My Quest To Teach

November 14, 2018

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care
By William Jackson, M.Edu
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/Music

The world is changing, the incorporation of technology will
not stop in our society, integration of technology is changing
how we function in this world. Educational initiatives use to
train children for the future is ever progressing and creating
a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundation.

Children must be prepared for careers not even available
now and they must be able to solve complex problems that
will challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting world.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication,
satellites that use infrared, radar and microwave technologies
to survey millions of miles of land, sonar technologies that can
“see” in the deepest of oceans and seas. The same satellites
that have their digital “eyes” aimed at deep space and even
new technology that can detect movement of animals and
intricate weather patterns. Providing accurate weather
predictions for weeks and months in advance.

All provided by the growth and integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across this country. Because technology
has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be
fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/CSTREAM
and STEMsquared, they are all connected, but each has a powerful
individual effect in our world.

The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high achievement
in all areas, “as defined by STE[+a]M, which is a website created
to share information about the blending of arts and sciences. The
past error in thinking was that each of these elements were separate
and unequal. The new thinking is that STEAM creates a curriculum
that embraces all these elements which allow students to hone their
personal skills and advance in areas that are new, but just as
important. Project based learning where there is a end result that
is not based on data, but based on evidence of a finished product.

There is a new way of thinking, grounded in research on the brain
shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development
and the scientific techniques are complimentary than once first
believed. The blending of these skills require students to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking that supports
collaborative and cooperative learning. Learning that pushes and
challenges, and brings about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of appliance and application. In a layman’s explanation, kids
are encourage to do something, given the tools and the parents
are facilitators and get out of the way.

Parents need to understand many careers are now influenced
by STEM curriculum’s and should be more involved in schools
that are preparing students to be future leaders Educators, artists,
and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences and believe that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and
technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher
centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning
and involve the “4 Cs”:
Creativity, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed
that the organizations of  the National Science Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of
Education are joining to make sure current and future models
of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled laborers
this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

William Jackson is an educator over 30 years experience.
Teaching Physical Education, STEAM/STEM/STREAM
Past Professor with Edward Waters College teaching
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
A national and international blogger and advocate
for WordCamp as a blogger, volunteer, speaker and
organizer.
Hashtag #MyQuestToTeach
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November 1, 2018

Andrew Gillum

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Photos provided by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach and
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife from the NAACP Banquet 2018
in Jacksonville, Florida
William Jackson https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Aida Correa http://lovebuiltlife.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 26, 2018

Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

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Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

Congratulations to Edward Waters College student  and business owner
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr.
and son Elisha Taylor III Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa, LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson, The Madisel Group with
Jayla Tapley and Ahubri Dudley Duval County Public Schools.
Invited to attend their first Florida Blogging and Technology Conference,
a nationally and internationally recognized conference in Orlando. The
annual event in its 8th year is regularly attended by William Jackson, as a speaker,bloggers and advocate.
He is a  teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Social Media business
owner. Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of Full Sail University, the
premiere technology school that has achieved international recognition https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
The theme “Year of the Creator,” which addresses growing digital
innovation and creativity.
Is fitting because youth, teens and young adults are creating online businesses,
creating graphic works of art and producers of content and development of Apps.
The infusion of technology globally is demanding more proficiency and
knowledge because careers are being sent overseas and America by itself
cannot keep up with the need for digital creatives
and digital innovators.
Competition is fierce so students need tech skills to be employed.
Students from EWC and DCPS have attended WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon
and other conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past, he have spoken in Calgary
Canada, Costa Rica, Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. Mr. Jackson is an advocate
for Social Media integration in business and education. A community activist with
New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers working to empower the community.
The empowerment of diversity is that Ms. Correa is a business owner, artist, poet
and web developer. She is a well-known WordCamp speaker and community
volunteer showing that women, Latina, advocate for STEAM and digital innovation
are important not just in Jacksonville, but across the nation.
Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Corea understand that students of all levels, in order to
compete must have knowledge beyond classroom experiences, they need exposure
to networking and mentors. They must be producers of technology innovation
not consumers to meet the challenges in their communities.
Bess Auer the creator of Florida Blogging and Social Media Conference provides
opportunities for students from Edward Waters College and Duval County Public
Schools to attend, be involved in workshops and encouraging all students to learn
and apply their learning as future business owners and entrepreneurs.
Elisha Taylor III has a dream of attending MIT after graduating from Paxon
High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found at https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
to inspire middle and high school students to learn as much as possible
about participating events and activities that prepare them for careers.
HBCU institutions must continue to provide diverse learning opportunities
and even sponsor students to attend conferences, workshops and seminars to
help with networking and meeting professional business people in professional
and casual occasions. Allowing the learning in classrooms to be shared in
real world situations.
Florida is opening many doors to space, students attending HBCU school
should be guided to and through these doors to be a part of history and
historical discoveries. They must share their knowledge to
generations coming up so there will not be any “HiddenFigures”
that try to hide the truth of how vital people of color are to new
innovations and discoveries.
FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/

 

 

 

October 19, 2018

Edward Waters College Student Shines at FlBlogCon

Dennis Jackson - Primal Instinct

EWC Student – Dennis Jackson – Primal Instinct


Edward Waters College Student Shines at FlBlogCon
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Dennis Jackson, no relation to this author, has been
honored with recognition at the recent Impact Biz
Jax Business Expo winning finances to help him in
starting his business “Primal Instinct.” A clothing
line he has dreamed about for years. He will soon
not only graduate with his degree, but with a well
established business.  It is hopeful that business
majors at other HBCUs follow suit. One of the
testaments to a successful business program is
how many students before graduation actually
have a business. The application of years of school
work put to the test and realized.
Mr. Jackson has also had the opportunity to attend
and participate in the recent Florida Blogging and
Social Media Conference in Orlando, Florida held
at the internationally known and respected
Full Sail University.
The 8th annual conference is attended by business
owners, bloggers, social media experts, Podcasters
and entrepreneurs. In a digital world where content
is King and engagement is Queen HBCU students are
learning that their online presence defines their
ability to be hired or put on a waiting list. That list
being the waste basket or recycle bin of computers.
Opportunities like FlBlogCon are important for HBCU
students to create, build and establish their Brands
and creating an online presence based on a foundation
of business, collaboration and relationship building.
Business opportunities are important because they
open doors for increased networking, business mentorship,
collaboration and future educational and business
connections.
Technology conferences for HBCU students are valuable
even in some cases more than classroom engagement
because they allow for real and relevant interaction
with business professionals. Real people not videos or
webinars.
Classroom instruction is great, as a past professor at
Edward Waters College teaching Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEAM, the lack of exposure can mean
the difference in being able to “code switch,” engage
in conversations related to business and technology.
Lacking communication skills could deny HBCU students
the chance to sit at the tables of industry, business,
commerce and even to be employed.
HBCU students have opportunities today to participate in
unique and blended learning chances that can provide
employment before the student graduates with a degree.
Mr. Jackson being involved with Impact Biz Jax, and
networking with technology business owners like
Aida Correa (Love Built Life), William Jackson (My Quest
To Teach) and Sharon Johnson (The Madisel Group).
Aida Correa, business mentor, small business owners on
Social Media, web development and the artistic side of
tech (STEAM). She is a speaker at national and international
WordCamp conferences. With exposure, networking and
connections HBCU students like Mr. Jackson can build their
PLN – Professional Learning Networks and participate in
many more conferences.
The growth potential allows for scalable development and
increased visual exposure for future investments and expansion.
HBCU students when the opportunity presents itself should
acquire business mentors, advisers and expand their business
partnerships. Each business student should obtain their business
licence before graduation to begin the process of being a thought
leader and digital visionary.
The next technology event in Florida is WordCamp Orlando,
Florida where William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and
Aida Correa (Love Built Life) are speakers and organizers for
the KIDSCAMP. It is hoped that more HBCU students participate
in events that HBCU institutions sponsor, invest and pay for
their students to attend. Preparing them for the real world of
business, technology, commerce, STEM and STREAM.
WordCamp Orlando https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/
Impact Biz Jax https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/impact-biz-jax-building-and-encouraging-business-ownership-and-entrepreneurialism/

Video Presentation:
https://youtu.be/JXbS77AhMRg

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