My Quest To Teach

August 4, 2017

Social Media and Technology: Sometimes Parent Have No Clue

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:45 am

Family Workshop

Social Media and Technology: Sometimes Parent Have No Clue
William Jackson – #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media Visionary

Parents and their children talking about the
influence of technology and the family structure.
Can sometimes be a conflicting and heated discussion.
Technology is slowly unraveling the family
structure of bonding as one to being lead to
unravel like twine from a bundle.

Talking with families like the Harris family
during a workshop discussing Social Media and
Technology, just one of the many families that
organized by Cynthia Gibson, Program Manager
of The Bridge of Northeast Florida to bring
attention to the potential dangers of increased
tech usage by youth, teens and young adults.
Even parental use can cause problems because
parents attentions are distracted from their
families and children reducing important
parenting time and teaching time.

The family structure is a delicate and complex
mixture of emotions, socio-economic needs,
spiritual connections and biological bonding.
When technology is thrown in there is a gap
that is created because tech can make life
messy and lead to separation, isolation and
dissension. The attention is taken from the
norm and thrust into a realm of make-believe,
pretend and animation that grabs hold of the
senses and refuses to let go.

Over 100 parents and children participated
in reviewing a video concerning how Technology,
Social Media and Gaming are damaging the family
structure resulting in the decrease of family
unity, participation in family events and how
communities are being affected because technology
usage decreases the time children and their
families interact with each other and their

Data is showing that technology usage can cause
behavior and emotional changes that are gradual
as the use of technology grows. Brain studies
show that youth, teens and young adults connection
to their families and friends change because tech
even in gaming becomes more of a priority than
social connections and food and social engagement.
“SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
Physical changes come in the lose of weight, vision
proficiency decreases because of staring at screens,
mental stresses that can lead to mental health
disorders and even the trouble distinguishing reality
from fantasy in some extreme cases when playing
violent video games.

The video “SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
2017 can be used as a case study for what youth,
teens and young adults maybe going through or
experiencing if parents are not engaged and
involved with their children as they use more
technology. “SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
shares how tech time impacts kids and family
development and quality time together.

The video discusses a balance of family time,
technology time, community time, school time and
the interactions of people and their potential
addiction to technology.
There are even new and developing businesses like
“Restart: Internet Rehabilitation Center” that
treat youth, teens and young adults that have
become addicted to various forms of technology
especially gaming. Providing counseling services
to address the needs of gaming and tech addition.

Movies like “Surrogates” 2016, “I Robot” 2004,
“Gamer” 2009, “Her” 2013, are associated with
how technology affects the human ability to
connect, coexistence with tech and develop
lines of engagement. Parents must be aware
of how much technology their children are exposed
to and how much their children are using and who
they are connecting to.

Parents are encouraged to take the time to talk
to their children and even self examine how they
are role models for technology usage. To provide
family time and activity instead of using tech
for communication and connection. Just as was
told about the television, that TV should not
be used to raise children, this is even more
of an issue when parents let technology raise
their children. The dangers are real and
relevant in our digital society.

During the presentation the children presented
from elementary to high school to share how
they will change their usage to be more active
with family and even parents and grandparents
spoke in front of the audience sharing what they
learned, their fears and even expectations for
technology usage from them as parents and
for their children.
Active engagement is very important because
there needs to be open and honest discussion
between parents and their children about tech,
gaming and social media usage so it does not
distract from family time, study time and being
a kid to learn from playing and interacting
with others.

Social skills and behaviors are learned, shared,
evaluated, re-assessed and even modified for
children because play and interaction allow for
learning and growth. If children are denied the
opportunities to learn they will not be able to
learn important skills that help them function
in society and in their communities.

Programs seen on PBS – addressing the family
and technology are important to help parents
understand what children are going through as
they mature and interact with technology.
Parents are important in this cycle because of
the potential for addiction and loosing of
social skills by their children an even parents

We Are Digital Natives
Digital Natives & Digital Immigrants


Wm Jackson and Harris Family

July 31, 2017

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 10:35 am

EdCamp Leadership 2017 in Baker County Florida

The Value of Social Learning Networks for Educators
by William Jackson
Educator in elementary and higher education

The infusion of technology in education requires
that educators rely on each other to create opportunities
of instant and relevant professional development.
Creating PLN’s – Professional Learning Networks that
share information from tech, to classroom management,
to how to deal with hovering parents, to addressing
school budgets and other issues that are unique to
the classroom and school culture.

Diversity has always been an action word in education,
but when that diversity extends from the family structure
to addressing the challenges of learning diversity,
cognitive agility, behavioral awareness and the changes
in the family structure. Educators have a myriad of
situations and circumstances the can influence the
classroom stability and culture.

Students have access to online sites that encourage
connections  of interactivity and engagement,
this begs to insist that teachers also need instant
access to information. Teachers cannot run
away from technology and cannot ignore its invasion,
integration and even intrusion because it is right in
the face of educators.

Digital PLC’s – Professional Learning Communities
have grown so that every conceivable subject that
references the field of education is discussed,
diagnosed, dissected, and even how differentiated
instruction can be applied. Looking at Pintrest
alone you can see the magnitude of information
that can be shared for classrooms of any
instructional discipline.

The culture of the school is influenced by digital
access because instead of seeing a particular
culture sitting together in the cafeteria, digitally
they are interacting online, through Apps
and in digital areas where learning may not be
going on. The truth maybe there is an effort to
disrupt the educational
environment through bullying, harassment or
other forms.

Educators are building communities that are pract-
ically throwing learning tools, guides, ideas and
lesson plans across the Internet.
The only thing educator have to do is adapt them
to their classroom culture and learning structure.
Students are accessing content that allows and
encourages them to learn on levels unheard of just
5 years ago, that learning may not collaborate with
classroom instruction so teachers must
consistently share the relevancy of why students
need to learn what is being presented to them.

Teachers can no longer tell student they have to
learn the concepts because it is in the curriculum,
they must be creative in justifying how the curri-
culum will help them in life. Participation in online
programs allows for engagement in project based
learning that can be modified to meet the learning
modalities of diverse students. Combining and
integrating cross curricular learning may at first be
challening, but look at the video games youth,
teens and young adults are playing. How can
teachers engage the students minds that challenge
them to think and apply that thinking?

The challenge is to achieve a goal, educators
need to reinforce the goal of subject area instr-
uction. Taking learning to relevancy may seem
alien, but look at it from the students
perspective, “how am I going to use this stuff in life?”

Looking at the model of museums, libraries and even
after school programs, there are sounds, music,
engagement on multiple levels and even the
openness to fail so that failure is a conduit to
challenging multidisciplinary thinking. Applying
past learning to new learning to achieve a goal.
How do teachers harness this power and integrate
it into their classrooms?

Assisting teachers are PLN’s and PLC’s that
encourage teachers to talk to each other, share
information and resources. To provide digital
hands that guide teachers to digital sources
that make integration easier and relevant. The
brain fires its synapses that contains energy that
is a thought, teachers collectively sharing their
synaptic thought to bring about
real change in their classrooms.

Joining a digital network only requires having
a Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or other social
networking account. Doing some research and
connecting. The article “Teaching with Technology,”
Should Teachers Have a Social
Learning Network? Jakub Piwnik shows that value
of participating in digital communities for
Can be found at:

Professional development has changed because learning
by teachers has changed. The days of just large scale
and district PD is still necessary, but the value is
shifting to more personal, connected and transformative
PD in the form of  EdCamps held at local schools
nation-wide and online learning  communities like
#FlEdTech found on Twitter lead by
Tammy G. Neil @TG_Neil and supported by a host
of dedicated educators from multiple fields and
years of experience. There is also #EduMatch also
on Twitter lead by Sarah Thomas #EduMatch
@edu_match also supported by national and
even international educators.

Digital events that are global can create changes
in the classroom instantly. Events like the EdChange
Global @EdChangeGlobal is a 24 Hour Online Global
Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28

Teachers have options in learning, connecting,
collaboration, cooperation and integration.
I just need connecting with other educators and
not being afraid to integrate technology to develop
a teachers PLC and PLN that builds
PLF – Professonal Learning Families.

Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
#EduMatch @edu_match
Connecting educators with similar interests.
Goal: to foster collaboration. Learning together.
Education for educators, by educators.
@edumatchbooks #edumatch
Sundays weekly

Tammy Neil @FLedChat
#FLedchat is a virtual meeting place using Twitter.
Educators across the state of Florida come
together on Wednesdays at 8pm est to discuss
the topics of the week.

EdChange Global @EdChangeGlobal
The 24 Hour Online Global Learning Events.
#ECG2017 EdChange Global for educators!
July 28
Worldwide Events

July 28, 2017

New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth


New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
New Town Success Zone
The Center for the Prevetion of Health Disparties

Providing relevant information is what entreprenuars
are in need of to assist in establishing a viable and
growing business. The New Town Success Zone provides
business services that promote networking for business
owners and real advice from experiences and active
business ownership.
Learning the importance of a business plan and even the
understanding of the viability of a growth plan cannot
be ignored.
Moderated by Paul Stewart (professional photographer),
introducations included established business owners and
those with a dream to build wealth for themselves and
the communities they live in.
Sharing their testimonies are Mrs. Lakita Spann and her
husband, owners of Mr. Potatoe Spread (Food Truck &
Catering) and Mr. Alvin Brooks and his wife, owners
of My Season Chicken and Ribs.
Each shared valuable information from networking to
finding a CPA – Certified Public Accountant to customer
service and even the importance of training employees.
The third Thursday of each month business owners can
come together at the Healt Disparities building on the
cammpus of Edward Waters College.
HBCUs are the foundation of their communities and provide
needed services and experts, they volunteer their time,
wisdom, knowledge and time to help families act on their
dreams of being business owners and entrepreneurs.
Contained here is information shared by Mrs. Spann and
Shared from Mrs. Spann and Mr. Brooks


Shared from Mrs. Spann
1. Networking and creating relationships is important
Attending networking events and exchanging business cards and
Social Media connections.
2. Create a flexible business plan and actually
do something with it.
3. Create a “Growth Plan,” which maybe more important
than a business plan.
4. Create a “Capability Statement” to work with and
assist in even applying for government contracts.
5. Execute your ideas because they will not work
6. Be strategic with your ideas and plan how they can
be implemented.
7. Contemplate what benefit your business will have.
8. Don’t apologize for hours. This is a business,
but you also have a life.
9. Monitor deadlines they will help drive you to success.
10. Plan to successed, but if you don’t plan, plan to fail

Mr. Alvin Brooks
1. Presentation is everything, it is important how
your business is seen. Think of how it will be
received by the public.
2. A Business Plan is good if you use it, so be sure
to apply your plan.
3. Hire a proven CPA – Certified Public Accountant
with a successful track record.
4. Know the difference between a LLC and a Corporation
when registering your business.
5. Pay yourself, you work hard in your business so it
is important to remember to pay yourself.
6. Customer service is #1, but the customer is not
always right. Have policies to address customer issues.
7. Don’t let customers drive your business. When you
open and close make sure you stick to it.
8. You should establish a policy to address customer
challenges, questions and even damage control.
9. The face of your business is important, everyone
associated with your business should understand their
roles and values to the success of the business.
10. Don’t mimic anyone else, be authenic in your
11. Be consistant with your customers, when addressing
issues other customers will be watching how you address
12. Train your people so they are on the same page.
13. Be about business not just about money.
14. Take a vacation so you have time to rejuvinate
and re-energize. Be consistant on the vacation time
in date and length.
15. Have meetings with employees about their concerns,
ideas and remind them their input has value.

Wisdom when considering on starting your
business as shared by Mrs. Spann
“There are many people with great ideas for
businesses, but don’t act on them.”

George E. Maxey
Executive Director of
New Town Success Zone
Office: 904 470.8262

New Tows Success Zone Under New Leadership


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