My Quest To Teach

June 20, 2016

What I Learned from #EdCampMagic 2016

What I Learned from #EdCampMagic 2016

Sarah Thomas, Tammy G. Neil, William Jackson

“It’s about sharing.” @sandramc59
as stated by Sandra McConnell about the
recent @EdCampMagic, this statement
can be applied to all EdCamp across the
globe, sharing resources, sharing
knowledge, sharing best practices and
sharing the love of teaching.

The involvement of teachers in professional
development opportunities drastically
improves the teaching ability of teachers.
Teachers learning from teachers helps to
solidify the value of teacher to teacher
sharing of best practices, applying creativity
and innovative uses of technology and
understanding better the cultural dynamics
of the diversity in our schools and classrooms.
The goal is to “share” with each other,
sharing knowledge whether it is one year of
teaching  or over 30 years, everyone can
contribute, everyone is respected and everyone
is valued.

#EduMatch meets at #EdCampMagic

Attending #EdCampMagic allows for teachers
of diverse experiences, generations, cultures and
demographics to  learn from each other. Everyone
is valuable in their contributions because there is
no one way to teach children. The curriculum may
be the same but, the presentations and applications
are diverse depending on the availability of
technology and teaching resources.

The educational curriculum’s of this nation are
embracing more technology, but districts are
struggling with the implementation of the
combining of diverse teaching abilities with
the complexity of integration  of tools, platforms,
differential instruction and
the diverse learning styles of children.

#EdCampMagic sessions provided a snapshot of the
experiences of teachers and their application of
tools, platforms and instructional materials that
help to teach students. Teachers helping teachers
in the learning of how to be a better teacher for
their students.

Elisha from Jacksonville, Florida and
Sarah Thomas of @Edu_Match #EduMatch

Attending and presenting at #EdCAmpMagic allowed
me to share my teaching experiences and application
of Social Media, STEAM (Science Technology
Engineering Arts and Mathematics and the social
responsibilities of digital content. Several times it
was stated that if school districts are not
implementing some type of Social Media
instruction they are missing out on
unique teaching opportunities. Social Media is so
ingrained in our students lives that they (students)
are being done a disservice if they are not talking
about the morality and ethics of Sexting,
Cyberbullying, Cyberporn and Cyberstalking.
These are the new and much needed areas that fit
into a STEAM / STEM
environment because it involves technology and

As I stated, I had the attending teachers respond
to me during our discussions about Social Media,
“our digital devices can be our best friend or
worst enemy depending on the type of content
that is developed and posted.” Thus leading into….

Elisha student with Duval County
Public Schools and William Jackson
@wmjackson educator, blogger, speaker
and community activist

What I Learned from #EdCampMagic

1. Teachers are “smart creatives”
adapting diverse instructional elements
to apply in the instructional environment
of their schools and classrooms.
*because our students are diverse in so many
ways, teachers should have diverse strategies
to apply to make learning relevant and applying
to the students cultural, economic and societal
*no one said it would be easy that is why teachers
need to know their students so they can apply
the correct teaching style to their class and
modify it when necessary.

2. Teachers are “innovators”
*teachers are given digital devices to
integrate in their classrooms, but are not
taught how to implement in teaching and
learning for students.
*with innovation comes integration and
modification to fit the classroom environment.

3. Teachers are “models for learning”
*if teachers are not excited about learning
their students will not be excited.
*setting the atmosphere is important, if the
students see the teacher excited the students
will be also.

4. Teachers are “thought leaders”
*teachers inspire life long learning and how
to apply learning to real life situation.
*the art of thinking is related to rational
understanding and how to apply new learning
to relevancy and relevancy to combining
previous knowledge with new knowledge and

5. Teachers show the connections between
“generational learning”
*teachers guide learning from the past to the
current and the future.
*how learning is connected across generations
and demographics.

6. Teachers model how interaction is done
for students
*When teachers teach teachers their is an
embracing of strategies that can
be applied to dynamic classrooms.
*students must be provided time to teach
each other and promote peer to peer
instructional opportunities.

7. Teachers talk to each other
* how they talk about each other and the
interaction between teachers serves as a
role for students to model.
*teachers should share as a means to build
professional development opportunities and
as a support system.
*students should understand that teachers
talk and share information on everything
that affects learning.

8. Teachers learn how to apply standards to lessons.
*the elements of learning objectives
*instructional resources and even assessments
must be applied to effectively create a
holistic learning environment for students.

9. EdCamp is growing across the nation to
encourage teacher to teacher professional
*sharing best practices
*educational networking
*applying standards to the learning environment
* increased diverse learners in the ever changing

10. EdCamp allows teachers to inspire each other
* all teachers need inspiration
*continued training
*building of self-confidence and self-awareness
of what students can accomplish.

William Jackson, Kanteasa Rowell,
Dene E. Gainey

EdCamp communities are growing and
expanding across the nation. There is a new
paradigm shift for professional development
where the focus is on the educator and the
student. EdCamp Rocks!!!!!

Resources on Twitter:


March 3, 2016

Teachers Why Do You Blog???

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Presentation from the first Florida Blogging Conference for Educators
proud and honored to be invited to be one of the first presenters for this
historic conference for educators.

Presentation provided by William Jackson @wmjackson

Speaking to educators about the importance of engagement, passion, and the
interactivity of blogging to engage children in learning.

Wm Jackson, M.Edu
Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida

Duval County Pubic Schools
Jacksonville, Florida
Teacher of the Year for Venetia Elementary School

February 4, 2016

EdCamp and Why Teachers Should Care

EdCamp and Why Teachers Should Care

By William Jackson, M.Edu
Duval County Public School Teacher
and Adjunct with Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida
#EdCamp Speaker and Motivator

#edcamporange Welcomes @wmjackson
The diversity of educational initiatives that influence student
academic learning aids students in choosing future career paths
as student’s transition through the educational process. This
process can be challenging for students, parents and even teachers.

Teachers need professional development that addresses their
needs collectively and is relevant to their individual classrooms.
EdCamps do this and more, they bring together educators that
want the best for all their students, from high tech classrooms to
those that are low tech or no tech. Everyone attending
EdCamps are respected for their dedication to a profession that
influences the world. #EdCampGlobal


The incorporation of technology will not stop, in fact it is
increasing and curriculum’s are constantly changing because of
influences sometimes not related to education or learning. Politics,
global commerce, societal issues and other challenges interfere
and even contribute to learning of students and teaching by teachers.
Students are learning to function in a global environment of
competition, growing human capital, cultural diversity, religious
influences and societal lifestyle changes of families. Teachers are
seeing transformative change in teaching strategies and differential
instruction as they work to reach children of multiple diversities.
Integration of technology is changing how students will function in
the world and preparing them to solve problems even before they
are created, incorporating higher order and critical thinking skills.
Teachers bring balance to all these issues.

Changes are being made from teacher centered instruction to
student centered learning, this learning involves increased
educational exposure to technology and educational strategies
that do not replace educators, but is used as a supplement to teaching.

Wm Jackson speaking

“Do not allow technology to make you fearful.” @wmjackson
My first EdCamp was a very cool experience because of the
connections with “real” educational peers, teachers in the
classroom, not vendors or those who wish they were in our noble
profession, but want to “tell” teachers how to teach. Teachers that
have a united mission to teach, willing to sacrifice a weekend to
gain new insights and strategies to teach all students. Sharing
not just “Best Practices, but Awesome Practices” to ensure that
their students make those connections for “light bulb moments”
when they get the “big picture” or the great “aha” moments.

Education does not have picture perfect environments complete
with state of the art hardware and software and students that are
“perfect.” We live in an imperfect world where tech does not always
work, students do not all learn the same, and curriculum’s have
flaws. Teachers adapt, make modifications and make
learning relevant. Teachers see the “big picture” that they are
important to the world because they have young lives in their
hands that will influence the world, and we will see some if only
one or two on television with business suits, medical scrubs,
flight suits, and others tools of their trades.
Teachers have the “end in mind” to prepare students for careers that
are not even created yet and preparing them to solve complex
problems that are not yet problems. #EdCamps allow for each of
us to help each other get our students where they need to be.

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The integration of academic elements being taught in schools
across this nation have been beneficial because teachers
“teach” and mentor each other. Teachers are connected in a
solidarity that has evolved into a brotherhood and sisterhood.
The educational goals are to engage the whole child and foster
achievement in all students. Students are being challenged and
guided by teachers to be creative, innovative, and adaptive thinkers.
“EdCamp is an organic, participant-driven professional
development experience, created by educators for educators.
EdCamps are growing locally, nationally and internationally,
providing professional development that is not clinical nor sterile.“

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Educators and administrators are turning to EdCamps to
provide valuable, relevant and transformative learning so
teachers can grow in a profession of consistent adaptation.
EdCamp educators meet over coffee in the morning to plan
the day’s sessions. They learn from their peers by talking
with each other not at each other. “Shift Happens”
and educators must be a part of the shift to make sure
they are prepared for each generation of children and
young adults.

“The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high
achievement in all areas,” as defined by STE[+a]M.
Teachers now have an AWESOME professional development
tool to aid in instruction, building self-confidence and to drop
some knowledge to those entering into the field that
influences other fields of study and change.


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

EdCamps help teachers prepare for tomorrow, whether it is
through curriculum dialogues, gaining a better understand
about administration and even teaching/mentoring students
that are challenged with learning disabilities. There are no
excuses to teaching children just challenges that need
to be overcome with patience, data, collaboration and
cooperation between parents, teachers and administration.
EdCamps have a purpose driven life to help teachers help
each other to help the students we love and hold dear to
our hearts.

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Listing of All EdCamps
EdCamp Global
EdCamp USA Doed

Wm Jackson speaking at EdCamp

Video of EdCamp
Lyman Institute of Technology
Engineering Resources at Lyman Institute
Design Process Shown at EdCampOrange

Photos of EdCamOrange in Orlando, Florida



November 13, 2015

Social Media Presentation at The Bridge

On Tuesday November 10th 2015 I presented a #SocialMedia presentation to
The Bridge of Northeast Florida.
The audience ranged from elementary to high school students and later their parents.
The discussion was to bring awareness to the benefits, dangers and challenges of #SocialMedia
for youth, teens and young adults.
This is a part of my SWAG in Social Media Curriculum that I use when I speak at conferences,
workshops, seminars and churches.

I try to emphasis as I state several times that what youth, teens and young adults
post, in many cases is permanent and may hurt them later in life when applying for
Internships, scholarships, and starting a career. Social Media posts can also build
a personal Brand, by sharing knowledge, creativity, innovative ideas and
collaborative opportunities in the community or even the church.

Higher educational institutions and even the military have searched Social Media
sites to determine many attributes of potential employees and the current workforce.
Their mental, emotional and even family stability will influence work production and
their relationships at work. This may predict future struggles or successes depending
on they dynamics of the persons support system.

The every day pressures of life on people can be seen on Facebook,
read in Twitter and seen in Instagram photos and on videos posted on
SnapChat, Vine, and now Periscope.
Social Media is not the place to put your personal history and personal
Parents are the role models for their children and should be able to talk
to their children openly and honestly about the dangers and benefits
of Social Media. Parents should set realistic and flexible expectations and
rules for accessing Social Media sites, Smartphone and other digital device
Youth, teens and young adults should be taught not to share what goes on
in their home with the world, the world will not love them and respect them
like their families will. The world can be a dangerous and unforgiving place.

Law enforcement is even viewing Social Media sites to
help solve crimes, predict crimes and protect potential
victims of crime. The use of Social Media has become
the digital windows that the world can look into a person’s
life and follow them.

As I start each of my presentations: “Your cell phone can
be your best friend or worse enemy, by the content that
you post online.” Wm Jackson

I hope this information is beneficial to parents, youth,
teens, young adults and even professionals. If there
are questions or requests for speaking engagements
please contact me at:


YouTube Video of Presentation

Video taken by students attending this workshop. They had an opportunity to be involved and engaged
in the workshop to help build connections.

Additional Interviews and Speaking Engagements

Saturday, November 14th 2015
Eatonville Branch Library
Orlando, Florida

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