My Quest To Teach

July 31, 2017

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators

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EdCamp Leadership 2017 in Baker County Florida

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators
by William Jackson
Educator in elementary and higher education

The infusion of technology in education requires
that educators rely on each other to create opportunities
of instant and relevant professional development.
Creating PLN’s – Professional Learning Networks that
share information from tech, to classroom management,
to how to deal with hovering parents, to addressing
school budgets and other issues that are unique to
the classroom and school culture.

Diversity has always been an action word in education,
but when that diversity extends from the family structure
to addressing the challenges of learning diversity,
cognitive agility, behavioral awareness and the changes
in the family structure. Educators have a myriad of
situations and circumstances the can influence the
classroom stability and culture.

Students have access to online sites that encourage
connections  of interactivity and engagement,
this begs to insist that teachers also need instant
access to information. Teachers cannot run
away from technology and cannot ignore its invasion,
integration and even intrusion because it is right in
the face of educators.

Digital PLC’s – Professional Learning Communities
have grown so that every conceivable subject that
references the field of education is discussed,
diagnosed, dissected, and even how differentiated
instruction can be applied. Looking at Pintrest
alone you can see the magnitude of information
that can be shared for classrooms of any
instructional discipline.

The culture of the school is influenced by digital
access because instead of seeing a particular
culture sitting together in the cafeteria, digitally
they are interacting online, through Apps
and in digital areas where learning may not be
going on. The truth maybe there is an effort to
disrupt the educational
environment through bullying, harassment or
other forms.

Educators are building communities that are pract-
ically throwing learning tools, guides, ideas and
lesson plans across the Internet.
The only thing educator have to do is adapt them
to their classroom culture and learning structure.
Students are accessing content that allows and
encourages them to learn on levels unheard of just
5 years ago, that learning may not collaborate with
classroom instruction so teachers must
consistently share the relevancy of why students
need to learn what is being presented to them.

Teachers can no longer tell student they have to
learn the concepts because it is in the curriculum,
they must be creative in justifying how the curri-
culum will help them in life. Participation in online
programs allows for engagement in project based
learning that can be modified to meet the learning
modalities of diverse students. Combining and
integrating cross curricular learning may at first be
challening, but look at the video games youth,
teens and young adults are playing. How can
teachers engage the students minds that challenge
them to think and apply that thinking?

The challenge is to achieve a goal, educators
need to reinforce the goal of subject area instr-
uction. Taking learning to relevancy may seem
alien, but look at it from the students
perspective, “how am I going to use this stuff in life?”

Looking at the model of museums, libraries and even
after school programs, there are sounds, music,
engagement on multiple levels and even the
openness to fail so that failure is a conduit to
challenging multidisciplinary thinking. Applying
past learning to new learning to achieve a goal.
How do teachers harness this power and integrate
it into their classrooms?

Assisting teachers are PLN’s and PLC’s that
encourage teachers to talk to each other, share
information and resources. To provide digital
hands that guide teachers to digital sources
that make integration easier and relevant. The
brain fires its synapses that contains energy that
is a thought, teachers collectively sharing their
synaptic thought to bring about
real change in their classrooms.

Joining a digital network only requires having
a Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or other social
networking account. Doing some research and
connecting. The article “Teaching with Technology,”
Should Teachers Have a Social
Learning Network? Jakub Piwnik shows that value
of participating in digital communities for
Can be found at:

Professional development has changed because learning
by teachers has changed. The days of just large scale
and district PD is still necessary, but the value is
shifting to more personal, connected and transformative
PD in the form of  EdCamps held at local schools
nation-wide and online learning  communities like
#FlEdTech found on Twitter lead by
Tammy G. Neil @TG_Neil and supported by a host
of dedicated educators from multiple fields and
years of experience. There is also #EduMatch also
on Twitter lead by Sarah Thomas #EduMatch
@edu_match also supported by national and
even international educators.

Digital events that are global can create changes
in the classroom instantly. Events like the EdChange
Global @EdChangeGlobal is a 24 Hour Online Global
Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28

Teachers have options in learning, connecting,
collaboration, cooperation and integration.
I just need connecting with other educators and
not being afraid to integrate technology to develop
a teachers PLC and PLN that builds
PLF – Professonal Learning Families.

Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
#EduMatch @edu_match
Connecting educators with similar interests.
Goal: to foster collaboration. Learning together.
Education for educators, by educators.
@edumatchbooks #edumatch
Sundays weekly

Tammy Neil @FLedChat
#FLedchat is a virtual meeting place using Twitter.
Educators across the state of Florida come
together on Wednesdays at 8pm est to discuss
the topics of the week.

EdChange Global @EdChangeGlobal
The 24 Hour Online Global Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28
Worldwide Events


July 28, 2017

New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth


New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
New Town Success Zone
The Center for the Prevetion of Health Disparties

Providing relevant information is what entreprenuars
are in need of to assist in establishing a viable and
growing business. The New Town Success Zone provides
business services that promote networking for business
owners and real advice from experiences and active
business ownership.
Learning the importance of a business plan and even the
understanding of the viability of a growth plan cannot
be ignored.
Moderated by Paul Stewart (professional photographer),
introducations included established business owners and
those with a dream to build wealth for themselves and
the communities they live in.
Sharing their testimonies are Mrs. Lakita Spann and her
husband, owners of Mr. Potatoe Spread (Food Truck &
Catering) and Mr. Alvin Brooks and his wife, owners
of My Season Chicken and Ribs.
Each shared valuable information from networking to
finding a CPA – Certified Public Accountant to customer
service and even the importance of training employees.
The third Thursday of each month business owners can
come together at the Healt Disparities building on the
cammpus of Edward Waters College.
HBCUs are the foundation of their communities and provide
needed services and experts, they volunteer their time,
wisdom, knowledge and time to help families act on their
dreams of being business owners and entrepreneurs.
Contained here is information shared by Mrs. Spann and
Shared from Mrs. Spann and Mr. Brooks


Shared from Mrs. Spann
1. Networking and creating relationships is important
Attending networking events and exchanging business cards and
Social Media connections.
2. Create a flexible business plan and actually
do something with it.
3. Create a “Growth Plan,” which maybe more important
than a business plan.
4. Create a “Capability Statement” to work with and
assist in even applying for government contracts.
5. Execute your ideas because they will not work
6. Be strategic with your ideas and plan how they can
be implemented.
7. Contemplate what benefit your business will have.
8. Don’t apologize for hours. This is a business,
but you also have a life.
9. Monitor deadlines they will help drive you to success.
10. Plan to successed, but if you don’t plan, plan to fail

Mr. Alvin Brooks
1. Presentation is everything, it is important how
your business is seen. Think of how it will be
received by the public.
2. A Business Plan is good if you use it, so be sure
to apply your plan.
3. Hire a proven CPA – Certified Public Accountant
with a successful track record.
4. Know the difference between a LLC and a Corporation
when registering your business.
5. Pay yourself, you work hard in your business so it
is important to remember to pay yourself.
6. Customer service is #1, but the customer is not
always right. Have policies to address customer issues.
7. Don’t let customers drive your business. When you
open and close make sure you stick to it.
8. You should establish a policy to address customer
challenges, questions and even damage control.
9. The face of your business is important, everyone
associated with your business should understand their
roles and values to the success of the business.
10. Don’t mimic anyone else, be authenic in your
11. Be consistant with your customers, when addressing
issues other customers will be watching how you address
12. Train your people so they are on the same page.
13. Be about business not just about money.
14. Take a vacation so you have time to rejuvinate
and re-energize. Be consistant on the vacation time
in date and length.
15. Have meetings with employees about their concerns,
ideas and remind them their input has value.

Wisdom when considering on starting your
business as shared by Mrs. Spann
“There are many people with great ideas for
businesses, but don’t act on them.”

George E. Maxey
Executive Director of
New Town Success Zone
Office: 904 470.8262

New Tows Success Zone Under New Leadership


July 26, 2017

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility 

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility
by William Jackson
Speaker: WordCamp Jacksonville 2017, WordCamp DC 2017
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary, Content Creator

Attending any WordCamp should not just be an esoteric experience.
Being a part of WordCamp should be an experience that allows
for the spirit of innovation, the imagination of creativity and the
thirst for unquenchable knowledge to grab hold of a person’s
mind. Applying new knowledge to current/past knowledge, being
able to find new ways to create, share and transport knowledge
that can be applied to the diversity of life.
The body is a vessel that carries the brain, the heart and other
physical organs, but it also transports the spirit of passions and
the dreams of ingenuity and imagination. Technology does not
dwell in a sterile one dimensional environment, technology
embraces the diversity of the firing of the synapsis in the brain.
The thoughts that are as powerful as bursts of lighting and
applied linguistic agility.
Thoughts are electrical impulses that give rise to reality and
an entrance to the depths of the mind.
When a person thinks each thought is the result of a stimuli
that can result from a simple smell, a taste, a sound or even
a physical feeling. The site of a face can create a myriad of
emotions that can be pleasing, frightening, or overwhelming.
Technology is part of the mental and emotional selves that we
as humans create and share in our world. When attending a
WordCamp a person cannot just stay within themselves they
must venture out and connect, collaborate and create the
foundation of building real and lasting relationships.
WordCamp is an environment resulting from a seemingly
simple application of WordPress, an online environment that
allows for mental agility, emotional creativity and innovation
in an environment that allows the synapsis of our brain to
think, dream, speculate, consider, communicate, collaborate,
calculate and connect.
The ability for humans using technology to emerge from the
binary melting pot of coding to create the ability to communicate
on diverse levels. Seeking parity is not the priority, but the
transcending of current realities that have limited physical
actions. The mind knows no limitations only those created
by limited imaginations and self-perceived confines in a world
of rules and realities begging to be broken.
What is WordCamp; not just a simple or mundane explanation,
it is being adapted because the men, women, boys, girls and
diversity of nations, cultures, and ideologies are opening digital
doorways to a matrix of dynamic and infinite possibilities of
thinking, feeling, creating, innovation and being. Open Source
is an opening for the mind to fly though at light speed without
limitations to achieve wonders on digital platforms.
WordCamp and Building Your Linguistic Agility is requiring
modifying languages to adapt to new forms of communication
outside the spectrum of physical verbiage, it is demanding the
ability to create new languages that binary coding and human
thoughts are equal partners in communication.
When attending a WordCamp take the time to listen to the
conversations, attempt to enter into the minds of programmers,
developers, graphic artists, users, developers and others as
they share experiences that only those that apply WordPress
can only understand. Open the source of creativity that lives
and grows in minds that enjoy creativity, imagination and the
challenge of coding that machines only listen to.
Challenging people to share their stories is the easy part,
having people accepting the challenge to apply their mental
synapsis is the challenge and my quest.



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