My Quest To Teach

November 14, 2018

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care
By William Jackson, M.Edu
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/Music

The world is changing, the incorporation of technology will
not stop in our society, integration of technology is changing
how we function in this world. Educational initiatives use to
train children for the future is ever progressing and creating
a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundation.

Children must be prepared for careers not even available
now and they must be able to solve complex problems that
will challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting world.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication,
satellites that use infrared, radar and microwave technologies
to survey millions of miles of land, sonar technologies that can
“see” in the deepest of oceans and seas. The same satellites
that have their digital “eyes” aimed at deep space and even
new technology that can detect movement of animals and
intricate weather patterns. Providing accurate weather
predictions for weeks and months in advance.

All provided by the growth and integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across this country. Because technology
has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be
fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/CSTREAM
and STEMsquared, they are all connected, but each has a powerful
individual effect in our world.

The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high achievement
in all areas, “as defined by STE[+a]M, which is a website created
to share information about the blending of arts and sciences. The
past error in thinking was that each of these elements were separate
and unequal. The new thinking is that STEAM creates a curriculum
that embraces all these elements which allow students to hone their
personal skills and advance in areas that are new, but just as
important. Project based learning where there is a end result that
is not based on data, but based on evidence of a finished product.

There is a new way of thinking, grounded in research on the brain
shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development
and the scientific techniques are complimentary than once first
believed. The blending of these skills require students to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking that supports
collaborative and cooperative learning. Learning that pushes and
challenges, and brings about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of appliance and application. In a layman’s explanation, kids
are encourage to do something, given the tools and the parents
are facilitators and get out of the way.

Parents need to understand many careers are now influenced
by STEM curriculum’s and should be more involved in schools
that are preparing students to be future leaders Educators, artists,
and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences and believe that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and
technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher
centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning
and involve the “4 Cs”:
Creativity, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed
that the organizations of  the National Science Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of
Education are joining to make sure current and future models
of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled laborers
this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

William Jackson is an educator over 30 years experience.
Teaching Physical Education, STEAM/STEM/STREAM
Past Professor with Edward Waters College teaching
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
A national and international blogger and advocate
for WordCamp as a blogger, volunteer, speaker and
organizer.
Hashtag #MyQuestToTeach
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October 7, 2018

Florida Blogging and Social Media Conference

Pictorial presentation of the Florida Blogging and Social Media Conference
“The Year of the Creator”
https://floridablogcon.com/

Welcome to the 8th Annual Florida Blogging and
Social Media Conference 2018 at Full Sail University.
Thank you Bess Auer for welcoming us to the conference !!!!

Photos via William Jackson of My Quest To Teach
#MyQuestToTeach

Aida (Love Built Life) and Barbara (FlMomBlog)

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

Aida of Love Built Life and Barbara FlMomBlog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bess (FlBlogCon) and Aida (Love Built Life)

Bess and Aida

Bess and Aida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Jackson, attending his first
FlBlogCon.
Student attending Edward Waters
College, learning how to develop his
clothing business Primal Instinct

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elisha Taylor III attending his second FlBlogCon
Student with Duval County Public Schools
High school student.

Elisha Taylor III at FlBlogCon

Elisha Taylor III at FlBlogCon

 

 

 

Elisha Taylor III

Elisha Taylor III

Elisha Taylor III and Barbara

Elisha Taylor III and Barbara

Elisha Taylor III and Hellthy Junk Food

Elisha Taylor III and Hellthy Junk Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aida (Love Built Life) and William My Quest To Teach
Aida attending her first FlBlogCon and William
attending his 7th

Aida and William - Love Built Life and My Quest To Teach

Aida and William – Love Built Life and My Quest To Teach

William Jackson and Aida Correa

William Jackson and Aida Correa

Aida Correa of Love Built LIfe

Aida Correa of Love Built LIfe and Ford

William Jackson and Ford

William Jackson and Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacksonville, Florida Group attending FlBlogCon 2018

Jacksonville, Florida Group attending FlBlogCon 2018                                   Jacksonville, Florida group of business owners,
students, ministers, and community activists
attending their first FlBlogCon 2018

 

 

 

 

Sharon Johnson (Right) with family and friends

Sharon Johnson with family and friends

Students from South and North Florida attending their first of many FlBlogCon conferences.

Students from South and North Florida attending their first of many FlBlogCon conferences.

 

 

April 8, 2018

Increase Your Entrepreneurial and I-trepreurial Vision in 2018

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

Increase Your Entrepreneurial and I-trepreneurial
Vision in 2018

by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Resources by New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers
“Fill you life with people that are good for you.”
Phoebe Leija 2018
The most important part about growing is making the mental
decision to do so. New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers
is there to help and support. Just as importantly the
mentality of change must come first.
Many people fail when they say that they are ready for change
because it is from emotional stimulation not mental declaration.
Going to church is emotionally filled, everyone is hyped,
everyone is clapping, singing, dancing and even
high fiving strangers.
When service is over “BAM” reality sets in and its back to normal.
The intellectual design is discarded and there is no plan to
move forward. In order to change the reality, first change the
thinking. It seems that emotion can spark a desire for change,
applied properly brings about change.
Sustaining come by planning and strategically applying your skills,
talents and using the resources you have.
The goal; improve yourself, the mission; to establish consistancy
and build to make sure change is in the direction of growth. How
can someone make resolutions for a new year then not start or
continue to move forward with the same mentality? Consistancy
and a formative plan that is executed and followed.
People of color are learning that the luxuries of today are
the necessities of tommorrow. Each generation should be better
than the next if there is a mental plan to do so.
In retrospect people of color did not know, did not care or
have “forgotten that between 1901 and 1910 approximately 800
African Americans were lynched with the deliberate intent to
keep them mentally submissive and lviing in physical poverty,
educational ignorance and confined to a death mentality.”
“My Face Is Black Is True” Francis Berry 2005 is an awesome
book to read and share.
The United States of America has proven that it will only
provide enough assistance to aid in economic, political and
educational success, the balance falls on people of color
that must have a desire to get out of a defeated mentality.
The current Presidential administration has shown its contempt
for people of color so again there must be efforts to move
forward and bring others along.
As a parent, professional educator and community activist
I strongly feel that people of color still have much to offer
this nation. Moving forward requires making proper preparations
and planning. The mental capacity to be critical thinkers,
thought leaders, higher order problem solvers are essential
to the building of this nation.
To be a leader in this nation and the world depends on the
capacity to strive beyond the perceived limitations of
educational, mental and financial access.
“Get rid of the “grasshopper” mentality that being to small
to make a change in this land of giants.”
Minister Thoran Brown – Westside Church of Christ 2017
Young people like Marley Dias, the founder of #1000 Black Girl
Books, Deyonna Burton of #SPEAR creating seminars and workshops
to address social and economic justice, Angie Nixon and her
daughter Natalie creating the Adventures of Moxie Girl and
STEAM advocates like Taylor Richardson.
There are many others and even many that are growing into
their purpose of change. Each is an inspiration to girls,
women, boys and men to work hard academically and give
back to their communities.
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers can aid in the
mental change people are seeking, people of color should
have dreams, goals, purpose and power in their thinking.
The influence of NTSZ / VK is monumental in creating learning
opportunties from free GED Classes, changing Health Disparities,
building foundations for Economic Development and serving the
community from volunteering.
Parents should expose their children to as many learning
opportunties as possible to take advantage of the services
and tools available. Moving through 2018 should be strategic
and planned. Growing out of a mentality that delivers
from economic poverty, educational ignorance and financial
servitude.
Children should not be condemed and cursed to the failures
of their parents nor the mistakes that drag the family down.
The change of mentality is more important and lasting than
the temporary emotional flux of emotions that are influenced
by our environments.
People of color why just reach for the sky when there is a
vast open space above the sky that very few are willing to
explore. Be authentic and be genuine in your vision and purpose.

November 15, 2017

Father and Son Attending and Speaking at International WordCamps

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William and Sean Jackson

Father and Son Attending and Speaking at International WordCamps
William Jackson, educator, blogger and community activist
Sean Jackson, graduate students Florida State University
@wmjackson – Twitter
Growing numbers of public school educators, higher education
instructors and private school educators that are engaged in writing/blogging
and building dynamic content have turned to the WordPress platform
to post their digital content.
WordPress the open source application has allowed educators on multiple
levels to create and share dynamic content integrated with Social Media
platforms Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, video and
Podcasting elements.
Teachers are learning that traditional instructional lecture methods are not
working with their high tech students and mobile/wireless technology.
Applying technology is a must,  grab student’s attentions that are already
immersed in digital environments. Teachers must adapt to integrating diverse technologies into the learning environments to address the varied learning
modalities of their students.
Blogging, even video and microblogging is a way of using text, graphics
and video to share information on diverse digital platforms and build
valuable writing skills to enable and enhance the ability to create dynamic
content online.
Teachers in higher education are familiar with the “publish or perish”
requirements in demanding higher education careers and students in
higher education are facing this as well.
To keep engaged and active in posting and publishing educational,
technical, scientific and other types of information preparing for
careers in knowledge based fields.
WordPress powers more than 30% of the web pages on the web and this
is growing because of the security, flexibility and ease of learning. The
support for WordPress is phenomenal with local meetup groups and
online help that is both national and international. Creating “families”
of content activist and social activism on a global scale never
before seen.
WordCamps help develop the ability to build tech skill-sets,
develop intellectual content, support digital innovation,
web development, coding and knowledgeable teaching
to beginners of blogging and web development.
More students are creating online digital portfolios,
resumes and even curriculum and academic vitaes to apply for
online jobs that are in need of skills that even middle/high
school students may have. Technology is allowing even elementary,
middle and high school students to be Entrepreneurs starting
businesses and even I-trepreneurs that are coders, developers and
innovators with individual talents.
As an advocate for blogging and microblogging to build student’s
online reputation and digital footprint I continue to blog about
WordCamps, EdCamps, BarCamps and other events.
I have attended multiple WordCamp conferences; spoken at
WordCamps and Live blogged at several where I have gained
international attention. I have taken students from the historic
Edward Waters College to WordCamp Philadelphia, EdCamp
Tampa, EdCamp NABSE National Alliance of Black School
Educators and traveled with Emma Kent, research librarian of
Edward Waters College where we presented “How To Be Dope
On Social Media,” at WordCamp Washington DC, WordCamp
Jacksonville Florida, WordCamp Wilmington, North Carolina.
Traveling with my son, a 2015 graduate of FAMU and currently
a graduate students attending Florida State University.
We attended WordCamp Birmingham, Alabama and will be
attending WordCamp Orlando 2017.
It is key that community activism and community activist use
Social Media to share and magnify the voice of the voiceless
using technology. No one should allow just one source of media
to tell their story and create a digital persona of them.
Applications like WordPress can enhance storytelling and give
everyone a platform of expression and activism.
Find WordCamps – https://central.wordcamp.org
William Jackson – Twitter http://twitter.com/wmjackson
Instagram – http://instagram.com/williamdjackson

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