My Quest To Teach

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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April 20, 2018

Every HBCU Student Has A Story

Filed under: Education,HBCU,hIGHER Eduction,Marketing and Branding,Social Media — William Jackson @ 11:45

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Every HBCU Student Has A Story
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
HBCU Alumi
South Carolina State Univ 1985

After watching the PBS program
 “Tell Them We Are Rising” about the rise
of HBCU institutions and their historical
significance. Thousands of HBCU students
have a story to share, their experiences
are unique to each person from background life
experiences, personal goals and dreams.
Family aspirations and cultural connections.
Their stories are unique and authentic.
There are tragedies and triumphs, there are
experiences to be remembered and others to
be forgotten.

Attending an HBCU allows for wonderful opportunities
to learn, collaborate, share, inspire, develop new
intellectual abilities and even embrace creative
collaborations that require innovation and thought
leadership.

Intellectual development is the historic and cultural goal,
to prepare students of color to enter into any field
and excel. Despite the presence of racism, sexism and
other isms against people of color. It is important that
HBCU students are prepared for the diversity of life.
The classrooms of HBCU institutions are filled with great
minds thinking at higher levels, talented minds
contemplating new ideas and structural foundations
to change the world. The mental agility of innovation
and discovery to make life better, safer and more
efficient.

Blacks have always lifted this nation and the world
because of their innovation, creativity and willingness
to overcome hardships that would mentally and physically
destroy others. People of color are the foundation of
this world.

The wonders of learning, thinking, contemplating and
applying learning to move forward in a world where
global integration is imperative. The use of digital
technologies expands the process of human
interactions on a scale never before seen for
people of color and culture that attend HBCU
institutions.

The goal of building intellectuals both men and
women should always be the prime objective.
Preparing HBCU students to be the leaders, problem
solvers, innovators, thought leaders and smart
creatives this nation continues to need.
The statement of an unknown author, “Ambition is a
reflection of your creativity.” Shares that students
must be guided by their ambition beyond money.
Students must be provided the opportunity to learn
how to be producers of content and not just consumers.
It is always an HBCU teacher responsibility to teach
students how to think NOT what to think, rationalize,
comprehend and digest information. To think beyond their
current levels and intellectually reach for new heights.

If HBCU educators fail to help students, we are allowing
students to be sheep, to be lead with false information
to the slaughter of educational misalignment and dumbed
down curriculum’s where students are only as good
as they are in following directions that one day will be
taken over by computers.
Teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and
STEM / STEAM as a past instructor at Edward Waters
College I still continue to see the need for HBCUs to
foster intellectual development, cultural pride.
Resource:
“Tell Them We Are Rising”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-historically-black-colleges-level-the-playing-field

 

March 24, 2018

Building Your HBCU Brand That Builds Your Worth

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

Building Your HBCU Brand That Builds Your Worth
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
@wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach
Wm Jackson is a graduate of South Carolina
State University and past instructor at the
oldest HBCU in Florida – Edward Waters College

In todays society HBCU students cannot allow
others to Brand them or label them.
There are billions of people on the planet, each
person from conception to death has a story and
a personal Brand. Students cannot allow others to
tell their story, to Brand with error about
who they are, and what they are about.

HBCUs have a rich history of culture, creativity,
innovation and invention. They must tell their
own stories to collectively expand the potential
of graduates and influence the world.
How others see you is important, society should
see you beyond skin tones, hair styles, and accept
the beautiful imperfections that we each have and
should embrace in ourselves.

This is why an HBCUs Brand is important to help
define outside of visual and cultural perceptions.
Why would anyone allow mass media to define them,
to tell an incomplete and inaccurate story that
only sees or tells false/half truths. HBCUs even
today are fighting for not just financial support,
they are striving for respect and recognition too
show their continued and transformative contributions
in this nation.

In 2013, St. Paul College closed after 125 years,
a rich history of building men and women, their
stories continue in history.
There are many other HBCUs that have not survived
history, they live on in their students and the
accomplishments still being achieved.
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/
Medicine are the legacy in the 20th and 21st century.
The Brand of HBCUs should continuously be modified
and adapted for telling a story of growth, hope
and preparing for the future. HBCU students
personal Brands should be self reflective,
what do students want society to see, that do
HBCU students want societies perceptions to be?

The work that goes into building a Brand is not an exact
science, it allows that person to be reflective.
HBCU studens must find out what their Brand is personally,
asking themselves where they are heading:
What do they want to do with their life? How can they
match their career aspirations with their personal Brand?
How do they want society to see them? What makes them unique?
What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses?
HBCU students must identity why their Brand is important?
Understanding your “Personal Brand” how you present yourself
to others understanding your “Brand Identity” the qualities
that make you unique and different from others. HBCU
students need to understand the importance of their
Personal Brand in starting a career, standing out from
others, personal self confidence.

Celebrities are not the only ones that benefit from Personal
Branding. There is competition for employment and career
stability is fierce. Having a Personal Brand workig can
be the difference between an entry level position
or executive positions.

Controlling your Brand helps you control how you are
perceived, when you see Brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok,
Coke, Pepsi, Empire, Scandal, The View and other products.
Each one you expect a certain thing from them. The same
should be held for HBCU’s as well, what do you as the
student expect people to expect. Your Brand can make you
memorable or nefarious, notorious or noticeable, you decide.

Ever Rising

Background information:
William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM from 2004 to 2017.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker and
digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ and the Social Media
Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking
to youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body
of Christ with Northside Church of Christ.
William has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction and
is a community activist where he is actively engaged in
the Jacksonville, Florida community with Vision Keepers
and New Town Success Zone.
William is joined by Aida Correa who is an artist, blogger,
poet, actress and a proud Latina. Both are parents to adult
children. They can be found on Twither at:
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix and hashtags respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife #LoveBuiltStudio

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March 7, 2018

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 

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HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix

Speakers at WordCamp Miami March 2018
Attend WordCamps in 2018
HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and University students are
growing as content creators and the need for training is increasing.
WordCamp conferences meet the needs of Bloggers, Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters and VBloggers. As speakers and participants of WordCamp
conferences Aida and I provide a few hints for HBCU students before
registering for WordCamp.

HBCU students should already have expectations for learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamps in 2017 the
benefits are lasting. The potential for continued collaborations
are endless and possibly life changing starting careers in diverse
areas of technology.
The motivation is that less than 1% of tech companies are owned
by people of color.
There are different expectations for each person, there needs to be
an established plan that fits individual needs based on the session
or track that is available.

As a past professor at the historic Edward Waters College I regularly
took students that could attend with me to expose them to industry
experts and leaders.
Deciding what your goals are as a content creator and how you mesh
or combine your plan to learn, integration of technology that can
aid your business and personal growth, build a Brand and Market
yourself. There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye candy photos, it
takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating content as an
engaging and interactive developer makes a difference in achieving
the goals you have set as an entrepreneur and future professional.

Attending WordCamp assists in finding out what products, services
and resources can benefit you and your customers. Security updates,
SEO changes and coding tips and tricks and learning the language.
Make sure you have plenty of business cards, your appearance
matches your Brand, you have questions after or during sessions.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for investments
and expansion outside of normal business lines. The benefits
resulting from investing in attending WordCamp may lead to
internships, new career options or second jobs.

As a content creator you represent your business so consider
the potential of building business relationships. Never judge
a person by attire, color or culture, gain insights during
conversations and interactions.
Events like WordCamp provide opportunities to expose HBCU
students to applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and knowledge
based careers.
HBCU students are establishing businesses and building
awareness for their contributions. Building relationships
in business and the connections to
future careers starts with networking.

Intellectual design is key because knowledge based careers
are expanding.
Knowledge is power when applied strategically and effectively.
Building self-confidence, self-awareness, self-determination
and self-respect. WordCamps are in every state
and have after conference Meetups that provide additional
learning and networking.

Technology contains and embraces diversity so students can
gain opportunities. WordCamp venues contain great potential
to be an awesome experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources, intellectual
design, community activism throughdigital community
engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the embracing
of adaptation, change and growth. WordCamp is unique,
engaging, interactive and empowering.

How To Be Dope On Social Media:

William Jackson, graduate of South Carolina State University,
Professor 2004 – 2017 Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson

Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.

 

October 30, 2017

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
inclusion.
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
STEAM – STEM – STREAM – CSTEM – STEMsquared and
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
access.
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.
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