My Quest To Teach

July 26, 2017

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility 

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility
by William Jackson
Speaker: WordCamp Jacksonville 2017, WordCamp DC 2017
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary, Content Creator

Attending any WordCamp should not just be an esoteric experience.
Being a part of WordCamp should be an experience that allows
for the spirit of innovation, the imagination of creativity and the
thirst for unquenchable knowledge to grab hold of a person’s
mind. Applying new knowledge to current/past knowledge, being
able to find new ways to create, share and transport knowledge
that can be applied to the diversity of life.
The body is a vessel that carries the brain, the heart and other
physical organs, but it also transports the spirit of passions and
the dreams of ingenuity and imagination. Technology does not
dwell in a sterile one dimensional environment, technology
embraces the diversity of the firing of the synapsis in the brain.
The thoughts that are as powerful as bursts of lighting and
applied linguistic agility.
Thoughts are electrical impulses that give rise to reality and
an entrance to the depths of the mind.
When a person thinks each thought is the result of a stimuli
that can result from a simple smell, a taste, a sound or even
a physical feeling. The site of a face can create a myriad of
emotions that can be pleasing, frightening, or overwhelming.
Technology is part of the mental and emotional selves that we
as humans create and share in our world. When attending a
WordCamp a person cannot just stay within themselves they
must venture out and connect, collaborate and create the
foundation of building real and lasting relationships.
WordCamp is an environment resulting from a seemingly
simple application of WordPress, an online environment that
allows for mental agility, emotional creativity and innovation
in an environment that allows the synapsis of our brain to
think, dream, speculate, consider, communicate, collaborate,
calculate and connect.
The ability for humans using technology to emerge from the
binary melting pot of coding to create the ability to communicate
on diverse levels. Seeking parity is not the priority, but the
transcending of current realities that have limited physical
actions. The mind knows no limitations only those created
by limited imaginations and self-perceived confines in a world
of rules and realities begging to be broken.
What is WordCamp; not just a simple or mundane explanation,
it is being adapted because the men, women, boys, girls and
diversity of nations, cultures, and ideologies are opening digital
doorways to a matrix of dynamic and infinite possibilities of
thinking, feeling, creating, innovation and being. Open Source
is an opening for the mind to fly though at light speed without
limitations to achieve wonders on digital platforms.
WordCamp and Building Your Linguistic Agility is requiring
modifying languages to adapt to new forms of communication
outside the spectrum of physical verbiage, it is demanding the
ability to create new languages that binary coding and human
thoughts are equal partners in communication.
When attending a WordCamp take the time to listen to the
conversations, attempt to enter into the minds of programmers,
developers, graphic artists, users, developers and others as
they share experiences that only those that apply WordPress
can only understand. Open the source of creativity that lives
and grows in minds that enjoy creativity, imagination and the
challenge of coding that machines only listen to.
Challenging people to share their stories is the easy part,
having people accepting the challenge to apply their mental
synapsis is the challenge and my quest.
#MyQuestToTeach

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July 15, 2017

My Adventure to WordCamp DC

My Adventure to WordCamp DC Dopeness in the Capital
and what I contribute to my family and community.

Building a Digital Network of Nerds, Geeks, Blerds, Bleeks and
cultural / religious Diversity.
I love the diversity of blogging, connecting with people, the smiles
the laughter the building of community.
The Dopeness of people that are either Introvert, Extrovert or a
combination.
Engaging in Professional and Personal Learning Networks, the Building
of Professional and Personal Learning Communities and being blessed
to have a growing Personal and Professional Family.

Sharing my knowledge with my children and the others that call me
DAD……

Who am I???
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker, Community Activist
Mentor, Man, Brother, Intellectual,
Conservative Liberal, Church of Christ Member of the Body

#MyQuestToTeach on Google !!!! WordCampDC

Workshops, Seminars, Empowerment 

 

I have more kids than I can count

 

Teaching in higher education – Educational Technology – Social Media and STEAM
from 2004 to Present

 

November 8, 2014

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging

Building HBCU Intellect Through Blogging
Part One
by William Jackson, Prof. Edward Waters College
Historically Black College and University

There are many writers, poets, storytellers and
intellectuals that create and share diverse content.
The content motivates, encourages, engages,
educates and shows that African Americans
have intellectual abilities that greatly surpass
entertainment and sports.
Education; the key to economic and political
growth allows for opportunities in the careers
that African Americans in the past have been
denied because they were not qualified,
certified and skilled enough.

The growth of the Internet has allowed millions
of youth, teens and young adults the chance
to express themselves through the diverse
writing talents that they have and can cultivate
within them. The events of the media are quick
to report breaking stories, but what comes
into question is the validity and accuracy of news
reports and the stereotypical language, linguistically
created coding and cultural references that
border on racism and typecasting.

The development of the Internet has allowed
content to be created on the spot to share accurate
and pinpoint information about rapidly changing
events. The recent Ferguson protests showed the
flexibility and at times unreliability of news reports,
but the “person on the spot” has a valid purpose
in showing what is happening real time through
Social Media tools that transmitted real time events.

Communities are portrayed in multiple ways that
either promote positive events or negativity in
actions and behaviors by it residents. This leads
to HBCU courses in Broadcast Journalism, Mass
Communications, and other courses of study that
dive into news events and content creation.
Sometimes the humanity of a story is not portrayed
when using Social Media to share events, the humanity
or personal side of a story should be included.

HBCU students that are studying areas of communication
must understand that their views and opinions may not
be in line with that of the main stream media, because
of this they must learn how to code switch to show
events as unbiased and neutral. HBCU colleges and
universities have a responsibility to speak their voices,
voices that are critical and should never be silenced because
historically they still represent African American communities.
HBCU’s should not allow anyone to define them or
define the AA community even those without formal
education. Education should not divide us, education
and learning can unite us and bond us. Preventing
inter-cultural segregation from happening by nurturing
future journalist that can tell the stories needed to be told
about the African American community in the light of truth.
This blog is about “Building HBCU Intellect Through
Blogging” because blogging is not confined to one tool or
platform. HBCU students need to learn how to Vblog,
Podcast, Microblog, develop E-books, develop interview
strategies, articulate for public speaking and develop
research skills. I’m saddened that when I present myself
a graduate of an HBCU and offer to speak at HBCU schools
on Social Media platforms, tools and using it to promote,
market and brand many seem uninterested or think this
discussion is not needed.

HBCU students must have a passion for writing and have
an answer to why they write. The journalist Samira Sawlani
(UK based writer) has stated “whether you are a writer, a
journalist or a reader, why do you write? Why do you read?”
these should be answered with a personal passion.
Professor Chinua Achebe, revered ‘The grandfather of
African literature’ is an“aide memoire” of the influence of
the writer, the writer has the ability to transcend borders and
fight the status quo. HBCU students whether independent
writers (freelance) or associated with a news agency can
break the traditional ideas and ideologies of culture and
color. Achebe spoke the language of courage and literature.

HBCU students must write to effect positive change and not
write for just monetary rewards. Their passion must show
through first and the praises will come later.
Achebe felt as published in the Paris Review quoted, “My position
is that serious and good art has always existed to help, to serve
humanity.” As a blogger and educator in elementary and
at an HBCU my “craft and ability” are to show my passion to
serve humanity and God. This is my personal mission:
as my blog is titled: My Quest to Teach

As a professor at an HBCU I see the need to teach writing/
blogging to my students and encourage writing to all students.
Diverse careers, multiple productivity tools, integration of
Social Media tools and platforms all work to create and
share content.
The world relies on information, data, statistical analysis and
the flexibility of wireless and portable devices to access and
share information. Students need to learn how to manipulate
devices and how to use them to create content that leaves no
room for stereotypes.
African Americans cannot continue to allow traditional media
to define them. Media is answering the questions that African
Americans
ask ‘Who creates us?’ it’s as if our cultural self
worth and history is dictated by outsiders. In America, African
Americans must learn to use the tools that other cultures use
to share information.

Chinua Achebe and others that embrace writing and blogging
show that these are powerful tools. The HBCU students of today
must understand just as Achebe, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes,
James Baldwin and others that writing is a moral obligation.
This obligation can be an act of political and economic warfare
by sharing content that is empowering and engaging on the issues
that affect American communities nationwide. African American
issues may be ignored by traditional media, African Americans
must sit down and talk about problems and internal challenges
to effect positive change.

In conclusion HBCU students should be required to start and
maintain a viable Blog and even have a Vblog and Microblog
to share information that highlights African Americans
achievements, successes and accomplishments. Others are
writing about US leaving to wonder are too many still caught
in the intellectual slavery of embarrassment being Blacks?

HBCU students are encouraged to read the works of Achebe.
In his novel “Anthills of the Savannah”; Achebe wrote,
“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control,
they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human
spirit in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the
university or wherever.”

Lessons can be learned by HBCU students from the writers and
journalists of today; the power of the pen should be used to defy
injustices and preserve our histories. HBCU students need to
start writing and blogging to share their stories.
‘Who tells your story?’

August 17, 2013

Parents and the 180 Day School Year

Power In Education

Power In Education

Parents and the 180 Day School Year

“Education is the great engine of personal
development. It is through education that
the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that a son of a mine worker can become the
head of the mine, that a child of farm workers
can become the president of a nation.”
Nelson Mandela

The new school year is upon us, 180 days of
educational growth, clarity, maturity, engagement
and the realization that all students are valuable.
180 days of parent and teacher team work
and collaboration.

Teachers have been preparing for their students
even as the past school year came to a close. The
profession of education is not just 180 days:
it expands across weeks, months and years.
Professional educators and administrators understand
that the process of teaching is built on a foundation
that uses accumulated data from formative and
summative assessments throughout the school year.
These assessments measure, track, gauge and create
a trail of learning that is progressive and representative
of the abilities of students to grow and excel academically.
AYP – Annual Yearly Progress is important because
it justifiably shows that children are learning or if
there are challenges.

Parents should ask to see their child’s test scores to
understand how their children are progressing through
the school year. Communication is very important for
the success of the student.

Learning is Engaging

Learning is Engaging

Teaching children is a profession that requires training,
certification, dedication, patience and a passion to assist
children to grow beyond their current levels. Education
does starts at home: when a child is born, that child is
dependent upon its parents to make the best decisions
to set the foundation for life-long learning.
A parent’s educational level is an important predictor
of children’s educational and behavioral outcomes.
If a parent loves learning their children will model
their parents.

A parent can set the foundation of a child’s future by their
emphasis on the value of learning and importance they place on
reading, literacy and comprehension. Stated on PBS.org
“The Role of Parents” “we (parents) are our children’s learning
models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and
show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.”
What more important role can a parent play than “teaching”
their children to love learning?

American children must understand the opportunities they have
when compared to other children globally. Yes they will be
competing for careers nationally, but when you read stories
from children from Nepal and other nations American parents
must make education a priority in their homes.

Stated by Bibhuti from Nepal about education, “Most children
in rural Nepal don’t have enough time to spend on books
because they have to help their struggling families with work
around the house and fields. These moments are far too rare
for most underprivileged children, especially girls.”

Appreciate the educational resources that are available and
instill in children not just the how valuable education is
but the why. America despite its critics has one of
the best educational systems in the free world. Those that
disagree I challenge them to send their children to
another nation to obtain an elementary, middle or
high school education.

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember.
Involve me and I’ll understand.” Confucius
These tips are a guide to help parents, help their children
embrace learning. To love learning and build a culture in
their homes for learning.

Parents the key to student success

Parents the key to student success Cheryl Jackson and Darryl McClenton – #FAMU Honors Graduate 2010

Suggestions for parents to stay engaged with their children

Parents be a role model for learning.
Parents are their children’s first teacher.
A parent’s responsibility both moral and ethical is to show
how school can extend the learning you began together at
home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.

Parents pay attention to what your child loves.
Find out what your child’s interests are and build on them.
This will show you the parent how your child likes to learn.
Their learning style is developing.

Parents learn how your child learns.
Children use combination of modalities to learn:
visually, tactile, auditory and combinations.
Parents learn how your child learns so you can meet their
learning styles and share with their teacher. Teachers use
DI or Differentiated Instruction in the classroom so compare
observations.

Parents set aside time to read together.
Parents read aloud regularly even to your older kids and
allow them to read to you. Reading early creates a platform
to share literacy and creates higher levels of comprehension
if what is read is discussed. Start a reading club in your
home, community and even in your child’s school.

Parents connect what your child learns to
everyday life.

Allow learning to reflect real life situations. Whether
shopping, traveling, and exploring your world of learning
can come along as being fun. The skills of mathematics,
reading, social studies and even science can be discovered.

Parents help your child take charge of their learning.
Parents help your child have ownership of their learning.
Allow them time to choose what they want to read and
how they want to learn. Use available resources like
the library and museums. Allow children to celebrate
successes and learn from failures.

Parents keep TV, Technology and Social Media to
a minimum.

These interactive entertainment sources can be distractions
and hindrances to learning. Watching TV diminishes creativity,
imagination and learning exploration depending on the
programming and theme of what you are watching.
Use toys, books and even crafts to create a learning center
instead of TV and Technology.

Parents learn something new yourself.
Parents if you share your love for learning your children
will love to learn. Demonstrate your willingness to learn new
things and even if you struggle this is good for growth.
Showing how to overcome adversity and learning challenges.

180 Days of Learning is important to take advantage of
if you do not take advantage of each day you can never
get the day or that opportunity back.

Wm Jackson, M.Edu
@wmjackson – Twitter
Parent, Educator, Blogger
Speaker, Mentor and Adopted Granddaddy

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

June 21, 2013

Public Education and Growing STEAM Educators

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Wm Jackson Engineering Teacher

Wm Jackson Engineering Teacher

Public Education and Growing STEAM Educators

My observations as an Engineering and Technology
educator in a growing STEAM environment for
elementary students. Teachers are becoming
facilitators of learning not just lecturers.

The STEAM environment of a school and classroom
is a diverse educational environment. It requires
teachers to be facilitators of learning in a
multi-disciplinary environment requiring engagement,
collaboration and cooperation on the part of the
student. The integration and infusion of Science
Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics requires
not just a strong curriculum that can provide
cross-curriculum lines of instruction it must have
passionate, knowledgeable, innovative, creative
teachers that are willing to work collaboratively.

Schools across the country are claiming and announcing
their transition to being a STEAM institutions of learning.
The reality and the challenge is to become agents of
instructional change not just educational reforms.
Allowing and encouraging hands on learning, project
based discoveries in a world of digital media,
testing strategies, benchmarks, learning assessments,
procedures and practices that are sometimes archaic
and outdated.

Dynamics of Classrooms
The dynamics of the 21st century classrooms must be prepared
for equal access to functional technologies; learning should
be engaging, empowering and gradually applying critical and
higher order thinking skills. Students should be taught how
to be critical thinkers, applying old knowledge to new
learning, the ability to think in higher order needs to be
defined so that it is universal in its application. Higher
order thinking skills (HOTS) is inline with educational
reforms that many districts nationwide are trying to
transition too, but find it difficult because many
teachers are not trained in the dynamics of facilitated
teaching.

The complexity of HOTS involves the learning of complex
hypercritical skills and problem solving. These in many cases
are new skills that take years to develop in children. If
a school or school district decides to embark on this
educational journey in reform they must be willing to have
long term expectations and the willingness to retrain not
only students, but educators and administrators in the
applied skills of facilitation.
STEAM education is not a quick fix nor a fad, it is a
systematic, methodical, meticulous and planned progression
of student development.
The skills students learn will be transferable along
the educational track from elementary to high school and
even into vocational and higher education.

History and STEM
Historically since 2001 STEM has been a part of the educational
vocabulary slowly transitioning to STEAM since 2010. The
acronym STEM represents an instructional model of Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is a teaching
design by the National Science Foundation. Revolutionizing
education by incorporating technology and expanding the
influence of science, engineering and mathematics. Students
in order to compete in the 21st century and beyond need
to learn the skills necessary for careers that are new and un-invented.
STEAM and STEM skills are necessary for all students. These
skills lay the foundation for global preparation in careers.
The inclusion and infusion of the Arts is important because
of the solid research that the Arts builds on the creativity
and innovation that is required in a STEAM environment. Arts
and Crafts have a responsibility like never before to expose
students to their inner creativity that is needed in digital
environments that require “thinking out of the box” and
actually ”create an new box” of design, experimentation
and ingenuity.

The diminishing requirements of industrialized and
agricultural skills shows that careers in these fields
are slowly disappearing. Automation and robotics
dominate increasingly in each generation. Globally
industrialized nations are leaving their human
productivity behind and investing in human capital
that encourages creativity and productivity. Third
world nations use human capital still for
manufacturing, agriculture and low wage jobs. Seen
in the recent factory deaths from fires and collapsing
buildings. Low wage and low skill workers are still
being employed even in America, but unfortunately their
value as “value workers and contributors to economic
prosperity have lower values.”
Technology has enabled a higher value on those that have
technical skills over those that have no technology skills.
Nations have been focusing on technical lines of education
where competition is becoming digital because of the creation
of digital content. The changes of STEAM are shown in changing
the traditional teacher-centered classroom model to a
hands-on, problem-solving, exploration, discovery, reflection,
and project based model.

The access to technology is important and understanding of
how technology is integrated and manipulated by students
and teachers is requiring a change in instructional models.
STEAM creates a paradigm shift in the integration of the
Arts because of the ability to affect cognitive growth,
problem solving and creativity.
Engineering is more than just designing buildings and
structures it requires an Arts based foundation. The Arts
are key in the innovative and “out of the box” direction
of thinking, analyzing and immersion of creativity that is
seen in modern structural design that is even seen in
design of space craft.

Teaching Strategies
Students benefit from a STEAM program as it includes
and addresses multiple learning modalities. An important
key is innovation that allows students to maximize the best
fit for them in learning. Stated from the White House web
site “Educate to Innovate” there needs to be an increase
in STEM literacy so that students can learn to think
critically in science, math, engineering, and technology.
The importance for the need for STEM and the
transition to STEAM is stated by President Obama,
”recognizing that a strong foundation in science,
technology, engineering and math is key for laying
the foundation for prosperity.”
Teacher guided learning allows students to embrace learning
on a scale as leaders and content creators. STEAM careers
require workers to possess the ability to think critically,
work as a member of a team and be a independent creator.
The performance gap between American students and those
of other countries is a challenge. There is no metric to
measure true discrepancies, there are assessments that
are national and global, but the proof comes when
workers are productive in real world careers.
Equitability of growth comes in the form of creating,
manipulating and being involved in STEAM as it grows from
the classroom to the corporate, educational, scientific,
financial and military applications around the world.

Parental Influences
I strongly encourage parents to create learning
environments in their homes.
Allow their children to explore their talents by
visiting museums, work with Legos, participate in
the arts to understand the value of creativity and
expression, have a reading library and educational
DVD’s. I want to make sure parents understand that
their children will be judged by their abilities to
create, collaborate and be innovative. Where we see
a football, baseball, tennis, basketball or other
athletic opportunities. There should be a Tablet with
educational Apps, a library card, museum membership,
educational DVD’s and books being read.

Conclusion
President Obama called for 100,000 new STEAM teachers
over the next ten years; the importance of a STEAM
education and putting those skilled teachers in the
classroom is paramount to the education of
American children and the competitiveness of the
United States in global markets of the 21st century
and beyond. The recent announcement by NASA and
the new class of astronauts should show parents a new
direction of career choices for their children.
The landscape for educating and learning is changing.
No student should be left, parents must engage and
encourage their children because learning and appreciation
for education starts at home.
Before students step into the school house they should
be prepared in their own house.

These videos are from my Engineering class.
They represent guided instruction and cooperation
among students. Students are creative and expressive.

Lego Building by Students

Girls Rock with Legos

Second Graders Building with Legos

First and Second Graders Building with Legos

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