My Quest To Teach

April 8, 2017

Black Girl Magic As An Agent of STEM

STEM  Panelists
Hortinse Diggs – Grace Johnson – Mary Madison – Lesley Harris

“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.
It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and
where we’re going.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we
ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress

“When I was young I was very interested in science
and technology, and my dad brought home the first
computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!
By learning to create technology, girls learn to
speak up.”
Regina Agyare, Founder of software company
Soronko Solutions

“Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street
with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she
is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom
of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely
cause is the elephant on her chest.
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of
women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the
elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and
lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask
the question.”
Sally Ride
First American Woman in Space
Challenger Space Shuttle, 1983

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Encouraging Words from Women of STEM

Encouraging our students in STEM

A Good Work Ethic Is Important

Have a Passion for Math

Build Friendships with Others

Mentoring and Allow God to Work

Put In That Vision for College Early

You have to believe in yourself always

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January 18, 2017

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017

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Attending WordPress WordCamp in
Philadelphia #WordCampUS

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017
Updated 2017
by Prof. William Jackson
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media

Ideas from a Blogger, Influencer, Speaker,
Thought Leader, Presenter and Educator

What does it take to be a blogger and social media
influencer? The ability to create content and share
on Social Media platforms is a process to influence
thinking, decisions and actions of readers. To
develop a personal Brand that exemplifies the
spirit of HBCUs. Students need the exposure and the
opportunity to network with those in the industries
they are interested in. To become serious in their
quest for success and growth.
Exposure is important and networking is vital
to being seen digitally and socially.

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Provided by Prof. Jackson
1. Write as if the world is going to view your content
and provide feedback. When people read your blogs
they should understand your passion and the direction
you are going.
2. When blogging take the time to read, review, rewrite,
and revise what you have written. Grammar and spelling
count a great deal.
3. Reflection is important, it is vital to think on your
writings and consider your desired end result, what is
your mission and vision for your content?
4. Embrace the diversity of the world, it expands your
ability to connect and engage with the diversity of your
audience. Your blogs should be able to reach out to
diverse audiences and make a connection.
5. Attend conferences that allow for sharing of ideas
and concepts. No blogger is an island to themselves.
6. When writing remember your building relationships
with others. This is important to establish connectivity
and validity.
7. Read writers that you respect and admire, this
inspires your creativity and literary growth.
8. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words that
encourage the imagination and inspire consistent
content development. Be careful of using cultural
or street language, think about the audience and their
interests.
9. When writing understand that writing is a process,
the more you write the better you get.
10. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to newspapers
to be published. You never know who will publish your
works. Even if you are rejected 100 times 101 might be
the one that gets you an awesome gig.
11. Keep your passion and excitement about your writing,
it is an extension of who you are.
12. Write for enjoyment and a purpose.
13. Your writing is an important part of who you are,
what you are growing into and how to expand your voice.
14. HBCU students continue to grow in your field, you may
start off in a tradition blog, be willing to
incorporate Microblogging, Podcasting, Vblogging and
other technologies that reach diverse audiences.
15. Never doubt your ability to grow beyond where you are.
16. Don’t blog when you are emotional, your judgement will
be blurred.
17. Never use your blog to spread racism, profanity,
prejudice, hate, sexism or involve in Sexting. This will
damage your Brand and your reputation.
18. Be careful of who you associate with, this may influence
future internships and scholarships.
19. Never let random people take your picture, they can be
used later against you.
20. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right until you
slander, accuse, threaten and demean others.
21. Be careful and protect your intellectual property, don’t
use company or school based hardware/software to store
blogs, videos or photos.

A blogger is a life-long journey and should be a life
long adventure.

December 30, 2016

Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017

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Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

“What should we be doing going forward?”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
There are millions of potential brother and sister bloggers
in Africa, diverse people of color and culture, yearning to
tell their stories, developing and waiting to share their
Brands and expand their opportunities to collaborate in
education, business,commerce, finance and global
entrepreneurship.
This writing is a contribution of knowledge to share and
hopefully motivate and inspire Africans desiring to Blog,
Microblog,  Videoblog, Podcast and create dynamic content
within their communities. Their (African) voices and stories
are important and should be shared on a global platform of
respect and collaboration on dynamic Social Media platforms.
To represent the African diaspora and historical significance
of the art of storytelling.
What better way than to share with the world, to create unique
content that is just as diverse as the most culturally rich
continent in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of all ages
to write their stories, to use their creativity to share innovative
ideas and create content that bridges generations and cultures.
The ability to create unique and transformative content that
can connect and unify their continent.

Following the literary talents of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Buchi Emecheta, Ama
Ata Aidoo, Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic creators
of stories’, poets, and diverse content creators.
African children are learning that through education
they can contribute to the world in ways not available
decades ago.
Colonialism attempted to silence the voices of Africans,
it failed because the voices of Africans can be heard
whispered on the flowing waters and in the air currents,
stories that travel through the trees, and the paths both
dirt and paved across the continent.
Social Media platforms and tools are allowing African
boys and girls to share their stories with the global
community, bringing attention to their lives right from
their mouths and to the ears of billions globally.

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As an educator and parent I want to encourage African
children, teens, youth and young adults to share their
stories through the diverse tools that blogging has to
offer and enhance their language abilities, “language
is the way to memory.”
Prof. Wm Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Do not allow others to tell your stories as was done
during the centuries of slavery, oppression and
colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your stories and
let the world hear you. Chinua Achebe the “Father of
African Literature” has stated many times that the
minds of the people were influenced by the
colonization of Europeans.
That African writers need to be activist in their
writing, to challenge the thinking of Africans, to
encourage intellectualism and activism even still
today.
The thinking and the writing of Africans are
challenging the “emperors” way of thinking,
“because the storyteller has a different agenda”
than the emperor, “Conversation with
Chinua Achebe 2012.”

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In many ways Africans have a responsibility to
share their stories and share their voices, what
better way to tell truth to life what Europeans have
tried to deny for decades. There was a denial
of building of thought leaders and intellectuals in
Africa during colonial rule. The independence of
Ghana in 1957 and subsequently other African
countries allowed for the potential of building new
intellectuals that in turn will teach others. Sharing
the value of their voices just as Achebe, Soyinka
and others have done, storytelling is a powerful
tool to build cultural pride and dignity.
The 20th and 21st century have opened new ways
for Africans to soar, to embrace the winds of
change that allow for the chains of colonialism to
dissipate. Achebe shares that Africans have the
right to share their expressions. No matter the
medium, the tools, or the platform.
The encouragement of children is important because
as Achebe says that “children can fly,” and should
be encouraged to.
Achebe states that he writes because he likes to
write, I feel the same passion. To share not just
stories, but information to encourage people to think,
contemplate, dream, consider the possibilities to grow
beyond the limited imaginations of those that
do not respect the diversity and the heritage of African
nations or the diaspora.
Africans must tell their stories, share their voices and
build a new dynamic identity for the 21st century.
Africans are more than a people to be colonized and ruled.
They are a people that have passions, expectations, and
dreams, this should be shared with the world.
African voices can influence geopolitical decisions that
will take Africa into the 22nd century and beyond.
Africans as a collective can influence the gaps in education,
in commerce, in the innovation of technology and the
opportunities to achieve more to the benefits of Africa and
African people, not just people from other countries.
54 countries united to solve their own problems can
achieve great things if they unite and speak united. Africa
united as a strong united force to make positive and
transformative change.
These powerful words from stated that, “no foreigners
have ever developed a country, the nationals have developed
their own country.”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

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Resources:
Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/sg6F-M6v1iM

South African Bloggers
http://weblogforlove.com/

Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

African on the Blog
http://www.africaontheblog.com

 

February 25, 2016

Parents Google and Hashtag Your Kids

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Parents Google and Hashtag Your Kids
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Educational Technology
Edward Waters College

The increase of youth, teens and young adults having
un-monitored access to the Internet is creating
situations where youth, teens and young adults
are being cyberstalked, cyberbullied and cybersexted.
Just as in cities and towns there are good parts and
there are parts you do not want your children going.
The Internet is wide open and is a reflection of our
society. It is global, diverse, cultural, alternative
lifestyle, entertaining, educational, enter and edu
/tainment resource. There is so much eye candy that
teens and young adults are being hypnotized by the
glitz and glamour of having their content either
picture/video going viral.
Going viral has the potential of making the person
instant superstars. Parents must be very cautious
of their children’s access to online content because
it can literally cost them their lives.

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There are laws available like COPPA and others, but
it comes down to parents establishing rules and
realistic behavior expectations when it comes to
Internet access and using the platforms and tools
that are easily available.

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15 Online safety measures to keep kids safe
1.Parents monitor your child’s online activities.
You should be aware of where they are going just
as if they are walking their neighborhoods.
a. Children’s psychological safety is just as
important as their physical safety.
b. Have conversations about their favorite sites,
who their online friends are, what social media
platforms they are using.
c. are your children using video to share information,
are they using Google maps to tell their friends where
they live? These are questions parents need the
answers too.
d. Talk to educators and other parents about
sharing educational, and edutainment resources.
2. “Know safety, No injury. No safety, Know injury.”
Parents should be involved in determining how much
tech is being used by their children in their homes.
3. Help your child build a positive relationship
and respect for their online activities.
This respect decreases bullying, cyberbullying,
and sexting.
4. Parents must model good online behaviors.
If your child sees you acting ignorant and
disrespectful they will do the same.
Your children are also influenced by peer
pressure and modeling realistic expectations
for behavior by you.
5. Set a time limit for being online, more
emphasis on reading and other activities that
challenge thinking, reasoning and higher order
thinking.

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6. Don’t be naive, consider the source when your
child is trying to blow smoke as to why they
need extra time online. Check the taskbar to see
if multiple windows are open.
7. Teach your children to know how advertisers
work. No to click ads that say free games, candy,
toys, etc.
8. Sometimes ask your children to teach you something
new online. Test their intelligence and intellect
with technology.
9. Google your child or children, Hashtag
your child, YouTube your child once a month
Google:  First Name Last Name + City, State
Hashtag: ”                                 ”
in Twitter
10. Even though it should not have to be said,
teach your children not to put personal information
online.
Identity theft is a major problem in this digital age.

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11.Check parental controls in your browser and learn
how to check your browsers history to see where the
kids and teens have gone online.
12 If your children play online games monitor the
language and conversations. You can’t control others
and their actions and language, but you should
be able to control your child to a certain degree
and talk to them about behaviors of others.
13. Each Social Media site has an age restriction.
I have talked to 10 and 11 year old students with
Facebook, SnapChat and Vine accounts. Some are too
young to handle the language and adult situations
they are exposed to.
14. Be friends with your kids until they are 16 at
least. Don’t stalk them, but monitor behaviors and
actions.
15. The online experience should help to build social
skills. “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

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Teach your children about online pornography, teach
them about the realistic work in establishing
relationships not through the use of porn and sex.
The internet can be like the wild wild west, parents
must use caution, common sense and intuition to
understand what is happening with their children and
their online experiences.

Online Resources for Children and Parents
Childrens Online Privacy – A Resource Guide for Parents
https://www.privacyrights.org/childrens-online-privacy-a-resource-guide-for-parents
Childrens Internet Protection Act
https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act
Childrens’ Online Privacy Protection Act
https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule

Videos
An Introduction to the Child Protection Act 1999
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go5PbrGlCwQ
Protecting Children’s Privacy Under COPPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cODKB9fApXk
Think Time: Teens and Social Networks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TWHsiMYSxw
Dos and Don’ts when using social networks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqezbib5qpQ
Social Media 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pahLo5TTy4

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