My Quest To Teach

November 25, 2016

Edward Waters College Professor and Student Attend WordPress 2016

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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.

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“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/

 

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August 27, 2016

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising
A New School Year – A New Focus for Success
William Jackson, M. Ed. Edward Waters College
@wmjackson

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The new school year has arrived, parents are concerned
about the outward appearance of their children; rightly
so, children represent their respective families and
generational lineage (family history). No parent wants
their children to look scruffy especially the first several
weeks of school. The concerns of parents in their
dressing of their child or children is a representation
of the physical appearance that creates the initial
impressions that are temporary and quickly fleeting
during the school year.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

The question:
Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising??
thought provoking and  a serious discussion that
inquires parents preparing their children academically
for success in school. Parents have you encouraged
academic excellence using positive words and
positive expectations?
Parents have you purchased educational materials;
educational DVD’s, obtained library cards and
museum memberships? Learning occurs outside of
the school too and must be cultivated by parents
before school starts and during the academic year.

Parents are you talking too, not yelling at children about
your expectations for proper behavior and scholarly
participation (being a good student)? Parents need to
show that books are the gateways to new worlds and
new discoveries not just sports or entertainment.
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author states,
“Children should be fascinated by books and encouraged
to read every day.” Ironically children of color and culture
are behind others and should not be, free educational
resources are available in communities.

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During over 20 years as an educator I have heard
parents verbally threaten, demean, dress down,
embarrass and curse out their children as the new
school year approached. Parent’s excuses or reasons;
children need to know that they (parents) mean business.
Comments such as these shape and mold a child’s
mind. It potentially creates a personality that the
perception is they deserve to be beat, they deserve to
be yelled at and cursed at. These actions may reinforce
in a child’s mind that violence should be accepted and
maybe even welcomed in order to be a good student.
Children should be taught with love and patience that,
“there is value in books and libraries,” and love is
stronger than violence.
(African Voices 2009 – C.Achebe) so they can look
forward happily to reading and learning.

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As a parent and educator, I urge parents to think about
and seriously consider two statements by two well-known
men. Both were parents and known for their wisdom in
their respective lives. Albert Einstein (1879-19550) stated,
”Way of thinking should be taught to all children, to be
tenacious in the way they think, to solve problems even
though they may take years.”
Einstein 2007, this is related to the patience of learning,
to the expectations of hard work and dedication to research.
It is important for parents to teach this to their children
through love, role modeling and patience.

Malcolm X (1925-1965) stated, “Education is the passport
to the future. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for
it today.” Malcolm X promoted learning, he is known to
have read ferociously and regularly sharing his
knowledge and love of learning with his children, and
when applying it to why knowledge is important.
Malcolm X rationality can be applied to all cultures and colors.
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Parents must train up their children the way they should
properly go, valuing education and doing good works in
their community.
Parents should ask themselves who would they want their
child to follow; who would they want their children to be
like, who should be their role models beyond athletes
and entertainers.
Parents need to be the first model for educational value,
parents think about the kind of child or children you are
raising and what are your expectations for them?
Do you want your children to be better than you in life:
do you want them to be better financially, educationally,
and socially? Education is the key.

Join PTA and School Advisory Council, attend school
board meetings and other events during the year so
you will understand why schools are run the way they
are. If your child is not struggling be a voice for those
that are, be a child advocate because all children will
eventually grow into adults and still affect the
climate of their and potentially  your community.

How your community, your city, and your state is
managed and run is based on the education of all
citizens. Your participation may mean the difference
between and educated and employed society that
equally contributes to the tax base or an under
educated, or uneducated  society that struggles to
provide resources and services that build and make
a city and community stronger.

Encourage reading, comprehension, literacy and life
long learning.

May 5, 2016

High School Athletes – Having A Tunsil Moment

Having A Tunsil Moment
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

Our behaviors are influenced by youthful
exuberance, ignorance to the consequences
of our actions and just plain stupidity. Many
of us have done things, participated in
activities that when we look back on we
resent and regret. Maturity is a great thing
to have, but it is gained from experiences
from life lessons.

Behaviors when mixed with alcohol, drugs and other substances
blur the lines between common sense and irrational behaviors.
When combined with technology we display a side of ourselves
that we normally would not. We act and react differently because
our thoughts are either clouded irrational actions and our youthful
excitement of the moment.

The National Football League Draft of 2016 will be seen as a lesson
in Social Media  caution and accountability. The lessons
learned are not just for athletes, but for everyone seeking to
achieve their goals, dreams and career aspirations.

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Laremy Tunsil’s high school mistake is a wakeup call for
high school and middle school students that use Social Media.
The events that happened no matter how they took place
shows several things, people will try to use Social Media
content to hurt others, you are accountable and responsible
for your content that you post from videos, to photos
and we cannot predict our futures.

This lesson in a way was experienced by Vanessa Williams
years ago when she was the first African American
to win Miss. America, but her crown was taken back
because of photos from her past. She survived with
the support of family and friends and her determined
will to be successful.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/miss-america-resigns

The term, hind sight is 20/20, I’m sure if she knew she
was going to be Miss America she would not have taken
those photos and chosen another course of action to support
herself. Tunsil, I’m sure would not have participated in the
events shown online and not recorded them. The actions of
youth mixed with substances that take control of the
mind are a dangerous combination.

Social Media is not a crystal ball into the future, but a
window to the past, it can show positive and productive
events or behaviors that show lack of  thought and
maturity. As I have stated in many conversations at
conferences, seminars and workshops:
“Your digital devices can be your best friends or
worse enemies, depending on the type of content you
create and post, share and associate with.” William Jackson

Social Media platforms are growing and allow unprecedented
opportunities to share content that shares our lives,
parents must be sure to talk to their children to
get them to understand that everything they do does
not have to go online and their behaviors, actions
and associations can be a curse for the future.

“Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun.”
Pete Cashmore, Mashable CEO Tweet This!

Internet Caution

Internet Caution

As I have blogged parents need to “Google and Hash Tag,”
their children from time to time to protect them from
themselves. To talk to their children, set ground rules
and have expectations for behaviors. Along with this if
the rules are broken consequences for actions that can
ultimately be detrimental to future careers.

Social Media is a reflection of society, there are wonderful
resources that allow for personal growth, educational
access, networking and social interactions that build
dynamic and global relationships, but the other end
are areas that promote chaos, confusion and even death;
physical, moral, psychological and spiritual defecation to
logic and common sense.
Parents are their children’s first line of defense to
protect their children from physical and digital mistakes.

The Internet has created an atmosphere where children,
youth, teens and young adults feel they cannot live without
access, they have to be connected to friends and resources
that can influence behaviors outside of their “normal”
influences. Tuncil is not the only one that has been
exposed, there are others, some were lucky, but there
are others that have heartbreaking stories resulting in
unemployment, shame and embarrassment. The issue with
Social Media is that others are influenced because of the
“connected communities.” Everyone else can see
your business and if you allow only a select few,
this does not stop the spreading of rumors and innuendos.

Caution in the actions and reactions of situations and
circumstances is important. Think about how or if what
you post can or will affect you and your family. It only
takes a few seconds to change to course of your future
when posting on Social Media.

“Social media is changing the way we communicate and the
way we are perceived, both positively and negatively.
Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you
are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal
Brand.” Amy Jo Martin

The dangers are not just employment and social stability,
the dangers are destroying your Brand that you have worked
hard to build. From your E-Brand to your e-Reputation
and even your e-Personality all are affected. In some cases
it is easier to destroy your personal Brand and almost
impossible to rebuild it after a mistaken posting.

“How valuable your e-Brand, e-Personality, e-Reputation and
e-Value are cannot be determined until you do something to
damage it on Social Media.” William Jackson

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