My Quest To Teach

June 13, 2018

The Narrative of Digital Black Stories

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The Narrative of Digital Black Stories
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media, an age of digital communities, communication
and collaboration. Changing the way people will communicate
for generations to come.
Broadcasting on a digital platform that can expand the human
voice. The ability to enhance activism that influences the human
mind and human behaviors.

People of color can expand their voices in so many ways that the
Gutenburg Press could not even begin to match. Parchment,
paper and publication in cyberspace expands and quantifies
the ability to connect with people of like or even different cultures.
From traditional Blogs to Video blogs, from Podcasts to Microblogs,
from Instagram to Facebook. This is not the end there are Apps
and digital platforms that are contributors.
Hashtags create a game changer in the evolution of Social Media,
influencing how people see the world and how people of color
can be perceived online.

The narrative of people of color and their stories can change
with a photo, a video, and a hashtag strategically placed.
My narrative is being followed by students attending my
elementary school and in higher education. It is important to
me about their perceptions and the perceptions that I create
with my digital signature.
Their perception and that of their parents do matter because
my content defines their perception.
The perceptions of my profession as a teacher, community
activist, volunteer, mentor, man, African American male and
even that of a father are influenced.

Narratives are capable of being changed, but perceptions are
delicate. Content creators understand the value of perception,
make sure it is positive and productive because first impressions
and first perceptions are important.
Social Media only shows one part of a person, in our age of
digital engagement what is posted will never go away. The
Narrative of Black stories can be perceived as self-destructive,
culturally destructive and even socially destructive.

Events like Man Up for Health Summit and Prevent Crime In
The Black Community are important events. They set a tone
for education, business, careers and health information.
Churches, youth groups, ministries and any organization that
works with, mentors to and inspires youth, teens and young
adults should be attending events like these, the workshops
provide real and relevant information to help them make rational
and mature decisions.

As a community activist Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life and I
My Quest To Teach encourage and advocate for education,
proper educational  health care and engagement in the community.
The key is education and learning. Parents help children of all ages
understand that they create the messages society hears on Social
Media. They are judged by their digital voices and content. Change
the perceptions by changing your content.

“Content is King” Bill Gates

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June 9, 2018

My WordCamp Journey 2017-2018

William Jackson at WordCamp Jacksonville
Speaking at WordCamp  Jacksonville, Florida 2017


Enjoying my WordCamp Journey from 2017 to 2018

Speaking, Volunteering, Organizing, Sponsoring and Advocating

How To Be Dope On Social Media
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson
Presentations from WordCamp DC and WordCamp
Wilmington, North Carolina
Twitter @wmjackson

Speaking at my first international
WordCamp Calgary Canada in Alberta
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William Jackson and Aida Correa
Speaking at our first WordCamp Miami
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Helping with Kids Camp in
Calgary Canada Alberta
sharing knowledge with
families from South Sudan

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Attending with Sean at WordCamp
Birmingham, Alabama our first time
in Birmingham, Ala.

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A beautiful journey of WordCamp
Miami and WordCamp Atlanta
with Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
LoveBuilt Life

WordCamp Calgary

There is power in the spoken word, there is
power in the engagement that is WordCamp.
WordCamp YYC Calgary Canada Alberta

 

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

 

April 9, 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids Camp and WordCamp Conferences

Kids Camp
Kids Camp Miami 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids
Camp and WordCamp Conferences
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

A reflection on WordCamp Miami and its Kids Camp.
The recent WordCamp Miami conference and the
upcoming WordCamp Jacksonville (Saturday,
April 7th and 8th) that have Kids Camp
involved for youth, teens and young adults
from 7 years to teens has shown that youth,
teens and young adults are using Social Media
for more than social engagement, they are
involved in building their Brands, business
transactions, marketing strategies, and other
activities that are entrepreneurial in nature.

The development of new technologies geared to
youth, teens and even young adults are allowing
more to be engaged in online environments through
apps that allow increased communication,
collaboration and children’s business ventures.
Youth, teens and young adults need training at
an early age to teach how to develop a business
relationship and networking.

The numbers of youth attending Kids Camps are
growing. The recent WordCamp Miami had an
attendance over 900 and the Kids Camp had
over approximately 100 participating.

Social Media platforms are allowing those
under 18 to communicate on platforms which
offer no training with online behaviors and do
not address ethics and morals that are important
in business. Because of the potential for
inappropriate actions that could have a high
impact on youths presence and can influence
educational opportunities, employment, and
even relationships in the future, it is key
that youth are trained and mentored.

Many young people ages 13 to 19 struggle with
building stable relationships, often due to
peer pressure, media advertisements and other factors.
Business relationships are different on so many
levels and if parents are not knowledgeable and
involved in some type of business they may not
know how to guide their children in an online
business, e-commerce or building a Brand and
how to Market that Brand correctly.

Parents are increasingly challenged with raising
children in a digital age and incorporating
building online relationships, transferring
online and offline behaviors and the influences
of peer pressure.
As an elementary teacher I regularity have students
from 3rd to 5th grade tell me about Game of Thrones,
Empire, and other content that has adult content,
language and situations.
Kids Camp a component of WordCamp provides exposure
to educators, CEO’s, web developers, coders,
business owners, e-commerce experts and leading
developers that understand how business is conducted
online and being aware of harmful and even dangerous
situations.

As an advocate for parents to be proactive and set
expectations for behaviors online. Have open and
honest discussions with your children about the
potential hazards and encourage them to speak to
if they sense potential dangers.
Parents and their children can be involved in
local Meetups, WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences,
Bar Camp technology Meetups and promote the
entrepreneurial spirit that youth, teens and young
adults have when it comes to creating a Brand and
starting a business.

Empower, Educate, Engage, and Employ youth, teens and
young adults now so they will be the business owners of
the future. Support Kids Camp by allowing more
children to attend and learn.

WCM

Resources:
WordCamp Miami – Kids Camp
https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

WordCamp Jacksonville – Kids Camp
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker and digital
community activist for TEDxFSCJ, Social Media Manager for
Jacksonville Sister Cities Association and New Town Success Zone.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking to
youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body of
Christ with Northside Church of Christ in
Jacksonville, Florida.
William is a national and internationanl blogger and manages
My Quest To Teach https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
He has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

February 20, 2018

Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

Never Apologize for Being Dope
Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix
As content creators grow the need for training is increasing,
WordCamp conferences meet and many times exceed the
needs of  beginners, intermediate and veteran bloggers,
micro-bloggers, Podcasters and VBloggers.
As a speaker and participant of WordCamp conferences
a few hints before registering for any WordCamp.
You should already have certain expectations for your learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamp events in
2017 the benefits are lasting and the friendships a lifetime.
The potential for continued collaborations are endless and
potentially life changing. There are different expectations
for each person if speaking or attending, there needs to
be an established plan that fits individual needs based on
the session or track.
Decide what your goals are as a content creator and how
you mesh or combine your plan to learn. The 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 stunning
photos, it takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating
content as an engaging and interactive element makes
a difference in achieving the goals you have set.
Attending WordCamp assists in finding
out what products, services and resources can benefit
you and your customers.
This includes make sure you have plenty of business
cards, your marketing “pitch” is practiced and your
appearance matches your Brand.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for
investments and expansion outside of normal business
lines. The benefit resulting from investing in attending
WordCamp may take time and work,
networking and building relationships.
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
insight on how engaging during conversation and
interaction.
Events like WordCamp / KidCamp and others like
Bar Camp, EdCamp for educators provide
opportunities to expose youth and teens to
applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and
knowledge based careers.
KidCamp in WordCamp are growing because
the future is with children and teens they
too have a stake in building their Brand and
their content. They are establishing businesses
and building awareness for their contributions.
Youth are learning how important building
relationships in business are and the
connections to future careers.
Intellectual design is key because knowledge
based careers are expanding. Through KidCamp
events youth are building self-confidence,
self-awareness, self-determination and
self-respect. There is no room for fear and
doubt because if  knowledge is lacking youth
and teens are accessing YouTube
to educate and enlighten themselves.
Today’s WordCamp means youth and teens
should have business cards to understand the
experience of participation, the excitement of
being present and seen as a contributor and
a future speaker.
Technology contains and embraces diversity so
youth and teens also must model that. 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 through
digital community engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the
embracing of adaptation, change and growth.
WordCamp is unique, engaging, interactive and
empowering.

William Jackson, Blogger Thought Leader

How To Be Dope On Social Media:
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/
Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville, Florida – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville, South Carolina – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.
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