My Quest To Teach

February 24, 2017

HBCU Bloggers and Content Creators Should Have Authority in 2017

Filed under: Social Media,HBCU,hIGHER Eduction,Blacks In Technology,CSTEAM,Literacy,EdCamp — William Jackson @ 8:30 am

HBCU Bloggers and Content Creators Should Have Authority in 2017
by Prof. William Jackson
Edward Waters College
Twitter: @wmjackson

 

 

 

 

 
Use your Social Media platforms and tools to:
1. Be conversational
The range of online applications are as flexible as the
type of devices that are available. Conversation is the
foundation for networking and building relationships in
online communities. The power is not in the software,
but in the ability to connect and collaborate.
2. Share Content
Sharing content is important to growth in Professional
Learning Communities (PLC) and Professional Learning
Networks (PLN).
The ability to create content, share content and archive
allows for influencing the present and building for the
future.
3. Write / Blog – Content is King
To be a better blogger, you must write as much as possible.
Content creation is king as stated by Bill Gates in many
seminars and conferences. Africans have valuable content to
share. Write to live and live to write is practiced in
academia and business.
4. Build your e-Reputation, e-Personality, e-Reliability
Having a reputation or a personality requires some type
of Social Media presence. The debate is still going on
which one is better, the reality is all are beneficial
to building and marketing a personal, professional and
business Brand. The more content the better depending on
what audience you are trying to reach.
5. Learn to Listen
Teach yourself to listen to people talking about how
they use technology. Learn the difference between
integration, implementation, and initiation of technology.
Join Meetups, EdCamps, Bar Campms and other social events
that connect like-minded people.
6. Take the time to read
Even though YouTube can provide almost all your instructional
needs, reading still cannot be beat.Read about those that
are innovators and smart creatives, learn how to apply
their successful strategies and best practices to your
strategies and build off success.
7. Collaboration – Cooperation – Association
CCA to build your knowledge, build your Brand and learn how
to Market your ideas and skills.
8. Understand your Community
You cannot be friends with everyone on all Social Media.
Learn which sites are beneficial to your needs and help
you network with like minded people that have the similar
goals, mission and vision.
Don’t waste your time on useless Social Media sites that
are not productive or beneficial.
9. Say more with Less
Twitter is 140 characters, how can you communicate in
140 characters or less effectively?
10. Social Media is a “pull system” you must know your
audience. “Pull” them in with valuable content.
Understand who your following, why your following someone.
Know who is following you, and why are they following you.
11. Find your Niche
Finding your Niche is important, your Niche is your voice
and your presence online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. How do you want people to remember you?
Content rarely goes away,it is
archived, saved, packaged
and stored some place online.
You create a “digital legacy”
with your content.
13. Build a personal mission statement
When using Social Media build a mission statement that can
help you grow academically and professionally.
14. Remember Social Media is about relationships
Building relationships is important. How do you build them
online? Remember everyone does not have the same mission
as you so be careful in your associations.
15. Develop your elevator pitch for those unique times when
you have one opportunity to make an impression in a quick
meeting or a chance elevator visit. Social Media may provide
a one-time shot to pitch your ideas to the “right” person so
have your pitch ready to go.
16. You cannot be shy in the Blogging / Technology Industry
Technology opens opportunities nationally and globally as
never before. Being shy will get you literally nowhere.
17. Don’t view other bloggers as competition, they are
opportunities for collaboration. Sometimes it is better to
collaborate not compete.
18. Brand vs Visual Identity
Learn the difference.
How do people see you online? What is your vision of you and
importantly what are others vision of you?
19. Your Brand is your Promise
Your Brand continues to grow as your knowledge and abilities
grow. Continue to study and learn. Mentor and be a role model
to the youth and teens around you, at your school, community,
place of worship.
20. Your Brand and Niche should be a safe place
Make sure your association is approachable and valuable.
What type of people are you associated with? Do they have a
similar direction, mission and goals as you do?
21. Be Authentic
No one can be you, but you. Don’t try to be something you
are not, don’t steal someone else’s ideas and think about
what you bring to the table.
22. Social Media can bridge Culture
Diversity is a good thing. Diversity is a verb. What kind of
culture are you creating with your culture?
23. Be careful about being assimilated
Assimilation, association and application are important,
but don’t forget who you are and your mission. Keep your
authenticy.
24. You do not have to know everything
Apply what you learn and allow yourself to grow.Be a
life long learner of your craft. Expand your ideas and
even your dreams.
25. Attend conferences and Socials
Connect, socialize and be friends. Never doubt your ability
to be creative and innovative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Build your Brand as having authority over your life.”
Wm Jackson

February 23, 2017

What is STEM and Why African Parents Should Care in 2017

What is STEM and
Why African Parents
Should Care in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

When Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
expressed concerns over the low grades
students had in science and math in
Ghana this raised increased awareness for African
parents that their children may not be prepared
for many careers that require science and math
skills. GhanaWeb General News 19/Feb/17

Dr. Prempeh understands how critical these subjects
are for the nation’s development and ability to
compete on a continental level. Citing the West African
Examination Council (WAEC) report the last several
years there is continued failure in the mathematics
and science areas.

There is great change on the continent of Africa,
the incorporation of technology in education and
business and in homes is changing how people
communicate on the African continent. The
engagement of educational initiatives that will
train children for the future creating a transformative
paradigm shift in how education is prepared for
more students as the national infrastructure
is updated.
African children should be preparing for developing
careers in STEAM to solve complex problems that
will challenge the ability to function in a
technology environment.

Better educational opportunities build the
intellectual abilities of youth, teens and young
adults dreaming of being entrepreneurs, building
businesses, involved in commerce and high tech
industries. Training is paramount and vital so
STEAM and STEM initiatives are being provided by
the growth and incorporation of academic courses
being taught in schools.

Parents must know the difference between
STEM/STEAM/STREAM, CSTREAM and STEM2.
These are the infusion of computers, science,
technology, reading, engineering, arts, math
and in some cases medicine.
“The black man in Africa had mastered the arts
and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in
the universe before the man up in Europe
knew that the earth wasn’t flat.” Malcolm X

The mission is to engage the whole child and foster
higher order thinking and critical thinking skills
in all areas,” defined by STE[+a]M. The changing
thinking of building African minds is that STEM
creates core values that embraces diversity in
learning and understanding that all
learning is connected and transferable.

The blending of STEM skills requires students to
engage in creative application, critical and higher
order thinking that supports collaborative and
cooperative learning. Learning that challenges
thinking, bringing about success that is
transferable in advanced areas of application
in society. Many careers are now influenced by
STEM curriculum’s that help determine the paths
for students and their choice of careers.

As an Educational Technology, Social Media and
STEM instructor at Edward Waters College,
educators, artists, business people and scientists
recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences believing that this can lead to richer
student learning.

STEAM is complimentary with 21st century artistic,
scientific and technological 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 that foreign nations that come
to Africa to assist are using similar instructional
parameters taught in their nations and transferring
to Africa.
The issue is that African students are playing catch-up
because they are missing critical components. As the
infrastructure is upgraded or built students at a
rapid pace will be the educational, technical, commercial
and commerce leaders it needs to take African nations
into the 21st and 22nd centuries as a leaders and visionaries.

“I believe it is an important developmental tool inasmuch
as it also an issue of social justice that people of this country
no matter their circumstances can have access to good
schooling. It is important that we develop the “human capital”
of our country. The policies that we have will make it possible.”
President Akufo-Addo of Ghana
Matthew Opoku Prempeh is Minister designate for Education
http://citifmonline.com/2017/01/10/matthew-opoku-prempeh-is-minister-designate-for-education/

These sentiments can be shared with many African nations
working to improve educational access from early childhood
to higher education and even vocational education.
It is important for the future of Africa when Africans can
invest and re-invest in their own nations, on their own
continent than waiting on others that do not have the same
passion for the continent and do not have the same wish
for cultural and national stability and pride.

Resources:
About STEM and STEAM
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/steam/
Africa’s Future Depends on STEM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mariame-jamme/africas-workforces-need-r_b_6340556.htm
STEM Education as a Solution to Youth Unemployment
http://www.iafrikan.com/2014/03/12/stem-education-as-a-solution-to-youth-unemployment-in-africa/

February 6, 2017

My Hidden Figures Reflection

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Taylor and students from Venetia Elementary and Lee High School

My Hidden Figures Reflection
By: Breyonna Fox,
Blogging Intern with My Quest To Teach
Jacksonville, Florida
My first thought when I finished watching Hidden
Figures was, “Wow, they actually did all of those
things, like they accomplished their goals.” I thought
this was very inspirational, because back then it was
very hard for other races besides Caucasians, to do
the things they wanted and love. In the movie there
is a part when Mary Jackson’s husband even doubts
her accomplishing her dreams, showing how
un-motivated people were and how many dreams
were simply crushed and forgotten.

Then there was Dorothy Vaughn who wanted to be
a supervisor for her group of women who are highly
skilled with computers. She wanted to move on with
her dreams when she realized Katherine and Mary
was moving up with theirs. NASA wouldn’t make
her a supervisor though, she worked hard and even
acted like a supervisor to her group of woman. Then
one day she got a huge offer, but she would only do
it if her girls were with her as well. So they allowed it.
She finally became a supervisor. She is the first
African American woman to supervise a staff
at the West Area Computers Division. Another part
in the movie shows when she took her sons to the
library to get some books to help her out with work,
they ended up getting kicked out, just because
Dorothy needed the book, but the library was whites’
only.

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It was upsetting to see how she couldn’t check
out the book and then the security guard pushed
her sons out as well. Then when she got on the
bus she still had the book on her and when her
sons asked why and she said she pays taxes
and those taxes help the library out. I know
Dorothy is a very witty and strong person. She
stayed determined in what she believed in and
knew she could accomplish her goals, she didn’t
leave her girls and moved them up with her.

Mary Jackson, wanted to become an engineer,
in the beginning she had doubts about it. She
was talking about it with her co-worker and she
said how impossible it felt, her co-workers told
her she could do it, because they were already
doing the impossible. I thought about what she
said and how she had hope that Mary could
accomplish her goals. It showed me even when
things feel impossible, they aren’t. She even
went to court to fight for what she wanted and
got night classes at University, an all-white
school! That was amazing. I really loved that part,
because that filled so much hope in Mary and
made her believe more in herself that she could
accomplish a lot more things after that, Mary
Jackson became the first female African
American NASA engineer. Mary is a sassy, brave
and determined for what she fights for.
Last, but not least was Katherine Goble,
she was strongly skilled in mathematics and
had an analytical mind. She got a new assignment
by Al Harrison, so she had to move to a new
part of the company.

When she was getting escorted, the woman told her,
“you will be the first black person here. Don’t make
me regret choosing you. Most people only last a few
days, so don’t get used to it.” Then when Katherine
entered everyone stared at her. Her co-workers were
rude towards her as well. She went to grab some
coffee and everyone was staring at her. She
immediately felt uncomfortable and sat down and
sipped her coffee slowly. After that incident they
got a second coffee maker and it said “colored”,
she went to use it, it was empty, sending a message.

This showed me how even though Katherine
accomplished her goals, there will always be people
trying to bring her down. Then she got upset and
explained to Harrison how rude everyone was acting
towards her and how she never got pearls and how
no one wants to use the same coffee maker as her,
since earlier she was always in the bathroom and he
would ask where she went. Then the next day he
tore down the “whites only” bathroom and the
“colored” signs and he said, “no whites or colored,
we’re all the same here.” That showed me how
Al Harrison really cared about Katherine as an
employee and he didn’t care about skin color.

Then when Katherine got engaged, her co-workers
got her a pearl necklace, which was Harrison’s ideas
too, which she wore to her wedding. Then later on in
the movie, when John Glenn was going to orbit
around earth, he said he only trusted Katherine with
her calculations and with his safety, he knew she
was brilliant and he only trusted her not the computer
machine. He was right too, he had trouble up in space,
but he got back safe.

Katherine played a huge roll in John Glenn’s journey
and Apollo space program landing a man on the moon.
In 2015, Katherine received National Medal of Freedom
from President Obama.

breyonna-fox
Breyonna Fox, blogger

This movie showed me that anything you set your mind
to you can accomplish. You just have to stay determined
and full of courage. This movie is very inspiring and
does prove to other women and girls they can do things
even when they feel it’s out of their reach.
Edited by Prof. William Jackson  #MyQuestToTeach

Resources dedicated to women
TEDxFSCJ Salon: Lift as We Climb:
Women Race and Politics
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FSCJ – Downton Campus
Auditorium A-1068
http://www.tedxfscj.com/events/

Real Talk Real Change
We Are Women Hear Us More..
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Riverside North – 2711 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida
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