My Quest To Teach

March 29, 2019

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable 

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Volunteering with Authors RoundTable

Building Authors and Integrating Tech
Many graduates of HBCU institutions are either planning
to publish a book or have and working on multiple titles.
This information is for those in and near Jacksonville, Florida.

A paradigm of digital innovation and literary craftsmanship
is happening on the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville.
Empowering authors with the knowledge to adapt diverse
technologies to the writing process. It is not enough to just
write and publish a book, authors must manage their Brand,
find their Niche and manage their content on Social Media
platforms using tools and Apps to bring awareness to their
works.

Integration of Social Media platforms, tools, and resources
to build Brands and create Niches is a tool-set many authors
are learning and integrating. It is not enough to just write a
book, authors need to market their Brand.

Since its inception Authors RoundTable has been providing
guest speakers the opportunity to share their knowledge,
tips/tricks and innovative literary creativity to empower and
motivate others.
The growing fellowship of men and women, boys and girls
of diverse cultural backgrounds share in a brother and
sisterhood of literary accomplishment. The goal of writing
a book or books that expresses their passions, interests,
desires and excitement for reading.
Held at the Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Branch
on the third Tuesday of each month. The gatherings are
informative, energetic, inspiring, friendly and fun.

The building of personal and professional self-esteem
and providing help in writing, publishing, graphic design,
promotion, e-books, technology and other areas that
make the writing and publishing process daunting.
Every author is unique, the common thread of being a
published author is shared as a common goal.

Events like the Jax Book Fest show the fun and engagement
of writing and the community it has built in Jacksonville.
Blogging as well has been accepted and welcomed into the
publishing arena because many people do not have the time
to sit down with a book, but will read blogs, e-books and
listen online from the free resources that the library has to
offer with interactive literature.

The Jacksonville Public Library has 21 library locations across
the city, this shows the respect for literature and understanding
for a growing community that sees education as the means for
improvement and economic elevation and stability.  Students
in the schools have access to state of the art resources to help
them graduate and obtain higher educational degrees with
learning outside of the classroom to supplement classroom
instruction.

Jacksonville Public Library is one of the largest library systems
nationally and each branch caters to youth, teens and  young
adults.
Resources like the Authors RoundTable is just one of many
resources that encourage writers to express their talents on
diverse platforms and come out to learn from each other.

The bonding and fellowship gained continues to help the goal
of writers to accomplish the goal of being published and
embracing the chore of promoting themselves, building their
Brands and creating a Niche.

All are invited that have a dream and a goal of being published
and need help with tech. Social Media assistance provide by
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Twitter @lovebuiltlife,
AC Vasquez, Indie Author Instagram: @author_acvazquez
William Jackson, My Quest to Teach, Twitter @wmjackson
is a graduate of South Carolina State University 1987

For more information to attend or sponsor a meeting:
Authors RoundTable authorsroundtable@gmail.com
Jacksonville Public Library
Highlands Public Library
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/
(904) 630-BOOK

 

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February 2, 2019

Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon


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Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners
Attend FlBlogCon

William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

Congratulations to Edward Waters College student  and business
owner Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ Minister
Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III Duval County Public
Schools high school student.

Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Sandra Johnson, 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.
The annual event in its 8th year is regularly attended by William Jackson,
as a supporter, bloggers and advocate.

He is a teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Social Media
business owner – My Quest To Teach. Attending FlBlogCon on the campus
of Full Sail University, the premiere technology school that has achieved
international recognition https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which addresses growing digital
innovation and creativity. That supports building PLC – Professional
Learning Communities and PLN – Professional Learning Networks

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.

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. Too  many youth, teens and young adults
especially those of color lack the resources to learn about developing
careers in tech. Seeking tech in the movies and on television does not
inspire growth because the majority of people seen are white. The
exception is “Black Panther.”

Competition is fierce so students need tech skills to be employed.
Students from EWC and DCPS have attended WordCamp, Bar Camp,
FlBlogCon and other conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he has spoken in Calgary Canada, Costa Rica (Central America),
Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. Mr. Jackson is an advocate
for Social Media integration in business and education.

A community activist in the past with New Town Success Zone ,
Vision Keepers and other community groups working to empower
youth, teens and young adults in the community.

The empowerment of diversity is that Ms. Correa is a business
owner, artist, poet and web developer. She is a well-known
WordCamp speaker and community volunteer showing that
Latina women,  advocate for STEAM and digital innovation
are important not just in Jacksonville, but across the nation.

Mr. Jackson and Ms. Correa understand that 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 meet the challenges in their communities.

Bess Auer the creator of Florida Blogging and Social Media
Conference provides opportunities 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 future business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Elisha Taylor III has a dream of attending MIT after
graduating from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
An honors student with DCPS and involved with his
community.

His growing web site can be found at https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
to inspire middle and high school students to learn as much
as possible about participating events and activities that
prepare them for careers.

HBCU institutions must continue to provide diverse
learning opportunities and even sponsor students to attend
conferences, workshops and seminars to help with networking
and meeting professional business people in professional
and casual occasions. Allowing the learning in classrooms to
be shared in real world situations.

Florida is opening many doors to space, students attending
HBCU schools should be guided to and through these doors to
be a part of history and historical discoveries.
HBCU students must share their knowledge to generations
coming up so there will not any “HiddenFigures” in the
shadows of decades.

There are increased opportunities in Jacksonville, Florida
for students of all backgrounds to attend, participate and
contribute in other events.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/

 

 

September 12, 2018

Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands

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Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
by William Jackson My Quest to Teach
and Regina Edwards, Authors Roundtable
The Jacksonville Public Library’s “Authors Roundtable” meets monthly at the Highlands Branch
of the Jacksonville Public Library. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach presented the use of Social Media platforms and tools to help Authors develop, expand and market their Brands.
The topics discussed were: 1.) Learning the value of Branding, 2.) Effective implementation of Blogging and Microblogging using the platforms of Twitter and WordPress (open source web development) 3.) Building digital communities: PLC Professional Learning Community, PLN Professional Learning Network, PLF Professional Learning Family and PLR Professional Learning Resource.
Mr. Jackson in collaboration with Mrs. Regina Edwards, Co-Facilitator provided authors a platform to ask questions, gain insight in how to use Social Media to promote and enhance the digital presence of their books. The use of Hash Tags, Googling themselves and authentic storytelling help build readers and followers to their content. The interactive presentation helped answer questions, allowed authors to share experiences. Tagging and Googling have become very effective tools to draw hundreds or thousands to build authors as Thought Leaders and Digital Content Innovators. Building one’s levels in Google searches requires a well-planned strategy to align with Google search parameters and allow people to see the brand Authors are creating. Further, be engaged in the Niche where like-minded people share similar interests and passions. The understanding that Books – even those that are well written DO NOT SALE
themselves. In today’s digital world, websites and social media marketing are IMPERATIVE.
Authors should know the answers to these important questions; What is your Brand?, What is your Niche?, What ways are effective to Market your books.
That begins the level of promotion and marketing properly to the community nationally and potentially internationally. Mr. Jackson shared, never be afraid to share your story. You are the expert in your field of writing and content creation, so promote yourself as a Thought Leader. Always have business cards ready and an “elevator pitch.” Think about where you are trying to move as a business, author, engager, influencer, digital innovator. Learn the language to help you navigate the world of digital engagement.
William Jackson demonstrating an elevator pitch at the Impact Biz Jax business competition
and networking event. William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
https://www.facebook.com/aida.correa1/videos/10156433230572752/
For additional information about future Authors Roundtable meetings contact: authorsroundtable@gmail.com.

August 15, 2018

Reading is Fundamentally Fun

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Reading is Fundamentally Fun and Powerful
by William (Coach) Jackson and
Nancy (Fancy Nancy) Rentz (Media Specialists)

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One of these is roots; the other, wings.” Hodding Carter

The celebration of reading is special, storybooks ranging from the
Cat In The Hat, High School Musical, Clifford The Big Red Dog,
Naruto, Star Wars, Captain Under Pants, Spiderman, Billy Goat Gruff,
Skippy John Jones, Ramona Quimby and other novels opens doors
to imagination for youth, teens and young adults.

Grades Pre-K to fifth should be reading,  experience the joy,
excitement, engagement and imagination gained from reading
diverse books. All learning embraces reading that opens doors to the
imagination as a lifelong value and direct impact on future success
academically and career choices.
Reading has the inclusiveness of all ages even infants in the  celebration
of literature. Involving the community that brings about change in
mentalities and values.

Community involvement is critical to the success of all students,
they must have reading mentors and role models. Parents should
be seen reading, newspapers, novels, comic books, the Bible and
diverse literature. Children will copy what they see the adults in
theirs lives do.

The libraries in and out of schools are a parade through the
neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for the community
to see great successes in literature. Books are the key to sparking
imagination, dreams and looking up to see what is never
impossible or implausible.

Mrs. Nancy Rentz AKA Fancy Nancy encourages reading and the
beauty of language development for children.  Encourages parents
to promote reading at home. Reading embeds in youthful minds
that they are capable of graduating high school and attending
colleges, vocational education and even owning their own businesses.
Children need to see their parents, relatives and friends reading
to see themselves as readers.

This takes the term, “It takes a village to raise leaders” to a new
level of accountability because readers are leaders.
“Reading is Fundamental” to the success of all students, from infant
to toddlers, to elementary ages, to rising middle school students
of graduating high school students. National and district reading
scores have shown that early success in reading leads to academic
success from elementary school to high school and influences
higher education and career success.

Students that are reading on grade level are more likely to graduate
high school and enroll in college. Learning is continuous,
comprehensive and can be made fun.
Students should be taught to take advantage of every moment to learn,
to apply their learning and encourage their peers to read and learn.

Looking at the joy and excitement of the written word.
The pure desire to become great readers and given the opportunity
to show what they (students) know when time comes to begin
the process of graduating, finding internships, scholarships or
start careers.

Reading is Fundamental to not just academic success, but career
and economic success and stability.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher DCPS

 

 

 

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