My Quest To Teach

June 29, 2016

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College

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This blog is not about just one color or
culture, but about the value and importance
of reading, literacy, comprehension and
creativity of writing for all children.

The summer has made its appearance and
kids are excited about the opportunities of
“freedom” from schools across the nation.
Parents should still have their children
engaged in learning opportunties by visiting
library events, museum viewings and cultural
events that engage kids with fun
learning activities.

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Reading and writing during the summer are still
important and the the power of the written word
has been seen for thousands of years, individuals
and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions,
feelings and to tell the life histories of
people and cultures.

Children, teens and young adults should be
introduced to writing as a way to learn how to
express their feelings, dreams, passions and
the challenges that they face. Writing can be
used as a coping mechanism and teach how to
manage the emotional diversity of children,
especially children of color and culture.
To develop intellectual thought and creativity.

Various cultures and societies have their
influences in writing as early blogging
(in my humble opinion). Chinese culture
writing was determined to come not from a
god but an ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh.
He was a minister in the court of the legendary
Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the
invention of writing was supposed to serve as
a communication tool between heaven and earth.
The culture of writing has historical
importance around the world. Diverse
cultures througth history shared their
stories throught storytelling orally until
writing was established and education

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The Adventures of Moxie Girl

Blogging on a digital format continues to change
as writing is manipulated, transformed, dissected,
adapted and tailored to the increasing integration
of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in
thought the words that are transcribed into
written or typed words. In a way these words are
already in an electrical format because
thoughts are generated by the synapses
of the mind, thus electrical impulses
and birthed by the hands onto the materials for

Formats can be seen from the dynamic
platforms being used from Blogger, WordPress,
Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. Children, youth and
teens can embrace the diversity and creative
characteristics of blogging and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases and extention
of their views. Writing helps
to develop vocabulary in children, making it
fun to combine words into stories. It is
wonderful to see a teen excited about reading
and the process of writing.

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Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
it is clear that blogging will remain as an important
historical tool to share and disseminate information
on multiple levels and students need to learn how
to write, the importance of the
writing process and that it can be fun.

Many children are excited to share their thoughts
with art work and drawing, this is the creative
centers of the brain, writing also encouarges the
mind to form ideas, challenges connections and
breeds innovation. What better way to build

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Children should be taught that not to long ago
it was illegal to teach slaves or those of color,
no matter what color or culture to read and write
during the time of slavery not just in America,
but around the world. Today Blogging is
responsible for showing the world the greatness
of people. There is estimated over 12 million
bloggers in America, African Americans need
to take seriously their ability to share stories.
(The State of Blogging 2014,
Pew Internet & American Life Project)

I always encourage people of color and culture
the beauty in blogging because it allows
the expansion into other areas of digital
communication. A platform of expression on
levels that allow for intellectualism where
students should be moving towards.
Students should understand blogging allows the
writer (them) to be creators in this age of
digital media that is changing social
interaction, allowing for collaboration,
a paradigm in alliances of the mind and taking
social networking to levels of
unprecedented growth.


Children, teens and young adults, bloggers of
color and culture and those of diverse
languages are important because they create
original content specifically addressing diverse
issues that may never be recognized by
traditional media or ignored
because of a lack of understanding or caring.

No matter the color, culture, gender,
generation and age kids of all ages have
something to say, this summer parents get
your children involved in some type of reading
and writing program to prepare them not
just for the next school year, but for life.



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May 23, 2016

HBCU Students Brand Yourself Past SWAG

HBCU Students Brand Yourself Past SWAG
William Jackson, M.Edu.
Edwards Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media
Department of Education and Urban Studies
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach


The college years seem to move along at a snails
pace, each semester drags on at its own leisurely
pace until you notice graduation is right around
the corner. Juniors are starting to feel  the
excitement even as the summer
progresses and another academic years starts in
several months.

At the writing of this blog May 21st 2016 Edward
Waters College like other HBCUs are evaluating their
curriculum’s to determine if changes need to be made.
Schools are preparing for the future to prepare
graduates to compete in a global economy.

My college prepared me to plan for my future,
from the teachers, to the coaches as I ran track and
even the cafeteria workers they encouraged us as
students to look at our abilities as investments to
be cultivated and groomed for success.
South Carolina State University @SCSTATE1896


HBCU students need a strategy, a unique plan catered
to their specific situation. The economy is not
favorable to African Americans when there is economic
volatility so HBCU students must plan and execute
their plan. It takes more than what you know
academically, who you pledged with as a Greek, what
your GPA is and even the status of your parents.
HBCU students must have an exit strategy from higher
education for their particular career options.

The terms: Branding, Marketing, Marketability,
Networking, Thought Leader, Innovator, Content Creator,
Global Analysis, Human Capital, Strategically Positioned
should not continue to be foreign terms.
In my Educational Technology and Social Media class at
Edward Waters College these terms are taught, discussed,
and implemented in blogs.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

In too many cases HBCU students because of their limited
exposure and background knowledge do not know nor
understand the importance of career talent, soft skills
and marketable abilities needed to grind out a career
that is transformative and stable.
Exposure and association, collaboration and cooperation,
terms that should be familiar. HBCU students need to
start seeing themselves as their own CEO, CFO, CVO and
other terms of industry leadership.
If HBCU students are not aware of these terms they
should google them to start a mindset of structural
Branding and Marketing. How can HBCU students climb
the corporate ladder if they do not know what the
name of each step is.

Strategic planning is through networking at
community events, “mixers,” being involved in the
Chamber of Commerce, and volunteering in civic,
political and educational organizations. One of the
best places to start is LinkedIn to see what is going
on locally and “Meetups” of all levels of professional
careers. The growth in Meetup, EdCamps, Seminars,
and even online discussions like @Edu_Match on

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Strategic planning for HBCU students consists of:
1. Researching a career that accesses your talents, skills,
and abilities. Allows you to grow, learn and contribute.
2. Planning your education while attending an HBCU to build
your knowledge base in the path you want to take.
3. Participate in networking opportunities, even if you
don’t know anyone show up and show out by working the
4. Find mentors that share your passions and think of you
not as a friend or ticket for them, but as an investment
to a better life for you.
5. Look at each class as a paycheck to refinance your
growth and expanding career options.

6. Interact with instructors to learn as much as they do,
to learn the benefits of experiences through life.
7. Join clubs at HBCUs that provide opportunities to
apply, practice and learn new skills. Clubs provide
leadership opportunities and collaboration for projects
around campus and the community.
8. Create a calendar of priorities for academic career
pathways that lead to building a Curriculum Vitae or
Resume with more than just grades, GPA and academics.
9. Dress for success
10. Your online platforms should mature just as you do.

11. Ask a seasoned instructor to be a mentor and someone
to bounce ideas off of.
12. Use Social Media to build a following in either
traditional blogging, or expand to
Vblogging (video), Podcasting (audio),
Microblogging (Twitter)
13. Take advantage of Internships paid and unpaid.
14. Take advantage of career and academic counselors.
15. Be early to meetings, interviews.

16. When you receive emails – reply no more than a day.
17. If you make a mistake apologize and keep it moving.
18. Learn, Learn, and Learn some more.
19. Don’t worry about where you came from, focus on
where your going and where you want to be.
20. No every man or woman is compatible for you.
Not every man or woman has the same goals as you.

21. Before you get in a persons bed, get into their head
to see what their direction and goals are in life.
22. Manage your bank accounts, manage your credit,
manage your finances.
23. Plan to get your degrees while you are still young.
24. You can’t take your friends with you every where you go.
25. Take time to travel and be exposed to the world not
just your neighborhood.

Starting your career is increasing strategically
planned in this digital and technology driven world.
HBCU students must let the world know ahead of
graduation who you are and what your about.

These are just a few steps that need to be accomplished
that are listed to help establish yourself, to help in
building your Brand while building your SWAG.
When people look for you, you can have more flexibility
in what your want to negotiate in salary, benefits
and other options.

HBCU students using Social Media platforms
and tools, networking, marketing, volunteering
and even mentoring lift themselves up to be noticed
and in demand before graduation. Learning to
strategically position yourself is a planned process.
“Strategically Brand and Market Yourself”


Twitter Resource:
1. TED Talks Twitter @TEDTalks
2. Blogger Week Twitter @BloggerWeek

3. Orlando Tech Twitter @OrlandoTech
4. TEDx FSCJ Twitter @TEDxFSCJ

5. WordCamp Jax Twitter @WordCampJax
6. Smithsonian NMAAHC Twitter @NMAAHC

7. Urban Teacher Twitter @urban_teacher
8. EduColor Movement Twitter @EduColorMVMT

9. Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
#EduMatch @edu_match
10. UrbanEdChat Twitter @UrbanEdChat

11. Blogging While Brown Twitter @BWBConference
12. Central Florida Association of Black Journalist Orlando Twitter @CFLABJ

13. GotteGetBloggin @GottaGetBloggin
14. My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
15. Scholarships @prepforcollege #CollegeChat


May 19, 2016

Influenced by Malcolm X

How Not To Get Your Child Killed In The Streets


The blog is dedicated to Malcolm X whose
wisdom and knowledge resonate even in the
21st century…..
Happy Birthday Malcolm X May 19th…..

“Education is our passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for
it today.” Malcolm X

The continuous murders of young people have
families, citizens and communities demanding
that the killings stop. The senseless taking
of lives and the gun violence that seems to
have no end.
The tradegy is that this will continue unless
parents not police start taking responsibility
for their responsibilities to be parents, not
friends, buddies, BFF’s or any other name that
is not associated with parenting.

EVeryone is wondering what has happened to the
morality of our youth, teens and young adults,
but too many are not looking in the parental
mirrors or accountablity and responsibility as
a parentm that parents should have.
Children learn from their parents, if a parent
allows their children to go out at night
after a “resonable” time then what do you expect to
happen. If a parent allows their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
year old to talk to them any way and thinks that
is cute, what will happen when the child turns
into a pre-teen, a teen and then a young adult?
If the parent allows profanity, complacency and
irresponsibility into their
homes what do they think will happen to the lives
of their children?

This is not to say that there are perfect parents,
this is to say there should be common sense and
parenting learned from the elders. No one listens to
the elders, the grandparents the “Big Mamas” and
the wise gran dads that have learned the lessons of
life and have tried to “teach,” “preach,” and guide
during the challenges of life. Have African
Americans discarded their elders and the knowledge
they have and ready to share?

The travesty is that too many young parents do not
have the skills to raise babies because they are still
babies too. Too many African American parents are not
encouraging their children in the area education,
public service, intellectual engagement in libraries,
museums and other places of learning. Parents that
Want to keep their children, teens, youth and young
adults alive, keep them learning in the libraries,
museums and learning centers of their communities
and cities.
Parents do not encourage family time because too many
want party time, play time and other times not dedicated
to bonding in the family, sharing positive things in the
family and the value of education in the family. When
grandmother talks girls should listen, when grandfather
is sharing stories of value, honesty, decency,
unity and cultural achievement boys and young men
should listen.

Technology allows for the wonders of the world to be exposed
in many academic disciplines, youth, teens and young
adults can learn science, medicine, arts, engineering, space
exploration, examining of the world’s oceans, robotics, these
create career opportunities for African American children
that were unseen 10 years ago. African American children
are learning the wrong things and applying the wrong skills
from mass media.
African American boys and young men should be in libraries,
cultural centers studying, learning and engaging with positive
men and women, too many are getting high, having sex,
playing games of death and destruction and disrespecting
themselfs, their parents and their culture doing stupid
stuff that kills time they will never get back.

There are so many careers that allow a African American child
to witness the genetic structure of human beings (DNA). The
ability to clone plants to feed thousand, use a telescope
to expore the universe, using a microscope to study
germs and viruses to learn how to battle cancer, and other things
that kill the human body from infection and invasion.
I have blogged previously “the engagement of technology allows
African American children and children of color to expand their
intellectual, innovative and creative abilities beyond sports,
entertainment and the stereotypical elements that society deems
appropriate for African American children.” How can this change
if parents are happy with letting their chidren get by, get
over, get laid and get high?

People celebrate great men like Malcolm X, seen here speaking
on Economics in this YouTube video, but how many really apply
the learning to actual practice to make serious changes for their
lives and the lives of their children?

African American teens are missing the mark in networking for
jobs, preparing for higher education and searching for
internships and scholarships that open educational and employment
doors. Employers are becoming fearful to hire African American
youth because their online content is smeared with unethical
behaviors and questionable actions. Showing drugs, guns,
engaging in sex with multiple partners and disrespecting
authority. Violence is seen as more enjoying than learning.

The media shows the “bad” sides of many African American youth
as violent, educationally challenged and African American girls
involved in entertainment agendas that show them as sexually
promiscuous, no morals or values, that no business will want
to hire them except the pornography business.Truth be told
this does not apply to most but the media portrays African
American girls do not help themselves when they show the
elements of Sexting to impress others that only see them
as a sexual object.

African Americans only apply what the media lets them witness,
too many African American youth and teens do not know how
to grow a business, if you do not think so, then listen
to children and understand how they wanna be like the “stars”
they see on television and not business owners.
Each “reality televison” show is a reminder that you have
to use the F word, the N word, the B word to your freinds.
It is ok to call them out of their
names, disrespect them and try to destroy them.

In far to many cases intellegence, intellectualism, ethics,
morals and values are being destroyed right before our eyes,
look at the recent murders over the past several months of
young people bearly starting their lives, but having their
lives ended in violence that touches infants, babies, toddlers
and children that either witness it or directly exposed to
family members being involved in some way.


“My alma mater was books, a good library….
I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying
my curiosity.” Malcolm X

More African American children need to have the idea to own
a business, the passion for learning, reading, literacy
and being life long learners.

Parents have to lay the foundation for success, instead of
purchasing entertainment systems, they will have to change
from entertainment to education.
Purchasing educational software for their children that struggle
with reading and math. Access online tutorial sites where most
are free to use so their children can learn how to use
Microsoft Productivity tools such as Word to create resumes,
write introductory letters to employers, and complete online
employment applications with Browsers.
Youth need to understand the dynamics of PowerPoint, where
they will have to design presentations allowing them to speak
to groups to Market their talents and abilities as future

Educational programs such as STEM and STEAM need
to be supported and encouraged in schools by parents. Using
these models to encourage learning and foster a thirst for
educational preparation. To show African American youth the
options that really are real for careers they can have.

The critical part of any successful educational endeavor is
the involvement of parents. Critical to valuing education,
the empowerment of learning and the direction of continued
educational success are from parents and their collaboration
with teachers and schools. Reading, literacy, comprehension
have not changed in how important they are.
The difference is that too many African American parents are too
busy with their lives to create a learning atmosphere for their
children and participate as well to better themselves.

If African Americans are silent about their educational
thirst they will be ignored and moved from sight. The new jobs
coming to Jacksonville, Detriot, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia,
etc. will not even consider people of color and culture because
they will see only a people that have criminal records, children
without a daddy that mommies have to take care of with two jobs,
or fathers that struggle to take care of their children selling
drugs because they did not apply themselves in school so they
have to sell drugs to make money to feed themselves and their
families. The jails are the new universities that are
advertising for new residents.

This blog may seem harsh, but how harsh is seeing blood on the
streets, how harsh is it to see mothers crying over their children,
how harsh is it to see infants and children watching as they lower
their parents in a dark, cold pit and how harsh is it
that children, parents and families cannot read on a basic
foundational level to gain literacy and understanding?

How not to get your child killed in the streets relies on the
value parents have on education each and every day. To keep
them away from those situations that create death.

The words by Malcolm X ring true even in the 21st century,
“People don’t realize how a man’s (woman’s) whole life can
be changed by one book.” Malcolm X

“The diversity of an uncomplicated man.”
Wm Jackson about Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Biography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X Biography

May 4, 2016

Bar Camp and Sharing Dynamic Information

Bar Camp and Sharing Dynamic Information
@wmjackson #BarCamp #OrlandoTech

Wm Jackson

William Jackson, Teacher of the Year for 2015 – 2016
at Venetia Elementary School in Duval County Public Schools
and Adjunct Professor with Edward Waters College, teaching
Educational Technology / Social Media and STEAM in the
Education and Urban Studies Department speaks at
“Bar Camp” technology camp associated with Orlando
Technology Week in Orlando, Florida and attends the first
WordCamp of Jacksonville, Florida.

Attending technology camps, conferences and seminars
provides dynamic networking opportunities to learn from
diverse people with multiple skills and talents.  The expansion
of technology requires life-long learning and participation
in professional development opportunities. Teaching is always
a great way to evaluate personal knowledge and abilities.
Those in technology understand that being able to speak
about technology and share knowledge is invaluable to growth.

Mr. Jackson is a teacher, blogger, content creator and speaker
on the importance of creating positive online content for youth,
teens and young adults.  The use of Social Media platforms
and tools to build positive online “SWAG” for educational and
professional success of teens and young adults. Professor
Jackson speaks on Social Media Etiquette in his program
“Social Media SWAG” that encourages positive and productive
content online and teaches youth, teens and young adults that
their Smartphones, watches, tablets and other digital mobile
devices can be their best friend or worse enemy.

William Jackson

Using the example of the recent National Football League Draft
that students even in high school and middle school can cause
problems later in life with inappropriate digital content.
Their content can influence entering into higher education,
military service, employment and even the National Football
League Draft, other professional sports teams also view Social
Media platforms of potential and current athletes to evaluate
their ethical and moral behaviors.

Laremy Tunsil, has provided a valuable lesson to middle and
high school students about their Social Media content and
activities. Caution should be used when doing anything and
posting it online for the world to see. Taken from media reports
“The NFL Draft’s first round offered a longer wait than expected
for Tunsil, who was considered the top offensive lineman in the
entire class. A social media post drew controversy on the day of
the draft, which reportedly caused him to slide.” This cost him
thousands if not millions of dollars.

Mr. Jackson a regular speaker at the international conference;
“Preventing Crime In The Black Community” produced by
Florida State Attorney’s Office, May 25, 26, 27, 2016 in Miami,
Florida provides an engaging and interactive discussion on
preventing cyberbullying, the dangers of Sexting and cyberstalking
to teens in high school and college.

William Jackson, Blogger and Speaker

William Jackson, Blogger and Speaker

The presentations are an interactive dialogue that encourages feedback
and experiences by youth, teens and young adults attending, the
key statement is his tag line to allow youth, teens and young adults
to apply his wisdom as an educator, business owner, parent and
community activist.
“Your digital mobile devices can be your best friend or worst enemy
depending on how you apply those tools and platforms.” Wm Jackson

Wm Jackson, M.Ed.
Blogging at:
My Quest To Teach –

National and International Blogger and Content Creator
Twitter: @WmJackson



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