My Quest To Teach

February 1, 2017

2017 Reflections for Technological Growth for Parents





2017 Reflections for
Technological Growth for Parents
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

As 2017 continues so does the continued infusion, integration,
and invasion of technical tools, social platforms, interactive
games and devices. People are building machines, robots
and other mechanism that actually do something and the think.
Apps are being developed, it is becoming difficult to decide the
benefits and needs to connect with, chat with, associate with
and involve those that do not have a physical connection in
day to day lives.

People connected by Social Networks may not have the same
value and moral structure as those who have made a physical
connection. Care still needs to be a priority because of the ease
of technical deceptions, distribution of misinformation and deceit.

Terrorist group’s mode for recruitment are online networks that
target youth, teens and young adults to radicalize thinking.
The growth in false news reports is another challenge, social
engagement is important to hash-out truth and lies. 2017 seeks
to be another transformative year of expansion of technological
surprise and wonder but education is the key to being ingaged
and involved.





The global access to information
creates stresses that contribute
to psychological, physical and
even emotional changes in many
people. These suggestions are for parents globally that may be
struggling with handling the invasion of technology in the home,
in the community and in schools.




1. Parents monitor your child’s online
activities, explain behavior
expectations for actions while online.
a. Parents should be aware of where
their children are going
online and who they are engaging with.
b. Children’s psychological safety is just as important as their
physical safety, so if threatened online children, youth and
teens should notify parents and guardians.
c. Have conversations about favorite sites, online friends,
what social media platforms are being using.
d. Are children using video to share information, are they
using Google maps to tell their friends where they live?
These are questions internationally parents need the answers
too from their children.
2. Parents, “Know safety, No injury. No safety, Know injury”
a. Parents should be involved in determining how much tech
is being used by their children in their homes and in the
b. Parents need to work with schools to help set expectations
and maybe limits in using technology. Social interaction is
still important.
3. Parents help build positive relationships for online activities.
This respect decreases bullying, cyberbullying, cyberstalking
and sexting.
4. Parents must model good online behaviors.
a. If your child sees you acting certain ways they will do the same.
b. Your children are influenced by peer pressure and your role
modeling as a parent.
c. The Internet can be a fun place, but there are dangers.
5. Parents set a time limit for your child being online.
a. More emphasis on reading and other activities that challenge
thinking and encourage social engagement.
b. Reasoning and higher order thinking skills are important skills
to learn by reading and engagement.
c. Internationally youth have great potential to influence the future
of their nation and the world.
6. Parents’ don’t be naïve about the power of Social Media platforms.
a. Sometimes you have to Google and Hashtag to get information.
7. Parents teach your children to know how advertisers work.
a. Not to click ads that say free games, candy, toys, etc.
b. Do not give out addresses and personal information.
8. Parents’ ask your children to teach you something new online.
a. Parents test your child’s intelligence and intellect with technology
by doing online journeys around the world.
9. Parents Google your children, hashtag your children, in Google,
Twitter, Facebook YouTube and other sites.
a. Use their First Name Last Name + City, State, Nation






10. Parents teach your
children not to put personal
information online.
a. Identity theft is a major problem
in this digital age and terrorists
are working hard to involve youth,
teens and young adults to
be used as weapons and propaganda tools.
11. Parents check parental controls in your browser and learn how to
check your browsers history to see where the kids and teens have
gone online.
12. Parents, if your children play online games monitor the language
and conversations.
13. Each Social Media site has an age restriction, parents talk to
your children about Facebook, SnapChat and others, whatever
your children are involved in.
14. Parents be friends with your kids until they are 16 at least.
a. Don’t stalk them, but monitor behaviors and actions online.
15. Parents the online experience should help to build social skills
and build cultural awareness.
a. Education is influenced, must be guided by parents and
educators working together.
16. “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
a. The Internet is a global platform, a broad community that
represents the world, there is good and bad.
17. Parents learn new terms so you can understand your child’s
a. slang and street language have their places
b. understand “code switching”
18. Parents plan to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences.
a. Build your knowledge, networking and entrepreneurial skills
19. Parents build your home around learning and growth resources.
20. Implement, Integrate, Initiate, technology to your comfort levels.
a. develop a plan of how and where you will use tech at home
for the betterment and empowerment of children.

January 8, 2017

2017 A Time To Blog and Develop Content

Filed under: Education,Literacy,Marketing and Branding,Social Media — William Jackson @ 8:45 am


2017 A Time To Blog and Develop Content
by William Jackson @wmjackson

Digital content creation is prevalent on the web, an increase in
blogging, microblogging, podcasting and other forms of digital
media is expanding across the Internet. Content creators are
global, generational and smart.

The evolution of technology has opened opportunities for students
from K to higher education to tell their stories, spread their
entrepreneurial wings, expand their networks from local to global.
Bill Gates, 1996 “Content Is King”
The evolution of Blogging can be seen in the increase of content that
has a wide range of subject matter and relevancy to life experiences
of the writer.

The importance of Blogging and use of Social Media can be seen in the
engagement, connectivity and networking individuals are becoming
forces that are rivaling traditional media. Because there is growing
content that easily crosses time zones and international borders the
effects of Blogging are seen in education, business, finance, commerce,
and development in political arenas.

There are no barriers that would delay the posting of content even by
age or gender. Students of all levels are creating content based on their
learning experiences and developing their Brands. This explosion of
digital content has created a challenge in determining what is important
to read and what to discard.

The “Elements of Blogging” and the “Significance of Content Creation”
is an area that must be addressed. Workshops, seminars and conferences
are available now to help people and businesses create worthwhile
content to market their services and products. No matter the purpose
of Blogging the ultimate goal is to have people “View or Hear” what is
written. Certain criteria must be thought of and used as a gauge to help
Bloggers in their quest to develop content that pleads to be read and
interacted upon. In education you have Objectives, in business you have
Agendas, other areas have their own design. Bloggers must ask certain
questions to help them align their content to standards.


Listed are a few guidelines to help develop content and keep on
track during creation of content.

  1. Why Do You Blog – any blogger must have a reason to do what they
    do. There should be passion, excitement and commitment when
    you put fingers to keyboard. Why is a very important question and should
    have a definite answer. During the blogging process it may change just
    as the content changes, but every Blogger should have an answer as to
    Why Do You Blog.
  2. What Is Your Demographic – an important element to go along with
    Why is What is your audience? Is there an age group, gender, nationality,
    culture or specific group you want to connect with? People enjoy having a
    connection with their Bloggers. Any successful Blogger knows what/who
    their audience is and tries to give them what they need and to keep coming
    back for more.

    3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is very important.
    You want your audience to understand that you are sharing a part of yourself
    with them. You’re not thrusting things down their throat, but providing
    something that they need or as you grow in your writing giving your readers
    something they think they need. Create the atmosphere of sharing which
    helps in receiving feedback from the reader. Don’t make it a give/take
    relationship, but a sharing and beneficial one.

    4. How Do You Support Your Brand and Content
    Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is there a lot of
    advertising, is there adult content, video, audio, and multimedia? Supporting
    your content requires some research on your part to validate what you are
    stating. In the educational, political, and business environments you have
    to backup what you have stated with links, quotes, and data. When I Blog I
    try as much as possible to obtain valid and trustworthy resources to backup
    my comments/statements. In my Blogging I’m at times competing with
    traditional media so I have to go that extra step to help my readers
    understand where I’m coming from, how it can help them and where else
    they can go for additional help.

    5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of a picture, video or
    multimedia can never be under estimated. If there is a video that can be
    used or you create your own do it. This provide an extra element to attract
    and keep readers to your content. Search Engine Optimization does need
    help with text (words), but additional elements that provide audio
    (podcasting), video (YouTube) and multimedia to create an interactive
    platform. Never be scared to branch off into new areas to help
    engage and excite your readers.

    6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your audience?
    Do you sell something, what type of service or services do you have? The
    popular Blogs of relationship building, natural hair, nails (hands and feet)
    provide a service that can be seen and engaging. There is a service that
    results can be seen. Think very hard on what service you can provide if
    this is your choice. Be sure that you can keep your customers happy.

    7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about Blogging is keeping
    your audience and that means evolving. No Blog stays the same, there is
    an evolution process that writers go through. Just as age and maturity
    happens so should Bloggers content evolve because their readers evolve
    and change. What you wrote about 3 years ago may not be of the same
    interest for your readers now. Their lives have evolved (changed) so as a
    Blogger your content must evolve also.

    8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to the public?
    What are you known for, what does your title of your Blog site bring
    thoughts and feelings of? Branding is important because of the interest it
    generates in readership. Creating a Brand allows for Marketability especially
    if you are trying to make money with your Blogs. Branding make you who
    you are so the public will make that connection.

    9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one important aspects
    of Blogging. Eventually a Blogger considers how can they make money so
    must be wise in how they Market their content. Who do they market too?
    Basically selling yourself to the world so they can pay for your content. This
    may take a team to get the word out about you and promote what you are
    doing. Using Social Media tools is another way, but this must be strategic
    and planned.

    These nine elements are worth considering and using as a
    guide to anyone Blogging. Your Blogging content, goals, designs and
    objectives will change the more you Blog so be ready to make adjustments
    and evolve to keep pace and stay important enough to be read.


January 2, 2017

Africans Are Developing The Art of Writing and Blogging

Africans Are Developing The Art of Writing and Blogging
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson

“Educators are activists” WordCampNABSE 2016

As an instructor in the College of Education and Urban Studies at
Edward Waters College, the instructional goal is to reach students
to make learning relevant, engaging, fun and helping students to
apply to life not just academic lessons.

Tests do not judge the success of living away from home, tests do
not determine the career success of students, it is a gauge of
academic achievement and growth; there is more to it than just
assessments taken on a computer. This is why engagement,
exposure, hands-on and student lead instruction is vital anywhere
in the world.

Students need to understand the reasons for being a good reader,
why comprehension is important, the value of grammar and the
engagement of networking and collaboration. Accessing videos
from YouTube that contain lessons learned from Chinua Achebe
a Poet, Writer, Mentor, Political and Community Activists; involved in the community he
serves and provide a foundation why education is valuable.

The growing TEDX and TEDTALKs allows African across the
diaspora to share their thoughts, dreams, and challenges of a
united and progressive Africa.
It is important to go beyond just interpretation, understanding
and application of speaking, it is important to know how to put
these pieces of education, technology, commerce, trade, natural
resources and build a knowledge based society to use to grow
African communities and empower African children for generations
to come. “African children need to be taught how to be producers
at all levels, not just at the bottom being consumers.”
Prof. Wm Jackson

Stated in the TEDx, “Africa Post-Colonial Development:
Fatoumata Waggeh at TEDxGallatin” Africa must invest in herself
and not allow foreign countries dictate the priorities of her people.
No foreign country can understand the vision for another country
and make the necessary changes to create generational wealth,
progress and build all around stability.

Nations that do not invest in the growth of their children generational
run the risk to not developing into productive nations with thriving
economies, they rely on foreign investors and fall back into colonized
ideologies and economic slavery. The educational levels of citizens is
one of the important factors that plays into if a nation will be able to be
involved in global trade, technological innovation, the education of its
people and even influence the political stability of that nation.

Africans have a unique vision for change that can be applied to
many African communities across their respective nations. Listening
to writers and activists on YouTube that have influenced not just
thousands, but millions in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana Nigeria and
across the continent of Africa. There are important thought leaders
and entrepreneurs with progressive ideas and skills.

Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe share their passions to improving
their nation’s strength in areas of national educational accessibility,
political stability, growth in commerce, the participation in global
trade and applying technology to best serve the poor and underserved.
To effectively engage and empower with education is a key priority as
each generation moves towards entrepreneurship, youth and teens are
developing into smart creatives and technological innovators.

The careers of African societies are no longer just agriculture and
industrial they are progressively being adapted to knowledge application,
tech innovation and research and development. Technology has the
potential to reach millions to provide resources and new opportunities of
learning and workings to provide the necessary things families need.
The discussion of colonization by foreign rule can never stop because the
consequences are still seen today.

Colonization was designed to keep Africans “under” educated, lacking in
political power and even possessing little or no economic foundation to
build wealth and stability.
Africans must continue to apply their passions, abilities and talents to help
their communities growing through education to make transformative
changes using literature, writing, and the integration of technical resources.
“Getting things done is better than having things perfect. Done is better than
perfect. Whatever you have in your hands, get going with it. Just do it.”
Charles Igwe, Nollywood Global Media Group, Nigeria

The Importance of Banks and Banking in Africa

Bridging the African Diaspora
Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston

Africa Post-Colonial Development: Fatoumata Waggeh at TEDxGallatin

Instagram for Ideas Lane Africa

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