My Quest To Teach

June 29, 2017

How to be Dope, Lit and Diverse on Social Media

WordCamp Jacksonville Fl

 

How to be Dope, Lit and Diverse on Social Media
by William Jackson
Social Media Visionary of My Quest To Teach
#MyQuestToTeach

Presented at WordCamp Jacksonville 2017 national and
international WordPress conference.
An exploration into the value of Branding and Marketing to the
diversity of humanity. Opening the mind to accepting that
diversity is necessary for everyone to grow beyond their
self-perceived biases and perceptions of cultures,
genders, socio-economic status and grandeous self-perceptions.
The influences of self-perception and the perceptions of
those being marketed and advertised to. Connecting with
others outside of our biases and stereotypes requires
accepting diversity beyond seeing people that look like
what we look like.
What are the expectations of content creators, innovators
and smart creatives when working to create an environment
of engagement and interactive exchanges from the
perceptions of posted content. The importance of understanding
the value of diversity and that just because someone is from
another culture does not mean they do not have similar value
structures and priorities with family, children and
employment. The Internet does not care about color, culture
or gender it is a global think tank.
Misconseptions are easy when there is not the desire or
effort to understand those that are different and the
biases created by media and word of mouth. The R word
racism, creates a hinderance when trying to connect to other
cultures, races and even genders because of the self-
percieved perceptions based on outdated and antiquated
ideas and even religious followings that do not allow
for open minded intellectual discovery and growth. This
is why WordCamps, EdCamps, BarCamps and Tech conferences
are so important. Sharing knowledge enhances the life
of everyone.
Being Dope and Lit means allowing who you are and embracing
your humainity. To see the world not as segregated lives
and individuals, but as a dynamic purpose of embracing of
cultures that enrich and inspire creativity and innovation
in oneself and others. Creating Brands that are a promise
that your content accepts everyone as important and an
invitation to not only follow, but to be engaged, involved,
contributory and active.
Bill Gates stated, “content is king,” and content runs
the world.” If that is the case then content needs to be
developed to embrace the multiple dynamics of diverse
societies and cultures. Great examples of dynamic marketers
are Coke, Pepsi, Nike and other lines of marketing
that embraces cultural differences and see them
as opportunities for engagement and building relationships.
“How to be Dope on Social Media” is a way to share dynamic
and diverse content that inspires and motivates.
Dopeness: “to move people to go beyond their every day lives
and engage to bring change and harmony as humans living in
a world of humanity where diversity is celebrated and yearned.
Developing a personal Brand that seeks engagement, acceptance,
tolerance and peace.”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary of My Quest To Teach

William Jackson

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May 22, 2017

EWC and HBCU Students Should Be Attending WordCamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EWC and HBCU Students
Should Be Attending WordCamps

by William Jackson @wmjackson
Emma Kent @librarianewc

The WordCamp Jacksonville was a prime opportunity
for EWC and HBCU students to meet and interact with
industry professionals in the fields of web development,
graphic design, Java development, Cybersecurity and
other areas of Branding, Marketing, Advertising and
business ventures in the area of tech.
The opportunity to share their voices through tech
has never been available before in history for EWC and
HBCU students.

Emma Kent, MA, MLIS librarian of Edward Waters
College attending her first WordCamp shared the
historical importance of EWC and HBCU students to
continue to grow and be engaged is as many tech
conferences like WordCamp Jacksonville. Ms. Kent
talking to the industry leaders, developers, bloggers,
programmers, etc.

Social Media has moved beyond the traditional
blogging into a broader spectrum of interactive
engagement, connectivity, Branding, Marketing,
find a person’s Niche and even collaborations in business.
The levels of engagement, interactivity and networking
is valuable for EWC students that have dreams of
moving into new areas of careers in technology, but do
not know who to connect with.

This is a big challenge, HBCU students do not think
conferences, meetups, workshop and networking events
are important, but are dangerously wrong.
Meetups, conferences, summits, workshops and
other events are important to understand who to
connect with, where to go to connect and the
value of getting your name in the minds of
professionals that can offer Internships, scholarships,
jobs and open doors that were once closed.
Emma Kent and William Jackson, Presenters

 

 

 

The presentation
“How to be DOPE on Social Media and Relevant,”
was celebrated as bringing a diversity of
content and cultural connections. Praised
as new and exciting the presentation was
engaging and interactive.
WordPress Jacksonville is growing and providing
more opportunities through the meetups
happening each month.

EWC and HBCU students are encouraged to find
groups that support WordCamp, WordPress, EdCamp,
BarCamp and other opportunities for networking and
learning.
If HBCU students want to be involved in areas of tech
or even as entrepreneurs they still have to have access
to knowledge, resources, venture capitalists that make
the much needed  investments and have the degrees
and certificates necessary to sit at the table where
the decisions are made.

The concept of “How to be Dope on Social Media and
Relevant” is the vision of William Jackson professor
with Edward Waters College, he teaches Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEM. Professor
Jackson provides a much needed experience and
knowledge to help EWC and HBCU students to grow
and be part of industries that claim there are no knowl-
edgeable nor capable students of color and culture.
Professor Jackson has 27 years as a public educator
and teaching at EWC since 2004, he attends national and
international conferences to speak on tech issues in many
cases that are directly related to people of color and
culture and supports hiring EWC and HBCU students.

Pro. Jackson is a national and international blogger
whose content is published in Canada, South Africa,
Nigeria and throughout the United States.
There are national WordCamp opportunities and EdCamp
for EWC and HBCU students in education programs
working to be educators in schools across the country.
Students take advantage of this chances to grow beyond
imagination.
Conference photos: 
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/WordCamp%20Jacksonville%202017/story

 

 

Resources:
Emma Kent, MA, MLIS
Librarian – Division of Academic Affairs
Twitter – @librariantiger

William Jackson, M.Edu
Social Media Visionary – My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Twitter – @wmjackson
EdCamp Central
https://www.edcamp.org/
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
application.
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.

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“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

Never doubt the necessity to read and comprehend
what you read.

Video of Mr. Rodriquez 

Resources:
WordCamp Central
http://central.wordcamp.org/
WordPress
https://wordpress.com/
EdCampNABSE
https://twitter.com/EdcampNABSE
NABSE
https://spark.adobe.com/page/TcID6BRLHlupl/

William Jackson
My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.Wordpress.com

Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

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