My Quest To Teach

January 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Choice, STEM and Your Child’s Dreams
William Jackson, M.Edu
#MyQuestToTeach @wmjackson

The world is changing rapidly, the incorporation of technology
increases with the development of robotics, drones, virtual reality,
driverless cars, coding and web development. Students cannot
rely on outdated educational standards that do not keep up with
the changes in careers and industry standards, space
development and even climate changes.

The dynamic engagement of educational initiatives in STEM
and STEAM will train and teach children for the future. To
empower them to be the problem solvers and innovators of the
future. Children must be prepared for careers not even available
currently and be able to solve complex problems that will challenge
day to day life. Children in today’s schools must develop into
thought leaders and smart creatives.
Many teachers are building the intellectual abilities of youth, teens
and young adults that are even dreaming of being entrepreneurs,
the future business and commerce leaders that communities and
cities need to provide investment and reinvestment to build
stronger infrastructures that depend on stable economic growth
and educational diversity.

 

 

 

 

STEAM and STEM initiatives are
being provided by the growth
and integration of academic
elements being taught in schools
in Jacksonville, Florida. Because
technology has advanced it is
important for the engagement
of tools to be fused into educational
initiatives like
STEM / STEAM / STREAM / CSTREAM and STEM2.

STEM does not start in high or middle school, it starts in elementary
programs, after school programs and clubs. These start the fire for
cognitive exploration and the enjoyment of discovery.
Each has a powerful effect in the world helping to solve problems
that affect human survival. The infusion of science, technology,
reading, engineering, arts, math and in some cases medicine are
found in careers that need knowledge workers that are critical
thinkers and higher order problem solvers.
The educational goal, to engage the whole child and foster high
achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

It is important that parents
attend the School Choice Expo
to be held Saturday, January 21st 2017
in Jacksonville, Florida so they can
make educational decisions for the future
of their children and the growth of the
community. As the saying goes
a growing community needs a strong educational community.
The blending of STEM and STEAM skills combined with educational
instruction requires students to engage in creative application, critical
and higher order thinking that supports collaborative and cooperative
learning. Learning that pushes and challenges thinking and new
ideas, bringing about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of civic application in citizenship.

As a past STEAM teacher and current Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEM instructor at Edward Waters College and
elementary education teacher at a Magnet Medical STEM school
parents should look at their children’s education as the ultimate
investment.

STEAM is complimentary with
21st artistic, scientific and technological century
skills that parents need to understand and
know how to apply to future careers for their
children. Children have dreams, but must be
prepared with the best possible
educational access and be able to apply that
education with real world experience. What
better way than through a quality education
in Duval County Public Schools….

The importance of these expanding areas can be seen in the
National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the U.S. Department of Education. Collaborations such as
these are to make sure current and future models of learning
prepare students to be the skilled knowledge collaborators and thought
leaders this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

Duval County Public Schools provides and continues to build on a
progressive model of visionary and futuristic empowerment for students
that are also representative of a diverse student body that represents
the global presence that is expanding. We are not an island of the
United States of America, but a representation of the success of
diversity and tolerance in educational opportunities.

The question has changed from should we incorporate STEM and
STEAM education, to how can schools more efficiently and effectively
incorporate this model?? Many schools already are and creating great
success stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 School Choice Expo
When:
Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Where:
Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Cost:
Admission and parking are free!
About:
Duval County Public Schools’ annual 2017 School
Choice Expo will feature an array of educational
options for the 2017-2018 school year, reflecting
the district’s initiatives for all schools and programs.
The expo will offer attendees a chance to learn about
programs throughout elementary, middle and high
schools. Many of the district’s programs are designed
to hone a child’s special interest, talent, gift or skill to
maximize their opportunity for success.
Attendance:
Expected attendance will be around 16,000
The event showcases magnet programs, career academies, charter
schools, high school acceleration programs and neighborhood
schools for all grade levels. Teachers, principals and students
from every school will be on hand to talk with parents and
students about their academic offerings.
Vendors:
Vendors supportive of education will also have exhibits.

Resources about STEM and STEAM
Links to STEAM Information
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/steam/

DCPS Magnet Office
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/19164

Helpful Reminder for Parents
http://www.duvalschools.org/Page/7313

Tomorrows STEM Careers
https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/spring/art01.pdf

Careers for Graduates
https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/data/workforce-03.html

 

 

Learning with technology

21st Century Educator

21st Century Educator in Public Education

Facilitating Learning

Facilitating Learning

UNF Engineering Expo

UNF Engineering Expo

education

Boy writing at school

Boy writing at school

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March 17, 2016

Calling All Creative Writers in Duval Schools

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Calling All Creative Writers!!!

Students are encouraged to submit creative writing pieces for inclusion in the
program of the first-ever  “Celebration of the Arts”

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A Duval County Public Schools district-wide showcase for the Arts to be held
at the Times-Union Center on May 18, 2016.

The theme for submissions is “Lift Ev’ry Voice.”

For consideration, student work of 1,500 words or less (minimum of 50 words),
should be submitted with entry form (found at www.duvalschools.org/arts) via
email to smithj1@duvalschools.org or faxed to 904-855-3393.

Deadline is April 1, 2016.

 

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Creativity and Innovative Thinking

 

The submitted work can be of any genre and this opportunity is open to all
students who attend Duval County Public Schools.

Each submission will be evaluated by a team of writing experts and
student authors of accepted works will be notified of inclusion
in program.

For further information contact the:
Visual and Performing Arts Department
at 855-3349 ext. 2.

District Arts Office
Duval County Public Schools
(904) 855-3349  x2
(904) 855-3393  Fax

March 12, 2016

Introducing the Black Superheroes

Reader Theater Group
Conjure Con – Orlando, Florida 2016

Young Minds Building Success Charities, Inc.
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation

Young Minds Building Success
&
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
Present
Stetson Kennedy Legacy:
“Introducing the Black Superheroes”

The Black Superheroes
*Roy Sold His Car to God
*Uncle Monday
*Big Mama was a Superhero Too
*Nine Second Man
*John The Conqueror
*Princess Kitaka
*Turpentine Sam
*Abada the Warrior
*Mama Duck
*Daddy Mention

Introducing

Performers:
Tangela Floyd
Executive Director for Young Minds Building Success
Author of “Can I Speak,” “Eve of a New Nation,” and “Jump Manya”
Tangela is a poet, storyteller, and lecturer. She excels in creativity
and innovative thinking in an artistic media.

Ari Turner
Business entrepreneur, spoken word artist and fan of the Arts.
Her youthful energy is invigorating and infectious and her
professionalism defies her youthful appearance.

Aida Correa
A Brooklyn, New York native of Puerto Rican descent, her passion
and cultural diversity is to empower individuals from all walks of
life through her paintings and poetry.

Roxann Hilbert
Has appeared in several Stage Aurora plays and displays an artistic
maturity that displays confidence and patience. Having appeared in
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frathouse, and The Wiz her theatrical experiences
brings a theatrical dynamic to Reader Theater.
William Jackson
A teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Edward Waters
College. He is the 2015 – 2016 Teacher of the Year with Venetia
Elementary School. William is usually handling the Social Media
platforms, photos and PowerPoint/Music transitions during
Reader Theater, he performs when needed.

Elisha Taylor
Student with Duval County Public Schools, he is an “Agent of
STEAM” who loves technology and comic books. Elisha maybe
a future reader using his youthful exuberance and growing
theatrical abilities.

Tommy Bridgewater
Audio Equipment Specialist

Producers are:
Tangela Floyd, Sandra Parks, (widow of Stetson Kennedy)
and Nancy McLucas

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Performing at Florida State College Jacksonville 2016
Rahman Johnson, Ari Turner, Tangela Floyd,
Roxann Hilbert, Aida Correa, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition

Resources:
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation
http://www.stetsonkennedy.com
Young Minds Building Success Charities
http://www.ymbsc.org
904 635-6167

Video of Reader Theater at Conjure Con in Orlando, Florida
Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
William Jackson, Elisha Taylor: Videographer

Video of Reader Theater at Florida State College Jacksonville
Performers: Tangela Floyd, Ari Turner, Aida Correa, Roxann Hilbert
Rahman Johnson, Earl Kitchings
William Jackson, Social Media, PowerPoint and Music Transition
https://fscj.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Black+Super+Heroes+21616.mpeg/1_4ig8rt9c

YouTube Videos of Reader Theater
The Black Superheroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE
Introduction of Reader Theater – October 2, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxILfeNaNE

Reading and explanation of Anne Frank’s novel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGF1YvyOnaA
What does banned books say
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQkRjQta5mM
The Before Email: Reader Theater – Readers of the Evening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8tjRQuOJk
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CXzxHKDrl4
Readers Theater performing at Hope Chapel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl9lAe_obwg

Media Moments:
Folio Weekly
http://folioweekly.com/speaking-the-black-superheroes,13262
eu Jacksonville
http://eujacksonville.com/2015/07/14/stetson-kennedy-legacy-black-superheroes/
Reader Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/
Do You Believe In Black Superheroes
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/do-you-believe-in-black-superheroes/
Readers Theater puts the ‘super’ in African-American folklore heroes
http://jacksonville.com/current/mandarin-st-johns/2015-07-23/story/readers-theater-puts-super-african-american-folklore
Readers Theater Celebrates Poetry Month
http://thyblackman.com/2015/04/20/readers-theater-celebrates-poetry-month/

Group SuperHeros
Performing at Jacksonville Public Library 2015


Sandra Parker (widow of Stetson Kennedy) and William Jackson


Performance at Jacksonville Public Library 2015

 

 

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.

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