My Quest To Teach

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.

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2018

The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators

 

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The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Inspired by the works of Aida Correa:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Actress, Educator, Latina,
Business Owner, Puerto Rican, Mother, Grandmother,
Community Organizer, Community Activist,
WordCamp: Speaker – Advocate – Volunteer-Sponsor

The growing Hispanic / Latino community in Northeast
Florida has begun to come into its own in political, economic,
educational and societal influences.
Involved in creating positive and productive changes that
are a needed inspiration to increase the cultural diversity
of Northeast Florida. Jacksonville has open arms encouraging
Hispanic and Latino people with business and entrepreneurial
passions to come to Jacksonville and share their skills and
talents especially in the field of technology.

Technology embraces diversity with the building of people
that are smart creatives, digital innovators and artists. This
blog is a shoutout to the growing Hispanic / Latino communities
in Jacksonville that are growing as geeks, nerds and digital
innovators.

Inspired by Aida Correa and her passion to build bridges of
business, educational, cultural and entreprenrial collaborations
that promote growth, acceptance and tolerance within
diversity.

The growing accessibility of content creators is having
phenomenal growth and elevation for Hispanic / Latino women.
Technology is a great force for leveling the fields of educational
access to cultural resources and for women of diversity to connect
and collaborate with each other. One of the greatest growths
can be seen in the Hispanic / Latino community and the application
of Social Media and tech to build their Brand. The fastest growing
demographic of content creators and entrepreneurs in online
environments that are building thought leaders, digital innovators
and smart creatives are Women of Color particularly Hispanic / Latino.

The growth of women that have cultural backgrounds of
diversity are finding their voices and building collaborations
with others on social, economic, educational and family issues
that affect all aspect of their lives. Women of Color are being
recognized in the roles of Influencers and “Agents of Change.”
Women are changing the paradigm of intellectualism and
thought leadership because of their content. The growing
opportunities for leadership development and even influencing
economic elevation, tech has the power to change the world
for Hispanics / Latinos.

“Content is King” (Bill Gates) and “Engagement is Queen.”
Women are great engagers, their conversations and interactions
are not just information based, but generational because when you
educate women you educate generational communities that
are seen in the Hispanic / Latino community.
The knowledge is passed down and how to apply that knowledge
to real life situations is taught, knowledge is not powerful, it is
powerful and changing when it is applied the right way.

Diversity of content creation provides a visual that extends
beyond a person to embrace learning and expansion of
intellectualism across the board of families. Women are
transporters and engagers of information.

Latina content creators like Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife https://2018.birmingham.wordcamp.org/speaker/aida-correa/
are changing the digital landscapes of Social Media, business
ownership, web development, blogging and speaking at conferences.
Aida Correa an upcoming speaker at WordCamp Birmingham,
Alabama has spoken at WordCamp Miami and a sponsor of
WordCamp Jacksonville Kids Camp. WordCamp Miami as a
volunteer and speaker, the upcoming WordCamp San Jose in
Costa Rica.

Ms. Correa like other Latina women in tech are changing the
paradigm of how Women of Color are thought of as business
owners, developers of intellectual thought and digital
influencers. The engagement of Hispanic / Latino women is
growing and expanding as girls and young women of color see
content creators that look like them, sound like them and are
seen in their communities engaged and involved.

The more girls of color are seeing women of color working to
be successful this builds future women business owners.
Women are influencing changes in technology quickly and quietly,
they are changing the perceptions that have been wrongly presented
by film, movies, television and mass media.  Hispanic / Latino
content creators are changing the perceptions America and even
the world has. To improve their growth women must continue to
evolve and  their knowledge, their exposure, their access
and their environments to participate and contribute in the area
of technology and even STEM, STEAM, STREAM.
Community activist, blogger, web developer, actor, poet, spoken
word artist like Ms. Correa are changing the mind-sets of communities
like Jacksonville, Florida. Providing workshops in Art and STEAM that
are attended by youth, teens and young adults. Hispanic / Latino
women are expanding their influence to show that cultural diversity
in this community is valuable and beneficial to a community as a whole.

Each person brings knowledge, experience, skill-sets, resources and
energy to create affective and beneficial change that encourages
communities, cities, states and nations to grow united and in strength.
Great change is happening for Hispanics / Latinas, the paradigm of a
glass ceiling has been shattered and destroyed. Hispanic / Latino women
with a passion in Tech, STEM, STREAM and other areas is growing and
making influences that are changing the perceptions wrongly created
by mass media.

To aid in the growth of diversity with women in technology here
are some resources to help build their access.
Aida Correa – LoveBuilt Life – Jacksonville Florida
http://lovebuiltlife.com
Ada’s List of Resources for Women
http://adaslist.co
Check Tech
https://chicktech.org
Girls Who Code
https://girlswhocode.com
NCWIT
https://www.ncwit.org
Women In Tech
http://www.womenintechnology.org
11 Latinas in Technology
https://hiplatina.com/latinas-in-technology/
Latinas in Tech
https://www.latinasintech.org
Inspiring Women In Tech
https://www.brit.co/latina-women-tech/
Latina Girls Code
http://latinagirlscode.org/about/
Latinas in STEM
http://www.latinasinstem.com

June 13, 2018

The Narrative of Digital Black Stories

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The Narrative of Digital Black Stories
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media, an age of digital communities, communication
and collaboration. Changing the way people will communicate
for generations to come.
Broadcasting on a digital platform that can expand the human
voice. The ability to enhance activism that influences the human
mind and human behaviors.

People of color can expand their voices in so many ways that the
Gutenburg Press could not even begin to match. Parchment,
paper and publication in cyberspace expands and quantifies
the ability to connect with people of like or even different cultures.
From traditional Blogs to Video blogs, from Podcasts to Microblogs,
from Instagram to Facebook. This is not the end there are Apps
and digital platforms that are contributors.
Hashtags create a game changer in the evolution of Social Media,
influencing how people see the world and how people of color
can be perceived online.

The narrative of people of color and their stories can change
with a photo, a video, and a hashtag strategically placed.
My narrative is being followed by students attending my
elementary school and in higher education. It is important to
me about their perceptions and the perceptions that I create
with my digital signature.
Their perception and that of their parents do matter because
my content defines their perception.
The perceptions of my profession as a teacher, community
activist, volunteer, mentor, man, African American male and
even that of a father are influenced.

Narratives are capable of being changed, but perceptions are
delicate. Content creators understand the value of perception,
make sure it is positive and productive because first impressions
and first perceptions are important.
Social Media only shows one part of a person, in our age of
digital engagement what is posted will never go away. The
Narrative of Black stories can be perceived as self-destructive,
culturally destructive and even socially destructive.

Events like Man Up for Health Summit and Prevent Crime In
The Black Community are important events. They set a tone
for education, business, careers and health information.
Churches, youth groups, ministries and any organization that
works with, mentors to and inspires youth, teens and young
adults should be attending events like these, the workshops
provide real and relevant information to help them make rational
and mature decisions.

As a community activist Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life and I
My Quest To Teach encourage and advocate for education,
proper educational  health care and engagement in the community.
The key is education and learning. Parents help children of all ages
understand that they create the messages society hears on Social
Media. They are judged by their digital voices and content. Change
the perceptions by changing your content.

“Content is King” Bill Gates

June 9, 2018

My WordCamp Journey 2017-2018

William Jackson at WordCamp Jacksonville
Speaking at WordCamp  Jacksonville, Florida 2017


Enjoying my WordCamp Journey from 2017 to 2018

Speaking, Volunteering, Organizing, Sponsoring and Advocating

How To Be Dope On Social Media
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson
Presentations from WordCamp DC and WordCamp
Wilmington, North Carolina
Twitter @wmjackson

Speaking at my first international
WordCamp Calgary Canada in Alberta
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William Jackson and Aida Correa
Speaking at our first WordCamp Miami
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Helping with Kids Camp in
Calgary Canada Alberta
sharing knowledge with
families from South Sudan

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Attending with Sean at WordCamp
Birmingham, Alabama our first time
in Birmingham, Ala.

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A beautiful journey of WordCamp
Miami and WordCamp Atlanta
with Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
LoveBuilt Life

WordCamp Calgary

There is power in the spoken word, there is
power in the engagement that is WordCamp.
WordCamp YYC Calgary Canada Alberta

 

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