My Quest To Teach

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
employment.
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

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There is even a Florida Writers Conference that
provides access to literary influences and thought
leaders.
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?

BlackBloggersConnect.com
leading SM / Blogging site:
Social media is the thriving pulse
behind the blogosphere.

ThyBlackMan.com
http://thyblackman.com/about-us/

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.

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I’m a proud graduate of South Carolina State College

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June 6, 2016

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father


Taking a few kids to the store to buy
stuff for their fathers I listen to
the kids talk about their fathers.
Easily sharing information about their
father, daddy, dad, stepdad and the
nicknames they provide.

I hear the pride in their voices as they
share true and seemingly exalted stories
of events and happenings they participated
and witnessed in their relationships with
their dad. Their smiles are wide their
eyes bright and their body actions are
animated.

As a teacher of over 20 years I have seen kids
share the accomplishments of their dads, the
struggles of dads going through unemployment,
sickness, death and incarceration. Fathers need
to understand that their actions and even
inaction has an affect on their children and
families.

There are things that every father needs to
know and should modify their behaviors when
helping to raise their children whether in the
home or not. The actions of fathers have serious
affects on their children. The relationships of
fathers and their children have life long affects
on both even if fathers refuse to admit it.


Wm Jackson and children past picture from
World of Nations #Jacksonville

A fathers words and actions carry tremendous
weight throughout the life a child and shape
the relationship behaviors of children into
adulthood. Girls need fathers to show them what
expectations to have on how  they should be treated
and respected. What they morally and ethically
should expect from boys and men as they mature
and why girls and women should have their own
and not have to depend on “a man” to give them
thinks to make them feel important.

Boys need their fathers to show how and
why to respect women, why their education
beyond sports and entertainment is
important and their responsibilities as
leaders and helpers in relationships.
Boys need fathers to show that everyone
in society will not be on their side and they
will be judged by their color, culture and
economics. Importantly how to deal with these
issues.
They will have people in society that
have negativity of them because of
color, culture, economics and education.

As a elementary teacher I see how students
behaviors and actions change with the
interactions of fathers when fathers are
involved or not. Fathers if in the military
how the whole family structure is dramatically
changed with fathers on deployment, when
fathers leave the home and divorce is threatened
or inevitable. The relationships that are
dynamically bonded by genetics and DNA.

Posting on Wednesday:
Part 2 10 Ways To Be A Better Dad
I hope are helpful to the development of young dads
that need help and guidance to be the best
dad they can be for their children and families.

#MilitaryFathers #Dads #Fathers
#FathersofColorandCulture #StepFathers #Daddy
#BlackFathers #Daddie #FamilyMan

March 27, 2016

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rebecca Jackson
My mother Rebecca Jackson of
Philadelphia,  Pa educator at
Camden High School in Camden, N. J.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

The power of a woman’s story can be seen as
women work hard and sacrifice to raise their
children to be positive and productive in a society
that is ever changing by cultural diversity, digital
technology, changing spirituality, political controversy
and even the changes in gender lifestyles.

The social awareness of the accomplishments of women
are slowly being shared and highlighted, but the equality
of women are still a struggle for women to gain equability
in their skills to manage more than a family. The societal
dynamics of family have changed in the last 20 years.
Mothers of color and culture have to prepare their children
for a life of diverse challenges that have the potential to
cause mental stresses that may lead to behaviors that affect
cognitive development and societal influences to behaviors
that demand conformity to living and growing to the potential
of girls of color. Mothers motivate, inspire, encourage, engage
and determine the success or failures of their children.

Mary Snow.jpg
My Nana Mary Snow

Women’s History Month is not just a moment in the
12 months of a year, but is a continued momentum to
show that women have great potential and are influential
to the success or failures of their children.
Mothers are the foundation of not just the physical
development of children, they provide part of the
genetic makeup that will construct the child within their
wombs, the egg of creation which is fertilized by the seed
of the father. Starting a process that is still scientifically
studied and even on a spiritual level by ministries. The
genetic process is so complex that nature sees fit to empower
women with the responsibility to bring life into this world.

Mothers are an important part of the creation process because
creation saw fit to provide the process of birth with all of the
evolutionary changes, the responsibility did not go to man,
even though he plays a part, the ultimate responsibility is with
the woman, to carry, nurture, feed, protect and lay a foundation
that assures the human species continues to flourish. This
ironically happens for up to 9 months in the womb of a women
even as she carries out her day to day duties as her body changes
in size, shape, hormonal levels and the level of pain inflicted
in the maturation of a fetus that will ultimately be born as an
infant with its own distinct personality.

Mothers are vital to the human race, our species, the continuation
of our race as humans is dependent on mothers to place their lives
at risk, literally, to bring a life into this world. Childbirth is said to
be the closes thing to death for both child and mother. The labor
process is unpredictable and unstoppable.

Moxie Girl
Angie Nixon and Natalie (Moxie Girl)

What more important responsibility is there for women to bring
life into this world, to be mothers outside of career aspirations?
Life anew, that has a transformative effect on the broad environment
and generational development of human life.
What are mothers to do outside of prayer, for them to build strong
children, to enhance the positive abilities of their children and take
advantage of their environmental conditions? Mothers should
understand that if you do not plan to succeed you plan to fail. That
your current situation is just that, a current situation and does not
mean permanent placement. Even if things are going well, plan for
continued stability for the future because our world depends on it.
In too many cases man brings death and destruction, but the balance
is women who bring life and the potential to make the world a
better place for each generation.


La’tonya Richardson and Taylor “Agents of STEAM”

The will of a women can be found in her continued mission to
improve herself through a strong prayer life, continuing education,
promotion in employment, seeking technical certifications and
licenses are the best ways to ensure moving forward in life and
being a role model for children and others around them. We see
locally and nationally mothers that inspire their girls and boys to
greatness, productivity, inspiration and civic engagement to
help others, not to be selfish with their God given gifts,
but to inspire others.

My mother inspired me in the area of technology, preparing
me for a career as a trainer, educator, speaker and even in ministry.
I was also inspired later in life by my sister Tiffany Duhart years
ago to blog when I had no clue what a blog was, to embrace my inner
Blerd and Nerd. To both of them and my grandmother who saw things
in me and prayed for me, I’m eternally grateful that God blessed me
with them. There have been men that helped along the way, and they
too I thank, but my beginning started because a mother, grandmother
and a sister saw things in me I did not see in myself. Even today
sisters motivate me to press forward.

mothers

There is no easy ticket, no magic wand and no specific special
talent that needs be applied for success, just listen to mothers,
grandmothers, aunties that have life experiences. Common sense
provided from mothers have saved lives, created successes,
motivated us beyond or limited perceptions and moved mountains
of challenges and elevated children and families from depressive
situations.
Girls and women, continue to focus on where you want to be as a
person and never give up on your dreams. Never compromise
your integrity and personal self-worth, self-pride and self-esteem.

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This Women’s History Month should contribute to the wakeup
call for girls to be the best you can be, never compromising the
value for and of yourself, your gender and your potential for greatness.

Resources for Girls and Women
1. Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
2. Black Girls Code
https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsCodeOrg/
3. Awkward Black Girl
https://www.facebook.com/awkwardblackgirl/
4. Jeddah Isler, PD
https://www.facebook.com/JedidahIslerPhD/
5. Reader Theater – Tangela Floyd
https://www.facebook.com/tangela.floyd.3
6. Journey Into Womanhood
https://www.facebook.com/empowerment.resources/
7. Girls Inc.
https://www.facebook.com/GirlsInc/
8. Black Girl Nerds
https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlNerds
9. An Agent of STEAM
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson

  1. Black Superheroes
    https://www.facebook.com/events/244794949186578/
    11. Black Girls Run
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsRUNJacksonville/
    12. Black Girls Do Bike
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsDoBikeJacksonville/
    13. Girls Rock in Jacksonville
    https://www.facebook.com/girlsrockjax/
    14. Black Girl Movement
    https://www.facebook.com/BlackGirlMovement/

 

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/the-adventures-of-moxie-girl/
Taylor Richardson a Success Story in STEM
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/taylor-richardson-a-success-story-in-stem/

 

decisions

How important are mothers to their daughters and the choices they
make in life?

 

 

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