My Quest To Teach

May 29, 2019

Being An HBCU Professor Was Awesome

Filed under: HBCU — William Jackson @ 06:45

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Being An HBCU Professor Was Awesome
2004 to 2017
Being an HBCU Professor was one of the best experiences
as a professional educator.
Teaching at Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in the
state of Florida.
Not only did I teach Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEAM during the school year,
I had the honor to teach with Black Male Explorers
and other groups in Jacksonville.
Advocating for STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Math,
instruction and helping to build learning leaders in the community.
I took my students, those that wanted to come
to WordCamp conferences, community meetings,
Open House at my place of employment
and other venues.
It’s the truth, “It Takes A Village”
Sharing my video to inspire other HBCU instructors.
Click on link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6aY_4i7Hlc&feature=youtu.be

Prof Jackson and Students

Prof Jackson and Students

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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

August 8, 2018

HBCU COMPETITIVENESS

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
National HBCU Week Conference 2018 
HBCU COMPETITIVENESS: Aligning Institutional Missions with America’s Priorities

Date: September 16-19, 2018
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park  |
2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC
General Registration Now Open
Questions?? Contact oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov

HBCU-Save-the-Date
Thanks to
Dallas Lee Bell for sharing !!!
@dallasleebridge
Twitter
via @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach 

July 2, 2018

HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps

Filed under: #Business,#WordCamp,Blacks In Technology,Education,HBCU,Social Media — William Jackson @ 11:45

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HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps
by William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp:
Speaker, Organizer, Blogger, Sponsor, Advocate

The growth in WordCamp conferences shows an
increased need for HBCU students to learn the
process of web development. The platform of
WordPress covering over 30% of web page
development  globally and growing means that
HBCU students should be following the trends
and changes in web development, graphic design
and even coding. These are growing careers for
HBCU students.

Branding themselves before graduation, Marketing
their abilities as their skills grow, Perception is
important so HBCU students must watch what is
posted online about them and their associations.
Entrepreneurship opens many doors if done right
and strategically, Enterprise Learning where your
knowledge is scalable with the industry as it grows
you grow with it. Networking is vital because word
of mouth (wom) still matters. Strategic Social Media
Planning means you do not have to be on every
platform and use every App. It means have a plan
to place yourself in the right digital places at the
right times. Using Social Media to be involved in your
communities and actively engaged as an activist
for positive and productive change. Digital Innovation
means that your mind is an out of the box mind,
that is continuously learning and growing.
Needless to say since there are less than 3% of
tech businesses that are minority run, minorities
must want to know what other none minorities know
to be successful.

Speaking and attending at WordCamp conferences
promotes your willingness to grow beyond where you
currently are. The engagement of learning and
collaboration can elevate you beyond beginning
level entry jobs, allowing for opportunities to open
that can elevate and enhance you. The potential
to own a business is possible even for youth,
teens and young adults because of the dynamic
platform of WordPress.

Digital media can start a HBCU student on the
path of business ownership not just as a blogger,
but involved in coding, graphic design, project
management, vblogging, podcasting and even
commerce and marketing.
So important are WordCamp conferences that the
corresponding Kids Camps are attended by youth
as young as 7 that already have a mindset of
owing a business in this digital world.
HBCU students Are You Ready for WordCamp
should be a resounding YES.

As a past instructor with Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media
and STEAM my curriculum embraced not just
my education students, but those in business
and the Arts. Each area has a contribution to be
involved and engaged and share their voices
on a platform that welcomes and encourages
diversity.
To enlighten young minds that even attending
and HBCU students can own a business before
they receive their degrees.
As a sponsor of WordCamps in Nairobi, Nigeria,
South Africa and other places, I’m helping create
a legacy for African educators and those new to
business that have a passion for tech to take them
further than they could dream.

The world is significantly smaller because technology
when applied correctly, strategically, and realistically
can create change in all communities. HBCU students
have the greatest educational and learning resource
that can elevate them towards their dreams even
before they receive their degrees. To many times
in the past HBCU students did not have the skill
base to compete, now they have more than enough
to begin the process for economic and generational
growth and stability.
HBCU Students Are You Ready for WordCamps
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

 

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