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May 1, 2019

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH

Filed under: Education,STEAM — William Jackson @ 09:30
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Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson M.Ed.

Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning  to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and  young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.

Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida

Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.

The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.

Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..

There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.

Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
development.

Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.

The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
seminars.

The opportunities are there, parents need to make the choices
to sacrifice the time and the energy.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 – https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
EYH – Empowering Your Horizons 2019 – https://www.eyhn.org/
National Council of Negro Women 2019  – https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

100 Black Men of Jacksonville 2019 – https://100blackmenjax.org/
Black Male Explorers 2019 –  https://www.ewc.edu/black-male-explorers/

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April 26, 2019

Expanding Your Horizons Girls Get Hyped for STEAM

Expanding Your Horizons Girls Get Hyped for STEAM
EYH 2019 at University of North Florida
Web Site for Expanding Your Horizons

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Excited and honored once again for Aida and I to be
bloggers, micro-bloggers, vbloggers for this great
event encouraging girls to enter into STEAM careers.

An awesome STEM workshop for girls grades 5-8, provided
by Expanding Your Horizons North Florida and the Girl
Scouts Gateway Council in Jacksonville, Florida.

This event is an excellent opportunity for girls to meet
and speak with women in STEAM careers and participate in
activities that are hands-on, building, enginnering, and
engaging in team activities. This has been a successful
event in the past and promises to encourage and excite
again.

Expanding Your Horizons North Florida and the Girl Scouts
Gateway Council are partnering to host ths annual workshop
for elementary (5th grade) and middle school girls. Girls
will be attending from many of Duval County Public Schools
and many Charter and Private Schools in Jacksonville.

They will gain exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics (STEM) and be involved in Arts projects with
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life, LLC
Ms. Correa an artist respected and recognized as a community
advocate for STEAM engagement and a speaker, volunteer and
organizer for WordCamp Conferences nationally and internationally.

The event Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 9am-3pm at
University of North Florida for a day of discovery, with
activities lead by researchers and scientists from the
Mayo Clinic, Professors from Jacksonville University
and engineers from England-Thims & Miller.

Registration is closed and the community is invited to follow
the social media posting on the hashtags #stemgirls #eyhstem
and #eyh.

Our sponsorship’s are greatly appreciated and this event could
not happen without them. The volunteers are a very special
part of this event because they are the life blood providing,
mentoring, instruction, counseling, technical instruction and
follow-up after the event. The Social Media team and
photographers are important to post content to show that girls
are active, engaged and important in the fields of STEM and
STEAM.

For information visit our website http://eyhnf.org

William and Aida with Ford Innovation

William and Aida with new innovations with Ford and STEAM integration

April 17, 2019

The African Silver Surfer Over 50 Bloggers

Filed under: #Africa,Education,WordCamp Conferences — William Jackson @ 22:00

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The African Silver Surfer Over 50 Bloggers
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Sponsor of WordCamp Entebbe, Uganda,
WordCamp Lagos, Nigeria
WordCamp PortHarcourt

The Silver Surfers of the digital age are growing at a tremendous rate
in Africa. Africans over 50 years of age are creating Facebook profiles,
they are Micro-blogging on Twitter, Instagramming their photos, creating
YouTube channels and just a little bit of SnapChat.
Silver Surfers are online actively engaged across the blogosphere
sharing their experiences, knowledge, stories, wisdom and even humor.

They are talking about their lives in the present and the past, they are
talking about sex, relationships, gout, childcare as grandparents and
even taking care of their adult children as these children deal with
unemployment and social challenges that have economic challenges
and the political situations in their nations.

Technology is providing a new ability and platform to voice their
ideas, opinions and they are growing in influence.

African Bloggers over 50 are talking about politics, economics and
starting businesses. They are into cell phone usage that is transforming
the face of Social Media on the continent of Africa.

Digital communication is the way they stay connected to the world
and with family and friends. The Internet contains continuous developing
platforms for those 50 years and older to digitally travel locally,
nationally and internationally.

The challenges of obtaining a Passport can be overcome by hopping
on the Internet to visit local, national and international sites. Travel
is free, in the comfort of a residence and portable when done on
cell phones and tablets.

Silvers in Africa are learning that in order to stay connected to their
grandchildren they need to learn now to connect with them to see
what their children’s children are up to online. Using Apps are the
tools of choice to interact and be engaging.

Celebrating cultural events, special occasions, community events
and even attending political rallies can be done online and the ability
to contribute to the discussions to  share ideas and opinions to a large
mass of people.

Chinua Achebe once said about writing, my weapon for change is
literature. Africans have a weapon that is magnified by the reach
Social Media has and Technology provides.
Using applications that allow Face to Face communication, video
recording, and audio Chat helps in keeping connected and aware
as each generation gets older and older. Age does not stop discovery,
creativity, exploration and being curious. Age embraces the quest
of more knowledge and this keeps the brain youthful, creative and
innovative.

When cars are connected with Wifi, restaurants have free access and
even connectivity is available in bathrooms being connected is not a
challenge. Silver Surfers in Africa are asking several questions when
they go traveling; Where are the restrooms and what is the Wifi code?

Silver Surfers are building their own networks that create growing
communities and societies that are digital. Learning the acronyms
of  PLC  Professional Learning Communities and building PLN
Professional Learning Networks. African over 50 are becoming
activists in their nations, sharing their opinions passions and
encouraging change. I think knowing one’s history leads one to
act in a more enlightened fashion. I cannot imagine how knowing
one’s history would not urge one to be an activist.
John Hope Franklin has stated.

Activism begins with a passion for change, seeing a wrong that
needs to be corrected and inspiring people.

William Jackson 57 and Aida Correa 51 speak at conferences at
WordCamp internationally in Central America and Canada. Being
past the half century mark is not a deterrent to learning and growth.
Sharing content, wisdom and experiences to younger
generations

The increased presence of Silver Surfers that are Bloggers,
PodCasters, Instagrammers, VBloggers, MicroBloggers and the
diversity of content creators is represented by those that are
50 years and over seen at WordCamp and other technology
conferences

The dictionary defines Silver Surfers as a noun, an elderly person
who is a regular or enthusiastic Internet user. The word elderly
will be argued because those Silvers are determined in their quest
to show seniors are growing influencers. William and Aida are
Bloggers and Content Creators, showing that their knowledge
does make a difference in their communities.

The dynamics are changing with dictionaries defining the Silver
Surfers influence in an age of digital transformation and growth.
As seniors enter into the Silver years of their lives they are a
wealth of knowledge, wisdom and resources that are untapped
for younger generations.

The Internet and associated tools helps to connect families with
Silver parents, grandparents and other family members. Keeping
hearts and minds active, engaged and youthful. When the mind is
youthful the spirit and body follow, even if joints are touched
with arthritis.

The integration of smart, intelligent, intuitive, comprehensive and
AI elements benefits Silvers using technology.
Youth, teens, young adults and Silver Surfers are starting a new
era in collaboration and connections with tech as the bridge
between generations and diversity is crossed.

Age was respected among his people, but achievement was
revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could
eat with kings as stated by Chinua Achebe in his book Things Fall Apart.

April 10, 2019

KidsCamp and the Global Explosion of STEAM and Web Development

Filed under: #WordCamp,Education,Kids Camp,WordCamp Conferences — William Jackson @ 09:00

KidsCamp and the Global Explosion of STEAM and Web Development
William Jackson, Masters of Education
Aida Correa, Artist and Business Owner of Love Built Life LLC
Proud Microsponsors of:
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
WordCamp and Kids Camp Lagos Nigeria
WordCamp and Kids Camp PortHarcourt

Aida and William

Aida and William

Computers and tech have forever changed the lives of youth,
teens and young adults. Truly we are living in a digital era and
youth and teens are becoming digital influencers.
Each generation of youth, teens and young adults are the
digital natives presented in media and news:
Digital Natives ages 12 to 24 spend 4.5 hours a day viewing
screen media (TV, Internet, Internet video, mobile video),
excluding games that even have the ability to link to online
content  PBS  2010

These digital natives are connected in a way never imagined
before and beyond the original range of the Internets design.
There is a growing concern there should be a balance of
consumers of tech and  producers of tech when discussing
youth. Children and youth need to learn the value of a digital
global perspective of the world, as I have  stated in blogs and
PodCasts. Children are not the future consumers they are the
now consumers and the now and future influencers.

They influence the buying of their parents and family members
when it comes to digital devices, Apps and accessories. Kids are
telling parents what to buy, why they should buy it and how to
use it. Then change the dynamics of tech to meet their needs.
Teaching each generation that our world is influenced by
thought leaders, digital visionaries, dreamers and seekers of
knowledge is important to direct their thinking in productive ways.

There is the danger of false doctrine, false information and
radicalism in many areas on the Internet. Parents must be able
to teach, model and investigate the accuracy and truth of content
their children consume.

The binary codes of programming languages that computers use
is a language that needs to be understood to provide clarity on
how they (computers) work and why computers do what
they do.

Kids and youth being the digital natives, innovators of today
and the future need conferences like WordCamp and KidsCamp
to direct their engagement and development.

WordCamp and KidsCamp build a foundation of respect and
awareness for the Internet beyond gaming and social butterflying.
The fastest growing nations for KidsCamp and YouthCamp
conferences are on the continents of Africa and Central America.
WordCamp conferences in Central America in 2019 are increasing
with WordCamp Nicuquagua and Costa Rica of Central America,
they both have a KidsCamp in development.

Even in Calgary, Canada with WordCamp YYC has an engaging
and fun KidsCamp. Africa will have KidsCamp Harare, KidsCamp
Lagos, KidsCamp Entebbe and WordCamp PortHarcourt and
others.

Parents need to take advantage of these opportunities to encourage
their children to attend events and networking opportunities. Exposure
to critical and higher order thinking learning that is happening.
Youth and teens future career choices are influenced to help
develop the tech visionaries that each nation will need to grow their
economies in new and diverse directions.

WordCamp Orlando 2018

WordCamp Orlando 2018

Upcoming, current and future Word and KidsCamp
United States
WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia
Canada
WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada
Central America
WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicuquagua
Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
WordCamp PortHarcourt

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