My Quest To Teach

September 23, 2016

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016
William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson
Instructor Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida
#Educational Technology and Social Media and STEAM
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

Growing into an Editor – Publisher – Writer – Content Creator
Thought Leader – Video Blogger – Fashion Blogger
Daddy or Mommy Blogger – Intellectual – Author – Developer
and all around Geek and Blerd takes more than a desire to be
famous or infamous.

The opportunities available for those who have the desire to
grow into their passions of blogging. The possibilities  are
endless and unlimited to share content with like minded people.
The power of blogging allows the writer to connect with others
that share their passions, goals and mission to build relationships
and create communities, either digital or real.

There is potential power in creating digital content that can build a
Brand and establish a person’s Niche. Being empowered with a
passion to create content must be followed by a plan to share and
eventually market that content.

Many people are learning how to be a journalist in dynamic areas
they are passionate about. In my Educational Technology and Social
Media class at Edward Waters College students blog each week on
what they are passionate about. They are reinforcing their writing
skills and building their literacy skills, reading abilities and increasing
their collaboration opportunities.

In the educational environment it is important to understand that
writing can build skills that can be used in business, commerce and
finance. Learning why writing is important and how to apply writing
abilities are vital to success in many careers. Students in HBCUs
or Historically Black Colleges and Universities are learning that
applying the skill of writing is allowing them opportunities in fields
not thought of before.

Blogging is not exclusive to writing: Tumblr, Instagram, Microblogging
on Twitter, Podcasting and even Vblogging or video blogging with
YouTube or Vimeo. The content is the glue that bonds the reader to
the creator and creates a relationship based on supply and demand.
Supplying content demanded by the readers.

Students from Edward Waters College will be attending
for the first time the FlBlogCon. Provided a unique opportunity
that will be engaging, interactive, eye opening and
transformative in how they see the integration of technology outside
of college and education.
Edward Waters College http://www.ewc.edu/

Areas discussed in Educational Technology:
Niche…  Topics… Passion… Blogging Calendar…
Shareable Content… Analytics…. Quality or Quantity…
Domain Name…. Develop Your Brand… Uniqueness…
What is your mission for Your Blog….


Choosing your Niche…..
what is your area of expertise?
who is your target audience?
what is your skill set that you can promote?
what training do you need to solidify and expand
your knowledge?
do you need further education?
do you need certifications?
do you need to attend conferences, workshops and summits?

The process of becoming a successful blogger seems
daunting sometimes, but is necessary to separate
from the pack that seems to imitate, immolate, copy
and simulate others. To separate yourself from the
pack it is important to be authentic and unique.
What do you have to offer that others do not?

Choose your Topics:
what do you want to write about?
what is your background knowledge?
what do you want to accomplish ?
who do you want to connect with?
what are your associations?
are you involved in your community?
do you volunteer?

Do you show your Passion:
Topics are vast and unending, but what are you
knowledgeable about and passionate about?
When people talk to you, you should not have to
tell them your passions, they should see it in
your eyes, mannerisms, your expressions and your
behaviors online and off.

Create a Blogging Calendar:
how often are you going to blog?
when do you want your posts to be published?
when are you able to sit down and write?
do you need to do research?
are you going to integrate video?
are you going to expand to a Podcast, Facebook Life,
Periscope or other Social Media platform?

Make Your Content Shareable:
how can people access your content in SoLoMo
environments (Social Local Mobile) and on what devices?
what connections do you implement to allow readers to share?
do you optimize your photos and images for size and type?
do you encourage sharing?
sharing is caring?

Analyze your Analytics:
take the time to study your data…
apply the information to expanding your blog in
diverse markets…
what does the data say about who your visitors are?
where are they coming from?
which tool meets your needs the best for which demographic?

Quality or Quantity:
when is it best to work on a blog?
when is it best to post a blog?
how many do you write at a time?
you should always go for quality not quantity
take the time to write, re-write and edit

Get your own Domain Name:
this is your address, your personal site for
posting content that represents you.
your domain name is part of your Brand so choose carefully

Develop Your Brand:
what are you known for?
what do you want people to learn from you?
your Brand is your promise for quality content

Uniqueness:
people look for unique content that they
can identify with and follow….
what do you have to offer in unique content?
build your followers…

What is your mission for Your Blog:
you have to determine the direction of your
blogging..
do you have a style?
do you have a growing relationship with readers?
are you being published someplace?
are you planning to make money or do you want
to provide just information ?

Florida Blogging Conference should help you
answer these questions and more. Figure out
ahead of time what sessions you want to attend
and how you are going to apply the knowledge
you gain.
Attendance is powerful, but the application of
what you learn at FlBlogCon is transformational.

August 31, 2016

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach

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This is a new school year and Donald Trump has
made very demeaning comments, he has “challenged”
people of color and culture in their behaviors, actions
and raising their families. He has said people of color
and culture are poor, uneducated and unemployable.

The best way to battle this is through educating
our children and future generations. Reading,
literacy, comprehension and a love of learning
are valuable to children of color and culture.
Having parents that are involved and engaged
just as equally important.

I’m sharing a list of books that I hope are
encouraging and worth sharing.
The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising boys
in this society. Encourage reading in your home,
encourage academics in your home and encourage
positive behaviors and working to success.

Please share this list with others that are working hard
in raising youth, teens and young adults to be men.

These are just resources, I do not personally endorse
any just providing a resource for help as a teacher
and a parent.

There are no pictures because I hope you and your
children will be inspired to research them together to
find the best fit for them to read. Not every book
fits every child, but there are books for every child.

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Books……………
Mixed Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Chocolate Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs  (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman

Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American Boys in American Classrooms
by Michael Porter

Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit

Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of
Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher

Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden

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Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me)
September 1, 2002 by Lisa Bullard  (Author),
Brandon Reibeling (Illustrator)

Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books
(Orchard) September 1, 2000
by Angela Johnson  (Author), Rhonda Mitchell
(Illustrator)

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from
the Underground Railroad Hardcover
January 1, 2007 by Ellen Levine  (Author),
Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X Hardcover
January 7, 2014 by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Author),
AG Ford (Illustrator)

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I Love My Hair! Board book
November, 2003 by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
(Author)

I Like Myself! Hardcover  May 1, 2004
by Karen Beaumont  (Author),
David Catrow (Illustrator)

Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams

Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir

Strength for Their Journey:
5 Essential Disciplines African-American
Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford

Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive
and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson
Davis, Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise
and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack

The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril
by Kevin Merida

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
Young Men by Leonard Sax

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
and A. J. Franklin

101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach

August 11, 2016

R, W and A: African Americans Get It Together

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: African Americans Get It Together
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker
Community Activist, Mentor

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Children, youth and teens embrace the diversity and
creative characteristics of STEM and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases, and extension of
their views in society. It is wonderful to see a teen
excited about reading, writing and the process of
arithmetic, these are the areas that promote career
readiness.
Through the results of slavery, past and present and
colonization African Americans have been lead in ways
that have created separation and confusion within
themselves and within their communities.

What needs to be changed is the value and empowerment
of education in the African American community.
Education starts at home, the appreciation of learning
should start a birth when parents are reading to their
infants and toddlers as they grow.

African American children need to learn more about
themselves and their history. How will they know where
they are going if they do not know where they came from.
**Colonization has efficiently destroyed African American
children’s desire to learn their heritage in America and
their past. Those born during the 90’s and after seem to
have no desire to learn or to encourage their children
to study the past related to Africa.

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African American children need to learn about diversity
and how it will affect their future in education and
employment. We live in a global economy so children
of color and culture need to be prepared.
**Too many times you hear African American children
share who or what they do not like, who they don’t want
to be near. This sets them up for failure as the diversity
of the work place increases.
**We are in a global economy and African American
children will have to work with people from all backgrounds.
If they cannot adapt and accept this they will struggle with
their identities and acceptance of others.

African American children need to see their family go to
work. They need to see people of color and culture get
up early and prepare themselves for the day’s business
of working to accomplish a goal.
**When you hear that African American children refuse
to get up and go to school or teens complain about getting
up to go find work this sets them up for failure and struggle.
That places a burden on their families as well because they
have to take care of children that were not given an
incentive to work for their wellbeing.

African American children that are not disciplined in the
value of education and the value of work grow up to
be lazy African American children and lazy African
American adults.
**One of the burdens of African American
parents is to raise children that do not see the value
of education and the value of preparation for
employment. Too many children of color and
culture are losing their values and parents are
not teaching survival skills.
**Children of color and culture must be taught
early to value being educated and starting their
careers to improve their lives away from home.
**Parents have to teach their children how to live
away from home.

African American children must be provided role
models of success to be successful themselves and
have a visual representation of what success is.
**Children must see success to model certain
behaviors of success.
**African American children must be taught the
terminology of success. If they want to be doctors,
learn to speak like doctors.

African American children need to be taught the
benefits of a routine, to be consistent and have
organization, responsibility and accountability.
**Before getting out on their own children of
color and culture often face challenges that
come from not being taught to be responsible
and accountable for their actions and behaviors.
**Parents need to expose their children to events,
activities, venues and places of diversity and
intellectual development.

African American children need to understand
information can be passed down from generation
to generation. Parents sometimes
forget they are their children’s role models.
**Children will do as their parents do and not
even realize it.
**When a child of color and culture does not feel
connected to their parents and their past they stray
at times to find their identities and role models they
connect with.  The danger is when they disconnect
from their cultural identity to find one that is not
welcoming to their mental and spiritual growth.

African Americans children never need to feel inferior
to another culture or of another race.
**Parent of children of color and culture need to
take the time to teach and share the value of the past
to African American children. Studying the great
history of Africa and their contributions to the world.
**Too many children of color and culture deny the
darker color members of their culture because
colonization and slavery have brain washed them
into thinking that lighter skinned people are better.

African American parents need to monitor what their
children are watching and listening to so they
may intervene when negative images are shown.
**The media displays people of color and culture
as irresponsible, lazy and dangerous. Many times media
will use people of color and culture when it is beneficial
to their needs.
**African American parents need to analyze where
their children are getting their information from
about them and show them the truth.

African American parents need to explain violent
images shared on television that those images
are not true images of people of color and culture.
**Images from Empire and other entertainment
are not true representations of people of color and
culture.
**Images from violent movies and television are
sending the wrong messages that failure is to be
expected from people of color.
**The media shows other people being successful,
happy and children are blessed and happy.
*In media; music, movies and stories, children of
color and culture are always poor and guilty.

African American parents need to set a foundation
of structure for education and career planning.
**Those children with structure and have a plan
meet with less confusion and less stress than those
who travel through life without a plan and no structure.
**Setting a tone for structure comes with personal
discipline and responsibility. There is a time to study,
a time to work, a time to prepare, a time to follow
and a time to lead.

African American children need to be taught “why”
they are charged to do things. Each generation is
different and exposure to dangers that were not
a problem just years ago.
**Parents must not give up, they must steer children
in the right direction.

African American parents must teach their children
about the value of worship, not just what worship
is, but the importance of study and building a
personal relationship.
**There is a fire and passion children of color
and culture must have for worship. It must be
taught why they attend church, not why you have
to go to church. How to apply what is learned in
worship of real life issues.
**Children of color and culture must be taught
how to create an individual relationship with God
and the value of worship.
**Parents will be held accountable for their
children.

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The value of reading, writing and arithmetic can
be seen in careers that embrace STEM and STEAM.
Parents of color and culture must prepare their
children for learning or they will be left behind,
not because they cannot perform, but because
parents are irresponsible and ignorant to the
value of education.

July 15, 2016

Part 1 and Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog

Part 1 and Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog
by William Jackson
Edward Waters College
#MyQuestToTeach

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“writers have to recognize the works of the
artist and those of the activist. Creating
content is more than just throwing words,
video, pictures on a digital sheet of paper.
There is serious intellectual thought during
the writing process. Sometimes writing
will be in a zone of creativity and innovation
to create new content that has an intended
outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are unknown.”
William Jackson
National and international Blogger and Speaker

“There is a story I needed to tell”
Chinua Achebe “African Voices”
The writings and interviews of Nigerian writer,
poet, storyteller, academic and parent are
transferable to the art of blogging.

Telling a story is not dependent on the
platform whether it is digital or the
traditional paper platforms. Creating a
story comes from the need to share
information that a person thinks is
important and valuable. There is an effort
to put information down that you feel
will benefit others.

Writers like Achebe from Nigeria, Africa,
even though he has passed are able to
transfere the passion of writing to bloggers
because those that blog share on a platform
that is connected globally. Information is
shared at the speed of thought on platforms
like WordPress/Blogger, Microblogging also
known as Twitter, Pinterest, Podcasting
where content is downloaded to digital
devices and even on audio/video platforms.

Lessons need to be shared with new
generations of bloggers, content creators,
thought leaders, innovators, creatives as
each generation has a story to tell.
Successful “bloggers” which is a term
that is transferable across platforms
should understand the past history of
storytelling and the connection of
embracing personal experiences.

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Time for African Americans and Africans
to tell their stories.
1. African American and African writers
need to understand things need to be
done to help their communities instead
of complaining and using Social Media
to “throw people under the bus.”

2. African American and African writers
need to understand their place in the
world. That they have a responsibility
to tell their story.

3. African American and African writers
need to understand who their inspirations
are. Who infleunces their growth and
share that knowledge.

4. African American and African writers
need to understand if they do not write
truth to life they are creating a “Gap
in the Bookshelf” in the stories of people
of color and culture.

5. African American and African writers
need to understand the importance of
stories of peple of color and culture.
Mainstream media does not show the “best”
of people of color and culture every day.
It is the importance of bloggers of color
and culture that can collectively get the
stories out.

6. African American and African writers
need to understand what picture they are
painting of their culture and their people.

7. African American and African writers
need to understand as Achebe states,
“fiction can be written as true,” by the
reliance on factual elements.

8. African American and African writers
need to understand that in their blogs
resonate with their readers and create
emotion and action.

9. African American and African writers
need to understand the “human story,”
and the “human condition” to feel their
readers.

10. African American and African writers
need to understand that storytelling is
a creative art and a way of influencing
thought and perceptions.

11. African American and African writers
need to understand the importance to stay
connected and grounded to their inspiration.

12. African American and African writers
need to understand it is valuable to be
connected between their research and
personal experiences.

13. African American and African writers
need to understand there is not one way
to share a story. The diversity of Social
Media allow for content to be spread globally
and through divere platforms.

14. African American and African writers
need to understand that diversity in writing
means that bloggers/writers must remain
students of literature.

15. African American and African writers
need to understand that when Chinua Achebe
states, “storytelling is a threat to anyone
in control,” or “seeking to take away control,
the storyteller has a different agenda”
than those in control.

16. African American and African writers
need to understand they cannot afford to be
selfish or self promoting with their talents.
They cannot put themselves ahead of their
readers.

Part 2 Chinua Achebe and How to Build a Blog

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Bloggers cannot just sit on their asses,
they need to be involved in their communities,
attending community meetings, volunteering
with youth, teens and young adults. The
way to build an online community is to be
involved in the community. Online
communities have a responsibility to
support offline communities that have a
mission and vision to help youth, teens,
young adults and even elders.

Listed are things bloggers need to
be aware of when building content and
sharing information. From Achebe, Soyinka,
and other writers locally or globally the
skill of storytelling is not easy. The
act or blogging is not always easy because
of the intended outcomes can be varied and
the audiences ability and willingness of
listening and engaging.

African Americans and African Writers
need to blog to tell their stories. No one
else can do that. The history of colonization,
slavery, Civil Rights, Racism, Colorism,
raising children of color and culture all are
stories that need to be told. For to long mass
media has told the false, half truths, lies and
fallacies of African Americans, Africans and
others of color and culture.

17. African American and African writers
need to understand they have a cultural
responsibility to protect their culture
from being mentally colonized and enslaved.

18. African American and African writers
need to understand it is important to
keep a mind open to embrace creativity
and imagination.

19. African American and African writers
need to understand they cannot allow
others to tell one side of a story, nor
create a false story.

20. African American and African writers
need to understand their power in creating
memories through their writing.

21. Chinua Achebe, “I write because I enjoy it.”

22. African American and African writers
need to understand they should be inspiring,
encouraging, and engaging other writers of
color and culture who want to be writers.

23. African American and African writers
need to understand that their volunteering
and speaking to children, teens and young
adults encourages “children to fly,” and
“parents/adults must not keep children
grounded.” Exposure is important to plant
the seeds of knowledge and direction.
Chinua Achebe

24. African American and African writers
need to understand they give voice to the
poor, the powerless and the stricken.

25. African American and African writers
need to understand when participating
in their communities they must have
a passion and intensity to improve their
communities.

26. African American and African writers
need to understand “they need to have an
itch to bring about change.” Chinua Achebe

26. African American and African writers
need to understand, “We have a responsibility
to make our stories known.” Chinua Achebe

27. African American and African writers
need to understand as writers of truth
caution is not getting caught up in
political, religious, cultural and social
agendas and lies.

28. African American and African writers
need to understand in them, “there are
novels waiting to be transformed.”
Chinua Achebe

29. African American and African writers
need to understand the urgency to tell a
story to those that need to be inspired
and uplifted.

30. African American and African writers
need to understand there is power in their
stories.

31. African American and African writers
need to understand they can depict people
of color and culture with dignity and
respect. Mass media shows people of color
as “creatures and things” not the morality
of life and liberty.

32. African American and African writers
need to be careful of the level of their
writings. Not everyone reading will be a
college graduate, in politics, speak
articulately, read as the same level,
or have the same life experiences.

33. African American and African writers
need to understand they should make every
effort worth the effort of writing.

34. Writers should have mentors and
role models to guide them.

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In this world of diversity and culture
bloggers must be careful of their souls,
their morals and values. Their content will
never go away so should be careful and
cautious of how the world perceives them
and their associations.

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