My Quest To Teach

October 19, 2018

Edward Waters College Student Shines at FlBlogCon

Dennis Jackson - Primal Instinct

EWC Student – Dennis Jackson – Primal Instinct

Edward Waters College Student Shines at FlBlogCon
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Dennis Jackson, no relation to this author, has been
honored with recognition at the recent Impact Biz
Jax Business Expo winning finances to help him in
starting his business “Primal Instinct.” A clothing
line he has dreamed about for years. He will soon
not only graduate with his degree, but with a well
established business.  It is hopeful that business
majors at other HBCUs follow suit. One of the
testaments to a successful business program is
how many students before graduation actually
have a business. The application of years of school
work put to the test and realized.
Mr. Jackson has also had the opportunity to attend
and participate in the recent Florida Blogging and
Social Media Conference in Orlando, Florida held
at the internationally known and respected
Full Sail University.
The 8th annual conference is attended by business
owners, bloggers, social media experts, Podcasters
and entrepreneurs. In a digital world where content
is King and engagement is Queen HBCU students are
learning that their online presence defines their
ability to be hired or put on a waiting list. That list
being the waste basket or recycle bin of computers.
Opportunities like FlBlogCon are important for HBCU
students to create, build and establish their Brands
and creating an online presence based on a foundation
of business, collaboration and relationship building.
Business opportunities are important because they
open doors for increased networking, business mentorship,
collaboration and future educational and business
Technology conferences for HBCU students are valuable
even in some cases more than classroom engagement
because they allow for real and relevant interaction
with business professionals. Real people not videos or
Classroom instruction is great, as a past professor at
Edward Waters College teaching Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEAM, the lack of exposure can mean
the difference in being able to “code switch,” engage
in conversations related to business and technology.
Lacking communication skills could deny HBCU students
the chance to sit at the tables of industry, business,
commerce and even to be employed.
HBCU students have opportunities today to participate in
unique and blended learning chances that can provide
employment before the student graduates with a degree.
Mr. Jackson being involved with Impact Biz Jax, and
networking with technology business owners like
Aida Correa (Love Built Life), William Jackson (My Quest
To Teach) and Sharon Johnson (The Madisel Group).
Aida Correa, business mentor, small business owners on
Social Media, web development and the artistic side of
tech (STEAM). She is a speaker at national and international
WordCamp conferences. With exposure, networking and
connections HBCU students like Mr. Jackson can build their
PLN – Professional Learning Networks and participate in
many more conferences.
The growth potential allows for scalable development and
increased visual exposure for future investments and expansion.
HBCU students when the opportunity presents itself should
acquire business mentors, advisers and expand their business
partnerships. Each business student should obtain their business
licence before graduation to begin the process of being a thought
leader and digital visionary.
The next technology event in Florida is WordCamp Orlando,
Florida where William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and
Aida Correa (Love Built Life) are speakers and organizers for
the KIDSCAMP. It is hoped that more HBCU students participate
in events that HBCU institutions sponsor, invest and pay for
their students to attend. Preparing them for the real world of
business, technology, commerce, STEM and STREAM.
WordCamp Orlando
Impact Biz Jax

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September 16, 2015

Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign

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Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign

The National Council of Negro Women
Jacksonville Section

Delta Research and Educational Foundation


“Call To Action”
Town Hall Meeting
Edward Waters College
Milne Auditorium

An important conversation about improving
graduation rates for our city’s at risk youth
Learn What You Can Do

Guest Panelist

Dr. Connie Hall & Paula Wright
Duval County Public Schools School Board Members

DCPS Educators

Latonja Richardson, Parent
Mother of the “Agent of STEAM”
Taylor Richardson, Space Camp participant
Speaker, Community Activist, Motivational Speaker
Honors Student in Duval county Public Schools

Joseph Gardner, Student in DCPS

DTEC and the National Council of Negro Women
(Jacksonville Section)
are working together to engage the community beyond
the classroom to advocate and actively support
teachers efforts to be the educational change agents
that our children so desperately need.

Be a Part of the Conversation and Answer This Call to Action

To learn more email: or go

1. Dr. N. Vitti, Supt. of Duval County Public Schools

2.Introduction of Panelists

3.Every student has value

4.Turn over every leaf for student success

5. Is there standardization in education

6. More Mentors In Our Schools

8. Find Your Niche for a Solution to Help Schools

March 23, 2012

Nikki Giovanni at Edward Waters College 2018 Reflection

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Nikki Giovanni at Edward Waters College
by William Jackson, M.Ed.

The 66 year old Nikki Giovanni;

is honest and solid in her opinions about
Black people (Negros) as she announces,
education (every child needs a computer),
gays, politics, technology (Negros must
learn computers especially inner city youth),
women’s rights, men’s responsibilities to
their families, sex (teach kids to be responsible
about sex), slavery, Hip Hop, Dr. King,
(greatly influenced by his father),
Malcolm X (a great speaker), President Obama
(awesome role model), Whitney Houston(no one
really helped her) and other subjects.

She runs a gambit of ideologies and her beliefs
that are both strict and based on the actions
and choices a person makes. Ms. Giovanni does
not hold back how she feels or what she thinks
about past and current events.

She was more than happy to share with the
several hundred in attendance at Milne Aud-
itorium on the campus of Edward Waters College;
the oldest HBCU in Florida; the responsibility
of students today to prepare to lead as adults
in a technological world. EWC students were told
that, “You go to college for a career, not a job.

Education is more important now than ever before.
”Commenting about the value of HBCU’s Historically
Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st century,
Ms. Giovanni stated that, “anyone that questions
the validity of HBCU’s is stupid, they provide a
quality and realistic education. Many White
schools would not admit Negros because of
their backgrounds, financials and family
responsibilities.” Mentioning White schools
won’t take a chance on most Negros, but HBCU’s
have been doing that for years and
successfully teaching. Negros cannot afford to
be unprepared to meet the challenges of
educating their children and providing financial
security in a world where a White
mentality has ruled with devastating results
for people of color.

Ms. Giovanni speaks that Negros should not expect
anyone to give them anything, they
must work for achievement and many children are
being taught the wrong lessons of life by giving
children shoes and clothes worth hundreds of dollars,
but cannot read on grade level or perform simple
math functions. All children have a right to a
quality education, but too many parents are not
taking responsibility for providing for their
child’s education when education starts home

The dialogue was animated, passionate, humorous,
serious, and at times controversial in
Ms. Giovanni’s remarks. According to Ms. Giovanni
she has a right to express her viewpoints about
many subjects living to the age of 66 years young.
As she stated youth need to listen to seniors
(parents and grandparents) in their lives because
seniors have learned from their mistakes and know
more about life than youth. That youth should not
feel they are owed anything because they have not
earned anything yet or sacrificed for anything like
those that participated in the civil rights movement
of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s or World Wars.

This is my first opportunity to listen and
learn from the iconic poet, writer, educator
(Virginia Tech Professor), civil rights participant,
mentor and role model. There were several refer-
ences that Ms. Giovanni made about the struggles
of Negros in America and how Negros helped to build
this country through slavery, how  Negros were
treated as less than second class citizens in
what is still the greatest free country in the world.

Ms. Giovanni’s focus on education is empowering and
honest in the discussion that if Negros do not take
responsibility for education and promote learning
in their homes they will continue to be economically
left behind in poverty and lack political power.
Her observations that Negros could have more political
power like Jews or other cultures if they worked
together, and not allow their minds to be manipulated
by the entertainment industry and false advertising.

Promoting education instead of the entertainment
industry, Ms. Giovanni, stated everyone cannot be
an entertainer as a rapper, football player,
basketball player, dancer or other artist in enter-
tainment. On the opposite end more Negro youth can
be doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, scientist
and other professionals if parents would change
their mentalities and teach their children about
how these careers benefit them more.

Ms. Giovanni discussed her passion for youth and
education by sharing with the students
of EWC that they are just as talented and gifted
as any other student even Ivy League students.

DCPS students from several middle and high schools
that attended were told to be responsible for their
lives and the choices that they make. To find a role
model of someone that is extraordinary, successful
and supportive. Reminding youth that extraordinary
people accept their responsibilities in life and
strive to improve themselves and their communities.
Television has created a bad image of successful
people especially Negros, once they are successful
they should come back to their neighbourhoods and
help others not leave and never return.

She stated, “Don’t be selfish, there should not be
a mentality of I’m looking out for number
one, but a mentality of working together.” Other
cultures support each other, that is why their
cultures are successful, more Negros need to do
the same to lift up Negro youth from
poverty, lack of education and help establish career
goals. The mention of more responsible
Negro men who are role models is needed and fathers
who help create a child should stay in that child’s
life and help raise them, that is why so many youth
are in our prison systems and live in poverty, too
many men make children, but do not want to support them.

As Ms. Giovanni coming close to her conclusion read
several of her poems that the audience applauded
and cheered.

“Ego Tripping”
this was a treat to the youth that have aspirations of
writing and poetic abilities. At the conclusion
of her discussion Ms. Giovanni reminded the women
present of their roles as mothers, nurturers,
educators, role models and the strength that sustained
them through slavery, wars, civil rights and other
events throughout history. Firmly stating with strong
conviction that, ”if Black women did not exists they
would have to be invented.”

The applause and cheers echoed for several minutes
especially from young women and seniors some even
cried to her prophetic statements about women of color
and their continued strength to raise families and
take care of a home without a husband.

As a child raised by a single mother, I reflected
on the strength of my mother in raising myself
and two younger siblings with the help of my
grandmother. A father not being a part of our life,
agreeing with Ms. Giovanni’s comments and inwardly
thanking my mother for her strength, her prayers and
perseverance through good times and hard times.

Photos of event

Video interviews

February 27, 2012

Social Media Business Tools for EWC Students

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Social Media Business Tools for EWC Students

Part One LinkedIn and Edward Waters College
by William Jackson, M.Edu.

EWC Social Media

EWC Social Media

Edward Waters College

Educational Technology 250

Has been investing time
into the uses of Social Media to create relevant digital
content. This content opens doors to creating networking
opportunities for students that are planning for the future
when considering career choices.

Digital tools allow students to make connections previous
to graduation. The implementation of pro-active action
is empowering more so than re-active actions to waiting for
someone to call students after graduation. Pro-action requires
making professional contacts early so networking
and building relationships start early.

The establishment of business and professional relationships
helps in the establishing of career interests, aiding in the
transition from higher education student to career professional.
Practices of the past; making a name for oneself are not made
by the traditional physical footsteps in job searching, flesh
pressing of handshakes and lunch/dinner meetings, but the
involvement of putting yourself out there in a digital
networking environment.

One of the Social Media tools Edu Tech 250 students in
the Education Department are utilizing is LinkedIn to acquire
business contact and establish professional relationships that
can blossom into potential internships and job opportunities.

LinkedIN Information –
World’s Largest Networking Site
William Jackson

Several ways to connect to LinkedIn are the basic computer
(desktop/laptop) access and the progressive Mobile Apps/
Mobile Sites. Mobile and wireless technologies are very powerful
and useful for connecting with LinkedIn’s estimated 35 million

These growing users are accessing content using Smart
Phones and Tablets with sophisticated Apps. The mobile
page views are account for over 11% of total visits to the
social network for those professionally minded. The recent
release of Apps for iPhone and Android has shown a growing
respect for these intelligent phones  that are business tools
not just for social contact. Joff Redfern, mobile product
director of LinkedIn has stated, ”we are seeing mobile
growth at a very rapid pace, as high as 400 percent a year.”

As Edward Waters College students learn how important
networking is and the ability to connect with professionals
of similar interests and backgrounds, digital tools are
important to make positive first impressions with significant
growth potentials.

Higher education instructors need to be aware that
instruction should be directed to online. In a recent
episode of Digital Nation (Feb 2010) teens have a digital
life now and well over half their interaction is through
digital communication. Technology has forced change in
the way teachers teach, unfortunately even though teachers
show change there is really no knowledge on how this affects
young kids brains and learning Digital Nation (Feb 2010).
Technology will require kids to do things, accomplish tasks
and become problem solvers, creators of content, and
collaborators in information sharing. As more technology
is installed and configured in our schools technology is
becoming like oxygen and teachers must teach kids how
to breathe.

Thus more professional development and facilitator training
is needed for educators, as with science, business, education
and other disciplines there are ethical and moral ramifications
if our children are not taught and guided properly.

As an instructor/educator in the public school system and
higher education I must make sure that I demonstrate and
instruct on the benefits and contributions of technology
not just the social and gaming interaction.

Social Media Resource for Higher Education
By Justin Marquis Ph.D.

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