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Teaching Media Literacy to Students II

Teaching Media Literacy Protecting Your Mind from Manipulation
by William Jackson , Twitter @wmjackson
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

The discussion continues about who is responsible
for allowing fake, false and manipulated news to gain
a foothold on American televisions and social media
platforms. As committees, subcommittees, discussion
groups, media “experts” and others that claim to know
the pulse of how the news runs share their knowledge
about fake, false and alternative news, the other
questions are who is going to help our kids recognize
this?
Teachers are tasked now to prepare students to
recognize, understand, interpret and even tell others
about fake news.
The reality is that even before Social Media news has
been manipulated, infused with propaganda, half-truths,
false lies, twisted perceptions and cognitive suggestions
to manipulate how people think, rationalize
and understand the social foundations of our
society.
The movie, entertainment and even food industries
globally have used music, sound bytes, actors, animation
and special effects to sway thinking and realities for
decades.
Listening to the testimonies of media experts during
hearings and social media marketers there is factual
truth that manipulation of the judgement of people h
ave been influenced in buying soft drinks, to washing
powder to tooth paste and the list continues.
“Media Literacy” is seen now as a priority because of
the potential influences.
Consumers are blasted with music that seems to
magically explode from tv’s, psychedelic shows of lights
and color telling consumers what to drink, where to shop
and even what to brush their teeth with. There is more
out in the media and cyberspace.
Media executives know how to draw the attention, the
mental attachments and even distractions to the brain
that allow for a change in perceptions and decision
making.
Teachers themselves have to be prepared to recognize the
mental manipulations that is alive on Social Media
platforms.
Parents even fall for media companies that go straight to
children and “suggest” what toys to buy, clothes to wear
and even how their interactions are supposed to be with
siblings and parents. The age of Social Media is an age
of digital engagement not one of social interactions that
require a physical connection and responsive actions.
NPR 2017, “a Stanford study showed that students at
practically all grade levels can’t determine fake
news from the real stuff, the push to teach media
literacy has gained new momentum.”
More needs to be done to prepare youth, teens and
young adults to mentally prepare and protect them from
elements that create a false sense of understanding
and knowledge.
Parents need to take the time to listen and learn how
the media and Social Media are allowing manipulation
from foreign governments, companies and even
advertisers that buy into mental manipulation that
is border-line brainwashing.
Additional issues are those students that are ELL –
English Language Learners that are vulnerable to
fake news.
Media literacy for ELL students is important because
they lack knowledge in the language they’re reading
and trying to comprehend. False news about
immigration, the rights of immigrants and even
refugees can have a major impact on their lives
and perceptions of their rights.
Educators are tasked with more responsibilities
to decipher, translate, comprehend and teach how
to protect against fake and false news. Professional
development is needed to empower educators to
teach their students at all grade levels.
Resources:
Teachers Fight Against Fake News
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/16/514364210/5-ways-teachers-are-fighting-fake-news
How Teachers Can Teach About Fake News
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/real-things-teachers-can-combat-fake-news
How to Protect Students from Fake News
http://www.edudemic.com/protect-students-fake-news/

Watch: Facebook, Twitter & Google to testify in House Russia
hearings https://youtu.be/ZG_MMjWjmoM

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
inclusion.
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
STEAM – STEM – STREAM – CSTEM – STEMsquared and
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
access.
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.
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Writing and Storytelling for Africans

Writing and Storytelling for Africans

Africa

 

Writing and Storytelling for Africans
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson Twitter
Speaker at WordCamp DC, WordCamp Jacksonville,
WordCamp Wilmington N.C.

“Writers have to recognize the works of the artist and
those of the activist. Creating content is more than just
throwing words, video, pictures on a digital sheet of
paper. There is serious intellectual thought during the
writing process. Sometimes writing will be in a zone of
creativity and innovation to create new content that has
an intended outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are
unknown.” William Jackson
Professor Soyinka “Just sit down and write….” as he has
stated to the growing African writers across the continent.
The ability of a blogger / writer to write also means that
they have a responsibility to tell the story of those that
cannot write, those that are silent and have no voice.
Digital content is powerful and enabling to bring recog-
nition, attention and urgency to civic issues that need
to be addressed.
The growth of the blogger / writer is composed of periods
of growth, reconciliation, enlightenment and a civic
responsibility to write / blog not just for oneself, but for
those that do not have a voice and will not be heard.
The ability to share a story comes from the ability to listen
and apply knowledge from a person’s experiences,
interactions, goals for growth and even how mistakes are
made and learned from.
The diversity of culture influences a writer’s ability to
“touch” the people they are writing to or writing for.
When past writers applied their skills they shared stories
that could be connected to real life, to the experiences
that many knew they could connect to.
The diversity of African bloggers represents the diversity of
a continent that influences not just the global weather, but
has digital extensions that influence business, commerce,
entrepreneurial spirits of the dreamers, creators and
innovators that have ideas to change the world around them.
Africa is in a constant state of flux economically, educationally,
culturally and the future is unknown, but it is becoming
brighter and brighter a business and entrepreneurial
opportunities become available.
Writers like author and Professor Wole Soyinka who are
involved in civic issues, governmental policies and the
educational growth of youth, teens and adults. He
is of the past, but there are modern writers waiting
to be read.
The African continent has birthed intellectual and
intelligent writers that have embraced and applied
digital platforms to awaken and encourage others in
the African diaspora to spread their digital wings and
write. The storytellers of the past have grown and adapted
to the Bloggers, Vbloggers, Podcasters, Facebook Live
and Instagram Live visionaries building, creating, designing
and posting content that influences thought not just
emotions.
Stated by Soyinka, “when Africans learn the power they
have in their hands in writing, they can influence their
communities and make important and needed changes
because they will have a voice that others can hear and
follow.”
Writing is a grassroots process that builds knowledge in
Africans of all ages and can influence generations. The
educational process is key because as can be seen in Africa
it is dangerous to allow your colonizers to educate your
children. Their goals are not the goals of those being
oppressed. The goal of the oppressor is the keep the
oppressed ignorant. So that their resources can be drained
dry before the oppressed realize what is happening
to their lands, to their people and their very existence.
Stated by Prof. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
“If we (Blacks) are not speaking for ourselves or writing
for ourselves, someone else is going to describe who we
are, where we came from and ultimately where we are going.”
This creates identity problems because those that are doing
the writing are not looking through the eyes of those being
written about. The people are not seen as people they are
seen as little things with no value, as Chinua Achebe states,
“as funny things.”
Too many stories are wrong in their direction to offer solutions
to issues that Africans are experiencing. Africans must be able
to tell their own stories because there is a story to tell…..
“Your pen has to be on fire.” Chinua Achebe
Resources:
How many people use social media in Africa?
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/africa/africa-social-media-consumption/
BBC Africa
https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcafrica
10 Best African Speakers
https://www.africa.com/ted-global-2017-meet-the-10-africans-on-the-list-of-speakers/

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect
William Jackson, M.Ed.
HBCU Alumni – South Carolina State University
HBCU Instructor – Edward Waters College
Social Media Visionary for #MyQuestToTeach
Share your voice, share your story, let the world
hear you.

  1. Why Do You Blog – bloggers must have a reason to
    do what they do. There should be passion and commitment
    when putting fingers to keyboard. Why you blog is a very
    important statement and should have a definite answer and
    purpose.
    During the blogging process “why” may change just as
    content changes, every blogger should have an answer
    as to Why Do You Blog.

    2. Who Is Your Demographic – an important element
    to go along with Why is; Who is your demographic?
    Is there an age group, gender, nationality, lifestyle,
    culture or specific group you want to connect with?
    People enjoy having a connection with bloggers. Any
    successful blogger knows who their audience is and
    tries to give them what they need and to provide
    relevant content.

    3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is
    very important.
    You want your audience to understand that you are sharing
    a part of yourself with them. You’re not thrusting things
    down their throat, but providing something that they need
    or as you grow in your writing giving your readers something
    they think they need. Create the atmosphere of sharing
    which helps in receiving feedback from the
    reader/viewer.

    4. How Do You Support Your Brand
    Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is
    there a lot of advertising, is there adult content, video,
    audio, and multimedia?
    Supporting your content on a platform requires some
    research on your part to validate you and build your
    Brand. In the educational, political, and business
    environments you have to backup what you have stated
    with dynamic information links, quotes, and data.
    In your blogging you’re competing with traditional media
    so go that extra step to help readers understand where
    you’re coming from, how it can help them and where else
    they can go for additional resources.

    5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of
    a picture, video or multimedia element can never be under
    estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create
    your own do it. This provides an extra element to attract
    and keep readers to your content.
    Search Engine Optimization(SEO) does need help with text
    (words), but additional elements that provide audio
    (podcasting), video (YouTube) and multimedia to create an
    interactive platform. Never be scared to branch off into
    new areas to help engage and excite your readers.

    6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your
    audience? What type of service or services do you have?
    The popular blogs of relationship building, natural hair, nails
    (hands and feet) provide a service that can be seen and is
    engaging.
    There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on
    what service you can provide if this is your choice. Be sure
    that you can keep your customers happy.

    7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about
    blogging is keeping and expanding your audience, that
    means evolving.
    No blog stays the same just as people change, there is an
    evolutionary process that writers go through. Just as age
    and maturity happens so should a bloggers content evolve
    because their readers evolve and change. What you wrote
    3 years ago will not be of the same interest for your readers
    now. Their lives have evolved (changed) so as a blogger
    your content must evolve also.

    8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to
    the public?
    What are you known for, what does the title of your Blog
    bring thoughts and feelings of? Branding is important
    because of the interest it generates in readership. Creating
    a Brand allows for Marketability and potential profits.
    Branding shows you, who you are so the public will make
    that connection.

    9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one
    important aspects of blogging. Eventually a blogger considers
    how can they make money so must be wise in how they Market
    their content.
    This may take a team to get the word out about you and
    promote what you are doing. Social Media tools are diverse
    this must be strategic in application.
    These elements are worth considering and using as a
    guide to anyone blogging. Your blogging content, goals,
    designs and objectives will change the more you blog so be
    ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and
    stay important enough to be followed, read, quoted, inspiring,
    engaged and influential.

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility
by William Jackson
Speaker: WordCamp Jacksonville 2017, WordCamp DC 2017
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary, Content Creator

Attending any WordCamp should not just be an esoteric experience.
Being a part of WordCamp should be an experience that allows
for the spirit of innovation, the imagination of creativity and the
thirst for unquenchable knowledge to grab hold of a person’s
mind. Applying new knowledge to current/past knowledge, being
able to find new ways to create, share and transport knowledge
that can be applied to the diversity of life.
The body is a vessel that carries the brain, the heart and other
physical organs, but it also transports the spirit of passions and
the dreams of ingenuity and imagination. Technology does not
dwell in a sterile one dimensional environment, technology
embraces the diversity of the firing of the synapsis in the brain.
The thoughts that are as powerful as bursts of lighting and
applied linguistic agility.
Thoughts are electrical impulses that give rise to reality and
an entrance to the depths of the mind.
When a person thinks each thought is the result of a stimuli
that can result from a simple smell, a taste, a sound or even
a physical feeling. The site of a face can create a myriad of
emotions that can be pleasing, frightening, or overwhelming.
Technology is part of the mental and emotional selves that we
as humans create and share in our world. When attending a
WordCamp a person cannot just stay within themselves they
must venture out and connect, collaborate and create the
foundation of building real and lasting relationships.
WordCamp is an environment resulting from a seemingly
simple application of WordPress, an online environment that
allows for mental agility, emotional creativity and innovation
in an environment that allows the synapsis of our brain to
think, dream, speculate, consider, communicate, collaborate,
calculate and connect.
The ability for humans using technology to emerge from the
binary melting pot of coding to create the ability to communicate
on diverse levels. Seeking parity is not the priority, but the
transcending of current realities that have limited physical
actions. The mind knows no limitations only those created
by limited imaginations and self-perceived confines in a world
of rules and realities begging to be broken.
What is WordCamp; not just a simple or mundane explanation,
it is being adapted because the men, women, boys, girls and
diversity of nations, cultures, and ideologies are opening digital
doorways to a matrix of dynamic and infinite possibilities of
thinking, feeling, creating, innovation and being. Open Source
is an opening for the mind to fly though at light speed without
limitations to achieve wonders on digital platforms.
WordCamp and Building Your Linguistic Agility is requiring
modifying languages to adapt to new forms of communication
outside the spectrum of physical verbiage, it is demanding the
ability to create new languages that binary coding and human
thoughts are equal partners in communication.
When attending a WordCamp take the time to listen to the
conversations, attempt to enter into the minds of programmers,
developers, graphic artists, users, developers and others as
they share experiences that only those that apply WordPress
can only understand. Open the source of creativity that lives
and grows in minds that enjoy creativity, imagination and the
challenge of coding that machines only listen to.
Challenging people to share their stories is the easy part,
having people accepting the challenge to apply their mental
synapsis is the challenge and my quest.
#MyQuestToTeach

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