My Quest To Teach

June 9, 2018

My WordCamp Journey 2017-2018

William Jackson at WordCamp Jacksonville
Speaking at WordCamp  Jacksonville, Florida 2017


Enjoying my WordCamp Journey from 2017 to 2018

Speaking, Volunteering, Organizing, Sponsoring and Advocating

How To Be Dope On Social Media
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson
Presentations from WordCamp DC and WordCamp
Wilmington, North Carolina
Twitter @wmjackson

Speaking at my first international
WordCamp Calgary Canada in Alberta
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William Jackson and Aida Correa
Speaking at our first WordCamp Miami
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Helping with Kids Camp in
Calgary Canada Alberta
sharing knowledge with
families from South Sudan

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Attending with Sean at WordCamp
Birmingham, Alabama our first time
in Birmingham, Ala.

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A beautiful journey of WordCamp
Miami and WordCamp Atlanta
with Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
LoveBuilt Life

WordCamp Calgary

There is power in the spoken word, there is
power in the engagement that is WordCamp.
WordCamp YYC Calgary Canada Alberta

 

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December 7, 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Instructor: Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida #MyQuestToTeach
Accompanied by
Joshua Rodriguez, junior Biology major
Jon Gregory, junior Elementary Education

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Attending WordCampUSA Philly was a great
opportunity to join over 1800 bloggers, developers,
programmers, users and even educators.
Joining together to learn, share, and collaborate
on a platform that allows for dynamic content to
be posted in diverse digital environments.

Attending with my students Joshua Rodriguez
a junior studying Biology and Johnathan Gregory
a junior studying elementary education, both students
attending Edward Waters College. Provided an opportunity
to apply what they are learning in the classroom in
real world situations.
These situations are not just educational, but involves
business, commerce and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Edward Waters College an HBCU building leaders in
diverse disciplines is working to build content creators
and innovators. In order for this to be successful students
must be exposed to industry leaders, developers and
programmers and marketers.
Conferences like WordCamp allow for exposure, it
encourages interaction and engagement. If students are
not involved they lose the chance to be inspired and
encouraged to think beyond their current community and
even economic level.

Learning from conferences is Dope and Lit, more students
of color and culture need to have the opportunity to
join in on the discussions to learn and contribute. To move
beyond consumers to change into developers.

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HBCU – Historic Black Colleges and Universities
should continue to prioritize learning on a foundation
level to liberate the thinking of the application and
integration of technology to produce not just consume.
Students of color and culture should not follow the words
of those who want to limit the abilities of them, because
students of color and culture and African students are
smart creatives, dynamic innovators and embrace
entrepreneurialism that opens doors to build people
and nations.  My students and I will take back to
our schools, our communities and our peers new knowledge
to share, to inspire, to ignite the fires of discovery that
change the way children, youth, teens and even young
adults see themselves.
“Children don’t care what you know, so long as they know
that you care,” is a quote the Jon Gregory shared with me
from attending EdCamp NASBE, it applies here as well.
We must share, encourage, engage, inspire, influence,
ignite and kindle the joy for learning so students will be
life-long learners to build a better tomorrow.

HBCU students should attend conferences, workshops,
seminars, meetups, EdCamps, WordCamps, Bar Camps,
and other technology events. If the mindset does not
change children of color and culture will find themselves
unemployable or under-employed in dead end careers and
jobs. This is economic and even political self destruction,
the lack of education creates a lack of economic and
political power.

Photos from our adventure to WordCamp USA 2016

 

November 28, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016

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Edward Waters College Professor and Student
Attend  WordPress 2016
Prof. William Jackson – Edward Waters College
Joshua Rodriquez – Biology Major
@wmjackson

HBCU students are learning that the content they
create is valuable in the career direction they are
taking. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn and
other Social Media platforms can be used to enhance
Brands beyond being a student, it can enhance
visibility as an innovator, smart creative,
developing leader in the ever changing tech industry
and a  potential rising star in intellectual exchanges
and collaboration.

HBCU students can now become entrepreneurs
while still in school if they have the vision and skills.

Joshua Rodriquez a student majoring in Biology and
a new user of #WordPress has learned as a first time
participant at#WordCamp 2016 conference, the
importance of writing  and blogging. Josh, a
junior attending Edward Waters College
has aspirations of medical school and blogging
about his experiences and journey.

Pro. Jackson a veteran of WordPress attending
WordCamp
each year; I learn something that I can apply
personally and professionally as a teacher, blogger
and business owner with #MyQuestToTeach
On the teaching side it is required that students
taking Educational Technology and Social Media
course that Prof. Jackson teaches blog each week
about what is passionate and interesting to them.

Allowing students to develop WordPress sites
encourages students to read, build comprehension
skills and share on a digital and literary platform
their growing knowledge and  understanding how
to apply technology intellectually towards their
career interests. They learn that literacy is just
not reading and comprehension there are other
dynamics as  written by Rusul Alrubai‏ @RusulAlrubai
https://rusulalrubail.com/2016/11/22/literacy-beyond-reading-writing/
She gives a very good explanation of literacy and
its dynamic use not just for academics, but other
areas of learning.

Building future technology professionals HBCU
students need to be able to write, share content
and information on a professional level that is
required in many careers. Just as important is
the ability to comprehend what is read and
able to apply what is read to achieve the goals
and missions of their careers. Many businesses
claim that students from many institutions are
not competent writers and even lack comprehension
skills. These skills can be gained and strengthened
from reading.

Being an educator on the elementary and higher
education level I see the importance of students,
especially students of color strengthening their
abilities in reading and comprehension.
HBCU students even after graduating need to
continue to read and engage in diverse literary
genres, join book clubs and participate in reading
events at their local libraries.

Joshua and Prof. Jackson had the opportunity to help
elementary students at the conference to develop
a web presence, sharing our knowledge and skills
with these growing writers.

More HBCU students should attend conferences
like WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp, and EdCampNABSE.
Students like Mr. Rodriquez are the growing leadership
that is needed to assist African Americans to
increase the 2% that own technology companies.
There needs to be more to empower African
American communities.

In order for HBCU students to expand beyond traditional
career roles and enter into entrepreneurship roles,
management roles, and business startups they must
be involved in leadership roles.
To be engaged in video blogging, podcasting,
microblogging and creation of Apps and the
area of virtual reality.

“I would like HBCU students to understand they are
the authors of  their story, they are authentic, they
are unique and they are eternal in the stories
they provide.” William Jackson

Reading is vital to building language and intellectualism,
“books may look like nothing more than words on a page,
but they are actually an infinitely complex
imaginotransference technology that translates odd,
inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
Jasper Fforde

Joshua speaking at #WordCamp
https://youtu.be/0jdPakqSh5o

Resources:
WordCamp Central
http://central.wordcamp.org/
WordPress
https://wordpress.com/
EdCampNABSE
https://twitter.com/EdcampNABSE
NABSE
https://spark.adobe.com/page/TcID6BRLHlupl/

William Jackson
My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.Wordpress.com

Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

Some Edward Waters College students presenting
their 
blogs in class. 

November 25, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016

prof-jackson-and-joshua-rodriquez

Edward Waters College Professor and Student
Attends WordPress 2016
by Prof. William Jackson and Joshua Rodriquez, student
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

HBCU students are learning that the content they
create is valuable in the career directions they are
taking. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn
and other Social Media platforms  can be used to
enhance their Brand beyond just being a student,
it can enhance their visibility as an innovator,
smart creative, developing leader in the ever
changing tech industry and a potential rising
star in intellectual exchange.

Joshua Rodriquez a student majoring in Biology
and a new user of #WordPress has learned as a
first time participant at the #WordCamp 2016
conference at the University of Central Florida,
the importance of writing / blogging. Josh is a
junior attending Edward Waters College and has
aspirations of medical school and blogging about
his experiences and journey.

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I’m a veteran of WordPress attending WordCamp,
each year I learn something that I can apply to
personally and professionally as a teacher, blogger
and business owner.
On the teaching side it is required that my students
taking Educational Technology and Social Media class
blog each week about what is passionate and
interesting to them.
Allowing my students to develop WordPress sites
encourages students to read, build comprehension
skills and share on a digital and literary platform
their growing knowledge and understanding how
to apply technology intellectually
towards their career interests.

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Building future technology professionals HBCU
students need to be able to write, share content and
information on a professional level that is required in
many professions. Just as important is the ability to
comprehend what is read and be able to apply what is
read to achieve the goals and missions of their careers.
Many businesses claim that  students from many
institutions are not competent writers and even lack
comprehension skills gained from reading.

Being an educator on the elementary level I see the
importance of students, especially students of color
strengthen their abilities in reading and comprehension.
HBCU students even after graduating need to continue
to read and engage in diverse literary genres.

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Today’s students at all levels before higher education
must be taught early the relevancy and importance of
writing and sharing their story. WordPress is dynamic
and increases the E-learning curve making writing fun
and teaching how to apply writing skills to real life
application.
Joshua and I had the opportunity to help elementary
students at the conference to develop a web presence,
sharing our knowledge and skills, seeing the youth’s
growth in content development and application.
Students attending HBCUs gain their voice through
reading diverse literature, this voice should be
enhanced by the growing ability to comprehend what
is read and how to apply what is read to real life.

More HBCU students should attend conferences like
WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp, and EdCampNABSE.
Students like Mr. Rodriquez are the growing leadership
that is needed to assist African Americans
to increase the only 2% that own technology companies.

In order for HBCU students to expand beyond traditional
career roles and enter into entrepreneurship roles,
management, and startups they must be involved in
interactive roles. Roles to be engaged in video blogging,
podcasting, microblogging and creation of Apps and
the area of virtual reality.

william-jackson-at-ewc

“I would like HBCU students to understand they are
the authors of their story, they are authentic, they are
unique and they are eternal in the stories they provide.”
William Jackson
Reading is vital to building language and intellectualism,
“books may look like nothing more than words on a page,
but they are actually an infinitely complex
imaginotransference technology that translates odd,
inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.”
Jasper Fforde

Never doubt the necessity to read and comprehend
what you read.

Video of Mr. Rodriquez 

Resources:
WordCamp Central
http://central.wordcamp.org/
WordPress
https://wordpress.com/
EdCampNABSE
https://twitter.com/EdcampNABSE
NABSE
https://spark.adobe.com/page/TcID6BRLHlupl/

William Jackson
My Quest To Teach
http://MyQuestToTeach.Wordpress.com

Educational Technology and Social Media
at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

February 11, 2014

A Journey Into Womanhood and Social Media


A Journey Into Womanhood
and Social Media

by William Jackson
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Presenter

Speaking to the young ladies of “Journey Into Womanhood”
during a Social Media and Cyberbullying workshop.
My goal was to share information that empowers and
educates these young ladies on the influence of their
Social Media content. Through discussion,
dialogue, exchanging information, skits and experiences, this
discussion of 90 minutes allowed for understanding in the use and
influence of Social Media platforms.
Having blogged about previous presentations to youth, my goal is
to engage youth and teens in serious and humorous discussions
about their online presence and how their content influences their
opportunities for scholarships and employment.

Young ladies are realizing their social media content is
establishing an online culture. A high school and even college
student’s digital creation and exchange of content has important
affects on the digital perceptions that build their Brands and
personal/digital associations (shared in a previous blog).
Creating content that allows for preconception in behaviors and
influences the personal relationships they create. This can be
seen in the Social Media sites of Trayvon Martin and now Jordan
Davis, how people perceive them as young Black youth.
Social influences have an effect on personality decisions that are
displayed on social media platforms. The social media look of a
young lady is not always complimentary, is not directed by goals,
visions and missions of future educational and career objectives.
Too many girls are trying to impress peers or fit in with groups and
negatively influenced by entertainment icons and models.

Rise of Social Media
The rise of social media creates a blueprint
when it comes to developing and embracing
diverse social media platforms.
This influences how girls and young ladies
Brand themselves
and Markets these Brands. The young ladies of “Journey Into
Womanhood” are mentored in academics, social graces, possible
career choices and higher educational options. Knowledge of
digital tools can mean earning a scholarship or having one taken away.
Girls need to consider the social, emotional, spiritual and even
intellectual content they create from social interactions. Parents
need to be aware to guide and offer advice because of future
complications from content, online statements, cyberbullying,
profanity and inappropriate video or pictures.
A girls Brand is connected to their online activities; the behaviors,
actions and even associations influence perceptions and future
friendships.

Building Relationships
Building relationships is important
even in a digital age, it extends
beyond the digital connection.
Providing the choices needed to
attend colleges and universities,
obtaining scholarships and grants
and building Brands for collaborative
projects. Doors open in
diverse careers in STEM and STEAM
for girls and women as their
technical skills grow. Girls of color are
learning that they are not locked into social skill sets any longer.
Whether using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Google +
or a Youtube channel, Branding is an individual story that
should generate interest based on similar passions that girls and
woman share. Social Media provides no better tool to position
yourself for opportunities. JIW is working to build and enhance
the self-esteem of young ladies through interactive workshops
that speakers like William Jackson provide (My Quest To Teach).

Speaking and Presentations
Youth, teens and young adults need additional
exposure to technology professionals to learn from
experts in the fields of IT. How can children
set higher academic and professional goals if they are
not exposed to those involved in the careers.
Having had the opportunity to speak at major conferences, churches,
youth groups and other venues. I share my excitement and experiences
with technology, social media, STEM and STEAM. Hoping to motivate
youth in those areas for future careers.

Collaboration and Content are Important
As I share with the young ladies of
“Journey Into Womanhood”; collaboration and
content creation is important to expand and
accentuate the unique personal abilities and talents
that girls are learning to develop. Through skits and
play acting these young ladies share what they are
learning about Social Media and Cyberbullying.
Access in the digital age has a foundation based on
relationship building first, then cooperation and
collaboration next.
Girls and boys in schools need to be mentored and counseled
on their postings, just as they are counseled on career choices.
They need to be counseled on Social Media content, Bullying and
Cyberbullying. Guidance counselors will need professional
development on how to help students with Social Media tools.
As I’m being asked to speak nationally on Social Media and
Bullying/Cyberbullying I’m convinced more than ever each high
schools and middle schools needs a Social Media counselor
to guide and teacher students how they should direct their content
in Marketing and Branding themselves, Cyberbullying prevention
and the social responsibilities of online use.
A young ladies postings create a following with their culture;
that culture is integrated and broadcast digitally that
influences Branding. The digital age is forcing students to sell
their talents and abilities to the world to be competitive in global
markets not just for local and community jobs.

Master of Your Brand
The young ladies of “Journey Into Womanhood”
are learning to Master their Brand because their
Brand is their culture and
online reputation. Girls and young woman must
understand the long range consequences of their
digital culture, too many guidance counselors are
concerned with testing
and other issues to understand about Social Media and
cannot provide sound and experienced advice.
Social media content can open doors to social and professional
opportunities or can close doors of educational and professional
acceptance for students. Guidance counselors should be teaching
students that once a month if not more to Google their content,
pictures, video and reputations.
Just as there are strategies to prevent identity theft there should be
strategies for Social Media content and online reputation enhancement.

The Journey
“Journey Into Womanhood”
http://www.empowermentresourcesinc.org/woman.asp
is an organization designed in its mission to empower,
educate and encourage young ladies from 10 and above to
be the best they can be. A rites of passage program, designed
for girls ages 9-17.
This unique and inspiring program cultivates young ladies in their
“Journey into Womanhood”
Web: http://www.empowermentresourcesinc.org/woman.asp
Twitter:@ journeyn2woman
Blog: http://empowermentresourcesinc.blogspot.com/

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