Father and Son Attending and Speaking at International WordCamps
William Jackson, educator, blogger and community activist
Sean Jackson, graduate students Florida State University
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Growing numbers of public school educators, higher education instructors, and private school educators who are engaged in writing/blogging and building dynamic content have turned to the WordPress platform to post their digital content.
WordPress, the open source application, has allowed educators on multiple
levels to create and share dynamic content integrated with Social Media platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, video, and podcasting elements.
Teachers are learning that traditional instructional lecture methods are not working with their high tech students and mobile/wireless technology. Applying technology is a must to grab students’ attentions that are already immersed in digital environments. Teachers must adapt to integrating diverse technologies into the learning environments to address the varied learning modalities of their students.
Blogging, even video and microblogging, is a way of using text, graphics, and video to share information on diverse digital platforms and build valuable writing skills to enable and enhance the ability to create dynamic content online.
Teachers in higher education are familiar with the “publish or perish” requirements in demanding higher education careers and students in higher education are facing this as well.
WordPress powers more than 30% of the web pages on the web and this is growing because of the security, flexibility, and ease of learning. The support for WordPress is phenomenal with local meetup groups and online help that is both national and international, creating “families” of content activists and social activism on a global scale never before seen.
WordCamps help develop the ability to build tech skill-sets, develop intellectual content, and support digital innovation, web development, coding, and knowledgeable teaching
to beginners of blogging and web development.
More students are creating online digital portfolios, resumes, and even curriculum and academic vitae to apply for online jobs that are in need of skills that even middle/high school students may have. Technology is allowing even elementary, middle, and high school students to be entrepreneurs, starting businesses, and even I-trepreneurs who are coders, developers, and innovators with individual talents.
As an advocate for blogging and microblogging to build students’ online reputation and digital footprints, I continue to blog about WordCamps, EdCamps, BarCamps, and other events.
I have attended multiple WordCamp conferences, spoken at WordCamps, and Liveblogged at several where I have gained international attention. I have taken students from the historic Edward Waters College to WordCamp Philadelphia, EdCamp Tampa, EdCamp NABSE National Alliance of Black School Educators, and traveled with Emma Kent, research librarian of Edward Waters College, where we presented “How To Be Dope On Social Media,” at WordCamp Washington DC, WordCamp Jacksonville Florida, WordCamp Wilmington, North Carolina.
Traveling with my son, a 2015 graduate of FAMU and currently a graduate student attending Florida State University, we attended WordCamp Birmingham, Alabama and will be attending WordCamp Orlando 2017. It is key that community activism and community activists use Social Media to share and magnify the voice of the voiceless
using technology. No one should allow just one source of media to tell their story and create a digital persona of them.
Applications like WordPress can enhance storytelling and give everyone a platform of expression and activism.