My Quest To Teach

April 28, 2016

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week

What I Learned from Bar Camp at #OrlandoTech Week
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher of the Year 2015 – 2016
Venetia Elementary School
Duval County Public Schools

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Participating in my first #OrlandoTech Week was
a fun, exciting, awesome and overwhelming experience,
even though I have been involved in technology for
quite a few years there is always an excitement
meeting people with diverse skills related to
technology that are not in the education field.
The beauty is that what I learn I can share with
my students in Duval County Public Schools and
with my students in my Educational Technology
and Social Media class at Edward Waters College.

Being engaged with industry leaders, creators, developers
and programmers allowed me to learn that there are
many diverse areas in the expanding fields of technology
and tech integration.
The faces of the people in fields of web development,
programming, coding and other fields have changed
from representing a single culture to one of
beautiful and dynamic cultural diversity and gender
inclusion.

Although more needs to be done, this will only
happen when boys and girls of color, culture and
diversity continue to earn degrees and certificates
in the diverse fields of technology. The passion must
come from parents to create the vision that their
children of color, culture and diversity can be successful
in all areas of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Mathematics (Medicine), not only participate, but
contribute as well.

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Teachers must never exclude students from learning
about STEM, STEAM, STREAM, CSTEAM and STEM2,
they should make learning fun and most importantly
relevant as to “WHY” they need to be involved.
Technology is no longer a field that you jump into
because you like it, there are specific fields of work
and very specific skill-sets to manage and employ
specific applications to perform specific functions
or a purpose.
Education is vital because of the intricate and integrated
applications where programs, Apps and tools are integrated
onto platforms that help to solve problems.

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Bar Camps, WordCamps, EdCamps are great professional
development resources and unparalleled networking
opportunities. The exposure to people, products and
services helps me to improve my teaching and how to
integrate and incorporate into dynamic lessons for students
in elementary education and higher education. The resources
to inspire, encourage and motivate students to envision
that their life journeys can move into fields that are
diverse as the technology that is being developed and
integrated into everyday life.

Speaking at Bar Camp lifted my confidence level because
the focus is on “content” to inspire and motivate your
peers. Peers that don’t look like you, but are excited
just as you are to learn from you. Peers that do not
see your color, they do not worry about your culture,
but want to gain an understanding of how to improve their
abilities, skills and thinking. Taking themselves to a
higher level because of your contribution and passion
for what you know.

Wm Jackson

I’m always fascinated and excited to share what I have
learned and continue to learn not just as an educator
but as a speaker, community activist and user of
diverse technologies that can be applied to education,
ministry, mentoring youth, teens and young adults.
The words, “be part of something bigger than you are,”
has new meaning when you attend a Bar Camp, WordCamp,
EdCamp, Florida Blogging Conference, Blogging While
Brown Conference, and the growing online learning
opportunities through twitter like #EduMatch, #EduColor
and others.

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These 25 items are what I learned from Bar Camp
during #OrlandoTech Week in Orlando, Florida.

1. Diversity is important in technology careers. The
increase of diverse backgrounds, cultural upbringing,
and even gender provides fresh ideas to solve new
and continuing issues that we face in the world.
2. Timing is still important, you must be at the
right place at the right time to make a difference.
Show up and show out.
3. Never doubt your ability to inspire others no matter
what your educational background is, you always can
inspire others.
4. Never doubt the power to collaboration. Embrace
opportunities to work with others in difference fields.
5. Always respect the knowledge, creativity and
innovation of developers, programmers and designers.
6. If your in the field of technology it is important
to learn the language so you can communicate
effectively and speak with knowledge.
7. Network your ass off when the opportunity presents
itself. Being successful means getting involved, getting
active and sharing your Brand.
8. Volunteer your knowledge to the youth so you can
encourage another generation.
9. Respect your competition because they make you
better.
10. Get to conferences, workshops, seminars early.
The early bird gets the worm and new job or contract.

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11. Everyone has SWAG, you just have to discover it
and apply it.
12. Always have business cards at the ready and make
sure they represent your Brand.
13. Develop your elevator speech, a 30 second speech
can change your world and someone else.
14. Attend as many conferences, workshops, and seminars
as possible. The more you know the more you grow, the
more you go the more people know your name and abilities.
The  more you go and grow the more you can speak and
contribute.
15. Plan to attend Bar Camps, EdCamps, WordCamps to
share and apply cross disciplinary information. Your
skill level should be as diverse as your ability to talk
the talk and walk the walk.
16. Get there early for the best T-shirts, coffee and
snacks and volunteer to help setup.
17. Learn something new, you always have a new resource
that may help you expand your Brand and resources.
18.Take the opportunity to speak and share your knowledge
as a speaker. You can create a stir in 30 to 50 seconds
by sharing the right knowledge at the right time.
19. Understand if your an introvert or extrovert so you can
use those to your advantage.
20. Create and post content at least once a week and
diversify with your Brand. SEO will build your web
presence the more you post on diverse platforms.

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21. Keep your CV – curriculum vitae and resume current.
22. Use Instagram, Rebel mouse, and Tumblr to tell your
story when you can. If your African American integrate
being a BLERD and NERD when you can.
23. Never underestimate the power of the # hashtag. Use
it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to connect with
other Brands that share similar interests.
24. Never under estimate or under value women and
people of color and culture in technology. Nobody likes
a bully, racist, bigot or idiot.
25. Be kind, be courteous, be humble, be authentic.

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Conclusion:
Inspire children, youth, teens, young adults and
even the elderly, they all can contribute. There are
growing children businesses, where children and
youth have dynamic ideas to be entrepreneurs.
To build a Brand based on being authentic and
not afraid to dream big, work hard and expand
into new territories.

Francita V Williams – https://youtu.be/_qZ2mhgYRgg
Presentation

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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

November 10, 2015

Social Media: Parents vs Teens


Social Media: Parents vs Teens

The holiday seasons are coming quickly, new high tech devices
are allowing teens to increase their Social Media connections
with friends. Social Media networks like; Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Youtube and others allow for the
exchange of all types of social information both positive and
negative.
SM by teens are their primary means of sharing information and
posting personal content. Parents should be prepared for the
increase in digital connections, Smartphones, tablets and even
watches open diverse challenges to managing personal information
in which some type does not need to be share.

Wireless technologies have allowed for unprecedented access
to people and data. Because of the easy access to online resources
there should always be open communication between youth/teens
with their parents. The distractions and dangers of life can quickly
bring tragedy and second guessing of parental responsibilities
and accountability for young lives when there is death or injury
from Cyberbullying and misunderstood intentions.

Parents cannot allow Social Media to be a baby sitter for their children
just as television should not be a substitute for parental engagement
and teaching social skills. Parents may find it difficult to start a
conversation about the use of technology and Social Media; start
the conversation about the inclusion of Social Media in a teen’s life,
parents should understand that their children may know more about
technology, but parent knows more about life and survival skills.
This fact alone can strengthen the conversation on safety and survival
in a world of diversity in ideologies, economic status and educational
access. Social Media is a snapshot of our society, being connected to
multiple people with diverse backgrounds.
There are growing numbers of youth and teens being lured and seduced
into prostitution, sexual torture and murdered from online meetups.
Technology is necessary, an important part life, the bond between
families cannot afford to be disrupted by electronic devices.

Communication is in a digital arena not verbal so Social Media, texting
and digital interaction is common with teens. This interaction is not
always sexual, but the sharing of social information can lead to situations
of personal invasion. Because of the intrusiveness of technology parents
need to set boundaries just as they would if their child or children were
at a playground or a swimming pool.
Parents need to monitor what is being shared online, some information
may be dangerous or lead to future problems in developing relationships
or potential child stalkers becoming friends with unguided and
unmonitored youth and teens.

As a Teacher of the Year, STEAM educator, a national/international
Blogger and presenter of Social Media Safety, with over 25 years in
public education and higher education, many teens lack the appropriate
processing skills to manage their Social Media content. What they put
online can be used as a benefit when they become adults or a hazard
during the developing teen years.
A quick comment, a moment of frustration, the thrust of jealousy and a
period of anger can cause teens to post comments that have profanity,
potential slanderous statements or even threats of physical or property
damage.

Parents cannot afford to be negligent, ignorant or complacent in their
child or children’s social media activities. “Parents need to be involved
and engaged even checking phones, tablets, laptops and desktops”
William Jackson 2012.
Stages of development for online behavior are a gradual process
requiring parental supervision and parental communication. Schools
cannot be responsible to totally teaching technology literacy. Canada,
France, Britain and Australia all have national media literacy standards
for students in their educational curriculum; the United States because
the educational system is decentralized does not have a national model.
Parents must be the guiding force of reason and education outside of
the school. Parents set the tone for Social Media morals and ethics
in Social Media conduct.

A very important reminder anything that is put online stays online and
never goes away. Even if a student tries to delete their online content
it is backed-up on a server someplace and can be accessed.

Social Media: Parents vs Teens
Parents should spend more time with their kids and teens, parental
involvement is important and contact not through the Internet or cell
phones. Communication is becoming a lost art between parents and
their children. Children and teens will post personal information online
faster than thinking that they should not. This presents potential
dangers that are broad and can influence future safety of the family.
Talking can save your child’s life or the families from Internet and the
dangers that are a real and present danger.

June 9, 2015

30 Books for Parents Raising a Black Male/Female Child

30 Books for Parents Raising a Black Male/Female Child

There are a great deal of resources to help parents
“teach” their children the necessary academic skills
in order to be successful in school. One of the programs
is “The Raising Him Alone Campaign” and its list of 30
Books for Parents raising a Black Male Child.

The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising
boys/girls in a “challenging” society.
The campaign realizes that raising a Black male/female
child can be both rewarding and difficult, there is help.

These are some resources that I shared months ago,
with summer here parents and their children can use
their time wisely, if encouraged and read this summer.
Looking at the “Adventures of Moxie Girl,” The Black
Superheroes and other local works, it is important
that children need to read more, and make
reading fun and enjoyable.

The third grade reading scores of our babies shows
a need for books in their hands and to be encouraged,
inspired and praised to motivate them.

Please share this list with other parents;
“If the village does not embrace learning and wisdom
what does that say about the future of the children?”
William Jackson – Edward Waters College
#EducationalTechnology #EWCTIGERS
For more information check the public library in your
community or city.

Group SuperHeroes – Readers Theater

A Black Parent’s Handbook to
Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele
1. A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington
2. Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif
3. Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson
4. How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman
5. Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American
Boys in American Classrooms by Michael Porter
6. Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper
7. Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our
African-American Sons to the Ivy League by
Paula Penn-Nabrit
8. Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu
9. Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu
10. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life
of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson


Taylor Richardson “An Agent of STEAM”

11. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher
12. Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden
13. Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams
14. Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir
15. Strength for Their Journey: 5 Essential Disciplines
African-American Parents Must Teach Their Children and
Teens by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford
16. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to
Self-Empowerment for Women by Iyanla Vanzant
17. The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell
18. The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and
Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson Davis,
Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins
19. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and
Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins,
Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt
20. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner


Natalie #AdventuresofMoxieGirl

21. The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack
22. The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush
23. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of
Living and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant
24. Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress
and Peril by Kevin Merida
25. Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams
26. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young
Men by Leonard Sax
27. Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint, and
A. J. Franklin
28. 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields
29. Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby

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