My Quest To Teach

February 24, 2017

HBCU Bloggers and Content Creators Should Have Authority in 2017

Filed under: Social Media,HBCU,hIGHER Eduction,Blacks In Technology,CSTEAM,Literacy,EdCamp — William Jackson @ 8:30 am

HBCU Bloggers and Content Creators Should Have Authority in 2017
by Prof. William Jackson
Edward Waters College
Twitter: @wmjackson

 

 

 

 

 
Use your Social Media platforms and tools to:
1. Be conversational
The range of online applications are as flexible as the
type of devices that are available. Conversation is the
foundation for networking and building relationships in
online communities. The power is not in the software,
but in the ability to connect and collaborate.
2. Share Content
Sharing content is important to growth in Professional
Learning Communities (PLC) and Professional Learning
Networks (PLN).
The ability to create content, share content and archive
allows for influencing the present and building for the
future.
3. Write / Blog – Content is King
To be a better blogger, you must write as much as possible.
Content creation is king as stated by Bill Gates in many
seminars and conferences. Africans have valuable content to
share. Write to live and live to write is practiced in
academia and business.
4. Build your e-Reputation, e-Personality, e-Reliability
Having a reputation or a personality requires some type
of Social Media presence. The debate is still going on
which one is better, the reality is all are beneficial
to building and marketing a personal, professional and
business Brand. The more content the better depending on
what audience you are trying to reach.
5. Learn to Listen
Teach yourself to listen to people talking about how
they use technology. Learn the difference between
integration, implementation, and initiation of technology.
Join Meetups, EdCamps, Bar Campms and other social events
that connect like-minded people.
6. Take the time to read
Even though YouTube can provide almost all your instructional
needs, reading still cannot be beat.Read about those that
are innovators and smart creatives, learn how to apply
their successful strategies and best practices to your
strategies and build off success.
7. Collaboration – Cooperation – Association
CCA to build your knowledge, build your Brand and learn how
to Market your ideas and skills.
8. Understand your Community
You cannot be friends with everyone on all Social Media.
Learn which sites are beneficial to your needs and help
you network with like minded people that have the similar
goals, mission and vision.
Don’t waste your time on useless Social Media sites that
are not productive or beneficial.
9. Say more with Less
Twitter is 140 characters, how can you communicate in
140 characters or less effectively?
10. Social Media is a “pull system” you must know your
audience. “Pull” them in with valuable content.
Understand who your following, why your following someone.
Know who is following you, and why are they following you.
11. Find your Niche
Finding your Niche is important, your Niche is your voice
and your presence online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. How do you want people to remember you?
Content rarely goes away,it is
archived, saved, packaged
and stored some place online.
You create a “digital legacy”
with your content.
13. Build a personal mission statement
When using Social Media build a mission statement that can
help you grow academically and professionally.
14. Remember Social Media is about relationships
Building relationships is important. How do you build them
online? Remember everyone does not have the same mission
as you so be careful in your associations.
15. Develop your elevator pitch for those unique times when
you have one opportunity to make an impression in a quick
meeting or a chance elevator visit. Social Media may provide
a one-time shot to pitch your ideas to the “right” person so
have your pitch ready to go.
16. You cannot be shy in the Blogging / Technology Industry
Technology opens opportunities nationally and globally as
never before. Being shy will get you literally nowhere.
17. Don’t view other bloggers as competition, they are
opportunities for collaboration. Sometimes it is better to
collaborate not compete.
18. Brand vs Visual Identity
Learn the difference.
How do people see you online? What is your vision of you and
importantly what are others vision of you?
19. Your Brand is your Promise
Your Brand continues to grow as your knowledge and abilities
grow. Continue to study and learn. Mentor and be a role model
to the youth and teens around you, at your school, community,
place of worship.
20. Your Brand and Niche should be a safe place
Make sure your association is approachable and valuable.
What type of people are you associated with? Do they have a
similar direction, mission and goals as you do?
21. Be Authentic
No one can be you, but you. Don’t try to be something you
are not, don’t steal someone else’s ideas and think about
what you bring to the table.
22. Social Media can bridge Culture
Diversity is a good thing. Diversity is a verb. What kind of
culture are you creating with your culture?
23. Be careful about being assimilated
Assimilation, association and application are important,
but don’t forget who you are and your mission. Keep your
authenticy.
24. You do not have to know everything
Apply what you learn and allow yourself to grow.Be a
life long learner of your craft. Expand your ideas and
even your dreams.
25. Attend conferences and Socials
Connect, socialize and be friends. Never doubt your ability
to be creative and innovative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Build your Brand as having authority over your life.”
Wm Jackson

February 23, 2017

What is STEM and Why African Parents Should Care in 2017

What is STEM and
Why African Parents
Should Care in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

When Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
expressed concerns over the low grades
students had in science and math in
Ghana this raised increased awareness for African
parents that their children may not be prepared
for many careers that require science and math
skills. GhanaWeb General News 19/Feb/17

Dr. Prempeh understands how critical these subjects
are for the nation’s development and ability to
compete on a continental level. Citing the West African
Examination Council (WAEC) report the last several
years there is continued failure in the mathematics
and science areas.

There is great change on the continent of Africa,
the incorporation of technology in education and
business and in homes is changing how people
communicate on the African continent. The
engagement of educational initiatives that will
train children for the future creating a transformative
paradigm shift in how education is prepared for
more students as the national infrastructure
is updated.
African children should be preparing for developing
careers in STEAM to solve complex problems that
will challenge the ability to function in a
technology environment.

Better educational opportunities build the
intellectual abilities of youth, teens and young
adults dreaming of being entrepreneurs, building
businesses, involved in commerce and high tech
industries. Training is paramount and vital so
STEAM and STEM initiatives are being provided by
the growth and incorporation of academic courses
being taught in schools.

Parents must know the difference between
STEM/STEAM/STREAM, CSTREAM and STEM2.
These are the infusion of computers, science,
technology, reading, engineering, arts, math
and in some cases medicine.
“The black man in Africa had mastered the arts
and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in
the universe before the man up in Europe
knew that the earth wasn’t flat.” Malcolm X

The mission is to engage the whole child and foster
higher order thinking and critical thinking skills
in all areas,” defined by STE[+a]M. The changing
thinking of building African minds is that STEM
creates core values that embraces diversity in
learning and understanding that all
learning is connected and transferable.

The blending of STEM skills requires students to
engage in creative application, critical and higher
order thinking that supports collaborative and
cooperative learning. Learning that challenges
thinking, bringing about success that is
transferable in advanced areas of application
in society. Many careers are now influenced by
STEM curriculum’s that help determine the paths
for students and their choice of careers.

As an Educational Technology, Social Media and
STEM instructor at Edward Waters College,
educators, artists, business people and scientists
recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences believing that this can lead to richer
student learning.

STEAM is complimentary with 21st century artistic,
scientific and technological skills. There is much more
than just teacher centered instruction, the student
must be the center of learning and involve the “4 Cs”:
Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and
Communication.

So important are these that foreign nations that come
to Africa to assist are using similar instructional
parameters taught in their nations and transferring
to Africa.
The issue is that African students are playing catch-up
because they are missing critical components. As the
infrastructure is upgraded or built students at a
rapid pace will be the educational, technical, commercial
and commerce leaders it needs to take African nations
into the 21st and 22nd centuries as a leaders and visionaries.

“I believe it is an important developmental tool inasmuch
as it also an issue of social justice that people of this country
no matter their circumstances can have access to good
schooling. It is important that we develop the “human capital”
of our country. The policies that we have will make it possible.”
President Akufo-Addo of Ghana
Matthew Opoku Prempeh is Minister designate for Education
http://citifmonline.com/2017/01/10/matthew-opoku-prempeh-is-minister-designate-for-education/

These sentiments can be shared with many African nations
working to improve educational access from early childhood
to higher education and even vocational education.
It is important for the future of Africa when Africans can
invest and re-invest in their own nations, on their own
continent than waiting on others that do not have the same
passion for the continent and do not have the same wish
for cultural and national stability and pride.

Resources:
About STEM and STEAM
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/steam/
Africa’s Future Depends on STEM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mariame-jamme/africas-workforces-need-r_b_6340556.htm
STEM Education as a Solution to Youth Unemployment
http://www.iafrikan.com/2014/03/12/stem-education-as-a-solution-to-youth-unemployment-in-africa/

February 20, 2017

What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS

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What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS
William Jackson, parent, educator, blogger
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

Since the inception of the TEDTALKS and the
budding TEDx and even the birthing of TIGER TALKS
with Edward Waters College, there have been dynamic,
inspiring, funny, intellectual and emotional discussions
about every aspect of human life. The sharing of stories
has created an intellectual feeding frenzy of information,
facts, statistics, data, ideas and opinions that are shared.

The TEDxFSCJ held in Jacksonville, Florida is a
wonderful example of the spirit of storytelling and
exchange of information. The continuous process
that has been conducted since human existence of
sharing information through oral communication
or “storytelling.” FSCJ TEDx is an awesome example
of community collaboration and the celebration of
diversity that makes Jacksonville and rising global
contributor.

There is no topic that is taboo (to the best of my
understanding), the exchanges are respectful and
sprinkled with just enough gusto, spunk to sassiness
and classiness to keep those in attendance guessing
what direction the speaker will go in and intrigued
as the dialogue changes with the emotional
attachments to the personal stories being told.

The infusion of culture, gender, lifestyle, religious
and community connections helps in the sharing of
knowledge in a relational way that people connect
and bond.

The speakers open their hearts, their minds and
even their essence of spiritual substance in an
attempt not to change minds, but to build a
relationship that creates a possible change in
behaviors and actions to improve the human
exchanges that sometimes makes us wonder
how we can all be human beings and treat each
other with the disrespect and violence that we
see in news media with wars, discrimination,
racism, and bias. The other side can be seen the
compassion, love, respect, trust and overcoming
of misconceptions that keep people separated.

We question where is our compassion, empathy,
contentedness and respect for cultural understanding,
tolerance and acceptance. This country can be
described as a “salad” of cultural diversity, a “gumbo”
of simmered and spiced flavors of human complexity
and simplicity. TEDx TEDTALKS and TIGER TALKS
allows for communication and encourages open
mindedness.

TEDxFSCJ  can be found at http://www.tedxfscj.com/
and the Team can be found here. http://www.tedxfscj.com/team/

HBCU’s like Edward Waters College are involving their
students in “talks” similar to TEDx expose their students
to  formal speaking opportunities that prepare them for
careers where they will have to speak and prepare
them for opportunities of dialogue and intellectual
sharing and collaboration.

Each semester Professor Jackson an accomplished
speaker, national and international blogger and
instructor at Edward Waters College requires
his students to speak about what they are passionate
about, what they care about and their experiences as
a project in the Educational and Social Media class.
As stated by Professor Jackson, “every Tiger has a story
that needs to be told.” Emma Kent of Library Services
provides her expertise as a master librarian and
researcher in helping to prepare the students for each
discussion. “Team work makes the dream word.”

TIGER TALKS Experience developed by William Jackson,
guides EWC students to improve their writing through
blogging on WordPress platform and encourages students
to attend conferences, even paying for their travel.
HBCU students sometimes lack the professional
experiences so any assistance financial,
advice and mentoring is appreciated.

Exposure and Application allow HBCU students to
build skills to help them to be competitive in a global
economy and builds positive digital footprints when
incorporating technology.
Community invitations are extended to join TEDxFSCJ
and the Tiger Talks Experiences at each school are
shared on their web sites.
Wonderful collaborations by FSCJ and Edward Waters
College have allowed students from EWC and even
DCPS – Duval County Public Schools to participate.
Sharing their experiences and talents in education
and technology.
Resources:
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks
or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED
Educational Technology at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

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