Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Valerie Buckingham: The Importance of Authenticity

Valerie Buckingham, Head of North America Marketing of Nokia on "The Importance of Authenticity" at the Advertising & Marketing Content Hub at JWT during Social Media Week in New York City, February 13th, 2012 

Photo Credit: Social Media Week

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Interview with Allison Freeland of recently had the opportunity to conduct a student interview with Will Deyamport, III, MSEd. Will is currently a full-time online doctoral student. In addition, he presents at conferences, and writes for several blogs, including Will received his undergrad from University of Mississippi, and currently attends Capella University.

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Using Social Media in the Fashion Industry | Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons is a part of The New School, a university in New York City offering distinguished degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, liberal arts, management and policy, and the performing arts. PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN |

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Muhammad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, MS and received his Masters in Social Work degree from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a brother of the Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Muhammad is married to his beautiful wife, Dayeshell and is the proud father of three children, Aminah, Amirah and Amir. For more information about the Dream Support Network, visit our or visit our location at 29 West Main Street, Rockville, CT. For more information about My People Clinical Services, visit our website at

Friday, July 13, 2012

You Don't Need Anyone's Permission

ChaChanna Simpson is a certified life coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, speaker, author and Empress of Your Stellar Star, a self-empowerment company for women who are chronic people pleasers, struggle to say no and are finally ready to make themselves a priority. She’s made it her personal mission to remind women of the stellar person they are and teach them to love themselves just the way they are, no matter what they've done, how they look or what they do or do not have. Her workshops, coaching programs, and products are all designed to empower women to create a life they love where they no longer feel they need to be Superwoman. ChaChanna is also a strong believer of helping out in the community and spends her “free time” preparing meals for Inspirica once a month. She has been known to say, “We are all on this planet for a purpose: to help others. I refuse to believe we are on this planet to just wander around and only care about ourselves. Yes, we are born alone but we don’t exist alone.” ChaChanna is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle and is a member of Business Network International and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

So You Want to Edu-blog?

By  Katie Hellerman, M.Ed.

Imagine that we are looking at an index to your blog. Take ten minutes and write down as many titles to posts that would appear.

Determine the purpose of your blog.
Who is your audience? For example, I write for new teachers. Others really have an ed-tech leaning or subject area focus. You don't have to have a purpose, but I find it gives me a little bit of guidance when writing. Look at your list of blog topics. Are there any themes you can draw out?

Make a list of resources
What do you already have that you could modify and use on your blog?

Think about how you best express yourself.
In video, photos, cartoons, short stories, interviews...

Write your first post
Spend no more than a half-hour creating your first blog post. Remember, that it doesn’t have to be an opus or five paragraph essay. I like to keep it short and write the way that I would speak to someone. Again, tone, format and length are all your choice.

Make a commitment.The worst thing you can do is start a blog and then flake out on it. What a waste of every-one's time! Decide how often you will post and force yourself to stick too it.

If you’ve gotten through all the above steps and you are still interested......Sign up for a blog!
If you don’t want to buy your own domain and hosting services, I think blogger would be a great place for you to start a free blog. You'll have to set up a google acct. But you really should have one anyway because of all the resources Google provides (google docs, reader, youtube). If you aren't keen on a google account my next suggestion would be to use Wordpress. It's what I use for my blog (I have my own domain and thus use I’ve heard the learning curve is significant, but the functionality is better.

You could also skip the whole blog process entirely and publish directly to Google+.

Connect your blog to a social media outlet
Part of the fun of having a blog is knowing that people are reading it. I’ve found that Twitter is a great place to share links to my post and to find other blogs that I like.

About the author: Katie Hellerman is a middle school teacher and success coach for pre-service and new educators. Her work with them focuses on setting short-term goals that lead to the achievement of long-term life goals. Katie is a graduate of Smith College and holds a MEd in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Understanding Your “Why”

By Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. Candidate

Yesterday, I came across Understanding Your “Why” by Stephanie Chandler. I was so inspired that I was moved to write my own post.

When it comes to discovering one's niche, calling, or career path,
most people look at their interests, passions, strengths, etc. We focus so much on the tangible traits that we can list or check off of a job listing, that we lose sight on the energy or feeling we get from doing the work. And so, in keeping with Stephanie Chandler's post, I started thinking about my Why and the reasons digital media speaks to me. 

Until sitting down to write this post, I couldn't put a finger on why I have had such a difficult time with finding my career path. Just now it dawned on me. My happiest, most successful jobs have been about me engaging and interacting with people. Starting with my first job as a retail sales associate to my time as a program coordinator to my time as a conversational tutor for adult ESL students to my time as a recruiter for a nonprofit organization. Yet, I have spent the last four years looking at my educational background and skill sets, as opposed to thinking back to the times in which I was energized and renewed from my work.  

I have always been social. Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed meeting new people, and felt a sense of  wonder and excitement from being surrounded by people. I am drawn to people's stories - their beliefs, successes, experiences and dreams. Nothing rejuvenates me more than dialogue.

I need discussion and interaction in my life. I derive tremendous satisfaction from being around people. What excites me the most or what I find most thrilling is connecting and the exchanging of ideas. I enjoy being a part of a larger conversation. This clarity has given me the insight I had been searching for, and lit a fire in me to pursue a career in higher education teaching educators the many educational applications of digital media. That is my Why.

After reading this, I challenge you to discover your Why. What stirs your soul? What excites you? What ignites your sense of possibility?  

Please leave a comment. I'd love to discuss your Why

Will Deyamport, III, is an educational digital strategist, online content creator and Ed.D. Candidate at Capella University. He has been featured on and writes a monthly piece for Will started his blog,, in 2009. Peoplegogy is a continuing education blog whose aim is to assist adults in improving both their personal and professional lives. Via timely and engaging articles and vlogs,’s mission is to empower individuals to live the kind of lives they want for themselves. Currently, Will is working on his dissertation, which focuses on using social media to individualize professional development for educators. Follow him on twitter @peoplegogy