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February 1, 2019

PodCast – Completely Booked with Educator and Blogger William Jackson

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PodCast – “Completely Booked” with Educator William Jackson



PodCast – Completely Booked with Educator and Blogger William Jackson

“Completely Booked” is the wonderful PodCast of the Jacksonville Public
Library with Hurley and Jenna that provides a dynamic and
fun journey into the world of literature, reading, community engagement
and influence.

Started in 2018 that provides information about local individuals
and their dynamic skills and abilities. How people as educators,
business owners, entrepreneurs, solo-preneurs, community activist,
news  reporters and other influencers;  influence their communities
and inspire others to follow their passions and build:
PLC – Personal Learning Communities and PLN – Professional Learning

This Podcast features William Jackson a local educator with over
30 years in public education, past NASA Educator, former instructor
with Edward Waters College teaching in the Department of Education
and Urban Studies.
Professor Jackson created a program:
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM that prepares
pre-service students to use technology in the classrooms they will
be in teaching as 21st century educators. He also created the
program TigerTalks similar to TEDTalks. TigerTalks encourages
HBCU students to share their passions in life and their goals to grow
into community influencers. Supported also by Emma Kent a former
EWC Librarian that encouraged students research skills and oratory

The educational program by William, using blogging, hands-on learning
activities, online resources to build dialogue and sharing of ideas,
participation in and out-of-class, field trips to social events, conferences
and workshops. Students have traveled with William to Philadelphia,
Washington, D.C., Orlando, and participated in political, educational
and entrepreneurial social exchanges.

William is also involved with local, national  and international
WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences. Being a organizer, blogger,
advocate, writer, community activist, sponsor and activist for
Sponsoring teachers and students in African nations to attend
WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences to build digital communities
in Africa.

William also participates as a Social Media Liaison  for TEDxFSCJ
providing Social Media content to advertise and promote TEDxFSCJ
salons and events locally, nationally and on an international level.

“Completely Booked” is a very conversational and laid back interview
that contains laughter, banter, community exchanges and sharing of

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October 3, 2018

A New Direction for Mind Manipulation

A New Direction for Mind Manipulation
by William Jackson , Twitter @wmjackson
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
How much more information needs to be faked, falsified,
made-up and just simply lies before people hold Social
Media platforms accountable?
Fake, false, half-truths, deceptions and lies; Social Media
platforms are generating global discussions about how to identify
news that is misleading. Media experts are warning that false
claims may lead to deceptions that have global political, economic
and educational influences.
Educators are tasked to prepare students to recognize fake news
even though they are challenged with managing reading groups,
literacy levels and students lacking comprehension skills.
Social Media has invaded every facet of life, with such influence
there has not been instruction to teach how to interpret, understand
nor guard against false and fake information.
Congressional hearing are demanding changes, but the money
and resources are not there. Social Media companies claim to hire
new staff, their staff need to be trained as well and may still struggle
with recognizing false information if they do not have the experience.
In the changing history of man in the information technology fields,
information is literally at the tip of the finger tips. Children can do a
Google search for anything imaginable. “Media Literacy” is seen as
a minor priority as more and more people struggle with understanding
how a integrate information from digital platforms to create a foundation
for interpretation.
“Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create
media in a variety of forms.” Wikipedia “Media literacy builds an
understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills
of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.”
The Internet is a pool of information that is global for facts. So powerful
its influence there are “information wars” by groups sharing ideologies
that are dangerous.
Parents not only should be cautious about sex, porn, nudity, profanity,
violence and identity theft they should be concerned about false
information the can influence thinking.
Parents that are limited in their ability to read and comprehend may be
contributing to the breakdown of learning because they too are not taking
the time to read and comprehend what their children are engaged in.
Continued education is the right direction, parents need to be added to
the equation and mentored and taught as well.
How to Recognize False News
How Teachers Can Fight Fake News
Ways Teachers are Fighting Fake News
Reading, Writing, Fighting Fake News
Teaching Strategies Fighting Fake News


September 10, 2018

Caution for Teachers That Blog In The Digital Age

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Caution for Teachers That Blog In The Digital Age
by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Many teachers believe they have the absolute First
Amendment right to post anything they want on social
networking sites, including party pix and diatribes about
the boss. After all, they’re on their own time and using
their own resources.
“Social Networking Nightmares” By Mike Simpson

Words of caution for teachers that participate in Social Media.
There should be serious consideration on how words are perceived
and interpreted as a professional educator. The ability to communicate
in the heat of frustration has created avenues for educators to be
cautious about what they post and how they are interpreted as
Social Media has opened doors that allow communication on digital
platforms that are instant and expansive.
Teachers need to be cautious that the words they use, memes they
post and replies they provide put them into a light of potential
criticism and public scrutiny.

Many variables come into play during the school day when
engaging with students. The elevation of emotions that teachers
display from the joys of students being successful, students struggling
to learn, the growth of social influences that are displaying in classrooms.
Teachers are under stresses, but they must be able to manage their
Social Media posts.

The potential use of technology with inappropriate and unprofessional
comments from teachers using electronic messaging throws great
strains in a career that demand professional behaviors and accountability.
Teachers have implemented the use of online social resources that
allow for connections during the traditional school hours. One resource
Facebook is a social network for connecting with multiple people and
instant communication.

The danger is in the height of emotions instead of teachers using their
training in classroom management, they are using their phones to lash
out and make posts that can cause them to be administratively
disciplined, put on unpaid leave and even loose their teaching certificates.
Teachers should never discuss personal information about their students,
other teachers and even administrators. Teachers should never criticize
educational peers or share political, religious and cultural views that
could hurt their career even when not in school. The perceptions have
the potential to have a career effect and ripple effect across the
educational career.

Professional behavior should be exhibited at all times, teachers are
“called to a higher sense of responsibility” stated by a North Carolina
teacher where several teachers have been fired because of their
Facebook entries about students, parents and even educational peers.
The “content’ of writing causes pause in reflecting about the right to free
speech and the right to post content on social sites. The challenge comes
in question when there is reference to the student’s ability to perform in the
classroom, color of the student, cultural background and academic ability.
Teachers need to understand there is a First Amendment Right addressing
freedom of speech, but how is this presented in the responsibility to be
professional, compassionate and sensitive to the feelings of students and

Common sense issues are interconnected, teachers should not post things
that are private and confidential about a student. Even if blowing off
steam a wrong wording or TMI (to much information) can lead to privacy
issues of students and families.

Over 25 years of public education as I have experienced , there is an increase
of teachers that express their opinions, emotions, and ideas on digital platforms
that do not think before they post.  What a teacher may think as funny and
harmless can be hurtful and damaging in the present and the future. Words
of wisdom when posting about the classroom; if you feel comfortable saying
it to parents and in public then you should be able to say it in a Blog or on FB.
Technology can break down walls and allow for collaboration, particularly
with parents, the community and with educational peers. Teachers should always
be cautious about their online content especially if it relates to their work with

As I have learned from other’s experiences and mistakes, things in your
personal life can and do relate to your professional life and vice versa.
If you have certain opinions about students and parents it is best not to post
them online. When teachers were fired for their Facebook comments in North
Carolina, Tom Hutton an attorney for the National School Boards Association
stated, “this is a new frontier in education, where technological and social norms
are outpacing law and policy.” Teachers should not be their student’s nor parents
Facebook friends, share Twitter tweets nor should students be mentioned in
personal blogs that may embarrass or demean.

The potential is just too dangerous professionally and personally. School districts
now have policies on digital engagement to protect the district from legal actions,
but not he individual educator or administrator.
All teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, cafeteria workers, custodians and
event school volunteers must be smart, be professional, and be compassionate
of the feelings of others.
Teachers carry power, our words can educate, inspire or they can damage/destroy
hopes, dreams and feelings. It is up to individual teachers to choose how they
want to be remembered or forgotten.


Six Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines by Gwyneth Jones


August 8, 2018


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

Thanks to
Dallas Lee Bell for sharing !!!
via @wmjackson

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