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HypeOrlando A Digital Amputation – Killing The Messengers

HypeOrlando A Digital Amputation – Killing The Messengers


HypeOrlando A Digital Amputation – Killing The Messengers
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Blogger on HypeOrlando #hypeorlando
http://hypeorlando.com/

When the announcement that HypeOrlando was
closing the realization that a platform that provided
community activism, knowledge sharing, community
engagement and even humor was about to leave,
probably forever was for me devastating. It was like
killing the messengers, but on a digital level.

I have been blogging on http://www.hypeorlando.com/
since 2014 when I met the staff as they were sharing
information about this awesome platform at the
Florida Blogging and Technology Conference held
at Full Sail University 2014.
#FlBlogCon (#gottagetbloggin) as it is known, is the
brain child of Bess Auer, https://www.bessauer.com
who has a vision for digital engagement that embraces
education, collaboration, community service and the
business side of content creation.

Branding, Marketing, Content Creation and Innovation
are the key words to mention when talking about Bess
and the Florida Blogging and Technology Conference.

HypeOrlando; “where Orlando blogs” has content creators
from walks of life, lifestyle, gender, educational, economic,
and cultural backgrounds that are diverse as the people
in the respective communities that the bloggers represent.

As a past college professor I have encouraged
students from my Educational Technology and Social
Media course to blog on this amazing site. As an advocate
for content creation and a graduate of an HBCU
(Historically Black College and University), South Carolina
State University I encourage HBCU students to blog,
write, video blog, etc. to make the connection to build
their Brand  on the site as well.

The networking, collaboration and writing exposure are
wonderful steps to increasing visibility, notoriety,
expanding the Brand that you’re nurturing and just as
importantly building relationships that allow for life-long
friendships.

HypeOrlando is part of the process of conversation,
creating a platform that has spread from just speaking
about Orlando, expanding to local, national and global
issues that affect us all.
“It’s our bloggers’ job to lead the conversation,” taken
from the web site, leading means that bloggers are
active and involved in their communities. They feel
the pulse, hear the breath and even hurt when there
are wounds created. Even though I’m in Jacksonville
I feel and hear Orlando and call it my second home with
my daughter soon graduating from UCF.

 


HypeOrlando was launched February 2014 and owned by
the Orlando Sentinel. The ever growing platform is managed
by social media manager Lori Todd and community manager
Kim Hays. Skillfully managed and run it is seamless in its
execution and presentation of thought leadership and
blogging innovation. Providing enthusiastic and passionate
bloggers a place to share content. Some allow for
creative expansion and exploration in areas that allow for
out of the box thinking and creativity.
If you have not explored the directory:
http://www.hypeorlando.com/directory/
You are missing a treat of ideas, ideologies, experiences
passions, exploration and even awakenings that
would not be heard or noticed if not posted here.

As a shameless plug for my site:
http://www.hypeorlando.com/my-quest-swag/

HypeOrlando has allowed my voice and passion to
expand beyond Jacksonville, Florida. To be heard as
a parent, educator, social media visionary, speaker,
advocate, African American male, father and even
community activist.
Opportunities like this are rare and I’m humbled
that I was provided this chance to share my voice with
a diverse and talented audience.

Shoutout to Katie Powalski Parsons and her family,
for her professionalism, friendship, writing knowledge
and social media knowledge. She is the owner/creator
of Mumbling Mommy.

She has been a friend, counselor, advocate, role model
and allowed those on HypeOrlando to watch her family
grow. Rarely do you see a family sharing their heartfelt
moments and allow people to express their friendship
and love through digital environments.

The http://www.orlandosentinel.com is a great newspaper,
a wonderful community resource, I hope and pray they
change their minds because of the benefits that bloggers
provide. The internet is democratizing the web in so many
dynamic ways that individuals are leaving online news
sources if they do not feel they have a chance to contribute
to the newspaper itself.
The future of news has changed and will continue to if
news resources are  unwilling to see the potential for
growth and longevity if they do not in some way embrace
the diversity of their citizens in thought leadership and
provide levels of engagement and content development.

Because of HypeOrlando my voice has spread, grown,
expanded, improved and magnified not because of me,
but because of those that supported my journey as a
blogger and content creator. Those that I read and grew
from over the years. These bloggers have influenced
people they have never met personally, left a residue of
thoughts, emotions, ideas, opinions, fun, humor and
changed the paradigm of digital communication.

Praying for all the staff that managed this site so their
works will be lifted and they will be elevated and
magnified beyond their wildest dreams to new adventures
for themselves and their families.

Praying for the contributors that their voices have
been a blessing, inspiration, and encouragement to those
that needed to receive the blessings of enlightenment,
knowledge and engagement.

HypeOrlando will be missed and its residue of blogs will
be echoed across the blogosphere for years to come.

 

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids Camp and WordCamp Conferences

Kids Camp
Kids Camp Miami 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids
Camp and WordCamp Conferences
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

A reflection on WordCamp Miami and its Kids Camp.
The recent WordCamp Miami conference and the
upcoming WordCamp Jacksonville (Saturday,
April 7th and 8th) that have Kids Camp
involved for youth, teens and young adults
from 7 years to teens has shown that youth,
teens and young adults are using Social Media
for more than social engagement, they are
involved in building their Brands, business
transactions, marketing strategies, and other
activities that are entrepreneurial in nature.

The development of new technologies geared to
youth, teens and even young adults are allowing
more to be engaged in online environments through
apps that allow increased communication,
collaboration and children’s business ventures.
Youth, teens and young adults need training at
an early age to teach how to develop a business
relationship and networking.

The numbers of youth attending Kids Camps are
growing. The recent WordCamp Miami had an
attendance over 900 and the Kids Camp had
over approximately 100 participating.

Social Media platforms are allowing those
under 18 to communicate on platforms which
offer no training with online behaviors and do
not address ethics and morals that are important
in business. Because of the potential for
inappropriate actions that could have a high
impact on youths presence and can influence
educational opportunities, employment, and
even relationships in the future, it is key
that youth are trained and mentored.

Many young people ages 13 to 19 struggle with
building stable relationships, often due to
peer pressure, media advertisements and other factors.
Business relationships are different on so many
levels and if parents are not knowledgeable and
involved in some type of business they may not
know how to guide their children in an online
business, e-commerce or building a Brand and
how to Market that Brand correctly.

Parents are increasingly challenged with raising
children in a digital age and incorporating
building online relationships, transferring
online and offline behaviors and the influences
of peer pressure.
As an elementary teacher I regularity have students
from 3rd to 5th grade tell me about Game of Thrones,
Empire, and other content that has adult content,
language and situations.
Kids Camp a component of WordCamp provides
exposure to educators, CEO’s, web developers,
coders,  business owners, e-commerce experts
and leading developers that understand how
business is conducted online and being aware
of harmful and even dangerous
situations.

As an advocate for parents to be proactive and set
expectations for behaviors online. Have open and
honest discussions with your children about the
potential hazards and encourage them to speak to
if they sense potential dangers.
Parents and their children can be involved in
local Meetups, WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences,
Bar Camp technology Meetups and promote the
entrepreneurial spirit that youth, teens and young
adults have when it comes to creating a Brand and
starting a business.

Empower, Educate, Engage, and Employ youth,
teens and young adults now so they will be the
business owners of the future. Support Kids Camp
by allowing more children to attend and learn.

WCM

Resources:
WordCamp Miami – Kids Camp
https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

WordCamp Jacksonville – Kids Camp
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker
and digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ, Social Media
Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association and
New Town Success Zone.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking to
youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body of
Christ with Northside Church of Christ in
Jacksonville, Florida.
William is a national and internationanl blogger and manages
My Quest To Teach http://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
He has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

Children of Color Need to Attend WordCamp and KidsCamps

Children of Color Need to Attend WordCamp and KidsCamps
by William Jackson
WordCamp Volunteer, Speaker, Organizer,
Sponsor and Advocate

Technology camps, STEM camps, STEAM camps
and even WordCamps for kids (KidsCamp) are
exploding across the nation and even globally.
Bursting at the doors with kids wanting to learn
to code, program, grow and develop into
entrepreneurs, business owners and become
million and billionares using tech.
The kids that are talented with their minds
not with a ball, glove, shoes, sticks, or any
other appendage that extends their participation
in sports or even entertainment.
The 21st century is calling children of color
to engage in conferences where their minds are
important. The color of their skin does not matter,
but the mentality behind it in too many cases does
not change. It is ok to be smart and geeky or
a blerd (Black Nerd) #blerd.
Parents of color need to register their kids, teens,
and even young adults for KidsCamp and WordCamp.
To learn how to network, collaborate, cooperate and
work with the diversity the world has to offer.
KidsCamp at WordCamp Miami, WordCamp Jacksonville
and WordCamp Atlanta and others is a special time
for parents and their children to learn about technology
together.
The key world is TOGETHER, a world of discovery,
unity, innovation, fun and building memories. Parents
of color too many times say their child knows more
than they do with tech,  take the time to do something
together!
Children are learning about WordPress development,
design, coding, java, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and user skills.
The great thing is that kids will walk away from
KidsCamp with their very own WordPress.com website.
How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond
manual labor jobs (just over broke) and into thought
leadership career paths that create leadership
opportunities, management opportunties, financial
stability and the ability to travel.
One of the curses of children of color is that too many
do not get out of their neighborhoods to explore the
world around them. They seem to be stuck with no
exposure to the future.
Parents of color possess “techno-fear” while children
of color are experiencing “techno-joy.” Terms used
by the British comedian Eddie Izzard.
In my paraphrasing parents with techno-fear are
hesitant, fearful, and worry that technology will
cause the end of the world. The joy is in children
with techno-joy are optimistic about their futures,
careers, opportunity to get out of the “hood,” and
grow beyond the limitations that are set in front
of them.
Eddie Izzard has stated about tech, “when I get a new
machine I think, “Yes! This machine will save my life,
I’ll never work again!” Technology allows for the
imagination to expand beyond the physical
distractions around kids.
Too many parents of color want sports and
entertainment to  be the key, but they do not realize
that less than 5% of kids make it to stardom and may
even fall into financial ruin, drug dependency, lose
educational opportunities and
other mental and emotional challenges.
Understand that technology is VITAL for children
of color to even sit at the table and compete, they
must have skill-sets that allow them to understand
how technology works, how to apply technology and
the process of networking and colloboration.
Understanding technology is vital, it builds thought
leadership skills, it allows for exploration and
innovation to be contemplated and the imagination
to broaden the mental reach of children of color.
The scariest thing for children of color is to state
they have no dreams, no aspirations and no goals
beyond just living and surviving.
Humanity should be taught first, but children of
color are lacking the humanity of seeing the world
beyond video games that display sex, drugs, death
and repeated stereotypes of people of color. Instead
of children of color and families of color being
consumers of technology, they should be taught to
be producers of Apps, web development, programmers,
coding, robotics builders, journalists and more.
Technology is helping humans to solve many of lifes
challenges,  but the challenges are still faced because
of lack of direction by parents of color to apply
technology so children of color see a better future.
We all need to be part of the solution to get children
of color to move with a direction of purpose, thought,
dreams, goals and intellectualism.
If parents do not take advantage of WordCamps,
KidsCamps and Tech Camps then their children may
continue to be un-exposed, underemployed and
unemployable because of the lack of skill-sets that
are needed now and in the future.
If know one knows them they will be lost in a see
of invisibility, networking is key to building
a Brand and building content around that Brand.
Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville 2018
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta 2018
https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger

WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach

“African’s must accept and embrace they are valuable
content creators and have a voice that should be
heard on a global  digital scale.”
William Jackson, M.Ed. 2018

Ideas shared as a Professor of technology, WordCamp
speaker, WordCamp organizer/volunteer and
business owner.

A. Write as if the world is going to read your content.
When people read your content they should experience
your passion through your words and pictures. Your
voice should resonate with pride and dignity.
B. Take the time to read, re-read and edit your content
before posting. Remember that you’re not just writing for
you, your writing and representing your culture and continent.
C. Remain humble to the power of your content. Not
everyone will agree with your content, they should see
you as truthful, honest and authentic.
D. Embrace the diversity of the continent and your country.
Your writings are global content that will travel across
the World Wide Web so be sure it travel well.
E. Be authentic with what you want to share, it is ok to
use quotes and comments from others that share similar
experiences, but there is only one you. You’re the expert
of you…
F. Don’t allow bias or racism to taint or spoil your views
of your cultural diversity. Telling a story means telling
both sides through your eyes and experiences.
G. Chinua Achebe – On the power of storytelling
“I write because I enjoy it.”
H. The natural human resources of Africa are abundant.
African people of color and culture should not be quick
to run to others for support and resources because the
very things needed might be right in their backyard.
I. Accept the diversity of your country and your culture,
unify and recognize the African Diaspora.
J.Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog
K. Travel and visit books stores that may contain literary
treasures and share them online. Map your travels to
intellectual development.
L. Use paper and pencil sometimes because they inspire a
new level of thinking and build thought leadership inside
you.
M. Look with different eyes your environment, use places,
people, smells, sites and experiences to influence your
writing.

N. Use YouTube as a resource to research and learn from
great writers like Achebe, Aboulela, Rugero and others.
“The storyteller has a different agenda than the emporer.”
Chinua Achebe 2008
O. 25 African Writers You Should Read
http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/
P. Don’t look at just one aspect of a culture or society, you
should research other diverse areas to get a clear picture
of things.
Q. The Danger of A Single Story – https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
R.Write to educate, empower, engage and excite others.
S. Set yourself up as a life-long learner. Maintain your
library card both digital and hard copy. Never compromise
the value of learning.
T. Taylor your thinking to a “growth mind set.”
U. Remember your voice has power, it can inspire, it can heal,
it can motivate, but it can destroy, bring chaos and even
death.
V. Think of the legacy you want to create and leave, your
words will last forever on a digital platform. What do you
want generations to know about you?
W. Teach each generation to love literature by being a role
model and inspiration. Teach others their words do matter
and their mind is valuable.
X. Girls and women should have equal opportunities to
expand their mental abilities. They have the ability to
become thought leaders and spark life-long learning in
other girls and women.
Y. Never forget the sacrifices that the elders made so that
you can continue to rise. Remember if you start to
forget you potentially fall back into past ignorance’s
of educational and economic neglect and mental slavery.
Z. Praise God for your gifts, talents, abilities and opportunities.
You are so unique that God created only one of you and your
voice is unique, authentic and can influence generations.

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows
flowers not thunder.” Rumi @TrRadioDoc

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker
and digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ and the Social
Media Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking
to youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the
body of Christ with Northside Church of Christ.
William has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction.

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators

 

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix

Speakers at WordCamp Miami March 2018
Attend WordCamps in 2018
HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and University students are
growing as content creators and the need for training is increasing.
WordCamp conferences meet the needs of Bloggers, Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters and VBloggers. As speakers and participants of WordCamp
conferences Aida and I provide a few hints for HBCU students before
registering for WordCamp.

HBCU students should already have expectations for learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamps in 2017 the
benefits are lasting. The potential for continued collaborations
are endless and possibly life changing starting careers in diverse
areas of technology.
The motivation is that less than 1% of tech companies are owned
by people of color.
There are different expectations for each person, there needs to be
an established plan that fits individual needs based on the session
or track that is available.

As a past professor at the historic Edward Waters College I regularly
took students that could attend with me to expose them to industry
experts and leaders.
Deciding what your goals are as a content creator and how you mesh
or combine your plan to learn, integration of technology that can
aid your business and personal growth, build a Brand and Market
yourself. There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye candy photos, it
takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating content as an
engaging and interactive developer makes a difference in achieving
the goals you have set as an entrepreneur and future professional.

Attending WordCamp assists in finding out what products, services
and resources can benefit you and your customers. Security updates,
SEO changes and coding tips and tricks and learning the language.
Make sure you have plenty of business cards, your appearance
matches your Brand, you have questions after or during sessions.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for investments
and expansion outside of normal business lines. The benefits
resulting from investing in attending WordCamp may lead to
internships, new career options or second jobs.

As a content creator you represent your business so consider
the potential of building business relationships. Never judge
a person by attire, color or culture, gain insights during
conversations and interactions.
Events like WordCamp provide opportunities to expose HBCU
students to applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and knowledge
based careers.
HBCU students are establishing businesses and building
awareness for their contributions. Building relationships
in business and the connections to
future careers starts with networking.

Intellectual design is key because knowledge based careers
are expanding.
Knowledge is power when applied strategically and effectively.
Building self-confidence, self-awareness, self-determination
and self-respect. WordCamps are in every state
and have after conference Meetups that provide additional
learning and networking.

Technology contains and embraces diversity so students can
gain opportunities. WordCamp venues contain great potential
to be an awesome experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources, intellectual
design, community activism throughdigital community
engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the embracing
of adaptation, change and growth. WordCamp is unique,
engaging, interactive and empowering.

How To Be Dope On Social Media:

William Jackson, graduate of South Carolina State University,
Professor 2004 – 2017 Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson

Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.