provided an interactive learning
experience that involved music, motion and
multiple instructional educational elements
that provided teachers with best practice strategies
to move students toward engagement in reading and
importantly comprehension.


Mr. Taylor’s presentation at the Duval County Public
Schools Literacy Expo provided a platform
provided wonderful professional development strategies
that teachers could directly apply
instructional curriculum’s. Mr. Taylor a seasoned
educator and passionate about his career leading students
to love reading from diverse backgrounds, his presentation
centered on student engagement; what it is, how to create
a classroom atmosphere of learning, the importance of
engaging students with diversity and disability.
The creator of the award winning literacy series


Mr. Taylor danced with the attending teachers, sang
with them and demonstrated the empowerment
of integrating music to not only provide a fun
learning platform, but showing how music can
make learning relevant and vibrant.

The Duval County Public Schools Literacy Expo 2016
“Building Resilience to Illuminate Determination
Grit and Excellence,” brought in educators, vendors,
and even students like “MoxieGirl” Natalie McGriff
and her awesome mother Angie Nixon
“The Adventures of Moxie Girl” comic book soon
to be an animated series.


“If instruction isn’t Engaging I Quit”
in the minds of students, teachers need to
engage the minds of their students before instruction
begins. Students must see the relevancy and how
to apply what they are learning to their world.
Vincent Taylor –

“What I Learned from Vincent Taylor About
Student Engagement”

The process of building student engagement…..
1. First Introduce yourself to your students
“What’s Your Name?”
“What is your favorite book?”
*Get to know your students and have them
introduce themselves to the class and what great
qualities they have. “What are you good at?”
*Explore various strategies for engaging students
during instruction during the school year.”
*Keep instruction engaging and relevant so
students can make necessary connections.

2.”What is Student Engagement?
*be able to define your instructional terms
*do you and your principals definition align
with each other?
*Does your mission and vision statements
for your school apply students
engagement in any way? Should it???
* Is there an engagement process for your students?
*Do your students see themselves in the instruction?
*Can your students apply their learning to their
situations or do they need to be taught this?
* Replies from the audience participation
Authentic Inquiry – The students have a point of
view, they should be active and have a vested
interest in what is being taught.

3. Keeping kids from mentally checking out of school.
*If your students are not engaged they will mentally
checkout and potentially create classroom management
*Integrate real world application for each
lesson to show connections for students.
*Occasionally have students manage the instruction
and ask leading questions.

4. Are We communicating with technology?
*In this digital age there is more to integration, what
about implementation, application and relevancy to
*Apply technology to encourage interaction
and application of new skills and knowledge.
*Apply reading by using real books for each student
and supplement instruction using YouTube videos and
or music.

5. Ways to Engage Students using Music
*Music – integrating music in your instruction
that connects the student to the learning.
*Students love music and can relate to it.
*Use different musical genres.
*Music “takes you to different places emotionally
and mentally”
*Ask students where music takes them.

6. Applying Rhythmic Reading
*learn how to apply rhythmic reading and
applying to lessons.

7. Using students to demonstrate lessons
to reinforce learning creates leaders and
reduces apprehension and fear of participating
in lessons.
*student centered learning, hands on application
and building student to student relationships.
Present resources like “The Adventures of Moxie Girl”
so students can see and read about similar issues
to build self awareness and self recognition.
*Cornbread series and the diversity of writing

8. Idioms = do you apply them in your teaching
to bring relevancy to learning.
*Idioms are applied in songs that the kids listen to.
*Using music to teach word recognition and comprehension.

9. Applying movement encourages interactive learning
by students.
*Today’s students are not static learners, they are
engaged in the learning environment.
* Students have an active part in the learning and
help drive instruction.
*Today’s students need engagement, to be involved
and contribute to the learning.

10. Music encourages the connection to learning and
retention of information.
*using music students “carry” the lessons longer
and can make mental adaptions to apply for future

11. Music applies “rhythmic reading”
music allows reading to be fun and engaging
*Listen to the lyrics of words in songs, how
many times are they repeated and certain
words or phrases emphasized. Students can
“feel” the beat and make the connections with
words, phrases and sentences.

12. Teaching students the “Topic,” “Main Idea”
“Supporting Details” can be done by music.
*Vincent is an experienced educator that applies
these strategies successfully.

13. The importance of “Storytelling”
*How to teach students to be storytellers should
be engaging.
*Children should be taught that their stories
are valuable and are always a work in progress.
*Use Natalie McGriff as a role model for young
*Teachers provide students opportunities to hear
stories to “apply to concepts they can relate to.”

14. What are we as teachers doing to ensure that
they (students) are engaged in the instruction?
*Telling students to listen does not work you have
to involve students and model behaviors.
*Involving students works better than lecturing them.
*Teaching application and implementation is great
and applying is better.


15. Students should see that learning is relevant
to “today,” and applicable to the future.
*Preparing students to be life-long learners

16. Every lesson should be able to be applied to
some real world lesson.
*Students that “dropout” feel un-engaged
and do not have real life connections.

19. Enthusiasm for the lesson should be seen,
heard and felt.
*Teachers must put out there that the lessons
are enthusiastic.
*Interactivity is a prerequisite to learning and
retention of lessons.

20. Teachers need to “monitor engagement”
of their students.
*If teachers don’t understand their students level
of engagement and how to engage them, then
teachers will be ineffective communicators.
*Communication leads to relationship building.
*Teachers have a responsibility to establish a
respectful and positive relationship with
their students.

21. The diversity of classrooms demand that teachers
must be “culturally responsive.”
*Lessons must be inclusive to involve
those of color and culture.
*Teachers must engage students with disabilities.

22. Teachers must engage their students with disabilities
to involve them in the learning that is happening.
*Literature is a good way to apply the diversity of
color and culture, gender, and diversity of disabilities.
*What books look like your students.
*The reading library should be diverse enough to bring
curiosity, questioning, application to real world
experiences and fun.

23. Diversify your traditional libraries and
your video libraries.
*Video is a great way to start conversations
and show relevancy with your students.
*Video can lead students to be “smart creatives,”
and developing “thought leaders.”

24. Learning how to apply standards to lessons.
*All lessons should be able to apply standards
to them

25. Students should want to be engaged in
their teachers lessons no matter the subject.
*One of the toughest parts of being a
professional educator is engagement
with your students.
*This should be a priority to make
connections with your students.


Cornbread Series of Books

On treadmill with Cornbread

Main Topic with Vincent Taylor

Kids Meet Cornbread

Facebook for Cornbread

Photos of Vincent Taylor Presentation

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