My Quest To Teach

May 22, 2017

EWC and HBCU Students Should Be Attending WordCamps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EWC and HBCU Students
Should Be Attending WordCamps

by William Jackson @wmjackson
Emma Kent @librarianewc

The WordCamp Jacksonville was a prime opportunity
for EWC and HBCU students to meet and interact with
industry professionals in the fields of web development,
graphic design, Java development, Cybersecurity and
other areas of Branding, Marketing, Advertising and
business ventures in the area of tech.
The opportunity to share their voices through tech
has never been available before in history for EWC and
HBCU students.

Emma Kent, MA, MLIS librarian of Edward Waters
College attending her first WordCamp shared the
historical importance of EWC and HBCU students to
continue to grow and be engaged is as many tech
conferences like WordCamp Jacksonville. Ms. Kent
talking to the industry leaders, developers, bloggers,
programmers, etc.

Social Media has moved beyond the traditional
blogging into a broader spectrum of interactive
engagement, connectivity, Branding, Marketing,
find a person’s Niche and even collaborations in business.
The levels of engagement, interactivity and networking
is valuable for EWC students that have dreams of
moving into new areas of careers in technology, but do
not know who to connect with.

This is a big challenge, HBCU students do not think
conferences, meetups, workshop and networking events
are important, but are dangerously wrong.
Meetups, conferences, summits, workshops and
other events are important to understand who to
connect with, where to go to connect and the
value of getting your name in the minds of
professionals that can offer Internships, scholarships,
jobs and open doors that were once closed.
Emma Kent and William Jackson, Presenters

 

 

 

The presentation
“How to be DOPE on Social Media and Relevant,”
was celebrated as bringing a diversity of
content and cultural connections. Praised
as new and exciting the presentation was
engaging and interactive.
WordPress Jacksonville is growing and providing
more opportunities through the meetups
happening each month.

EWC and HBCU students are encouraged to find
groups that support WordCamp, WordPress, EdCamp,
BarCamp and other opportunities for networking and
learning.
If HBCU students want to be involved in areas of tech
or even as entrepreneurs they still have to have access
to knowledge, resources, venture capitalists that make
the much needed  investments and have the degrees
and certificates necessary to sit at the table where
the decisions are made.

The concept of “How to be Dope on Social Media and
Relevant” is the vision of William Jackson professor
with Edward Waters College, he teaches Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEM. Professor
Jackson provides a much needed experience and
knowledge to help EWC and HBCU students to grow
and be part of industries that claim there are no knowl-
edgeable nor capable students of color and culture.
Professor Jackson has 27 years as a public educator
and teaching at EWC since 2004, he attends national and
international conferences to speak on tech issues in many
cases that are directly related to people of color and
culture and supports hiring EWC and HBCU students.

Pro. Jackson is a national and international blogger
whose content is published in Canada, South Africa,
Nigeria and throughout the United States.
There are national WordCamp opportunities and EdCamp
for EWC and HBCU students in education programs
working to be educators in schools across the country.
Students take advantage of this chances to grow beyond
imagination.
Conference photos: 
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/WordCamp%20Jacksonville%202017/story

 

 

Resources:
Emma Kent, MA, MLIS
Librarian – Division of Academic Affairs
Twitter – @librariantiger

William Jackson, M.Edu
Social Media Visionary – My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Twitter – @wmjackson
EdCamp Central
https://www.edcamp.org/
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 6, 2017

HBCU Students Don’t Wait to Market Yourself

 

 

 

HBCU Students Don’t Wait to Market Yourself
by Pro. William Jackson
Educational Technology and Social Media
Edward Waters College @wmjackson

HBCU students in the 21st century cannot wait to market themselves
in a world of global commerce, digital Branding, intellectual sharing
and the vast Social Media sites that are building to get the word out
there about the talents, abilities and skills that HBCU students possess.

HBCU students still struggle and have faced more challenges in the past
8 years as HBCU institutions struggle to remain relevant, real and respiratory.
Even with the promises coming by the Trump administration there will
be strings attached, policies to follow, procedures to implement and even
expectations that need to be achieved.  This is not a handout, I hope it is
a help up for these historic institutions and if any money is provided
it is not mismanaged, lost in ill-advised policies nor “misplaced.”

Internal struggles have been a challenge at HBCUs either through faculty
stability, administration interaction with faculty and students or the
changes in generations of priorities. The retention and graduation of
students especially males is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

The debate about the relevancy of HBCUs continues, data shows that a
high percentage of Black educators that are successful and work in the
most challenging schools graduate from HBCUs and continue on to
earn their advanced degrees. HBCU students are involved in STEM
careers even before STEM and STEAM where aligned with
educational initiatives.

As a graduate of an HBCU South Carolina State University ’85 and an
instructor at Edward Waters College,  the oldest HBCU in Florida, the
struggle is real and in many cases is overcome with each victory of students
graduating and becoming gainfully employed.

Teaching Educational Technology and Social Media the challenge is
teaching students how to compete for jobs before graduation, how to
Brand, then Market to a world of global competition and even tougher
globalization. This blog is about why HBCU students should market
themselves before graduation, usually starting in their junior year to
network with and collaborate with the “right folks.” Instilling in students
that if you want to be an educator, hangout with educators, if you want
to be a lawyer network with attorneys, if you want to even be a gamer
then learn from, compete with and against, and importantly network
with other gamers.

The most dangerous thing that keeps HBCU students from gaining their
dreams and aspirations is being afraid to network, speak with, talk to and
exposed to the diversity that world has to offer. Talking to my students I
share that you will not lose whatever “Blackness” you have if you have a
diversity of friends, associates, networking groups that can empower,
motivate, engage and collaborate with.

These suggestions are designed to help
HBCU students get out of their mental
boxes and to be less introverted and
race conscious
of fear and self-imposed apprehension.

Suggestions to motivate and encourage
for students and educators:

1. Learn how to market yourself before you
search for jobs, before you graduate, either
at the start or before your junior year of
higher education, vocational school or even
the transition from military service to civilian life.
2. Marketing shows your worth, talents, abilities,
work ethic, leadership abilities, being able to
function in diverse environments, acceptance
and tolerance of diversity.
Learn what marketing is….
3. The ability to adapt to the diversity of cultures, technology, responsibility
and accountability for success and failures needs to be learned. That does
not mean babying students it means teaching students how to adapt their
biases, stereotypes that they may have and how to professionally deal with
potential situations and circumstances.
4. HBCU students must always see themselves as investments.
The more you grow and improve the better investment you are to yourself
and future employers.
5. Don’t wait until your senior  year to rush to create a dope or lit resume,
start the first year and build by creating a living document of accomplishments,
volunteerism, learning, leadership, community activism and collaboration.

As a professor in higher education and as a elementary teacher it hurts my
spirit when students state “why do I have to do that”, I don’t wanna be
bothered with those people.” My response is, “do the right people know you
in the career you want or just those that do not want to see you grow beyond
them?”

6. Show yourself as well rounded; the combination of academics, job-training,
extra-curricular activities, volunteerism, all need to show your contribution to
things bigger than you are. Are you a part of something bigger than you?
7. Look at the world globally not just locally. Jacksonville, Florida is the largest
city in the USA by land mass. Students are encouraged in my class to have a
global perspective of the world. The smallest global event in their major can
have major implications on employment and involved in global markets.
8. Believe that your major course of study will have national and
potentially international influence as  you grow and take on more responsibility.
The road to leadership is driven not by money, but by willing to work hard to
make a difference in the world.
9. Learn to be familiar with foreign languages.  Dedicate yourself that you will
learn a new language especially one where you may have to use when traveling.
HBCU students can be heard talking that someday I want to, I might, maybe if.
They want to travel overseas, they do not take the time to plan, execute the plan
or even save to meet the plan. You have to start with a plan!!!
10. HBCU students network with cultural groups and participate in community
events like festivals and networking socials. Never assume that there is already
someone at an event that knows what you know. You have a wealth of inform-
ation that no one else knows.
11. It is important for HBCU students to learn how to integrate Social Media
tools and platforms beyond joking with their friends, booty calls, partying,
clubbing and acting a fool. This multi-functional, diversely dynamic platforms
can allow for communication with employers around the world. These
platforms can help start a career or end a career before it gets started.
12. Being technology savvy is important and just as importantly is how to
apply that knowledge. Use your knowledge to be involved in community
initiatives that build communities, that bring people together and open doors
for collaboration.
13. Have a reliable list of resources to help you grow.
The library services at Edward Waters College has one of the best resources
in its library staff. Emma Kent is a knowledgeable and dedicated professional
that embraces technology. Accentuating the services the library at Edward
Waters College offers. Too many students at HBCUs do not take the time
to get to know their library professionals that have a wealth of information
waiting to share and becoming friends with them. One of the best moves
for me was to be friends with the librarians, custodial staff, be nice to
the cafeteria man and women and secretaries. They became my “extra”
parents with prayers, advice and even extra food on my meal trays!!
14. HBCU students must adapt their thinking as they matriculate through the
years. Their ideas, opinions, skills, networks must change. This change should
be seen in their attire, their speech and self-confidence. Being a lifelong
learner brings benefits that will be seen in the future not just in the present.
15. Applying to both males and females, your visual personality is just as
important as your e-personality and e-reputation. Make the conscious effort
to protect yourself in the direction of your career goals and dreams.
16. During your growth take advantage of tutoring and learning outside of
academics. Attend tutoring for interview skills, cultural understanding, career
counseling, and even role playing directed at your career interests.
The more prepared you are the better prepared you are.
Obtain a mentor, someone that has life experiences, and sees your potential
that you do not. Someone that sees you as an investment to a better
future and learn from them.

February 20, 2017

What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS

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What’s In TEDTALKS, TEDx and TIGERTALKS
William Jackson, parent, educator, blogger
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

Since the inception of the TEDTALKS and the
budding TEDx and even the birthing of TIGER TALKS
with Edward Waters College, there have been dynamic,
inspiring, funny, intellectual and emotional discussions
about every aspect of human life. The sharing of stories
has created an intellectual feeding frenzy of information,
facts, statistics, data, ideas and opinions that are shared.

The TEDxFSCJ held in Jacksonville, Florida is a
wonderful example of the spirit of storytelling and
exchange of information. The continuous process
that has been conducted since human existence of
sharing information through oral communication
or “storytelling.” FSCJ TEDx is an awesome example
of community collaboration and the celebration of
diversity that makes Jacksonville and rising global
contributor.

There is no topic that is taboo (to the best of my
understanding), the exchanges are respectful and
sprinkled with just enough gusto, spunk to sassiness
and classiness to keep those in attendance guessing
what direction the speaker will go in and intrigued
as the dialogue changes with the emotional
attachments to the personal stories being told.

The infusion of culture, gender, lifestyle, religious
and community connections helps in the sharing of
knowledge in a relational way that people connect
and bond.

The speakers open their hearts, their minds and
even their essence of spiritual substance in an
attempt not to change minds, but to build a
relationship that creates a possible change in
behaviors and actions to improve the human
exchanges that sometimes makes us wonder
how we can all be human beings and treat each
other with the disrespect and violence that we
see in news media with wars, discrimination,
racism, and bias. The other side can be seen the
compassion, love, respect, trust and overcoming
of misconceptions that keep people separated.

We question where is our compassion, empathy,
contentedness and respect for cultural understanding,
tolerance and acceptance. This country can be
described as a “salad” of cultural diversity, a “gumbo”
of simmered and spiced flavors of human complexity
and simplicity. TEDx TEDTALKS and TIGER TALKS
allows for communication and encourages open
mindedness.

TEDxFSCJ  can be found at http://www.tedxfscj.com/
and the Team can be found here. http://www.tedxfscj.com/team/

HBCU’s like Edward Waters College are involving their
students in “talks” similar to TEDx expose their students
to  formal speaking opportunities that prepare them for
careers where they will have to speak and prepare
them for opportunities of dialogue and intellectual
sharing and collaboration.

Each semester Professor Jackson an accomplished
speaker, national and international blogger and
instructor at Edward Waters College requires
his students to speak about what they are passionate
about, what they care about and their experiences as
a project in the Educational and Social Media class.
As stated by Professor Jackson, “every Tiger has a story
that needs to be told.” Emma Kent of Library Services
provides her expertise as a master librarian and
researcher in helping to prepare the students for each
discussion. “Team work makes the dream word.”

TIGER TALKS Experience developed by William Jackson,
guides EWC students to improve their writing through
blogging on WordPress platform and encourages students
to attend conferences, even paying for their travel.
HBCU students sometimes lack the professional
experiences so any assistance financial,
advice and mentoring is appreciated.

Exposure and Application allow HBCU students to
build skills to help them to be competitive in a global
economy and builds positive digital footprints when
incorporating technology.
Community invitations are extended to join TEDxFSCJ
and the Tiger Talks Experiences at each school are
shared on their web sites.
Wonderful collaborations by FSCJ and Edward Waters
College have allowed students from EWC and even
DCPS – Duval County Public Schools to participate.
Sharing their experiences and talents in education
and technology.
Resources:
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks
or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED
Educational Technology at Edward Waters College
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

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