My Quest To Teach

December 9, 2016

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

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EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and
innovation.

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run
discussions.

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Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming
TEDxFSCJ Salon.

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.

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Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
community.
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”
http://tedxfcsj.com

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Resources:
Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram
@williamdjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Twitter
@DrLepervanche
Instagram
@drlepervanche
Florida State College
Twitter
@TEDxFSCJ

Web
tedxfscj.com

 

December 7, 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Instructor: Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida #MyQuestToTeach
Accompanied by
Joshua Rodriguez, junior Biology major
Jon Gregory, junior Elementary Education

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Attending WordCampUSA Philly was a great
opportunity to join over 1800 bloggers, developers,
programmers, users and even educators.
Joining together to learn, share, and collaborate
on a platform that allows for dynamic content to
be posted in diverse digital environments.

Attending with my students Joshua Rodriguez
a junior studying Biology and Johnathan Gregory
a junior studying elementary education, both students
attending Edward Waters College. Provided an opportunity
to apply what they are learning in the classroom in
real world situations.
These situations are not just educational, but involves
business, commerce and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Edward Waters College an HBCU building leaders in
diverse disciplines is working to build content creators
and innovators. In order for this to be successful students
must be exposed to industry leaders, developers and
programmers and marketers.
Conferences like WordCamp allow for exposure, it
encourages interaction and engagement. If students are
not involved they lose the chance to be inspired and
encouraged to think beyond their current community and
even economic level.

Learning from conferences is Dope and Lit, more students
of color and culture need to have the opportunity to
join in on the discussions to learn and contribute. To move
beyond consumers to change into developers.

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HBCU – Historic Black Colleges and Universities
should continue to prioritize learning on a foundation
level to liberate the thinking of the application and
integration of technology to produce not just consume.
Students of color and culture should not follow the words
of those who want to limit the abilities of them, because
students of color and culture and African students are
smart creatives, dynamic innovators and embrace
entrepreneurialism that opens doors to build people
and nations.  My students and I will take back to
our schools, our communities and our peers new knowledge
to share, to inspire, to ignite the fires of discovery that
change the way children, youth, teens and even young
adults see themselves.
“Children don’t care what you know, so long as they know
that you care,” is a quote the Jon Gregory shared with me
from attending EdCamp NASBE, it applies here as well.
We must share, encourage, engage, inspire, influence,
ignite and kindle the joy for learning so students will be
life-long learners to build a better tomorrow.

HBCU students should attend conferences, workshops,
seminars, meetups, EdCamps, WordCamps, Bar Camps,
and other technology events. If the mindset does not
change children of color and culture will find themselves
unemployable or under-employed in dead end careers and
jobs. This is economic and even political self destruction,
the lack of education creates a lack of economic and
political power.

Photos from our adventure to WordCamp USA 2016

 

December 1, 2016

Students speaking at “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” in Class

 

Students speaking at “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” in Class
Each students in the Educational Technology class was given
ten to fifteen minutes to share something they are passionate
in their life, school, relationships, family, careers, politics or
an area they wanted to share with the class.
This project based on TEDx allowed the students to
exercise their presentation skills and allowed us to see them
outside of the educational environment.
The students coordinated their “TIGERTALK” with their blogging.
Prof. Wm Jackson
@wmjackson Twitter

 

 

 

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Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE”
Designed by Professor William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
Library Services Emma Kent
Edward Waters College (HBCU)
@wmjackson Twitter
Blogging at EWC Educational Technology |
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com

“Every Tiger has a passionate and important story that needs to be
respected and shared.” Prof. William Jackson
“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is modeled after TEDTALK and TEDX
being held nationally and internationally. The goal is to provide a
platform so students at Edward Waters College in the Educational
Technology course within the Education and Urban Studies Department
at Edward Waters College. Other academic disciplines of learning are
encouraged to participate and display their growing skills and talents
in storytelling, poetry, spoken word, and blogging; taking audiences
on a lyrical and intellectual journey.

Students in the Educational Technology class have been blogging about
several TEDTALKS and TEDx events, in the course. As a national,
international blogger and speaker my intentions as an instructor, to
provide my students a true experience with them as the creators and
presenters of content. The exposure provides students an
opportunity to share their passions, interests, skills and abilities in
a semi-professional, intellectually stimulating and academic
environment.

Many students are experiencing this platform for the first time on a
stage of intellectual engagement combined with technology. The
exposure provides students an opportunity to develop and produce
content instead of just being consumers. Students attending
HBCUs must understand and learn the process of producing, to be
“thought leaders,” content creators, and innovators in tech
and oration.

Students can share their Social Media platforms to present their
content on: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, LinkedIn, Instagram,
Tumblr and other Social Media sites that encourage interaction
and engagement. This provides a platform to share content that
is motivational and inspiring. It promotes intellectualism on a
level of engagement and proficient articulation.

It is hoped that other HBCU’s will work with Prof. Jackson and
Emma Kent of the Library Services at Edward Waters College to
expand these dynamic opportunities for engagement
and content creation taken to another level of intellectualism
and creative innovation.

The first “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” was an opportunity to
begin the process of preparing students to speak, to share
information verbally that many have not had the opportunity
to perform.

“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” are a sharing of ideas, in the form
of powerful talks, discussions, dialogues that are 15 minutes or
less. The exchange is an opportunity to share life experiences
to further encourage discussions on academic, social, business,
cultural and economic issues that because of time restraints
cannot be shared in a classroom setting.
To better understand what TIGERTALKS are a definition below
developed by Prof. Wm Jackson, this wonderful opportunity
of oratory engagement are shared.

TIGERTALKS” are short, engaging and intellectual talks
(15 minutes or less) where students speak on their passions,
talents, course of study, community engagement,
future aspirations, importance of HBCUs and other relevant
conversations from their experiences in life and interaction
with others.” Prof. William Jackson

Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is just
the beginning and will seek to expand on the campus and
inspire others on a speaking format: Poetry, Spoken
Word, Storytelling, and Personal Experiences.

Edward Waters College “TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” is just
the beginning of this endeavor to expose HBCU students to
blogging, speaking and the engagement that technology provides.
The goal is to expand and inspire other HBCUs to create their
own model and collaborate with others in academia, business,
medicine, commerce, finance and other areas.

The first speakers were:
Mr. Charles-Eddie Smith of Varnville, SC
Blog for Mr. Smith – https://chiefchuckblog.wordpress.com/

Mr. Prince Braynen of the Bahamas.
Blog for Mr. Braynen – https://pbraynen.wordpress.com/

These two young men are both academically and athletically
talented. What a great start to the goal of a foundation of
“TIGERTALKS EXPERIENCE” setting the foundation
for excellence.

More information can be found Educational Technology
and Social Media Blog Site:
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

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