My Quest To Teach

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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October 10, 2018

Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

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

“If you’re an extrovert or an introvert you should
be attending a tech conference. If you’re an entrepreneur,
a business owner or even an author, it will benefit
you and your business in ways unimaginable. If you’re
a Blogger (writer), Podcaster (online programming),
Vblogger (video) or a Microblogger (Twitter)
find a way to attend a tech conference. If you’re a
college student, especially if you’re an HBCU student
attend conferences to build your Brand and network.

High school students get your parents to send or take
you to tech conferences, they will change your thinking
about careers and your options for life.
Congratulations to Edward Waters College student Mr.
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ
Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III
Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson
of 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.
Attending tech conferences like FLBLOGCON
encourages students to enhance their knowledge
and skills when preparing for future careers.

Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of
Full Sail University, the premiere technology
school that has achieved international recognition
https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
FLBlogCon https://floridablogcon.com the dream
of Bess Auer https://www.bessauer.com/ started
as a conference focusing on blogging, now
one of the most attended conferences nationally
and internationally in 8 years.

The digital empowerment can be seen by those
attending to be successful as bloggers, graphic
designers, coders and digital business owners.
Even in ministry, Minster Elisha Taylor Jr. of
Northbound Church of Christ integrates diverse
technology skills to share the gospel to a growing
number of people that are mobile, but still
enjoy hearing how to be saved and how to live
a Christian life in the Church of Christ.

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which
addresses growing digital innovation and
creativity. This 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. In order to start careers
youth, teens and young adults need to become
producers not just consumers of technology.

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….

Developing your Brand is valuable, “branding is
what people say about you, when you walk out
the room, (logoff the) forum, logoff Twitter,
read your blogs, or view videos you posted on
the Internet, ” Josh Elledge

Dennis Jackson a student attending Edward
Waters College is expanding his network of
resources to grow his business “Primal Instinct”
a clothing line that will be launching soon.
William Jackson a past professor with EWC and
Digital Innovator managing his company
My Quest To Teach, has taken students in
the past to various conferences using his
personal finances, but always working
to find sponsors.

Sharing the empowerment and benefits of
Social Media, STEAM and how careers are
influenced by tech skills. Personally sponsoring
tech conferences in Africa he sees the need to
embrace diversity not just locally in
Jacksonville, Florida, but globally.

Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife embraces multiple
areas of the Arts and Design. Her passion for
STEAM allows her to connect youth to adults
in project based workshops where creating is
fun, learning is loud and creative passions are
exploding in the minds and hearts of all as they
work on projects they can take with them.

Students from EWC and DCPS have attended
WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon and other
conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he and Ms. Correa 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.

He understands that minority 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 make
changes in their communities.

Thanks to Bess Auer providing another opportunity
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 business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Jayla, Ahubri and Elisha will be starting on their
business journeys as well in Jacksonville. Elisha
has a dream of attending MIT after graduating
from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found here
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FLBlogCon
William Jackson: https://stwity.com/wmjackson/
Blogs from past FlBlogCon
https://hbcubuzz.com/2016/10/students-attend-florida-blogging-conference-learn-career-growth-opportunities/

Want to be a Cool Blogger Attend FlBlogCon
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=27797.0

EWC Students Attend FlBlogCon
http://thyblackman.com/2016/10/09/ewc-and-dcps-students-attend-flblogcon/

 

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Bess and Aida

Bess and Aida

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

September 12, 2018

Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands

Authors

Authors

Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
by William Jackson My Quest to Teach
and Regina Edwards, Authors Roundtable
The Jacksonville Public Library’s “Authors Roundtable” meets monthly at the Highlands Branch
of the Jacksonville Public Library. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach presented the use of Social Media platforms and tools to help Authors develop, expand and market their Brands.
The topics discussed were: 1.) Learning the value of Branding, 2.) Effective implementation of Blogging and Microblogging using the platforms of Twitter and WordPress (open source web development) 3.) Building digital communities: PLC Professional Learning Community, PLN Professional Learning Network, PLF Professional Learning Family and PLR Professional Learning Resource.
Mr. Jackson in collaboration with Mrs. Regina Edwards, Co-Facilitator provided authors a platform to ask questions, gain insight in how to use Social Media to promote and enhance the digital presence of their books. The use of Hash Tags, Googling themselves and authentic storytelling help build readers and followers to their content. The interactive presentation helped answer questions, allowed authors to share experiences. Tagging and Googling have become very effective tools to draw hundreds or thousands to build authors as Thought Leaders and Digital Content Innovators. Building one’s levels in Google searches requires a well-planned strategy to align with Google search parameters and allow people to see the brand Authors are creating. Further, be engaged in the Niche where like-minded people share similar interests and passions. The understanding that Books – even those that are well written DO NOT SALE
themselves. In today’s digital world, websites and social media marketing are IMPERATIVE.
Authors should know the answers to these important questions; What is your Brand?, What is your Niche?, What ways are effective to Market your books.
That begins the level of promotion and marketing properly to the community nationally and potentially internationally. Mr. Jackson shared, never be afraid to share your story. You are the expert in your field of writing and content creation, so promote yourself as a Thought Leader. Always have business cards ready and an “elevator pitch.” Think about where you are trying to move as a business, author, engager, influencer, digital innovator. Learn the language to help you navigate the world of digital engagement.
William Jackson demonstrating an elevator pitch at the Impact Biz Jax business competition
and networking event. William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
https://www.facebook.com/aida.correa1/videos/10156433230572752/
For additional information about future Authors Roundtable meetings contact: authorsroundtable@gmail.com.

September 5, 2018

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
William Jackson http://MyQuestToTeach.com/ and Aida Correa http://LoveBuiltLife.com/

#ImpactBizJax What a great event for business owners, artists,
entrepreneurials, dreamers, college students, youth, teens and
young adults to gather together in celebration of business dreaming,
building financial stability, growth and development and building a
stronger Brand.
Creating generational wealth for families.
The opportunity to interact with, speak with, engage with, potentially
collaborate with and share ideas and best practices related to business
empowers business owners and establishes their value in the
communities they serve.
Participating in In the Small Biz Chats, strategic networking,
Pitch Contest, and shopping with small business owners created an
excitement that this event would expand in the future for Jacksonville’s
small business and diverse community.

Aida Correa of #LoveBuiltLife, owning multiple businesses for several
years, shares that it was a great experience and a great opportunity
for the vendors (like her) who could share their talents and skills in a
welcoming and encouraging environment and to sell their products,
learn how to improve inventory, marketing and building strong Brands.
The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and seeing so many
businesses was encouraging as a woman business owner, stated
Ms. Correa.

Participating in the “Pitch Competition” was a wonderful opportunity
to show how important it is to define your Brand as a business and
share its’ viability and growth potential.
Ms. Correa a national WordCamp speaker, poet, artist, web developer
and community volunteer stated strongly, the “pitch competition,” a do
or die moment that showed that you believe in yourself and your business
or you don’t.
The diversity of the event showed that diversity does matter economically,
culturally and socially. Many business owners proudly stated their heritage,
Latina, Haitian, African American, Hispanic, Latino and other cultures
attending brought a flavor of social growth and community unity.
The youth, teens and young adults attending saw people that looked
like they do provide encouragement and visual/mental validation their
abilities to dream of being a business owner and not just a consumer.

Edward Waters College was represented with the involvement of one of
her own students who earned a cash prize for his business. This shows
that particularly EWC students should be and need to be involved in future
business events to learn the soft-skills, higher order and critical thinking
necessary to be a business owner.
The concern is there was very little participation from EWC
business students who will be competing for jobs with students
attending UNF, JU and other higher education institutions. If EWC
students are to be competitive they must be involved in events
like these to acquire skills and valuable networking practice.

“I personally loved that Impact Biz Jax was able to provide a
$500 New Town Success Zone Small Business Grant for a
student at Edward Waters College sponsored by the Jax Chamber
and Chase Bank. For me, as a Higher Education Consultant, young
adults are the heartbeat of our community and they need financial
support, professional skills training, and career guidance to live
up to their full potential.

Impact Biz Jax is a relevant resource that provided funding and
invaluable connections.” Lequita Brooks, LCSW

William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach, past instructor at EWC
taught Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
shared that, classroom instruction cannot truly “teach” what
can to be learned from engagement, mentoring, interactivity
and gaining wisdom from those that have gone through the
fire and rain of fulfilling a dream of being a business
owner. “EWC students need to be involved, engaged and active
if they want to compete in highly competitive business and tech
careers. If they want to make changes in the community they live
in or be prepared to be a thought leaders or agents of community
change they need exposure outside of the classroom.”

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone
arrived to the cheers of the audience because of his continued
encouragement of business ownership with New Town Success
Zone and Vision Keepers.

The availability of engagement and providing resources and
chances for collaboration in the community. There is always the
need for volunteers for New Town Success Zone and Vision
Keepers. Improvement in the community must come from within
the community not from outside.

The Economic Development Sub-committee managed by Wiline
Dennis has monthly meetings to support business development
within the New Town area. This includes credit building, access
to grants, networking, capital for funding, counseling and other
services needed to start, build and maintain a business.

Minority business owners have resources that are for them to
establish a consistent business for growth and building capital.
More events will be made available in the future so the
community must stay active and engaged in Impact Biz Jax
and New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers.

The Pitch
William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
https://www.facebook.com/aida.correa1/videos/10156433230572752/
Aida Correa’s Pitch Love Built Life
https://www.facebook.com/williamdjacksoninfl/videos/pcb.10210080755895340/10210080740334951/?type=3

Photos and video can be found at the links below.
Impact Jax Resources:
Website: www.ImpactBizJax.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactBizJax/
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/

Resources:
Aida Correa Love Built Life http://lovebuiltlife.com/
William Jackson My Quest To Teach http://myquesttoteach.com/

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