My Quest To Teach

March 7, 2018

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 


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
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the embracing
of adaptation, change and growth. WordCamp is unique,
engaging, interactive and empowering.

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William Jackson, graduate of South Carolina State University,
Professor 2004 – 2017 Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
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January 31, 2018

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix

There are deserts that span vast distances around the world.
They lack the resources to support the diversity of life seen in
places that have sufficient environmental conditions that allow
for growth of foliage allowing animals to live, survive and thrive.

The definition of a desert by Wikipedia is:
“A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation
occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant
and animal life.” The application of this definition in many ways
can be applied to under-served communities across this nation
that suffer from lack of educational
materials promoting reading.

Even though there are books in schools, libraries and community
centers conditions may not be motivating for children in
under-served communities.
Looking at the Twitter tags #BookDeserts #BookDesert
#ReadingDeserts there is a serious discussion promoting literacy
in communities. When there are children that love to read it can
be challenging to find materials that excite them and their passion
to learn about the areas they love.

Stated by Derrick Young (Mahogany Books in Washington, D.C.)
about book deserts, “A book desert isn’t a community-created
Derek Young states, “It’s because other people have decided not
to invest into these communities. It’s not because these
communities aren’t readers.”

As an educator and two children attending universities I
understand that education is an investment that has long term
applications, people living in distressed areas are on survival
mode and not seeing long term events because they are surviving
from day to day. Aida a mother and grandmother understands
the value and importance of reading. She taught her children
that reading is a foundation to educational success.

As an inner city Title 1 teacher over 20 years I have seen students
attention directed to just living, not worrying about where the
next book will be coming from.
So books may not be available to inspire reading. Studies in 2015
and 2016 have shown that book deserts exist when there is a rise
in income segregation, lack of infrastructure investment or
financial stability is affected by job loss, incarceration and even
when a school receives a failing grade on state assessments
and funds are cut.

Negatively impacting a family’s and community’s capability to
provide reading material. The focus changes and diminishes the
chances of academic success. The impact on adults is big as well,
children do not see their parents reading the newspaper or
books so they do not have role models or engagement to talk
about the news and current events.

Even neighborhood libraries face challenges because their
materials maybe old, outdated and not culturally relevant.
If a child does not see themselves in a book they may not
want to read it if there is no previous exposure.
Jacksonville Public Libraries often work within communities
to provide resources and materials that broaden the vision
of children and create a welcoming environment for Black,
Latina, White, Asian, etc. There are still some parents that do
not access the resources because of their lack
of reading skills or past experiences.

In Jacksonville, Florida there are book stores “Chamblin”
that have books bursting out of the walls to be purchased
and can even be returned in exchange at a lower cost for
other books. Teachers can even have accounts setup for
their classrooms so students can purchase books and the
teacher can pay for all or part of the book.

In this digital age where information sharing, collaboration
and knowledge based application is important. Reading
is an essential skill that transcends generations, genders,
lifestyles and cultures. Communities of color
sometimes lack the educational investments necessary to
inspire children, youth, teens and young adults to read,
but parents do guide their children to educational success
and movement, parents are the first role models by

Too often the societal perception and even the media has
the idea that people in challenged or poor neighborhoods
don’t care about the achievement of their children. This is
further from the truth, parents in under-served
neighborhoods want the best for their children, because
of circumstances in finances, educational lacking, and other
social issues do not have the means to provide proper and
lasting resources.

Book stores like “Chamblin” and Jacksonville Public Libraries
fill the gap in book deserts so long as there is proper investment
and a vision for growth and success to meet the needs of
diverse communities.

Parents make 2018 the year for engagement with your
children to get them to enjoy reading. Make it a part of your
and their life every day…
Over 200 Books for and about People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

Twitter: #bookdeserts #bookdesert
Book Deserts
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San Marco Bookstore
@SanMarcoBooks – Twitter
Jacksonville, FL

November 3, 2017

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer
by William Jackson
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy, Inc.
PSTEAhM Camp Jacksonville, Florida

Summer learning is becoming increasingly valuable for
preparation for careers.
The summer is a perfect time to encourage applying learning
to everyday situations and building learning as fun. Applying
learning to real life experience to build relevancy and
connections. Applying math to help building a budget, reading
to build an appreciation for literacy and understanding
the value for comprehension. Art for diving into STEAM where
discovery can be enlightening and a drive towards careers.
Teaching children how to budget money early will allow for
them to process the value of money and build a respect
for work. Parents should use the summer to incorporate
STEAM into their children’s life and teaching children how
influential even in a small way STEAM is important.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics – STEAM
Teaching children and teens early will help them learn to
survive when there is no one around to give advice, it will
already be in them thinking creatively and being innovative
with their resources. Instead of telling children that money
does not grow on trees the summer should have been used to
show them by allowing them to practice saving and spending.
Provide a budget and some funds so it can be seen in a
realistic format. Children and teens need to be allowed
to shop, compare items and compare the cost helps to
understand the monetary responsibilities in feeding a
family; also helping children learn the sacrifices parents
make for even small things as prices fluctuate.

Children and teens perspectives are different when parents,
family and even summer camps teach how to manage money that
is not infinite, there is a limit.
The science of shopping, preparation, cooking and serving
can be fun and open discussions as to why parents or guardians
only purchase certain foods or why parents or guardians
shop at certain stores. Understanding and comprehension
come when a child applies what they are learning to real
world situations.

Just think what your child may be applying when they are
learning to connect the pieces of STEAM that are filled with
events that allow for increased blood pressure or an increase
in blood sugar content. Why candy can be dangerous not just
for teeth, but high levels of blood sugar can cause
serious issues later in life.

There are diverse games that children are playing at summer
STEAM camps like Tristan’s, the dream of Arlene Lloyd an
educator in Jacksonville, Florida and STEM/STEAM advocate.
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy is incorporating STEAM has
found a connection to learning, growing and fun this summer.
Involvement of skills related to STEM, STEAM, and STREAM are
not limited to just science and those areas that kids
expect academically.

Education allows for the accumulation of information, facts,
access to data, students still need to learn how to apply
these to real life experiences especially money. Parents
must understand that value of “exposure,” the purpose of
application and implementation is valuable.
The first teacher is the parent, but if the parent is also
lacking in information that makes a dangerous situation,
because ignorant parents, create ignorant children and
this creates a generational problem of ignorance or lack
of knowledge.

During the summer children should be visiting museums,
library events, cultural activities, field trips.
Summer camps fill a void in learning gaps and exposure.
In this world of Technology, Drones, Social Media, Virtual
Reality, scientific break through, medical discoveries,
etc, children must be prepared especially children of color.
There does not have to be any learning gaps when parents
involve summer camps with structure, capable educators and
a vision for improving the lives of children.
2017 is still a new beginning to bring about a better future,
and the summer of 2018 will again bring rise to choosing
where to put children for learning and exposure.
Careers are not just available because children like them,
they must grow to respect and appreciate the sacrifice
and hard work it takes to advance in careers and the
education required.

Parents of color and children of color, make sure you’re
preparing yourself for future learning and being an
agent of change that promotes generational change for
the better, STEAM, STEM and STREAM have the capacity to
change lives if applied the right way.


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