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August 15, 2016

HBCUs Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers

HBCUs Must Inspire Next Generation of Bloggers
by William Jackson, Edward Waters College
Educational Technology

The explosion of blogging has transitioned beyond the
limitations of text, there is VBlogging, MicroBlogging, Podcasting
and other platforms to share cultural, political, educational,
and dynamic content.
The importance of writing can never be understated in the
areas of education and business writing, it is still crucial to the
sharing and disseminating of information. Writing shows the
foundation of intelligence  and engaging ideas and concepts.

As an instructor
teaching Educational
Technology and
Social Media at
Edward Waters College,
I have always felt that
blogging allows  for
growth and

networking. The challenge is to get HBCU students to see beyond
their personal perceptions that are limited by lack of exposure
and expand their digital vision to see the benefits of creating and
mastering their digital footprints.
This exposure can expand  networking opportunities and
collaboration that can lead to employment and the start of careers.
Content can make or break an HBCU student’s ability to gain
Businesses are looking for talent that has a passion for challenges
and diversity; looking at HBCUs’ for professionals. HBCU men and
women that can integrate technology with creativity and innovation
have valuable skills that are sought after.
HBCU students should be taught to be aggressive, confident and
prepared. The increase of conferences show there is a need for
professional development, workshops, seminars
and teaching Marketing/Branding in the 21st century by creating
or branding with knowledge in areas of need.

Blogging, Microblogging, Podcasting Vblogging can aid in
the Marketing and Branding of HBCU students.
Students need to attend conferences like:
1. Blogging While Brown
(the premiere blogging conference for bloggers of color and culture)
Blogging While Brown
2. Florida Blogging and Technology Conference
(FLBlogCon educates and empowers bloggers by
teaching best practices for blogging)






Just to name two, Google other conferences like:
WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp

There is even a Florida Writers Conference that
provides access to literary influences and thought
Check with local libraries and even MeetUps
to see what events are coming up.

Colleges and universities across the nation are
teaching the intricate dynamics of writing and applying
writing to integrating with technology. The growth and
influence of blogging can be seen in its infusion
in Social Media platforms that are now money
makers,  business ventures based on content creation.
Social Media has a local impact on the events that
happen in communities where individual citizens are
reporters and content creators that keep neighbors
informed and engaged.

Writing influencers such as Chinua Achebe and Buchi
Emecheta have been influential in my blogging because
of the passion they have for their native Nigeria and
empowerment of education and literacy.
One of the best influences for HBCU students is to find
a blogging/writing mentor, either virtual or in person.
It is important to find writers with similar interests and
abilities to model and direct passion to create content.

My other mentors are Malcolm X because of his love
for learning, Richard Wright for intellectualism,
Earnest Gaines, James Baldwin, Carter G. Woodson
to name a few.

Reading is important because content
is based on research and background information
that will validate and carry your blog.

Buchi Emecheta
“I believe it is important to speak to your readers
in person… to enable people to have a whole
picture of me; I have to both write and speak.
I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.”
These are strong words that can be applied to bloggers.
Engagement and communication is important.
Involvement in a community and speaking up is
important as well. HBCU students, what is your passion
to blog about to help effect positive and
transformational change?
leading SM / Blogging site:
Social media is the thriving pulse
behind the blogosphere.

HBCU students
create change through intellectualism and developing
themselves as a thought leader and influencer.
Choose your words wisely and apply your passions,
you will make an impact in the world and be heard.

I’m a proud graduate of South Carolina State College

April 11, 2016

Male Educators’ Network (M.E.N.) in DCPS

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Supporting Men Teachers and Their Contributions to Education
by William Jackson, M.Edu
2015-2016 Teacher of the Year  – Venetia Elementary
Duval County Public Schools – Member of M.E.N in DCPS
Instructor with Edward Waters College
Teaching Educational Technology and Social Media
Volunteer of “Call Me Mister Program” mentoring and
supporting young men in college entering into the
profession of education.

Where are the male teachers? And, more broadly, how can
men participate in both traditional and nontraditional
educator roles in the communities that need them most.
Imagine walking into a school that has an equal number
of men and women educating and leading our next generation.

Think of the difference male teachers and role models could
make in our country, a place where at least 57% of schools
are in high poverty and urban environments.
As school districts are becoming more and more diverse, yet
less diverse in their teaching force, the balance must shift
toward an equal number of male and female teachers.

Men who want to impact our next generation of
leaders will enjoy the Men Educator’s Network…..
for conversation, sharing, supporting, inspiring!!!!!

Let’s not talk about the decline of Male Teachers,
let’s not talk about the lack of African American, Asian, Latina,
and other cultures in the educational profession.
Let’s not address the extinction of the male presence in a
growing number of school classrooms and districts across
the nation.
Let’s look at the here and now of helping male teachers
that are working as educators, administrators and support
personnel to contribute to the success of all students.
Department of Education data shows less than 5% of
this nation’s teachers are African American men and less than
15% are men. This speaks volumes because kids need to see
male teachers and teachers of color.  The visual identity that
African American men and other men of color and culture
can be positive, productive and purposeful is a mind blowing
experience for children of color and culture that may not
have these visual representations of stability, pride and

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Teaching is hard work at any level, I have 27 years in public
education at the time of this blog and 17 years in higher education.
The work has always been worthwhile, valuable, and rewarding,
it can be stressful and the rewards are delayed because it is
dependent on working to get youth, teens and young adults to
see their potential and work towards it.  Sometimes it involves
getting parents to see how important they are to the educational
process as well.
All men from administrators, educators, custodians, cafeteria
workers, and teacher aides are important because they represent
a support system for boys and girls, the potential of their success
and hope for the future that our young people can gain from the
experiences and wisdom of men. The potential to grow beyond
current circumstances and the hope for a better life.
From the article, “Black Male Teachers Becoming Extinct,”
March 2012 (CNN) Teris King, shares a feeling that other
male teachers share, “I fill a void in their (students) lives.”
He shares truth because to many boys and girls do not have
consistent and positive male role models. Extending his
experiences that, “A lot of them have never felt what it feels
like to shake a man’s hand, tell them right from wrong in a
caring way. They need someone in their lives that are
educated and positive.”

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Mr. Kenneth Francis – Program Manager – Call Me Mister Program

Even though data shows low income students need interaction
from professional men, true to life all students need to know how to
interact with men, to provide instruction on how to mature
responsibly, be accountable for their actions, develop critical thinking
and higher order thinking skills, understanding and relating to their
place in society, their roles as developing young men and their
duties/responsibilities as future professionals, husbands and fathers.
Programs like the “Teach Campaign,” “Call Me Mister,” “My Brother’s
Keeper,” “5000 Role Models” and others are working to encourage
and provide financial support to bring more men into education and
lead to other professions. To show how empowering education is.
Reaching young men early provides opportunities to show young
men that they have options through education not crime. They have
talents, skills and abilities that can Brand them in order to Market
themselves in diverse educational markets anywhere in the nation
or the world. The encouraging reports from the Department
of Education that this can change with male teachers sharing their
experiences with other young men to give them hope through
their challenges in life 2013.

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School districts like Duval County Public Schools where I teach are
seeing the need of more male teachers, not just physical education
and coaching, but in key areas like Pre-K, Kindergarten, and subject areas
not traditionally taught by men. Subjects like STEM, STREAM, CSTEM,
need men to show the diversity of careers, peer collaboration, networking,
and explaining why higher education and vocational education are
important to the economic stability of men and their families.

Positive images allow boys and young men to look away from gangs,
drugs, and crime to focus on education, to look forward to employment,
traveling and careers that they never thought about. Students are
generally excited in many cases about having a male teacher because
students seek that male nurturing, the acceptance of a male in a positive
way and having a caring adult that will teach them, mentor and guide
them to success. Male teachers can help young males transition through
the rough times of puberty, dating, peer pressure and the insecurities
of building who and what they are, the potential to grow and
exceed their own expectations.

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Duval County Public Schools is increasing the support of male teachers
with the M.E.N meetings that provide unique professional development
opportunities to meet the needs of men that are educators,
administrators and even support personnel. Even though the populations
of many school districts of male teachers are small, Duval County Public
Schools knows the influence of male teachers is tremendous and long lasting.
DCPS has M.E.N meeting to support the educational process of male
teachers and administrators. Partnering with the “Call Me Mister” program
housed at Edward Waters College under the leadership of Mr. Charles Francis
these joint partnerships help to continue to build male teachers from the
school of Education and Urban Studies at Edward Waters College.
Helping new teachers to make the transition from college graduate to
educational professional.

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Support programs and national data accumulated, male teachers
need to be supported because they share generational successes.
Male teachers are held to a higher standard because of their influences
as leaders, role models and influences that extend outside of the classroom
and schools.
Male teachers influence extends into the community because of their
presence and connection with students especially students of color and culture
who may not be exposed to a positive model at home.  Male teachers are
seen coaching, mentoring, in academic and non-academic roles.
From my experiences that I know other male teachers share when students
see me in the store, in the community and even in the mall there are smiles
handshakes and  hugs from students and parents because of the relationships
male teachers create.

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M.E.N .
The Male Educators’ Network (M.E.N.)
Duval County Public Schools

Mr. Kenneth Francis
Program Manager – Call Me Mister Program
Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida



March 22, 2016

Blogging and Students of Color and Culture

Blogging and Students of Color and Culture
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology
Department of Education and Urban Studies


“Instead of just teaching students of color and culture
how to use technology educators of technology must
also be responsible for teaching the morality and
ethics of using technology.”
Wm Jackson

Blogging allows and encourages the sharing of stories,
expression of ideas, collaboration of research, the
opportunity to increase reading and comprehension and
engages the mind in applying new strategies of thinking.

Blogging is about communication and the diversity of
connecting with thought leaders, content creators,
microbloggers, vbloggers, podcasters and the list
continues to grow as Social Media platforms expand.

The importance of content is seen as people consume
information that hopes to inspire and create a
reaction if at a minimum inspiring “thinking.” Blogging
and Students of Color can Culture need to understand
the value of their created content and be afforded the
opportunity to create positive and transformative
content that allows students the empowerment to
share their ideas.


Robert Benchley, a noted content creator states that,
“writing is not just saying something, it’s acquiring
a process by which to think about what to say.”
Students of Color and Culture have fantastic ideas, but
sometimes lack the skills to express them with written
and spoken words.

Social Media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Tumbler do not offer specific writing guidelines,
they are platforms to share information. Twitter is a
publishing platform, but is limited to 140 characters.
Condensing the ability to share and extend points of
ideas which can be lost in translation and meaning.

The frequency of blogging allows for extending ideas
across a broad spectrum of platforms that encourages
engagement, this exposure to the diversity of thinking
can be helpful to students of color and culture because
they are not limited to their environmental conditions
or restrictions. One of the issues for students in
nations like China, North Korea, Cuba and other
non-democratic countries is that open dialogues are
restricted and limited. So thinking is confined,
limited, monitored and even manipulated. The Internet
is breaking barriers and allowing for the expansion of
“Thought Freedom,” so those nations like this nation
have opportunities of unique engagement.

The intention of “Thought Freedom” is not to create
dissension or even to promote civil unrest or open
conflict, but allow for the expansion of thinking and
embracing the diversity that the world is. To apply the
best of us to create better societies, communities,
neighborhoods and schools.

Students of color and culture are not traditionally
given opportunities to write/blog about their experiences,
sharing their thoughts and even reading others to
understand that thinking, rationalization, critical and
higher order thinking can be applied outside of the
classroom. Allowing imagination to build comprehension
to allow writing to expand from the mind to the computer
to application in life. Students of color and culture are
not lacking in many cases in the ability to read, the
challenge is the ability to comprehend information.
To read it, digest it and regurgitate it in a way
that explains what it is they read and how they can
apply it.

HBCU’s have understood for years that achievement gaps
for students of color and culture, that is why they
offer remedial classes in writing/reading and mathematics.
The creativity process has not be challenged, engaged and
honed to handle the level of work in higher education.
HBCU’s gradually integrate writing, more are infusing
blogging as a way of allowing students to publish their
works and gain valuable feedback from peers and other
educators that may decide to follow them.

In my Educational Technology class, students are taught
the value of their content, the importance of telling
their own stories and shown why they need to be active,
engaged and participate in learning opportunities that
allow for networking and content sharing.
Students access YouTube videos to see how writing/blogging
is shared in the business world, global commerce, education
and even in the music industry. Social Media has greatly
influenced how society through mobile devices accesses
news and information and even how it is developed.

North Carolina Central University Chancellor Charlie
Nelms has stated about the importance of writing,
“We have to hold ourselves (HBCUs) to a higher level
of accountability, We have to reform gateway courses,
We have too many students who are not making through
their basic courses and they are not able to go
on to their majors.” This is not the faults of HBCUs,
but the lack of skills gained before students get to
these Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Students of color and culture must be provided the
opportunities that engage students in writing and
afford them the understanding of how important
and beneficial blogging is. They must be exposed
to other writers of color and culture. Schools
should not be afraid to expose all their students
to Black/African American, African, Hispanic,
Latino, Mexican, Native American, Haitian, Cuban
and other writers when teaching their students of
color and culture and even white the value of
writing and blogging.

Nikki Giovanni and William Jackson

Teachers do not have to feel they are experts in the
diversity of diverse writers, they have access to the
biggest and unlimited resource in history, the Internet.
Allow students to research writers/bloggers/content
creators and even podcasters. If teachers do not they
will be held accountable for limiting and even
restricting their students to still thinking in
a colonial and colonist way of life. Limiting
their thinking once again by a European mindset that
children of color and culture either do not deserve
to learn about the greatness of their culture and
the contributors or are still fearful of what will
happen as children of color and culture gain
intellectual freedoms to think on their own.

The National Commission on Writing for American Families,
Schools and Colleges has declared, writing skills need
to be improved if students are to succeed in school,
higher education, and life. Writing today is not a frill
for the few.

“Writing/blogging is an essential skill for those
of diversity of color and culture. Why let others
tell your stories, be empowered to
tell your own.” Wm Jackson, M.Ed.

January 29, 2016

Entrepreneurialism and Social Media

Entrepreneurialism and Social Media RU Local and Mobile
by William Jackson @wmjackson
Edward Waters College – Jacksonville, Florida

Your SoLoMo – motion can determine your climb as
an . The ability to communicate as an entrepreneur
is important, many variables come into play as you grow your
business. Access to, understanding, applying and sharing
information is vital, using business resources and interpretation
of data from diverse resources and networking is vital to business
success and expansion.
Applying technology has changed from an occasional use to
an absolute necessity in Web environments of digital information,
levels of interactivity, sharing and content creation.

The down-side to the use of technology is the inappropriate
relationships that potentially can develop and unprofessional
content in electronic messaging like blogs, microblogs, video
and with other tools. Entrepreneurs need to be careful and
cautious in digital streams because their reputations are
Entrepreneurs have implemented the use of Social Media
resources, platforms and tools (Social Media/Social Networks)
allowing for continuous connections outside of traditional
business hours. The interpretation of SoLoMo is Social
networking using diverse Social Media platforms, Local
associations and networking, Mobile technology integration
and implementation in business and everyday life is
changing the way we network and conduct business.

Social platforms Blogging and Twitter (microblogging): A blog
is an online presence, updated by an individual with regular
entries of commentary, descriptions of events, opinions,
OpEd’s, and discussions. There is an interactive component
that can be implemented in Blogs encouraging feedback and
interaction on multiple levels; graphics, video and audio can
be shared on blogs to provide interactivity and extend digital
The key component is the ability to share content effectively
and bring value and relevance to sharing information.
SoLoMo integration is a must for the entrepreneur because
there are no traditional vacation days and no sick days, the
grind is real, everyday.

Blogging for entrepreneurs allows for the use of web based
resources to be researched and applied to empower
clients/customers. Blogging can help build relationships and
expand the entrepreneur voice, the expectations are that
consumers follow so they know what is going on in the business
end and how it influences that relationship of customers and
entrepreneurs. There are professional aspects of information
sharing and just as with any type of technology business
sense is imperative. Caution against unprofessional
Blogging, Tweets and even Facebook entries. Entrepreneurs
must have a plan to use Social Media platforms, there must
be a direction of how to network, answer questions that
arise about business from clients or potential clients, why
have a blog if you’re not using it to promote and market your
Brand? Business owners are measured with standards,
reliability, honesty, trust and expectations of and for success.
This is why professional behavior should be exhibited at all
times; care should be taken in the “content’ of writing and

Wm Jackson and Anthony Butler

Wm Jackson & Anthony Butler of E3 Business Group

Entrepreneurs should understand that content online is a
matter of interpretation and what is posted never goes away;
content posted and shared is a permanent fixture online.
The availability of technology extending a digital reach
should always be respected, just as in the early 50’s the
immersion of television created a paradigm in the access
to entertainment, local information, global news and
business information. The Internet has created major changes
in the availability of information, the speed of exchanging
information and a paradigm shift in digital content sharing,
Branding and Marketing for the entrepreneurial spirit.

Education is a key component to growing with technology,
learning how to apply Apps, Social Media tools, Email lists,
customer satisfaction surveys, changes in business practices,
financials, policies and keeping the personal/human touch
available. Stated in the article, Teaching Entrepreneurism
“research in the field of entrepreneurship has improved by
leaps and bounds in recent years, so entrepreneur educators
(consultants) can do much more to help entrepreneurs avoid
common tech and Social Media problems.” Understanding
how to network, how to develop a Brand and Market that
Brand are vital to business success. Entrepreneurs must be
reminded that when blogging about any business venture
they should take into account the facts of information posted,
privacy issues and accuracy of resources and any quotes
being used. Education of laws that guide, Facebook,
Periscope, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and other platforms
is needed.

Dr. Noam Wasserman, of the Harvard Business School;
“many of the base skills (of business) can be taught, but
they (entrepreneurs) must be complimented with real-world
work to prepare them for the industry. By education pitfalls
may be avoided and an increase their success rates in

Entrepreneurs need a plan on Social Media platforms,
my experiences as a higher education and public school
educator, business owner, Social Media presenter;
Blogger/Content Creator, “Thought Leader,” user/developer
of Social Media/Social Networks; if you put something on
the Internet someone will see it, if it is misunderstood or
seen as inappropriate eventually someone will report it
or call you out on it. Technology can help entrepreneurs
expand from the development of basement content
creation to global influencer as a “Thought Leader” or

Entrepreneurs: be smart, be professional, be involved
and be educated.
Use So – Social Media wisely – Lo – Local resources
to build your Brand and Mo – Mobile technology to stay
connected to clients, customers and all the potentials

10 Steps Teaching Your Kids to Become Entrepreneurs

Why Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurialism

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