My Quest To Teach

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

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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/

 

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

 

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