My Quest To Teach

October 10, 2018

Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

Jacksonville Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

“If you’re an extrovert or an introvert you should
be attending a tech conference. If you’re an entrepreneur,
a business owner or even an author, it will benefit
you and your business in ways unimaginable. If you’re
a Blogger (writer), Podcaster (online programming),
Vblogger (video) or a Microblogger (Twitter)
find a way to attend a tech conference. If you’re a
college student, especially if you’re an HBCU student
attend conferences to build your Brand and network.

High school students get your parents to send or take
you to tech conferences, they will change your thinking
about careers and your options for life.
Congratulations to Edward Waters College student Mr.
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ
Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III
Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson
of The Madisel Group with Jayla Tapley and
Ahubri Dudley Duval County Public Schools.

Invited to attend their first Florida Blogging and
Technology Conference, a nationally and
internationally recognized conference in Orlando.
Attending tech conferences like FLBLOGCON
encourages students to enhance their knowledge
and skills when preparing for future careers.

Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of
Full Sail University, the premiere technology
school that has achieved international recognition
https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
FLBlogCon https://floridablogcon.com the dream
of Bess Auer https://www.bessauer.com/ started
as a conference focusing on blogging, now
one of the most attended conferences nationally
and internationally in 8 years.

The digital empowerment can be seen by those
attending to be successful as bloggers, graphic
designers, coders and digital business owners.
Even in ministry, Minster Elisha Taylor Jr. of
Northbound Church of Christ integrates diverse
technology skills to share the gospel to a growing
number of people that are mobile, but still
enjoy hearing how to be saved and how to live
a Christian life in the Church of Christ.

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which
addresses growing digital innovation and
creativity. This is fitting because youth, teens
and young adults are creating online
businesses, creating graphic works of art and
producers of content and
development of Apps. In order to start careers
youth, teens and young adults need to become
producers not just consumers of technology.

The infusion of technology globally is demanding
more proficiency and knowledge because careers
are being sent overseas and America by
itself cannot keep up with the need for digital
creatives and digital innovators.
Competition is fierce….

Developing your Brand is valuable, “branding is
what people say about you, when you walk out
the room, (logoff the) forum, logoff Twitter,
read your blogs, or view videos you posted on
the Internet, ” Josh Elledge

Dennis Jackson a student attending Edward
Waters College is expanding his network of
resources to grow his business “Primal Instinct”
a clothing line that will be launching soon.
William Jackson a past professor with EWC and
Digital Innovator managing his company
My Quest To Teach, has taken students in
the past to various conferences using his
personal finances, but always working
to find sponsors.

Sharing the empowerment and benefits of
Social Media, STEAM and how careers are
influenced by tech skills. Personally sponsoring
tech conferences in Africa he sees the need to
embrace diversity not just locally in
Jacksonville, Florida, but globally.

Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife embraces multiple
areas of the Arts and Design. Her passion for
STEAM allows her to connect youth to adults
in project based workshops where creating is
fun, learning is loud and creative passions are
exploding in the minds and hearts of all as they
work on projects they can take with them.

Students from EWC and DCPS have attended
WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon and other
conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he and Ms. Correa have spoken in Calgary Canada,
Costa Rica, Washington, DC and Miami, Florida.
Mr. Jackson is an advocate for Social Media
integration in business and education. A community
activist with New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers
working to empower the community.

He understands that minority students of all levels,
in order to compete must have knowledge beyond
classroom experiences, they need exposure to
networking and mentors. They must be producers
of technology innovation not consumers to make
changes in their communities.

Thanks to Bess Auer providing another opportunity
for students from Edward Waters College and Duval
County Public Schools to attend, be involved in
workshops and encouraging all students to learn
and apply their learning as business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Jayla, Ahubri and Elisha will be starting on their
business journeys as well in Jacksonville. Elisha
has a dream of attending MIT after graduating
from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found here
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FLBlogCon
William Jackson: https://stwity.com/wmjackson/
Blogs from past FlBlogCon
https://hbcubuzz.com/2016/10/students-attend-florida-blogging-conference-learn-career-growth-opportunities/

Want to be a Cool Blogger Attend FlBlogCon
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=27797.0

EWC Students Attend FlBlogCon
http://thyblackman.com/2016/10/09/ewc-and-dcps-students-attend-flblogcon/

 

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Bess and Aida

Bess and Aida

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

FlBlogCon

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September 28, 2018

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist

Authors' RoundTable

Authors’ RoundTable

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach and LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife

Supporting local authors in Jacksonville and surrounding counties
is not just purchasing their books, although that is a great way
to keep them writing. There are other ways to encourage and keep
them inspired. The Authors’ RoundTable is a gathering of authors
that are published, seeking to be published and not quite there yet.

The discussions at the roundtable range from the serious issues of
publishing challenges, when you don’t have the money how to make
things work for you, graphic design, text formatting, copyright
violations, ISBN numbers, Branding, Marketing strategies and more.

The fellowship and camaraderie is infectious and the knowledge being
shared will help novice to professional writers and authors improve
their skills, talents and expand their Brands. Knowing your audience
is important to growing and expanding the writing craft.

Bloggers, Microbloggers, Podcasters and others will gain valuable
information as well because without technology no one will be able
to find you. The diverse web hosting companies from Blue Host,
Siteground and GoDaddy each offers tools, but authors each need their
personal tool set.

Authors of diverse genres, ages, subject areas and generational pasts
share openly and honestly to help others not to repeat their mistakes.
The Authors’ RoundTable is guided by Regina Edwards
authorsroundtable@gmail.com to be the ultimate learning experience
where many points of literary development and engagement are discussed.
Mrs. Edwards, a respected author herself shares the passion of being a
published author and the opportunities to change lives through literature.
Each meeting provides authors to share who they are, what they write
and their motivations for writing.

Authors are encouraged to share experiences so those of less experience
will learn from veteran authors and not repeat experiences with finances,
publishing, writing, traveling to book signings and even attending
conferences.

Past meeting have featured local artists, bloggers, social media
experts and artists as guest speakers.
William Jackson, a blogger that is nationally and internationally
respected shared the value of Social Media postings, finding your Niche
and why authors should attend technology conferences in a past workshop.
The ability to reach a wider audience through Twitter and Instagram
to share an authors words and passion with “microblogging” and
“photoblogging.”

Valerie Pruitt, a poet and Podcaster shared with the audience in
another workshop what poetry is in the ears, eyes and even feelings of
those that experience poetry on various formats and platforms.
The interpretation of the spoken word using text, photos and even music.
She is the author of “I Fit In Nowhere,” (2018).

The Authors’ RoundTable is held at Highlands Library on the third
Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Will have
William Jackson, Digital Innovator of My Quest To Teach and Aida Correa,
LoveBuiltLife.

They will speak on using Social Media and Branding, share your Niche
and connect with others of like minds. Providing resources and tools
to assist in growing faster and smarter as a writer and content  creator.
Speaking on digital tools to promote authors, tips and  tricks of web
development and marketing. Being authentically you and engagement
of your audience. Being seen and active in the community is
important also.

The workshops are fun, informative and engaging. Students in high school
and higher education are welcomed to attend and parents must attend
with their children.

Additional information can be requested from
authorsroundtable@gmail.com

Resources:
Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,34964.0.html

 

Photos from Authors’ RoundTable September 2018

July 30, 2018

Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand and Build Your Impressions

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Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand and Build Your Impressions
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach #MQTT

Before higher education students can start their careers the
reality is they cannot wait until graduation week or even after
graduation to build a Brand or create favorable impressions.
The process of building a Brand must be started years earlier.
The unfortunate reality is that students are building their Brand
creating impressions when they start posting content online.
That can mean when a child in elementary school is provided a
phone, tablet, gaming system, watch or even a toaster (just kidding),
once content is posted there is an impression of that content by
people.

The Internet is a vast reservoir of information, the ability to
tap into and communicate on a global scale comes with being
responsible. Many students in higher education still are not mature
enough to manage not just their Social Media content, other
personal things that can influence their behaviors.
Young adults in higher education are influenced by peers,
the media, families, personal interests, hormones and passions.
What goes on the Internet does not stay on the Internet, it is
viewed, watched, read, consumed, even downloaded and
screen captured. A person’s whole life, literally is being posted
from birth to death on platforms that are endless in digital
memory.

A time line of events can be created as the infant develops
into a toddler, the toddler develops into a youth and the
continuous growth and development of life. There are now
ways to track and chart growing life cycles of people.
Children must be taught to manage their Brands, because their
Brand represents them, just as in the “Old School” way of thinking
your “name” was valuable because it represented your word.
In the digital age your digital content represents your Brand and
that is who you are identified as.

Global history is written by those in power and influence. The
ability to influence thinking with content and collaborate on levels
of intellect and intelligence. Brands can be keys to open doors and
allow connections with like-minded people.
Teaching higher education students the value and visibility of a
Brand is not a complex issue, it does take the ability to “see” how
a persons’ Brand influences others and makes an impression
that can last a life-time.

The summer months prove challenging because of the amount of
relaxation and vacation time. Higher education students are
more prone to post something because they are in relaxed modes
of comfort and not thinking about the impressions a photo or
a video will have. Being diligent can save a student from embarrassing
photos and videos from parties, gatherings, vacation destinations and
summer hookups that last a few weeks, but may have future
consequences.

Social Media is a tool that can either be used for good or used
for bad, proper decisions should be made to determine how and when
content will be posted and where.
A Brand should be treated with care, respect, and safe guarded.
A Brand is your word that identifies you and your potential direction in life.

Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand Build Your Impressions
manage your Brand and manage the content that you post associated
with it and who you are associated with. It could mean the difference
between employment and unemployment.
WordCamp Speaker, Volunteer, Blogger, Organizer, Advocate
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

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July 5, 2018

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It

 

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It
by William Jackson, Organizer, Volunteer,
Speaker,  Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

The 10th anniversary of WordCamp Miami was a
pivotal point too many of those attending. It
was an opportunity to learn new value and
importance of the right Brand, the importance
of strategically applying Marketing strategies,
the value of recognizing changes in applications
that take the future and pull us forward.

The importance of diversity of cultures, respecting
the knowledge of women and engaging youth,
teens and young adults as business owners in
the Kids Camp. Seeing the wonder and beauty
of diversity that can lead to dynamic
collaboration and cooperation. Building future
smart creatives, digital innovators, problem
solvers, and entrepreneurs.

The evolution of “tracks” showed at WordCamp
Miami the diversity of the speakers in culture,
gender, demographics and their applied knowledge
base.  The understanding that as content creators
we cannot live in a vacuum or in our own
worlds because of the beauty of diversity in interests
applied to the dynamic platform of WordPress.

One of the pivotal points of WordCamp Miami was
the Kids Camp that provided a platform of
networking, education, encouragement,
empowerment and even enlightenment.
Youth, teens and young adults growing in their
business and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Creating digital platforms that will show their
passions, interests, dreams and aspirations
as thought leaders and intellectuals.

The instruction, mentoring and role modeling through
the speakers and volunteers showed that youth, teens
and young adults as the title of this blog states,
“You Have Too Want It and Own It.” Being accountable
and responsible for your content.

Teaching future content creators, bloggers,
entrepreneurs, business owners, educators,
venture capitalists and others that allow for
engagement, empowerment and elevation
for the future business leaders in technology.
From ages 7 youth, teens and young adults are
being empowered and inspired to be business
owners before they can even
drive a car.

My observation as an educator and parent are
the lessons learned from WordCamp Miami cannot
be effective if they are not properly applied and
mentoring is a part of the application. Everyone
in business needs a mentor to guide,
teach, direct and encourage them.

Learning is not conditional, it should be contagious
and continuous. There should be relevancy in
applying what is being learned to real world
situations. Applied knowledge
can create change, the WordCamp community
is not a selfish community, it is based on a
foundation of innovation,
creativity, imagination and sharing.

The title, “You Have To Want It and Own It,”
shows that globally the community “Wants It”
by the global contributions and the creativity
of “open source” allows individuals to
spread the innovation and creativity.
The extension of the conference for WordCamp
and Kids Camp into Meetups that encourage
interaction and
collaboration after the conference to continue
learning. Just as in education there is continuous
professional development.

Learning has to be applied to the crafts that
are chosen, “Own It” applies to being passionate
and consistent.  Knowledge is personal and
can be applied where it is beneficial for growth
and development.
The dynamics of tech can only show change
when effectively applied and applied strategically.
Owning your Brands is owning your vision, owning
your voice for what you see as your journey.

“You Have To Want It and Own It,” then make
sure you apply it, sharing it, magnifying it and
broadcasting it to those that
would benefit from that knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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