My Quest To Teach

December 9, 2016

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon


EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run


Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.


Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”


Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Florida State College



November 28, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016


Edward Waters College Professor and Student
Attend  WordPress 2016
Prof. William Jackson – Edward Waters College
Joshua Rodriquez – Biology Major

HBCU students are learning that the content they
create is valuable in the career direction they are
taking. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn and
other Social Media platforms can be used to enhance
Brands beyond being a student, it can enhance
visibility as an innovator, smart creative,
developing leader in the ever changing tech industry
and a  potential rising star in intellectual exchanges
and collaboration.

HBCU students can now become entrepreneurs
while still in school if they have the vision and skills.

Joshua Rodriquez a student majoring in Biology and
a new user of #WordPress has learned as a first time
participant at#WordCamp 2016 conference, the
importance of writing  and blogging. Josh, a
junior attending Edward Waters College
has aspirations of medical school and blogging
about his experiences and journey.

Pro. Jackson a veteran of WordPress attending
each year; I learn something that I can apply
personally and professionally as a teacher, blogger
and business owner with #MyQuestToTeach
On the teaching side it is required that students
taking Educational Technology and Social Media
course that Prof. Jackson teaches blog each week
about what is passionate and interesting to them.

Allowing students to develop WordPress sites
encourages students to read, build comprehension
skills and share on a digital and literary platform
their growing knowledge and  understanding how
to apply technology intellectually towards their
career interests. They learn that literacy is just
not reading and comprehension there are other
dynamics as  written by Rusul Alrubai‏ @RusulAlrubai
She gives a very good explanation of literacy and
its dynamic use not just for academics, but other
areas of learning.

Building future technology professionals HBCU
students need to be able to write, share content
and information on a professional level that is
required in many careers. Just as important is
the ability to comprehend what is read and
able to apply what is read to achieve the goals
and missions of their careers. Many businesses
claim that students from many institutions are
not competent writers and even lack comprehension
skills. These skills can be gained and strengthened
from reading.

Being an educator on the elementary and higher
education level I see the importance of students,
especially students of color strengthening their
abilities in reading and comprehension.
HBCU students even after graduating need to
continue to read and engage in diverse literary
genres, join book clubs and participate in reading
events at their local libraries.

Joshua and Prof. Jackson had the opportunity to help
elementary students at the conference to develop
a web presence, sharing our knowledge and skills
with these growing writers.

More HBCU students should attend conferences
like WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp, and EdCampNABSE.
Students like Mr. Rodriquez are the growing leadership
that is needed to assist African Americans to
increase the 2% that own technology companies.
There needs to be more to empower African
American communities.

In order for HBCU students to expand beyond traditional
career roles and enter into entrepreneurship roles,
management roles, and business startups they must
be involved in leadership roles.
To be engaged in video blogging, podcasting,
microblogging and creation of Apps and the
area of virtual reality.

“I would like HBCU students to understand they are
the authors of  their story, they are authentic, they
are unique and they are eternal in the stories
they provide.” William Jackson

Reading is vital to building language and intellectualism,
“books may look like nothing more than words on a page,
but they are actually an infinitely complex
imaginotransference technology that translates odd,
inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
Jasper Fforde

Joshua speaking at #WordCamp

WordCamp Central

William Jackson
My Quest To Teach

Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College

Some Edward Waters College students presenting
blogs in class. 

November 21, 2016

Blogging is #DOPE on #WordPress = #cReAtIvITy


Blogging is #DOPE on #WordPress = #cReAtIvITy
by William Jackson
Father, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist
National and International Blogger

Attending any #WordCamp is valuable and influences
the ability to create content that is engaging and
empowering. WordCamp is associated with writing,
blogging and web development platforms which are
used globally. The spread of digital content influences
the thinking and actions of viewers and readers.
The simplicity of #WordPress allows even youth, teens
and young adults to develop dynamic sites and
potential reader interactivity. This is #DOPE
The recent WordCamp in Orlando, Florida focused on
the use of WordPress, its widgets, graphics, analytics,
domain development, Branding and online content


A digital application that is “what you see is what you
get,” and makes web/content development an enjoyable
and fun process. Developing ideas, stories, and innovation
on a literary level.
It is easier now more than ever for people to build
quality web sites for blogging, business, sharing
information, commerce, content innovation and
sharing of family events. A few strokes of the keys,
registration, selecting a template, deciding what
to call your site, selecting photos and posting
content and you’re ready to go. So easy that even
children are doing it, and doing it well. That is #DOPE!

The beauty of using WordPress is its’ ease of use
similar to Microsoft Word or even PowerPoint. All
that is needed is a basic understanding of using a
word processing application; some creativity and
a basic grasp of graphics and photos allows users
to start and publish content.


In a world of competition to be published, recognized,
followed, obtaining viral status, in an age where in
higher education the “publish or perish” mentality is
still strong. Writing brings notoriety and respect,
and it encourages intellectual thought and the
engagement of intellectualism. WordPress provides
the platform and the tools to promote Branding and
developing a marketing strategy to obtain readers
and viewers.

WordCamp conferences are global events that
encourage participation by all walks of life and skill levels.
Using WordPress does not require a college degree or a
programming certificate, just a desire to share content
in diverse ways using web development tools coordinated
with text, photos, graphics and widgets that allow the
web site to come alive and provide a unique functionality.

Additional Photos from WordPress – WordCamp

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