My Quest To Teach

December 25, 2015

HBCU’s Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 04:17

HBCU’s Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers
by William Jackson, Edward Waters College
Educational Technology

The growth of blogging has transitioned beyond the basics of text,
there is now VBlogging, MicroBlogging, Podcasting and a host of
other resources and tools to share diverse and dynamic content.
The importance of writing can never be understated because in the areas of education and
business writing is still crucial to the sharing and disseminating of information.
Writing shows the foundation of intelligence and that intellectualism still matters when engaging
in discussions, no matter face to face or the integration of digital technologies that allow the
distribution of information.

As an instructor teaching Educational Technology at Edward Waters College,
I have always felt that blogging allows a platform to grow and mentor writing
in my students. The challenge is to get my students to see beyond their sites and
expand their digital vision to see the benefits of creating and mastering their
digital footprints that lead to exposure, networking opportunities and
collaboration that can also lead to employment and the start of careers. Content
can make or break an HBCU student’s ability for employment as well as spelling
and grammar errors influence a person’s perception of that student.

Businesses are looking for new talent that has a passion for challenges and diversity;
looking at HBCU”S for professionals. HBCU men and women that can integrate technology
with the human element of thought and creativity have valuable skills. HBCU students
are taught by professionals to be aggressive, confident and prepared. The increase
of conferences shows there is a need for professional development, workshops, seminars
and teaching Marketing/Branding in the 21st century by creating or branding with
knowledge in areas of need.

Blogging, Microblogging, Podcasting Vblogging can aid in the Marketing and Branding of
college and university students especially those that attend HBCU’s. Students need to
attend conferences like:

Blogging While Brown (the premiere blogging conference for bloggers of color and culture),
Florida Blogging and Technology Conference (FLBlogCon educates and empowers bloggers by
teaching best practices for blogging), NicheParent 14 Conference (for digital influencers
and bloggers) and Florida Blogging Conference for Educators where I was honored to present
to educators and students on the engagement of Social Media.

There is even a Florida Writers Conference that provides access to literary influencers and thought leaders.
What better way to show the abilities of students that attend Historically Black College and Universities
than to be a speaker, contributor to magazines, newspapers and even participate in areas that I enjoy
HARO – Help A Reporter Out where you can assist reporters developing stories on local and national issues.
HARO asks for input and recognizes contributors if their works are accepted with citing’s in their blogs,
newspapers and other media. This is an additional way to sharpen skills for HBCU students, volunteer and
gain experience that will lead to high salaries.

Colleges and universities across the nation are teaching the intricate dynamics of writing and applying
writing to integrating with technology. The growth and influence of blogging can be seen in its infusion
in Social Media platforms that are now money makers, business ventures based on content creation.
Social Media has a local impact on the events that happen in communities where individual citizens are
reporters and content creators that keep neighbors informed and engaged.
Blogging allows citywide notification of governmental policies, procedures and changes in budgets that
could affect services to communities. The resources online for bloggers are free:
platforms, tools, websites all are available to help HBCU students start (which is the hardest part)
to create content.

Writing influencers such as Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta have been influential in
my blogging because of the passion they have for their native Nigeria and empowerment
of education and reading. One of the best influences for HBCU students is to find a blogging/writing
mentor, either virtual or in person. It is important to find writers with similar interests and abilities
to model and direct passion to create content.
My other mentors are Malcolm X because of his love for learning, Richard Wright for intellectualism,
Earnest Gaines, James Baldwin, Carter G. Woodson to name a few. Reading is important because content
is based on research and background information that will validate and carry your blog.

Buchi Emecheta

“I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person… to enable people to have a whole
picture of me; I have to both write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.”
These are strong words that can be applied to bloggers. Engagement and communication is important.
Involvement in a community and speaking up is important as well. HBCU students, what is your passion
to blog about to help effect positive and transformational change?

HBCU students must understand the ability to blog will assist in creating career options
when meshed with technology. Taken from – a leading SM / Blogging site:
Social media is the thriving pulse behind the blogosphere. Bloggers and media moguls have
expanded their networks, grown their following and reached readers around the world by
effectively using social media.
Blogging, Vblogging, Microblogging, Podcasting, Ebooks are media that allows HBCU students
create change through intellectualism and developing themselves as a thought leader and influencer.
Choose your words wisely and apply your passions, you will make an impact in the world and be heard.

March 18, 2015

Your Mind & Your Sanity – How Is Your Mental Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 15:22

March 21st Flyer

Your Mind & Your Sanity – How Is Your Mental Health

The value of mental health and the stability of your mind are key
elements to leading a productive life. Mental Hygiene is valuable
in evaluating and re-evaluating are you where you need to be
in your mental health? When the circumstance of living,
misalignment of mental stability, chemical imbalances of the
mind, misfiring of the synapses and participation in alcohol
and illegal drugs create chaos and confusion, the fragileness
of the mind is seen.
Chemicals, electric shock, surgery and even hypnosis were at one
time seen as advancements in medical treatment for the curing
of mental instability. Seen today as barbaric at best, more
humane techniques are being used to diagnose, treat and even
at some degree prevent mental instability.
MHIAAC – Mental Health in the African American Community Inc.,
(MHIAAC) a national 501c3 non-profit agency that provides mental
and behavioral health education, awareness, support and referral
services for ALL families. Is a supportive organization that holds
meetings that openly talks about mental health issues. Focusing on
how the community can join together to bring awareness, solutions,
and change to the communities mindset on mental health.

A recent meeting invited the honorable Paula Wright School Board
Member and community advocate for education from Duval County
Public Schools. She was provided an opportunity to speak, her
address was important because it demonstrated the continued need
for community advocacy and collaboration with organizations,
schools, the medical community, parents and others to support efforts
like the MHIAAC.
Not waiting on governmental support or clinical evaluations of a wide
spread nature as to categorize and create a stereotypical situation
on a particular group, gender or culture, mental health is an issue that
involves all races, cultures, genders and lifestyles. Bullying and
Cyberbullying create mental health issues in children that last into
adulthood. Recent news media have shared tragic stories of suicide,
senseless murders and other situations only to later learn that the
person was suffering from a mental illness undetected by friends
and loved ones because of environmental conditions.
Recent news reports of youth and teens being bullied and harassed
to the point of speaking about suicide shows that more collaboration
needs to happen with schools and organizations like MHIAAC to
help youth and teens stop bullying and the physical violence and
even psychological violence they place on each other.

MHIAAC is celebrating one year of bringing awareness on Mental
Health in the community. Please join us on March 21st at 10:00 am –
12:00 pm 623 Beechwood, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Many changes like divorce, lost of a job, loss of a love one, medical
diagnoses, bullying, etc. can cause a state of depression. Depression
can be a temporary or permanent sign of mental illness. The monthly
forums are designed to provide resources and bring awareness.
What do you know about Mental Hygiene? This is our theme this month.
Our in-house chefs are planning a special meal exclusively for the
Saturday, March 21st meeting. Reply to this email if you are able to attend
and how many are attending with you. Did you know we are hosting a
mental health fair and walk? Let us know if you are interested in volunteering,
sponsoring, donating, walking, and help with the planning for
Saturday, May 30th 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Send a Facebook friend request to Jax MHIAAC
Like us at

Remove The Stigma…
Break The Chains Of Silence of Mental Illness In The African American Community
Sign our Petition at

Listen to this video of what others are saying about our organization

Blogs are written by Wm Jackson
and edited  by members of the
My Quest To Teach

March 11, 2015

Reader Theater: The Danger of Illiteracy

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 02:32

Stetson Kennedy and the Slave Narratives

Reader Theater: The Danger of Illiteracy
Edited by Lisa Buggs

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the
single most important activity for building the
knowledge and skills they will eventually require
for learning to read.” Marilyn Jager Adams

What is in a book is only determined by the process of reading after
it is written and published. The expectations of the reader are there,
the cognitive questions are present, the individuals’ inquisitive nature
to look past the verbiage of the author and the black and white lettering
to establish a connection with letters that formulate words, words that
build sentences and sentences that construct paragraphs.
The body of the book develops and grows waiting patiently for the
opportunity to have its pages turned, its pages seduced by fingers that
are excited to touch and caress the tapestry of learning.
The act of reading is the responsibility of all parents regardless of their
level to make sure their children are better readers than they are.
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel,
anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your
history and you read it in your own terms.” Angela Carter

Banned Book Week

The ability to read is an individual accomplishment based on the
foundations of youth. One of the primary missions of parenthood is
to teach children to read. If parents fail in this endeavor they are
committing their children to a life of unnecessary struggle and heartache,
lacking a skill that is as necessary as breathing, the very act to live and
survive. My grandmother in my youth used to remind me that, “In this
world you can’t function without knowing how to read.” All I could say
was “Yes Nana your right.” Even though she had an 8th grade education
she understood the value and importance of reading. Even in the Bible
scripture states the value of reading.
Nehemiah 8:8 “They read from the book, from the law of God, translating
to give the sense so that they understood the reading.” Understanding
is key to learning God and man’s laws. It translates to comprehension,
gow can our society function and progress without respecting the gaining
or acquiring of knowledge?

Women’s History Celebration

Reading opens the mind to creativity, expanding the mind outside of the
limitations of the environment, opening the doors of unlimited possibilities
and building the desire to want to learn more. The writer William James
states, “To take flight into whole new worlds,” shows that there are no
limits to achievement. The mind takes flight so the future is open with
reading fluency. “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well:
They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young
birds take to the sky.” William James

Reader Theater is a tool to connect reading, literacy and comprehension,
based on vocalization, pronunciation and articulation bring books to life.
Reading develops a spirit; it creates the opportunity to connect and
establish a relationship beyond just letters and words, allowing for a
spiritual bonding of magnificent collaboration. Children, youth and teens
of school age need to hear the words sometimes to allow them to see
the world of reading.

Women’s History Celebration

M.R. Kuhn & S.A. Stahl, “Fluency: A Review of Development and
Remedial Practices” (2003) has stated that, “Listening to good models of
fluent reading, students can learn how a reader’s voice can help text make
sense.” Reader Theater integrates dynamic readers that collaborate in
articulately telling/reading the stories that make our minds and in some
cases spirits soar……

Sandra Parker-Kennedy

Reader Theater ministers to adapting reading from a one dimensional cognitive
skill to a multidimensional skill that requires the diversity of auditory, visual and
even extending the senses that reach out to grasp the unseen enigma of a story.
Reader Theater presents that reading and literacy when applied can move the
spirit as well as the mind. “The mission is staged to address literacy empowerment
in urban communities and schools. It also bridges various communities through
the personal writings of notable icons in our country’s history.”
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something
worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will
help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward
people whose lives are quite different from their own.” Katherine Patterson
Reader Theater is presented by Young Minds Building Success Charities.

Reader Theater Performers Celebrating Woman’s History

William Jackson
Board Member of Young Minds Building Success Charities
Instructor with Edward Waters College

Mrs. Sandra Parker-Kennedy and William Jackson

March 1, 2015

Social Media and the Church of Christ

Social Media and the Church of Christ

What is your Social Media Pace?

Sharing my faith…………………

“Most people spend at least 1/3 of their online time on social
networks now. In order to be relevant, Christians and churches
have to leverage that to connect people when they’re not in the
pews.” Jonathan Pearson

Do you think before you post content or do you post with no thought
to your content? In #2015 Church of Christ members are watching
who is trending (not in the Church of Christ), listening to Podcasts,
subscribing to Youtube channels; Church of Christ members are
Blogging and Skyping. Downloading and installing Apps making
connections easier and bringing the world directly to Smartphones,
tablets, watches; new technologies are connecting members of the
Body to family, friends and others as we live our lives working, taking
care of our families, bike riding, skateboarding, surfing, driving,
swimming, walking and exercising.

The pace of life is increasing with our actions being managed by
intelligent digital devices. Technology is making it easier for interaction,
creating content for educational institutions, and even allowing Church
of Christ members to create a paradigm shift in diverse ways to
participate in worship.
Blinding the lines of privacy, engagement, interaction and even sharing
scripture with the delicacy of interpretation of doctrine.

Bullying/Cyberbullying is unfortunately increasingly frequent, social
injustices are being spread by words, video and interactive occurrences
online and new dangers are being created by terrorist organizations
recruiting teens and young adults through Social Media platforms.
Now that electronic devices are becoming a demand at churches,
ministerial leaders are finding that policies and procedures need to be
in effect to ward off inappropriate access to content that distracts and
disrupts the doctrine of Saving Souls and Keeping Souls Saved.
The Church of Christ must leverage 21st century resources in tech
to attract, connect and educate non members to the importance
of saving their souls through eternity.

Churches are becoming more concerned with the integration of
technology while church services are ongoing; youth, teens and young
adults are lacking the respect and understanding not to use the Internet
for accessing content that is inappropriate. Communicating with family
and friends during services that compose of gossip, creating mistrust,
and dissension in the house of worship. The Church of Christ is seeing
the increase of technology and Social Media are changing the dynamics
of human interaction. The question “should a Christian use Social Media”
is a subject for continued debate.

A simplified answer is if the user; a member of the Body of Christ will
allow God to use their actions for His purpose to Save Souls and Keep
Souls Saved, giving rise to the Kingdom, Social Media can be a benefit.
Looking at scripture we see that all actions should bring glory to God;
glory beyond a person’s own personal agenda. As in 1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God.” The people of the Body of Christ should understand this
scripture and others; 1 Corinthians 10:32 “Give none offence, neither to
the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” Be true to God
and his word; be honest, hard working and diligence in doctrine. There
is no monetary profit in serving God, the opportunity to lift his Kingdom
and the chance to Save Souls and Keep Souls Saved.
1 Corinthians 10:33 “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking
mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”

Social Media has positive uses, it is up to Christians to understand and
apply knowledge and use SM in an appropriate manner. Christian
parents should be mindful that not everyone on the Internet has pure
motives, and should use safety precautions with their children. Be
selective as to who is accepted as a friend or fan. Parents, it is
important to monitor children’s use of Social Media platforms and
the utilization of Social Media tools. Parents have a responsibility to
interact with their children and guide their interaction with others
they meet online. Education is important and needed to understand how
the Internet works.

Parents are the foundation to build responsible and accountable social
creatures, in Proverbs 27:17 states “Iron sharpens iron;” so a parent will
sharpen their children’s skill and abilities in the Church of Christ
in education and even in Social Media. Having a discussion on
expectations for using digital tools, children do not know nor realize
the implications of their online activity.
When content is posted online it is posted to the Internet, a global
digital network platform. This global platform can influence futures,
children should be taught that everything written online is potentially
permanent and viewable by anyone. Limiting and monitoring the amount
of time children and teens are online is a wise decision.

Christians in the Church of Christ can use the enormous resources
online to further their education in scripture. There are multiple versions
of scripture online that can help in furthering the educational growth of
members of the Body. Opening doors for sharing Christ, encouragement
in listening to audio bibles and awaken the spiritual desire to learn.
Stated in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke
unto love and to good works.” Good works and provoking love can be shared
online with brothers and sisters or those seeking to learn more about the
Body of Christ.

Blue Letter Bible
Bible Gateway
Westside Church of Christ Youtube Channel
Social Media Tips from News4 Jacksonville – Video

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