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HBCU Students How To Benefit from LinkedIn

HBCU Students How To Benefit from LinkedIn

HBCU Students How To Benefit from LinkedIn
by William Jackson M.Ed.
Edward Waters College @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach – My Brand

“new research from LinkedIn and CarringtonCrisp
shows that social media can help drive quality at all
points of the student journey — from quality candidates
to successful graduates.” Ira Amilhussin

The use of LinkedIn should be strategic and planned,
building reputations, personalities, relationships and
developing Brands. “branding is your character in
the marketplace and you need it in order to effectively
promote your business, services/products, or yourself in
your arena.” Dawn Jordan Jones, CEO of 29Eleven Media

Your brand is present in everything that you
do and how you present it to the world.
Networking in many cases is an art, the art of building
relationships that can lead to internships, employment
opportunities and starting a career.

A global economy means global competition, and those
seeking prime careers need to be seen as contributing
content, being innovative in their thinking, building a
strong Brand, volunteering and “speaking” on issues
that influence the thinking of others.

The strategic application of LinkedIn comes when
HBCU students decide what area of study they’re in
and connecting with those in that desired field.
Too many HBCU students do not have LinkedIn
accounts that are active and engaged. HBCU students
need to be active, engaged, involved, concerned
and determined to be aware of what is going on in
their communities, cities, states and even the nation.
This may sound overwhelming, in some cases it can
be, so it takes changing the mindset.

The mindset of keeping up with drama, disrespecting
others with words and pictures. Sexting, Cyberbullying,
Slandering and even Colorism should not be shared
in the online environment.

The world establishes it opinion of HBCU students not
just from one Social Media account, but from millions.
Each HBCU student is accountable to the other because
we are bound by our brotherhood and sisterhood being
graduates of HBCUs. So we are all connected with color
and culture. We must show ourselves professional and
capable as doors open and glass ceilings are smashed.
LinkedIn is a diverse platform that can create collaborative
opportunities, bring together liked minded smart creatives,
connect innovators on projects and research never thought
before. LinkedIn can even provide training that HBCU
students need to be prepared to compete successfully in
a world of intellectual diversity.

Education is not just in the classroom, it is all round us in
conferences, workshops, seminars, meetups and with one
to one discussions. Professional development happens
when HBCU students share their experiences, resources
and tell their stories to each other.

What HBCU students need to do to be successful in
1. Complete your profile with all the required information.
*make sure you have current employment and educational
background information that is true and updated.
2. Write to be read by others of similar interest.
*make sure that you address current research and strategies,
be up to date on best practices and who is moving up in
that field.
3. Use as an extension of your network to build relationships.
*before you start asking for a job, build a relationship with
people, share content and even collaborate on projects.
4. Post relevant content that connects with similar thoughts.
*find people that think like you and share similar passions.
*also connect with people in areas you are curious to explore.
5. Get involved in groups and associations that have similar
goals and missions in careers.
*make sure you have your vision, mission, goal and career
statements prepared.
6. Development as a “thought leader” is important to show
intelligence and intellectualism.
*understand the difference between intelligence and intellectualism
7. Endorsing and Recommendation of others that you follow.
*don’t be afraid to endorse and recommend others on their skills
and abilities, they will do the same for you.
8. Building your personal Brand and keep it safe.
*establish what your Brand is and build it.
*your Brand is your promise for professionalism
9. Sharing resources with others
*don’t be afraid to share resources, let people know that
you want to share their information to help others.
*don’t look at other HBCU students as competition, but as
10. Link your Blogging, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts.
*linking provides exposure on multiple platforms and spreads
your influence faster.
11. Set a schedule to check LinkedIn so you’re not rushing.
*have a plan and a schedule to show consistency in your posting
of content and replying back to others.
12. Always check spelling and grammar when writing a post.
*the fastest way to turn people off is to not spell or grammar check
13. Reply to emails and connections in good timely manner.
*don’t wait a week later to reply, do so in a day or two.
14. Update your account with new information to show growth
in your community, career and as an entrepreneur.
*people love to see you grow so post it, whether volunteering,
working, internships, etc. share your successes and growth.
15. Talk to your career counselors at your school to see
how to further amplify your voice.
*communication with experts is important, network
with instructors and administrators.
*too many HBCU students see older faculty and pass
judgement on that person, they miss the opportunity
to expand their network to established and senior
successful people.
16. Be respectful, be business, be progressive and be seen.
*act and show you want to be successful
*hangout with people doing what they are supposed to
be doing and moving in that direction.
17. Make sure you upload a professional photo,
this sets the foundation for your level of professionalism.
*never use a club, party or entertainment photo.
*think about what if a Google, Black Enterprise, Jet
or other executive would think if they saw your photo.
18. Visibility is important in your community, post your
activities when you volunteer or do works to help others.
* tell your story of mentoring, tutoring, volunteering and
being a community activist.
*instead of talking about making a change show that you
are making a change.
19. Invite others to connect with you, you have to look
*be approachable so people can get to know who you
are and your goals.
*you do not have to share personal information, but you
must look like you want to be engaged and active.
20. When you earn degrees, certificates, etc make sure
you post your successes in a humble manner.
*what is the use of putting your degree in the closet or
drawer, share and see how your network expands.
21. Haters will be haters..
*sometimes you have to drop friends that become envious
and threatened by your growth.
*remember whose life it is any way and you only have one.

Connect – Connect – Connect

LinkedIn for Students
LinkedIn for Higher Education

YouTube and LinkedIn

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Edward Waters Collegfe
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach


25 Suggestions for African Bloggers
1. Write as if the world is going to read your
content. When people read your content they
should see, feel and hear the passion for what
your blogging about.

2. When creating content take the time to read,
review, rewrite, revise, what you have written,
sometimes you have to come back to what you
started to see a new direction or a new level of

3. Don’t trust anyone that tells you your blogs are
“great” all the time. Have a critical eye and humility
about your content. Some of your content will be
great some of it will just be ok, so be fine with it
and grow.

4. Don’t create content to be famous, sharing
your life potentially to the world, not selling your
soul to make a profit. Look at the greats like
Achebe, Addiche, Soyinka.

5. Embrace the diversity of the world. Your blogs
should be able to reach out to diverse audiences
unless you are specific about who or whom you’re
writing to.

6. Don’t always write about sunshine and happiness;
branch off and challenge your abilities
to write outside your box of understanding and
expertise. What is traditional, what is disturbing,
what is scary, the changes and challenges of
African culture.

7, Build your writing by reading what other writers
have written, see if your experiences
are like theirs. Chinua Achebe and others were
able to blend stories.

8. When writing, write as if telling a story to a friend
or family member. Relationships are important,
building a relationships brings connectivity and trust.

9. Read other writers that you respect and admire,
this inspires your creativity and literary growth.
You’re not trying to be like them, but create your
own journalistic journey.

10. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words
that encourage the imagination and
creativity in you.

11. Use music to inspire, excite and give you
the chills about what you’re writing. There
is a writers zone that will take over the more
you write.

12. When writing determine if there are challenges,
conflicts that need to be overcome and shared.

13. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to multiple
sites. 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.

14. Keep your passion and excitement about
your writing, it is an extension of who you are.

15. Write different kinds of stories.

16. Read, Read, Read and Read some more,
fall in love with reading.
17. Your writing is an important part of who you
are, what you are growing into and how to
expand your voice.

18. Bloggers must continue to grow in their fields,
you may start off in a traditional blog,
but be willing to incorporate Microblogging,
Podcasting, Vblogging and other technologies
that reach diverse audiences. Periscope,
Facebook Live and other platforms.

19. Volunteer in your community if it is safe
to do so. Help others and see the beauty in
people of diversity. Never judge those that
have less or even more than you do.

20. Blogging is a life-long journey and
should be a life-long adventure for the blogger.
When people read your works, see you in
person they should be able to see your
passion without you saying a word. Be a
student of life, never think that you can know
too much, learn to little or grow too big. Be a
part of something bigger than you are that is
positive, and productive. Your words will last
forever, what impression do you want the
future world to have about you??

21. Take time to meditate and listen to the
ancestors, what stories are they telling you
to write.

22. Look into the eyes of children, the elders
to seek the spirit of Africa, to share with those
that want to see what you see, rely on your
writings to experience life experiences.
“When old people speak it is not because of
the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is
because we see something which you do
not see.” Chinua Achebe

23. Write something every day….

24. Use YouTube to listen to past discussions
by Achebe, Hughes, Dyson, Sanders,
and others that are not well known.

25. Create your own YouTube channel or
Vimeo to record your reading and share
your stories through video.

Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
African Blogging Awards –
African Fashion Bloggers –
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014 –
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa –

Blogging is #DOPE on #WordPress = #cReAtIvITy

Blogging is #DOPE on #WordPress = #cReAtIvITy


Blogging is #DOPE on #WordPress = #cReAtIvITy
by William Jackson
Father, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist
National and International Blogger

Attending any #WordCamp is valuable and influences
the ability to create content that is engaging and
empowering. WordCamp is associated with writing,
blogging and web development platforms which are
used globally. The spread of digital content influences
the thinking and actions of viewers and readers.
The simplicity of #WordPress allows even youth, teens
and young adults to develop dynamic sites and
potential reader interactivity. This is #DOPE
The recent WordCamp in Orlando, Florida focused on
the use of WordPress, its widgets, graphics, analytics,
domain development, Branding and online content


A digital application that is “what you see is what you
get,” and makes web/content development an enjoyable
and fun process. Developing ideas, stories, and innovation
on a literary level.
It is easier now more than ever for people to build
quality web sites for blogging, business, sharing
information, commerce, content innovation and
sharing of family events. A few strokes of the keys,
registration, selecting a template, deciding what
to call your site, selecting photos and posting
content and you’re ready to go. So easy that even
children are doing it, and doing it well. That is #DOPE!

The beauty of using WordPress is its’ ease of use
similar to Microsoft Word or even PowerPoint. All
that is needed is a basic understanding of using a
word processing application; some creativity and
a basic grasp of graphics and photos allows users
to start and publish content.


In a world of competition to be published, recognized,
followed, obtaining viral status, in an age where in
higher education the “publish or perish” mentality is
still strong. Writing brings notoriety and respect,
and it encourages intellectual thought and the
engagement of intellectualism. WordPress provides
the platform and the tools to promote Branding and
developing a marketing strategy to obtain readers
and viewers.

WordCamp conferences are global events that
encourage participation by all walks of life and skill levels.
Using WordPress does not require a college degree or a
programming certificate, just a desire to share content
in diverse ways using web development tools coordinated
with text, photos, graphics and widgets that allow the
web site to come alive and provide a unique functionality.



What I Learned from TEDxFSCJ Engage 2016

What I Learned from TEDxFSCJ Engage 2016







What I Learned from TEDxFSCJ Engage 2016
by William Jackson and Elisha Taylor

William Jackson
Educator with Edward Waters College
Father, Blogger, Speaker, Community Activist
Elisha Taylor student with #DCPS
Future TEDxFSCJ Salon Speaker and Presenter

Sharing our experiences from attending in the TEDxFSCJ event.
A. Everyone has a story that is equal in its importance
and significance.
B. Everyone is faced with a challenge, that challenge
does not have to define us or determine our destinies.
C. Diversity empowers and strengthens our collective
D. There is a lack of personal communication between
people that is wide scale and potentially divisive
for our community.

E. We must look beyond our color and build relationships
that strengthen and unite our community not divide us.
F. We must learn not to judge a person because of thier
religious believes or allow others to encourage attacks
on those that worship in a different way.
G. A woman’s’ voice is just as valuable as a mans’ and
her challenges are just as real.
H. Our youth, teens and young adults views are just as
important as our elders.
I. We cannot / should not judge a person, family or
community by their zip code, area code or children by
their lunch status.
J. We must never allow those that speak racism, sexism,
war, strife, and separation be in leadership and allow this
K. Political views should not divide us, they should
encourage discussion and respect.
L. We must listen to our elders for wisdom and guidance
and apply their teachings.
M. Networking is a continuous process of sharing, caring
and respecting others.

N We must always strive to learn every day. Education is
valuable in our global economy and society.
O. Colleges and universities must be used to unite and
collaborate learning for all communities.
P. Politics should never be allowed to divide people,
is should be used as a medium for different opinions and
ideas to come together for dialogue and discussion to
find solutions.
Q. Women should have equal political power as men,
people of color should not be marginalized for political
gain and used as electoral fodder.
R. Children and the elderly should be the priority in
building a city. To accommodate the youth, teens and
young adults with mentors, role models and opportunities
to learn outside of classrooms.
S. The elderly should be accommodated and respected by
sharing their knowledge and talents with the youth who
have similar career and life aspirations.
T. Those that are disabled should be allowed to share
their knowledge to adapt a community to accommodate the
levels and challenges of the disabled.
U. Before a technology is applied the benefits should
outweigh the challenges for a progressive society.

V. The educational systems in public and higher education
should look like the student body as much as possible
with teachers and staff.
W. The prison system should be filled with educational
materials, vocational opportunities and career sessions
just like schools to keep people from returning.
X. Higher education should include vocational and career
development centers that help students succeed and
continue to grow.
Y. The community must reach-out to those that have
disabilities and not see their disability, look at
their potential for contribution to society.
Z. Understand that everyone in a society has a place,
is part of a collective family and has value.

Nuggets of Knowledge from TEDxFSCJ gained from
William Jackson and Elisha Taylor

Florida State College TEDxFSCJ


Photo Resources from TEDxFSCJ
photos taken via Wm Jackson



Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill?
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson

Parents expand the talk about
bullying into the area of Sexting
to make sure your child understands
that Sexting is a form of digital porn.
One in five tweens/teens/young adults’
maybe risking prison because of
sending and receiving child pornography.
This includes risking being labeled
as a sex offender or sexual predator
because of distributing
nude or semi nude pictures of themselves or others under the age of 18.

Cell phone technology has contributed to the ability to send pictures and video
that normally would not be accessible and shareable. Youth and teens have learned
the empowerment and engagement of technology, applying it inappropriately
because of immaturity; the thrill of sexual activity and peer pressure.

Parents need to understand that teens with cell phones are not restricted from
sending, receiving or further distribution of nude or semi-nude pictures on Social Media.
If a youth willingly or unwillingly is photographed partially nude, semi-nude or totally
nude that is under 18 and those pictures are distributed electronically it is against
the law.

Even though the circumstances may seem trivial the results can be devastating to
a young person and their reputations within school, community and even where they
worship religiously are damaged, their reputations can be destroyed.
This is a digital age of E-reputations and E-personalities that are important and need to
be protected and managed.
Surveys have shown that teenagers and young adults surveyed by the National
Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy and found
that 25 percent of teenagers and 36 percent of young adults ages 20 to 26 said they
had sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos of themselves.

This survey may seem hard to believe, the information holds true and seems to be
growing because of the increase in cell phone use by tweens, teens and young adults
is growing. The power of wireless technology has increasingly caused problems for
parents, schools and law enforcement because of the increased ability to send and
receive information on multiple platforms and even in Apps.

Additional surveys have shown parents and guardians that tweens, teens and young
adults should never be underestimated or perceived as naive or technology illiterate.
Teens teach each other new tips and tricks, the latest skills, hacks, hints and codes
that allow for more flexibility and manipulation of technology both legal and illegal.
Parents should be aware that their children and teens may have a sexual inquisitiveness,
subjected to bad judgment, influenced by peer pressure and love of electronic sharing
especially with pictures and video they take. When these elements are combined it
can become dangerous combination of technology and raging hormones.











Parents, especially if they are
paying the cell phone bill should
periodically without notice check
the monthly bills online for activity,
this can show texts sent and received,
photos, video and other important
information that is transmitted digitally;
the use of data is important because
that can be an indication of increased use.

Parents should occasionally physically check phones for content, if a child refuses to
give their phone when asked this is a red flag that something is not right and the parent
should investigate further. Technology is a two edged sword, it can help with networking,
research and empowering youth, teens and young adults with information, the Internet
is a wide open portal to appropriate and inappropriate information parents must
communicate with their children their expectations for behaviors on and off line.
Parents have a responsibility and are accountable to manage what they allow
their children access to and will be held accountable if necessary by law enforcement.


Missing and Exploited Children

Growing Wireless – Sexting