My Quest To Teach

February 4, 2016

EdCamp and Why Teachers Should Care

EdCamp and Why Teachers Should Care

By William Jackson, M.Edu
Duval County Public School Teacher
and Adjunct with Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida
#EdCamp Speaker and Motivator

#edcamporange Welcomes @wmjackson
The diversity of educational initiatives that influence student
academic learning aids students in choosing future career paths
as student’s transition through the educational process. This
process can be challenging for students, parents and even teachers.

Teachers need professional development that addresses their
needs collectively and is relevant to their individual classrooms.
EdCamps do this and more, they bring together educators that
want the best for all their students, from high tech classrooms to
those that are low tech or no tech. Everyone attending
EdCamps are respected for their dedication to a profession that
influences the world. #EdCampGlobal


The incorporation of technology will not stop, in fact it is
increasing and curriculum’s are constantly changing because of
influences sometimes not related to education or learning. Politics,
global commerce, societal issues and other challenges interfere
and even contribute to learning of students and teaching by teachers.
Students are learning to function in a global environment of
competition, growing human capital, cultural diversity, religious
influences and societal lifestyle changes of families. Teachers are
seeing transformative change in teaching strategies and differential
instruction as they work to reach children of multiple diversities.
Integration of technology is changing how students will function in
the world and preparing them to solve problems even before they
are created, incorporating higher order and critical thinking skills.
Teachers bring balance to all these issues.

Changes are being made from teacher centered instruction to
student centered learning, this learning involves increased
educational exposure to technology and educational strategies
that do not replace educators, but is used as a supplement to teaching.

Wm Jackson speaking

“Do not allow technology to make you fearful.” @wmjackson
My first EdCamp was a very cool experience because of the
connections with “real” educational peers, teachers in the
classroom, not vendors or those who wish they were in our noble
profession, but want to “tell” teachers how to teach. Teachers that
have a united mission to teach, willing to sacrifice a weekend to
gain new insights and strategies to teach all students. Sharing
not just “Best Practices, but Awesome Practices” to ensure that
their students make those connections for “light bulb moments”
when they get the “big picture” or the great “aha” moments.

Education does not have picture perfect environments complete
with state of the art hardware and software and students that are
“perfect.” We live in an imperfect world where tech does not always
work, students do not all learn the same, and curriculum’s have
flaws. Teachers adapt, make modifications and make
learning relevant. Teachers see the “big picture” that they are
important to the world because they have young lives in their
hands that will influence the world, and we will see some if only
one or two on television with business suits, medical scrubs,
flight suits, and others tools of their trades.
Teachers have the “end in mind” to prepare students for careers that
are not even created yet and preparing them to solve complex
problems that are not yet problems. #EdCamps allow for each of
us to help each other get our students where they need to be.

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The integration of academic elements being taught in schools
across this nation have been beneficial because teachers
“teach” and mentor each other. Teachers are connected in a
solidarity that has evolved into a brotherhood and sisterhood.
The educational goals are to engage the whole child and foster
achievement in all students. Students are being challenged and
guided by teachers to be creative, innovative, and adaptive thinkers.
“EdCamp is an organic, participant-driven professional
development experience, created by educators for educators.
EdCamps are growing locally, nationally and internationally,
providing professional development that is not clinical nor sterile.“

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Educators and administrators are turning to EdCamps to
provide valuable, relevant and transformative learning so
teachers can grow in a profession of consistent adaptation.
EdCamp educators meet over coffee in the morning to plan
the day’s sessions. They learn from their peers by talking
with each other not at each other. “Shift Happens”
and educators must be a part of the shift to make sure
they are prepared for each generation of children and
young adults.

“The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high
achievement in all areas,” as defined by STE[+a]M.
Teachers now have an AWESOME professional development
tool to aid in instruction, building self-confidence and to drop
some knowledge to those entering into the field that
influences other fields of study and change.


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

EdCamps help teachers prepare for tomorrow, whether it is
through curriculum dialogues, gaining a better understand
about administration and even teaching/mentoring students
that are challenged with learning disabilities. There are no
excuses to teaching children just challenges that need
to be overcome with patience, data, collaboration and
cooperation between parents, teachers and administration.
EdCamps have a purpose driven life to help teachers help
each other to help the students we love and hold dear to
our hearts.

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Listing of All EdCamps
EdCamp Global
EdCamp USA Doed

Wm Jackson speaking at EdCamp

Video of EdCamp
Lyman Institute of Technology
Engineering Resources at Lyman Institute
Design Process Shown at EdCampOrange

Photos of EdCamOrange in Orlando, Florida



Blogging and Writing Just Do It……….

Blogging and Writing Just Do It……
Edited from earlier blog….

Nikki Giovanni and William Jackson
Nikki Giovanni and William Jackson 2015

The conferences that I have attended for the past several years have included:
Blogging While Brown, the Niche Parent Conference, Florida Bloggers and
Technology Conference, Bar Camp, WordPress Conference and EdCamps.
The writers I have been honored to meet like Nikki Giovanni provided great
wisdom and knowledge……..
So many opportunities to learn and show the importance of content creation,
collaboration and developing “thought leadership” abilities.
The ability to write cannot be taken lightly, proper writing skills
demonstrate the ability to form words, words into sentences, sentences
into paragraphs and paragraphs into levels of intellectualism
to be mentally digested by the reader. The skill of putting words
to paper or computer word processor has to be practiced and
made relevant if youth, teens and young adults are encouraged
to write.

Jamie Broadnax and William Jackson
Jamie Broadnax and William Jackson

Blogging is a passion and a desire to create original content in
multiple formats. The diversity of technology allows for using
different types of technologies that involve Vlogging (vblogging-
video blogging), Micro-blogging (Twitter), Podcasting (audio)
and growing forms of digital platforms.
The action of writing/blogging is tantamount in telling a story,
sharing information and expressing ideas. Content creation is
important in any media whether it is newspapers or the
diversity of blogging, microblogging and video blogging.
When a youth/teen begins to write/blog there are several elements
they must be made aware of; writing is the primary basis upon
which they will work when employed and continuing their education.

Members of Tom Joyner Morning Show Team

Members of Tom Joyner Morning Show Team

Tom Joyner Morning Show Team

A teen’s intellect will be judged and scrutinized in
high school, in college, in the workplace, and in the community
because of their writing.
I have blogged over 10 years, some lessons that I have learned from
my experiences, collaborations, networking, and attending conferences,
workshops and seminars to build and sharpen my skills are listed

Teaching Blogging and Social Media with Empowerment Resources, Inc.

* Writing expresses who you are as a person, it shares part of
you with the world.
* Writing shares intellectualism and shows your intellect, the more
you write the more you learn the difference between each.
* Writing allow your thinking visually to the world.
* Writing inspires your ability to pose worthwhile questions.
* Writing nurtures your ability to embrace higher order and
critical thinking skill sets.
* Writing helps you refine your ideas when engaged in
discussions and sharing ideas.
* Writing requires you to research your readers, to understand what you can
do to help them.
*Writing is not just about you it is about the community you are building.
* Writing preserves your ideas, your emotions your thoughts. It opens doors
for reflection.
* Writing stimulates your ability to extend your line of thought to new areas.
* Writing helps you understand the importance and value of truth.
* Writing is a way to check your morals, values and ethics, think about who
you are and how you are developing.
* Writing modifies your communication skills.
* Writing is an essential skill period.
* Writing will encourage, force, inspire, entice and make you want to read to
improve your abilities in writing.
* Writing allows you to tell your story!!!!

Attending Blogging While Brown in Austin, Texas 2015

February 3, 2016

HBCU Students: Magnify, Modify, Edify Your Brand and Abilities

Edu Tech 250
Educational Technology class 2016 at Edward Waters College

HBCU Students: Magnify, Modify, Edify Your Brand and Abilities
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Educational Technology and Social Media Instructor
Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida

“Historically black colleges and universities are defined by the
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as:
…any historically black college or university that was established
prior to 1964”
The competition for earning internships, scholarships, and employment
is a work of Branding, Marketing, Networking and strategically placing
yourself where you’re seen by the industry you’re interested in. Creating
a Brand that has SWAG and draws interest and attention to the abilities,
talents and skills of HBCU students. Mailing resumes is no longer an option,
being recognized, respected, and revered by employment recruits cannot
happen the senior year of higher education, it is a process that is built
from the freshmen year to graduation day.
Employment recruiters have changed the way they recruit because many
HBCU and PWI students do not have the necessary employment skills.
Too many HBCU students still don’t get it, that they need tech skills beyond
XBOX/Wii, Facebook likes, Instagram hearts, and others.
Employers are not looking for people who can just do a job, they are looking
for “Human Capital” that excel and have marketable skills that are beyond
just academic excellence.


In today’s corporate and academic world a bachelor’s degree is just a step
up from a high school diploma. The need is for advanced diplomas,
certifications and other critical skills that are needed in a global economy.
Skills in Social Media, Digital Media, Literacy Media and the list continues
when dealing with digital environments. Young corporate talent must Brand
themselves with multi-talented skills that are marketable, scalable, diversified
and bring value to their “Human Capital” as graduates or soon to be graduates
of HBCU’s.
To understand the skill sets needed HBCU students need to view the employment
resources or want ads and view the skills necessary before they can even get
invited to an interview. HBCU students must have the critical thinking and
higher order thinking skills necessary to build on.
HBCU students in too many cases do not have the knowledge skills out of high
school so the use of remedial programs for HBCU students are necessary.
Instruction in my Educational Technology class is not based on assessments
it is based on real life project development, using YouTube to reinforce
instruction, I use student lead instruction and project based learning. Students
have ownership and are held accountable. HBCU students must know how to
participate in learning communities as in educational environments and
corporate environments where productivity matters.
HBCU students are learning that if HR staff are not excited and are not attracted
to the potential candidate(s) they lose out so they must ramp up their articulation,
speaking and presentation skills.


Referencing videos: HBCU students should care how they are perceived,
employers are looking for people with solid tech skills, and soft people skills
for great customer service, diversity is being embraced more because people of
color and culture are out growing PW’s (predominantly whites).
HBCU students need to understand they are life-long learners, they cannot
stop learning, growing and reaching for more opportunities.
HBCU students connect with career counselors for resources that match the
academic, intellectual skills sets to get set for graduation so once graduation
is completed they can jump right into a position waiting for them.
One of the best things HBCU schools provide is a comfort and a unification of
culture and spirits. A quiet urgency to learning and growth, quoted from
Memoirs of a Young Black Woman, “Some (Blacks) are still in the dark and
have become so comfortable, not to mention assimilated in society, with
the way society perceives us and is blinded by small social injustices that
exist today.” This show that there is value and transformative opportunities
for HBCU students that are prepared and empowered with knowledge,
to understand who they are and where they have come from, this knowledge
allows them to grow in the future.


Resources: Did You Know?????
Our Workforce Is Changing


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