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What You Need for the Florida Blogging Conference – Updated

What You Need for the Florida Blogging Conference – Updated

Having attended the FlBlogCon for several years and even
taking my sister Dawn with me once (she was more popular
than me that year), I have learned a few thing and want to
share my experiences as an attendee and a past presenter
at the Florida Blogging Conference for Educators.

Shoutout to my sister Dawn……

Attending the  Florida Blogging Conference, there is so much energy,
excitement and fellowship you have to make sure you keep
an even keel on your emotions or you can get carried away.
The hype is real, the excitement is contagious and the
presentations are relevant in today’s technology rich
educational and business environments. There is an
international element as well because foreign bloggers
are learning about the great resources, awesome speakers,
wonderful sponsors and the professionalism of the volunters
of the conference.

The vision of Bess Auer
Bess  Auer – founder, creative genius, and unparallelled
thought leader of the Florida Blogging Conference is a
true visionary for this conference and other business
ventures addressing Branding, Marketing and Social Media

Bess Auer
About Bess
WordPress site

I learned what to bring and what not to bring as a presenter
and attending the conference. It can be an overwhelming experience
attending for the first time or even the second time. There is so much
to learn and participate in that sometimes you can get flabbergasted.

Some of these suggestions are humors, some serious and all
can be applied to the conference.

I Love This Picture…

Here are some suggestions that I hope are helpful.

1. Make sure your Smartphones, IPhones are fully charged,
during the conference put them on vibrate or mute. Don’t
be embarrassed by a surprise call during an important
presentation that kills the mood and atmosphere.

2. Make sure your tablet, laptop or other electronic devices
are fully charged and have enough memory for all the photos,
videos and selfies you will be taking.

3. Business Cards, what can I say, bring a hole bunch of em
to hand out. You never know who you will be rubbing
elbows with, eating lunch or sharing resources or a laugh.
That person can be the ticket to a new career or expanding
your dreams in new directions.

4. Shoulder bags, for all the cool stuff you will accumulate.
Don’t show you’re a newbie by bringing a Target or Wal-Mart
bag that is a definite no no….

5. Mints, bring some to stay awake after the awesome lunch
and to share with others to strike up a friendly conversation.

6. Cologne or Perfume, please don’t over do the do…..
with how you smell. Be kind, some people may have allergies
or sensitive noses. Dazzle people with your smile and wit not
with your choice of e-toilet (bad French).

7. Dress comfortably, you’re not going to a club or to pick up
men or women, (if you get lucky kewl), but remember what
you’re there for. Dress for success and relaxation.

8. Bring a jacket for inside, the AC will be pumpin and
bumpin. Adults are like kids we generate a lot of heat when
there is a lot of us, especially when we get to talkin about
awesome techie stuff and new toys…

9. Socks, if you know your toes will get cold bring some socks
to keep the toes and feet comfortable. It is better to have them
ready in your bag than to suffer later.

10. Bring plenty of pens/pencils to take notes and a tablet or two.
When appropriate share with someone, that person you
share with maybe a new business partner and “sharing is caring.”

11. Power Strip, to share electrical outlets, this is a good networking
ploy and “guys” you can use this to strike up conversations with
all the cute and smart ladies. It is also very nerdy and geeky,
the chicks love it…..

12. Lotion and Hand Sanitizer, AC dries the hands and you will be
shaking a lot of hands from different people. Nuff said…

13. If you wear contacts bring eye moisturizer, if you wear glasses
bring wipes to keep them clean.

14. Headphones to listen to voice mails. Be professional and
courteous to others, not everyone needs to hear your conversations
on your phones.

15. Comfortable shoes to walk from one session to another or to run
if your running late.

16. Tissue for when your nose starts running, eyes get watery or
other physical/human events. This always happened at conferences
and is most inconvenient.

17. Small brush or comb, if you run into that person you swear
is your soul-mate, you wanna clean up that appearance really
quick, and you may be asked to be television or radio. A small
bottle of mouthwash may be necessary too.

18. Toothpicks or toothbrush for after lunch. Let people remember
you by your smile, wit, humor and knowledge, not the green
stuff in your teeth.

19. Again mints and fully charge your batteries.

20. Cough drops too….

21. Plenty of notepaper or a microphone to record sessions, ask first
if you can record, just to be courteous to the speakers.

22. Full tank of gas to get to the conference and home safely.

23. If you have never been to Full Sail University Google the address
ahead of time, check the weather and even traffic reports.

24. Have some loose change and a few 5’s and 1’s just in case
you want to tip the speaker or give a love offering.

25. If you take legal medications take it on time, the
appropriate dosage and no alcohol. If you indulge in other
stuff, wait until after the conference so you won’t fall asleep
or pass out.

26. Bring your smile, your best welcoming demeanor and your sense
of humor. We are all attending to learn, network, have fun, make
new friends, share our experiences and expertise.
No one likes a mean person that spoils all the fun, let’s get
along to have a great time.

****Hope this helps and shoutout to my sister for making some advice to
update this blog and make it better.


My time as a presenter to students at the FLBLOGCONEDU
was epic…

Educators Get Blogging this Summer
and beyond…

Branding Your Online Content

My Presentation from FlBlogConEdu

Protecting Our Troops on Social Media

Praying for our service men, women and their families.


Protecting Our Troops on Social Media
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Instructor with Edward Waters College
Parent, Blogger, Educator, Speaker

Recent threats by ISIS and other terrorists groups highlights
the inherent dangers of posting content on Social Media
platforms that others can track and monitor. Having a digital
presence and exposure provides notoriety, but exposes people
to unintended dangers.

When accessing the Internet there is a digital bridge that is
created. That bridge is a two (2) way bridge of informational
sharing. The uniqueness is this bridge has unintentional
consequences. Content online is not just local or regional it
can be accessed by anyone that has an Internet connection
and associated browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari, etc).
Because of the digital age of information now is the time to
teach “digital citizenship,” how to conduct yourself online,
protect your identity and be proactive in security measures.
ISIS and other terrorist groups are recruiting teens and young
adults to their radical thinking, their strategy is to use digital
platforms and tools to threaten service men and women and
even their families. Terrorism has grown on our homeland and
accessing our digital platforms to frighten, coerce and create
an atmosphere of fear.

Social media is more than just being “social” there is a dynamic
interaction of posting the events of our lives and that of family
and friends. Humans are social creatures so we have our lives,
experiences, emotions and knowledge online. The explosion
of Social Media has created a new set of problems and liabilities
even seen in the movies like “Captain America: The Winter
Solider” where an algorithm was created to track and predetermine
a persons future. This information although from a movie can be
a data gathering element with great facts as to a person’s
potential and future. This information is science fact not
science fiction any more.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine,
YouTube and others cannot be totally trusted or confidential
because of the potential that personal information may be used
to stalk, harm and even kill.
As digital citizens we may be our own worst enemy by putting
personal information online and allowing GPS tracking to document
our location, time and proximity to places and people.
Military personnel must be careful with security settings, GPS
stamps, photos, videos that show neighborhoods, schools their
children attend or daycares. Caution should be used for checkins,
proximity, meetups, Apps to see where family and friends are.
Minimizing risks are common sense judgments and making sure
when using Social Media platforms and tools monitor privacy ,
unfriend or hide yourself from people no longer in your network
or profession. Do not accept friend requests from overseas or
people you don’t know. Even if they say they are in the military is
this true or is “Catfishing,” faking an identity from a false accounts

Do not open every email or download every attachment, emails
can contain spyware, malware and viruses that infect your digital
device and even spread to others.
The uniqueness of military personnel and diverse mission driven
assignments makes military personnel targets so their children and
family members must also be taught how to conduct themselves
online. Military parents must be diligent and aware not just of their
physical surroundings, but of their digital surroundings.

Military personnel should Google themselves and family to see what
content is connected to them. I often get criticized about this, my
thinking is to be proactive about digital content not reactive.
Goggling text, photos, videos, tweets and other dynamic Social Media
elements. Protecting our nation is vital, but those in service to protect
us should be protected themselves and their families while at home
and abroad.
There are known terrorist groups in our nation, people traveling
overseas to fight in conflicts which draw our country closer to potential
conflicts that may threaten non-combatant family members here
worrying about their family members fighting on foreign lands.

Social Media education is important to safe guard against potential
security and safety issues. Many schools are now teaching Social Media
Awareness, this needs to grow and be a mission in and of itself to keep
our military families and their children safe. We now digitally have to
keep our service men and women safe from digital attacks.

William Jackson, M.Edu
Previous Speaker at:
Preventing Crime in the Black Community

Learn2Earn Experience Jacksonville, Florida via Thy Black Man

Speaker at the Upcoming:
42nd Annual Southeastern Lectureship
#ChurchofChrist #ChurchesofChrist
“Social Media SWAG and Ministry”

One Church Conference
#ChurchofChrist #ChurchesofChrist
Social Media Safety
“Your SWAG On Social Media”



Wm Jackson, STEM Teacher

The new school year will bring new curriculum’s, guidelines, educational
strategies, differential instruction, reading and math initiatives, etc, one
of the focuses will be STEAM – STEM and its associated disciplines.

Many parents are still unsure what that is and how it works, listed below
are my accumulated blogs over the years about these unique and
engaging learning adventures with STEM / STEAM.

Teaching from elementary level to higher education and speaking
at workshops, seminars and conferences, working to share the
transformative value and engagement of STEM / STEAM and
associated disciplines.

Blacks in Technology CSTREAMing…/blacks-in-technolog…/

The Importance of STEAM Education…/the-importance-of-s…/

Public Education and Growing STEAM Educators…/public-education-an…/

Sesame Street Endorses STEAM and STEM…/sesame-street-endor…/

Public Education and Growing STEAM Educators…/public-education-an…/

STEAM and STEM Influencing Civil Rights…/steam-and-stem-influencing-civil-…

The Power of STEM and STEAM…/w…/2013-07-08/power-stem-and-steam

STEM / STREAMing and STEAMing Black Children…/stem-streaming-and-steaming-black…

Helping an “Agent of STEAM” Achieve Her Dreams…/helping-an-agent-of…/

Taylor Richardson: A Success Story in STEM…/taylor-richardson-success-story-s…

STEM STEAM CSTEAM & STREAM…/310-stem-steam-csteam-str…

STEAMing of HBCU’s In The 21st Century…/steaming-of-hbcus-i…/

HBCU’s Are Vital to Education and STEAM Careers…/hbcus-are-vital-to-…/

STEM – STEAM – CSTEAM – STREAM…/stem-steam-csteam-s…/

HBCU’s and the Diversification for STEAM…/hbcus-and-the-diver…/

HBCU’s are Vital to Education and STEAM Careers…/hbcus-are-vital-to-…/

Engineering in STEAM for Girls

‪#‎STEAM‬, ‪#‎STEM‬, ‪#‎STREAM‬, ‪#‎Education‬, ‪#‎SocialMedia‬,
‪#‎TechnologyEducation‬ ‪#‎HBCU‬‪ #‎HBCUNews‬ ‪#‎HBCUNation‬
‪#‎CSTEAM‬, ‪#‎Jax_Florida‬, ‪#‎Northforida‬‪ #‎ILoveJax‬, ‪#‎BlackEducation‬,
‪#‎HigherEducation‬, ‪#‎EWC‬‪#‎BlackandStem‬‪ #‎BlackandSteam‬

Taylor Richardson “An Agent of STEAM”

#AfAmEdChat,  #AfAmEdSummit,
#BlackEdu, #BlackEducator,
#BlackTwitter, #BlerdChat,
#Blerds, #Blogging,
#DCPS, #DuvalSchools,
#Educationrevival, #HBCUNation,
#ILoveJax, #Jacksonville,
#ILoveJax, #Jax_Florida,
@urbanjax, @jaxlibrary ,
@JaxBusinessNews,  @metroj,
#Jax_Florida, #SocialMedia,
@AAMitchem, @EducationFL,
@MyFLFamilies,  @EducationFL,
@MyFLFamilies, @EducatorsSpin,
@FareedZakaria, @CNN,
@FLBlogCon, @FLBlue,
@floridachannel, @floridatheatre,
@Hall4Students, @JacksonvilleMag,
@JaxBusinessNews, @JaxDailyRecord,
@jaxlibrary, @jax_just_in,
@JacksonvilleMag, @Visit_Jax,
@MrDavidJohns, @MyFLFamilies,
@NaturallyMoi1, @NicheParent,
@NPR, @SaveOurSchools,
@StateImpactFl, @TeachForAll,
@TeenHealthGov,  @vicmicolucci,
@wjxtjimpiggott,  #E3CelebratesFathers,
#EWCTIGERS, @anaturalbridge,
@BarackObama, @BGNPodcast,
@BlackandStem, @blackvoices,
@HBCUCONNECT, @hbcunews,
@HuffingtonPost, @bloggingwhilebrown,
@HBCUCONNECT, @hbcunews,
@HuffingtonPost,  @YourBlackWorld,
#BlackSocialMedia, @HuffingtonPostBlack,
@NBCBLK, @SocialRugratATX,
@austintexasgov, @econvitalityATX,

Elementary Tips to Help Children in School

Elementary Tips to Help Children in School
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Blerd, Community Activist
STEAM Teacher

As the school year comes to a conclusion, parents need to be diligent in making sure their
children are successful in school. These are a few suggestions to help parents end the
year positively.

1.Encourage reading in any way, have children read comics sections, sports, food and even
help wanted sections of newspapers to help with linking information to life and living. Find out
what they like in reading and have a reading library at home. Get a library card and treat it as
special and valuable.

2.Treat your children as though they are authors, encourage writing about their day. Writing is
a key part of cognitive/intellectual growth. Children will write more as they progress in school.
Writing, reading and comprehension work together to bridge the gap between applying skills
and integrating what is learned in school and how to apply in real life.

3. Make math part of your child’s everyday life, this reinforces critical and higher order thinking
skills sets. Math helps your child’s brain mature and encourages self-confidence and self
awareness. When shopping have children get their totals and compare to the registers total.

4. Teach your children how to listen. Listening is very important especially in highly involved
classrooms. Classrooms are initially teacher centered where the teacher is the center
of the instructional process. Providing directions, guidance, strategies and procedures to
encourage and reinforce learning. There will be times when students have to listen and apply
what is shared. In student centered learning the student has a more independent and exploratory
role. They are provided instructions by the teacher, but then allowed to discuss
and be engaged with other students or individually. Listening allows the absorption of information
and then its application.

5. Support your children’s teacher and school rules. Parents in the beginning of
the year are provided a Student Code of Conduct. The family should review for important
information about the school atmosphere and how it is managed by teachers, administrators
and even office staff. Important areas as student behavior, student interaction, male and female
interaction, expectations for learning are covered in the SCoC. The diversity of schools have
grown, populations that are transient and culturally diverse, schools must address issues of
accountability and responsible behaviors. Issues of bullying, verbal and physical altercations,
relationships, and integration not just by culture, gender creates unique management issues.
Parents must communicate with teachers, administration and guidance to make sure
learning is the main focus.

6. Parents must make sure their children are ready for school. Even in the lateness of the school
year students have assessments that need to be passed and observations by teachers to gauge
student achievement and success. Parents are the foundation for their children’s success so must
make sure each day that their child/children are ready for school.

7. Parents are the first teachers, role models, and should inspire their children to success; parents
also should have a relationship with teachers and spend some time in their children’s classroom.
As a teacher myself I spent time visiting, talking with (not at) my children’s teachers from Pre-K
to high school. This re-enforces my expectations for success and was a pro-active measure to
an investment in education, to make sure my children were performing to the best of their abilities.
This was not done to spy on my children, but to allow me; parent/child to have conversations
on why their education was important, why their behaviors influenced how people treated them
and it taught them to be respectful and to be respected.
Parenting is not a perfect science, mistakes will be made, but as a parent you must
accept the responsibility placed in your life. Teachers are willing to work with parents
if there is mutual respect, honest communication and parents understand that teachers
are professionals, but need parents to support them.

8. Parents should encourage responsibility and independence in their children. Each
year brings maturity and growth. Parents should see the progression of maturity in
behaviors, choices, respectful manners, decision making and see the development of
independent thought. The behaviors at 4 should not be the same at 8, the behaviors
of 9 should not be the same at 18. Parents should guide and encourage independence
in their children.

9. Parents should have conversation with their children about their use of electronic
devices, whether a Smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. Technology has dangers
that have far reaching effects on a child or young adult’s future. The Internet is a wide
open expanse of information, but there are consequences to Cyberbullying, Bullying,
Profanity, access to pornography and information that may create behavioral changes.
Parents should check their children’s phones, especially if they are paying the bill.
Making sure their children are not involved in behaviors that could lead to law
enforcement interaction and educational disruptions. Parents should know the rules
of the school about phones and other digital equipment.

10. Parenting can be a rewarding experience and can have its challenges. Parents
should talk to their children everyday about their day in school and even in the
community, their interactions with others and how they feel. The foundation of a
parent/child relationship should be based on love, communication, trust, respect.
Fear and anger are counter-productive and dangerous in the parent /child relationship.
Studies even suggest that children will be a similar parent when they have their children.
Guiding, modeling, communication, spending time together, are strong keys to
helping children grow into responsible citizens and loving parents.

My children Sean and Shae……..

What Selma Taught Me About Being A Father

What Selma Taught Me About Being A Father
William Jackson
Educator, Blogger, Parent, Speaker, Presenter
Community Activist and Educational Advocate

Reflections of a time not too long ago and the dangers of it returning in a new century generate fear
and a mission not to allow racism to destroy what was achieved. If African Americans particularly
men do not want history to repeat itself then the only way to accomplish this is for fathers to be
proactive in teaching their sons and daughters the value of education, the value of accepting who
they are, the importance of graduating with a high school diploma, not a certificate of completion.
The importance of attending and graduating from a college, trade school, obtaining vocational
education skills or a military career.

Too many men are not doing their jobs, fathers have a responsibility to prepare each generation for
the responsibilities of community and societal activism, the ability for each generation of boys, teens,
young men and adult men to be providers for their children not just sperm donors.
Men who are capable should be working in order to provide for their children and not selling their
children into slavery; the slavery of EBT cards, the slavery of welfare and public assistance and the
slavery of a criminal justice system where privatization of prisons only increases the demand for
an uneducated, underskilled, mentally brainwashed and indoctrinated mind to underachievement
and under skilled from society that is brainwashed with music, drugs, mental deterioration
that African Americans cannot succeed and only belong in their hoods or incarcerated.






Boys need mentors, role models and fathers or surrogate fathers. Men can teach a boy or
teen how to be a proper man. Women can guide, nurture, and set high expectations, but
women are not men so cannot effectively build the foundation to help boys grow into men.
Societal issues are challenges, but men need to “man up” and be fathers, role models and
providers for their homes, their communities and their places of worship. Blame cannot be
placed on whites any longer when parents do not prioritize education or community unity.

Society has challenges that are unique to the Blackman, viewing Selma the visions of
disrespect, denial of societal and constitutional rights have always plagued men of color.
The killing of unarmed Black men have been consistently happening for decades. Black
men do have a target on their backs, their heads, their hearts and is seems their souls.
Selma shows the importance of voting rights, the importance of having more Black attorneys,
judges, prosecutors and more law enforcement officers that are educated and have a
passion for honesty and truth and building trust not fear.
Selma has many lessons that must be shared to make each generation better
not feared and endangered of extermination.

The lessons of Selma must be taught by fathers must include wisdom:
1. Fathers talk to your children openly and honestly, develop a mutual level
of trust and respect. Build on the love of a father not the fear of humiliation
and physical aggression.

2. Fathers listen to your children when they talk to you. Refrain from giving
advice every time, guide the discussion so they can form decisions for themselves
and problem-solve using critical thinking skills and common sense.

3. Fathers talk to your children about the importance of love, affection, devotion,
trust and treating people with respect. The danger of teaching a child to be “hard”
because they lose compassion for each other and their culture.

4. Fathers talk to your children about their values and by what foundation it is
built on; church, family, a work ethic and importance of education.

5. Fathers ask your children about what they think about community issues and
watch the news together and share experiences. Listen to your children and learn
to respect them and appreciate their needs.

6. Fathers learn your child’s language. Preteens and teens speak using various
terms and abbreviations. Learn what they are so you can better communicate on
their level sometimes. Don’t just talk about sex, have discussion on drugs, alcohol
(alcohol contributes to changes in behaviors and decisions), smoking and peer
pressure. One survey showed that almost 1 out of 4 teens that had sex say they
used drugs or drank alcohol.

7. Fathers teens who use drugs are five times more likely to have had sexual
intercourse that is unprotected. (

8. Fathers tell your child that you love them and when you do use eye contact,
give them a hug or pat on the back.

9. Fathers give your child a pat on the back or a high five when talking or just
playing around.

10. Fathers show unconditional love when you tell your child that you love them.
Don’t use the words “when you” or “each time” or “if you”. Let them know you
love them all the time.

11. Fathers take your child out on dates to spend quality time with them.

12. Fathers make it a priority to visit your child’s school to view their work and
talk to teachers.

13. Fathers learn the three levels your child receives information through
communication: Auditory – hearing; some children need to hear “I Love You”
Tactile – touching; some children need a hug or a pat on the shoulder.
Visual – seeing; some children need to see your expressions, hand movements
and body gestures.

15. Fathers create family time; it just does not have to be dinner time.

16. Fathers remember children make mistakes so be patient when teaching.
All children do not learn the same and don’t compare children.

17. Fathers don’t try to be cool or hip or down. Just be yourself.

18. Fathers don’t argue with your children; you are the parent, the adult,
not their equal or their peer or their friend.

19. Fathers Go to church and talk about their spirituality and beliefs.

20. Fathers remember the apple does not fall far from the tree. Your
children are a biological copy of you and their mother. You will see your
good and bad traits in your children.