My Quest To Teach

April 28, 2016

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher of the Year 2015 – 2016
Venetia Elementary School
Duval County Public Schools

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Participating in my first #OrlandoTech Week was
a fun, exciting, awesome and overwhelming experience,
even though I have been involved in technology for
quite a few years there is always an excitement
meeting people with diverse skills related to
technology that are not in the education field.
The beauty is that what I learn I can share with
my students in Duval County Public Schools and
with my students in my Educational Technology
and Social Media class at Edward Waters College.

Being engaged with industry leaders, creators, developers
and programmers allowed me to learn that there are
many diverse areas in the expanding fields of technology
and tech integration.
The faces of the people in fields of web development,
programming, coding and other fields have changed
from representing a single culture to one of
beautiful and dynamic cultural diversity and gender
inclusion.

Although more needs to be done, this will only
happen when boys and girls of color, culture and
diversity continue to earn degrees and certificates
in the diverse fields of technology. The passion must
come from parents to create the vision that their
children of color, culture and diversity can be successful
in all areas of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics (Medicine), not only participate, but
contribute as well.

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Teachers must never exclude students from learning
about STEM, STEAM, STREAM, CSTEAM and STEM2,
they should make learning fun and most importantly
relevant as to “WHY” they need to be involved.
Technology is no longer a field that you jump into
because you like it, there are specific fields of work
and very specific skill-sets to manage and employ
specific applications to perform specific functions
or a purpose.
Education is vital because of the intricate and integrated
applications where programs, Apps and tools are integrated
onto platforms that help to solve problems.

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Bar Camps, WordCamps, EdCamps are great professional
development resources and unparalleled networking
opportunities. The exposure to people, products and
services helps me to improve my teaching and how to
integrate and incorporate into dynamic lessons for students
in elementary education and higher education. The resources
to inspire, encourage and motivate students to envision
that their life journeys can move into fields that are
diverse as the technology that is being developed and
integrated into everyday life.

Speaking at Bar Camp lifted my confidence level because
the focus is on “content” to inspire and motivate your
peers. Peers that don’t look like you, but are excited
just as you are to learn from you. Peers that do not
see your color, they do not worry about your culture,
but want to gain an understanding of how to improve their
abilities, skills and thinking. Taking themselves to a
higher level because of your contribution and passion
for what you know.

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I’m always fascinated and excited to share what I have
learned and continue to learn not just as an educator
but as a speaker, community activist and user of
diverse technologies that can be applied to education,
ministry, mentoring youth, teens and young adults.
The words, “be part of something bigger than you are,”
has new meaning when you attend a Bar Camp, WordCamp,
EdCamp, Florida Blogging Conference, Blogging While
Brown Conference, and the growing online learning
opportunities through twitter like #EduMatch, #EduColor
and others.

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These 25 items are what I learned from Bar Camp
during #OrlandoTech Week in Orlando, Florida.

1. Diversity is important in technology careers. The
increase of diverse backgrounds, cultural upbringing,
and even gender provides fresh ideas to solve new
and continuing issues that we face in the world.
2. Timing is still important, you must be at the
right place at the right time to make a difference.
Show up and show out.
3. Never doubt your ability to inspire others no matter
what your educational background is, you always can
inspire others.
4. Never doubt the power to collaboration. Embrace
opportunities to work with others in difference fields.
5. Always respect the knowledge, creativity and
innovation of developers, programmers and designers.
6. If your in the field of technology it is important
to learn the language so you can communicate
effectively and speak with knowledge.
7. Network your ass off when the opportunity presents
itself. Being successful means getting involved, getting
active and sharing your Brand.
8. Volunteer your knowledge to the youth so you can
encourage another generation.
9. Respect your competition because they make you
better.
10. Get to conferences, workshops, seminars early.
The early bird gets the worm and new job or contract.

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11. Everyone has SWAG, you just have to discover it
and apply it.
12. Always have business cards at the ready and make
sure they represent your Brand.
13. Develop your elevator speech, a 30 second speech
can change your world and someone else.
14. Attend as many conferences, workshops, and seminars
as possible. The more you know the more you grow, the
more you go the more people know your name and abilities.
The  more you go and grow the more you can speak and
contribute.
15. Plan to attend Bar Camps, EdCamps, WordCamps to
share and apply cross disciplinary information. Your
skill level should be as diverse as your ability to talk
the talk and walk the walk.
16. Get there early for the best T-shirts, coffee and
snacks and volunteer to help setup.
17. Learn something new, you always have a new resource
that may help you expand your Brand and resources.
18.Take the opportunity to speak and share your knowledge
as a speaker. You can create a stir in 30 to 50 seconds
by sharing the right knowledge at the right time.
19. Understand if your an introvert or extrovert so you can
use those to your advantage.
20. Create and post content at least once a week and
diversify with your Brand. SEO will build your web
presence the more you post on diverse platforms.

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21. Keep your CV – curriculum vitae and resume current.
22. Use Instagram, Rebel mouse, and Tumblr to tell your
story when you can. If your African American integrate
being a BLERD and NERD when you can.
23. Never underestimate the power of the # hashtag. Use
it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to connect with
other Brands that share similar interests.
24. Never under estimate or under value women and
people of color and culture in technology. Nobody likes
a bully, racist, bigot or idiot.
25. Be kind, be courteous, be humble, be authentic.

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Conclusion:
Inspire children, youth, teens, young adults and
even the elderly, they all can contribute. There are
growing children businesses, where children and
youth have dynamic ideas to be entrepreneurs.
To build a Brand based on being authentic and
not afraid to dream big, work hard and expand
into new territories.

Francita V Williams – https://youtu.be/_qZ2mhgYRgg
Presentation

April 22, 2016

Why Jacksonville Needs WordCamp Jax #WCJAX

Why Jacksonville Needs WordCamp Jax #WCJAX
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

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The recent 2 day WordCamp at Florida State College
Jacksonville, held at the Advanced Technology
Center shows the value of content creation,
innovative uses in web development and the growing
numbers of bloggers in Jacksonville and surrounding
counties.

Jacksonville is gradually becoming recognized as
a city that incorporates diverse technologies in
the area of content creation in blogging (writing),
web development, computer programming, computer
coding, and other areas of integrated technologies.
The movement from hands on industries for in labor
to cognitive content creation has expanded the need
for people that are critical thinkers, analytical
interpreters, managers and higher order thinkers.
The landscape for the “type” of workers has changed
and the skill levels, not just in Jacksonville, but
in the southern regions of the nation.

The infusion of cross platform and integrated
technologies that allow for the creation, manipulation,
and sharing of information is important in several
aspects of life in Jacksonville. Technology has grown
beyond just industry use, the level of technologies
used in schools today are preparing students to have
the necessary skills to start careers even before
entering into higher education or the work force.
Students in Duval County Public Schools are learning
to be entrepreneurs even before they fully understand
what the word means or the opportunities as a business
owner.

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Higher education has and continues to integrate
technology with curriculum’s because their “clients,”
students need the skills to become employed after
graduation. Graduations are a determining factor if
higher educational institutions are actually
working, if students cannot find jobs that means
there needs to be changes made in the educational process
at this level and in high schools.

WordCamp Jacksonville is providing exposure to diverse
Social Media, Social Marketing, Branding, Content Creation
and business startups to provide expertise to inspire
others in diverse technology fields.
Jacksonville Business Landscape is adapting from a
fear of Social Media and Social Marketing to embracing
platforms and tools. The world is a global market,
if Jacksonville, Florida cannot effectively and
efficiently communicate and compete with the world of
commerce, business, industry and education it will miss
out on the potential of new business collaborations.

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WordCamp Jax offered the opportunity for networking,
collaboration and exposure. Even students from
Duval County Public Schools, Putnam and Clay
counties attended to learn how they can step to the
next level. Educators such as myself in public education
and Edward Waters College attended so we can share
with our students new and growing initiatives.
Exposure is vital for students even from elementary
up to higher education because it connects them with the
experts and those growing in the diverse fields that
are constantly changing, relevancy for learning is
important to make the connections WHY do I need!!1

Schools such as Raines, Ribault, First Coast and
others are changing curriculums because of the changes
in industries that are requiring their employees to have
higher order and critical thinking skills, students
must possess the ability to create presentations using
productivity software that is used in business and industry.
Writing is vital because that is how students will be
judged and evaluated. Students must possess foundational
skills in writing, blogging helps to build writing skills
that complements reading, literacy and comprehension

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Parents need to understand that the manual labor jobs
of the past in factories and fields are not available
and technology skills combined with the ability to
read, comprehend, apply and integrate are the skills
necessary to enter into higher education, military
service, law enforcement careers and other careers that
will be demanding its employees to “think critically”
and to solve complex problems in the STEM / STEAM /
STREAM / STEM2 careers.

The WordCamp Jax provided content creators like myself
with diverse backgrounds in programming, web
development, advertising, e-authors, e- educators and
even how to integrate tech in ministry. Blogging is
typically what is thought of at a WordCamp because of
the application WordPress used to create web sites;
integrating plug-ins, widgets, themes and a host of
other multimedia elements WordPress is more than
writing stories, it is creating dynamic content and
put on a dynamic platform that shares information,
incorporates data, interactive opportunities to share
and collaborate and can be transformative when people
work as teams on projects locally and globally.

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Words such as Content creation, Innovation, Branding,
Marketing, e-Reputation, e-Presonalities, Thought Leaders,
and more are showing how technology expands the roles
and responsibilities of people working in industries that
are evolving approximately every 7 to 9 months as new
applications, Apps, tools, and platforms are created.

Technology has created a dynamic learning curve of
continuous educational necessity to stay abreast and
aware. WordCamps, Bar Camps, EdCamps and other
professional development opportunities are expanding
to allow people the most important element to share
their knowledge and experiences.

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My WordCamp Story in Pictures
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/WordCamp%20Jacksonville%202016/story

Resources:
Blogger Week in Washington D.C. http://bloggerweek.com/

Blogging While Brown: http://bloggingwhilebrown.com/

Orlando Tech Week: http://week.orlandotech.org/

WordCamp Central: http://central.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Jacksonville: https://2016.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

WordPress: http://wordpress.com

Bar Camp: http://barcamp.org/w/page/402984/FrontPage

For Educators:
EdCampUSA: http://www.edcamp.org/

EdCampGlobal: http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edcampglobal

 

April 21, 2016

What Do You Do Before High School Graduation??

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What Do You Do Before High School Graduation??
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

Dynamic scholarship information
at your finger tips.
https://twitter.com/prepforcollege
@prepforcollege (Twitter) #CollegeChat,

These suggestions are to help parents, grandparents
and guardians as graduation for their children gets
closer. Graduation, a great accomplishment and the
end to an educational journey from Day Care to
High School. Before this momentous occasion
parents need to make sure all the i’s are dotted
and t’s crossed to make a smooth closure to a
long journey. These are just a few suggestions
from my experiences as a parent and teacher in
elementary education and higher education.

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1. Make sure you obtain the most recent high
school “official” transcript to mail to schools
or potential employers. Many organizations,
schools and groups require a transcript to see
if academically students are “qualified” to be eligible.

2. Make sure you have current and up to date
medical and dental records. Even after graduating
from high school students are still dependent
on their parents for certain medical information.
Parents must understand “their” graduate is not
an adult yet, they are still maturing, learning
and growing. There is some information and
documentation only parents can obtain until
children are 21.

3. Make sure there are boundaries and expectations
on behaviors, actions, and even chores in the
home for the soon to be graduates. There should
be mutual understanding on everyone’s duties and
responsibilities and always respect. Stop telling
your child they are “grown” until they are out
of your house.

4. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about consistant
communication so projects, homework and assignments
are kept current and get completed. Do not take the
words, “I got this,” as being responsible and accountable.

5. Make any hair, nail or beauty appointments
months before May to avoid the rush and chaos.

6. Remind your child of the two institutions that
want their attendance
Correctional (Prison) and Instructional (Higher
Education) and to make wise decisions.

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7. Check your child’s academic (Cumulative) folder
for items that may delay graduation or entrance
into college, trade school or the military. You
have a right to see their records and ask questions
and if not provided seek an attorney for help.
Check for discipline referrals, changed grades,
teacher notes, etc. All documentation is important.

8. Make sure all deposits and fees are paid in
full before graduation. Check for lost books, needed
forms and other items that should be completed.
Do not trust your child unless they show they
are responsible.

9. Know what your child’s GPA is, weighted or
unweighted.

10. Make sure your child takes the SAT and the ACT
several times. Many schools only require one, but
better safe than sorry.

11. Check on Bright Futures scholarship information.
Many HBCU’s accept ACT scores and SAT. Use whichever
gives you a better chance of getting into college
and this may affect monies.

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12. Work on your child’s Marketable skills to
help them network.

13. Set Academic, Professional, Monetary and Career
goals now so your child will have a flexible plan.

14. Have your child volunteer consistently, stay
involved in your community, and church. Volunteer
hours can still help with networking and build
marketable skills to use later.

15. Search online and inquire with local
businesses about summer internships paid and
unpaid. Your time is valuable so unpaid is
important also.

16. Join local business organizations like
Chamber of Commerce to gain
marketable skills and get a jump on career goals.

17. Participate in church events and activities
helps build your resume or CV.

18. Take college tours, visiting the school
environment to make sure you are familiar
with college or even the military.

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19. Social Media entries; post positive content,
pictures, text and video. Your
e-Reputation and e-Personalities tell a story
about you. Social Media content will define you
and may be your first representation of you
to others.

20. Register with LinkedIn to start networking
and connecting. There is an NEW LinkedIn for
students. https://students.linkedin.com/

21. Continue to research educational options
and inquire even now about Masters and
Doctorial programs.

22. Make sure you and your child understand
what type of diploma they will have. It is
painful to expect a High School Diploma and
receive a Certificate of Attendance,
an ESE Diploma or others.

23. On Social Media unfriend and even block
those that are openly using drugs openly,
weapons and involved in criminal actions.
You may be guilty by association with them.

24. Have a “real” Social Security card, and
Birth Certificate, and if necessary a
Visa to travel abroad.

25. Check with your local police department
to make sure there are no records of
mistaken criminal activity from someone
impersonating you or looks like you.

26. Financial Aid and Scholarship
Information can be found online.
https://twitter.com/prepforcollege
@prepforcollege (Twitter) #CollegeChat,

27. Google and Hashtag yourself to
“see” what is online about yourself to be
prepared for questions.

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