Edward Waters College Professor and Student
Attends WordPress 2016
by Prof. William Jackson and Joshua Rodriquez, student
Edward Waters College @wmjackson
HBCU students are learning that the content they
create is valuable in the career directions they are
taking. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn
and other Social Media platforms can be used to
enhance their Brand beyond just being a student,
it can enhance their visibility as an innovator,
smart creative, developing leader in the ever
changing tech industry and a potential rising
star in intellectual exchange.
Joshua Rodriquez a student majoring in Biology
and a new user of #WordPress has learned as a
first time participant at the #WordCamp 2016
conference at the University of Central Florida,
the importance of writing / blogging. Josh is a
junior attending Edward Waters College and has
aspirations of medical school and blogging about
his experiences and journey.
I’m a veteran of WordPress attending WordCamp,
each year I learn something that I can apply to
personally and professionally as a teacher, blogger
and business owner.
On the teaching side it is required that my students
taking Educational Technology and Social Media class
blog each week about what is passionate and
interesting to them.
Allowing my 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.
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 professions. Just as important is the ability to
comprehend what is read and be 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 gained from reading.
Being an educator on the elementary level I see the
importance of students, especially students of color
strengthen their abilities in reading and comprehension.
HBCU students even after graduating need to continue
to read and engage in diverse literary genres.
Today’s students at all levels before higher education
must be taught early the relevancy and importance of
writing and sharing their story. WordPress is dynamic
and increases the E-learning curve making writing fun
and teaching how to apply writing skills to real life
Joshua and I had the opportunity to help elementary
students at the conference to develop a web presence,
sharing our knowledge and skills, seeing the youth’s
growth in content development and application.
Students attending HBCUs gain their voice through
reading diverse literature, this voice should be
enhanced by the growing ability to comprehend what
is read and how to apply what is read to real life.
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 only 2% that own technology companies.
In order for HBCU students to expand beyond traditional
career roles and enter into entrepreneurship roles,
management, and startups they must be involved in
interactive roles. 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.”
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.”
Never doubt the necessity to read and comprehend
what you read.
Video of Mr. Rodriquez
My Quest To Teach
Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College