My Quest To Teach

November 3, 2017

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer

2017 Promoting PSTEAhM Learning During the Summer
by William Jackson
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy, Inc.
PSTEAhM Camp Jacksonville, Florida

Summer learning is becoming increasingly valuable for
preparation for careers.
The summer is a perfect time to encourage applying learning
to everyday situations and building learning as fun. Applying
learning to real life experience to build relevancy and
connections. Applying math to help building a budget, reading
to build an appreciation for literacy and understanding
the value for comprehension. Art for diving into STEAM where
discovery can be enlightening and a drive towards careers.
Teaching children how to budget money early will allow for
them to process the value of money and build a respect
for work. Parents should use the summer to incorporate
STEAM into their children’s life and teaching children how
influential even in a small way STEAM is important.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics – STEAM
Teaching children and teens early will help them learn to
survive when there is no one around to give advice, it will
already be in them thinking creatively and being innovative
with their resources. Instead of telling children that money
does not grow on trees the summer should have been used to
show them by allowing them to practice saving and spending.
Provide a budget and some funds so it can be seen in a
realistic format. Children and teens need to be allowed
to shop, compare items and compare the cost helps to
understand the monetary responsibilities in feeding a
family; also helping children learn the sacrifices parents
make for even small things as prices fluctuate.

Children and teens perspectives are different when parents,
family and even summer camps teach how to manage money that
is not infinite, there is a limit.
The science of shopping, preparation, cooking and serving
can be fun and open discussions as to why parents or guardians
only purchase certain foods or why parents or guardians
shop at certain stores. Understanding and comprehension
come when a child applies what they are learning to real
world situations.

Just think what your child may be applying when they are
learning to connect the pieces of STEAM that are filled with
events that allow for increased blood pressure or an increase
in blood sugar content. Why candy can be dangerous not just
for teeth, but high levels of blood sugar can cause
serious issues later in life.

There are diverse games that children are playing at summer
STEAM camps like Tristan’s, the dream of Arlene Lloyd an
educator in Jacksonville, Florida and STEM/STEAM advocate.
Tristan’s Accelerated Academy is incorporating STEAM has
found a connection to learning, growing and fun this summer.
Involvement of skills related to STEM, STEAM, and STREAM are
not limited to just science and those areas that kids
expect academically.

Education allows for the accumulation of information, facts,
access to data, students still need to learn how to apply
these to real life experiences especially money. Parents
must understand that value of “exposure,” the purpose of
application and implementation is valuable.
The first teacher is the parent, but if the parent is also
lacking in information that makes a dangerous situation,
because ignorant parents, create ignorant children and
this creates a generational problem of ignorance or lack
of knowledge.

During the summer children should be visiting museums,
library events, cultural activities, field trips.
Summer camps fill a void in learning gaps and exposure.
In this world of Technology, Drones, Social Media, Virtual
Reality, scientific break through, medical discoveries,
etc, children must be prepared especially children of color.
There does not have to be any learning gaps when parents
involve summer camps with structure, capable educators and
a vision for improving the lives of children.
2017 is still a new beginning to bring about a better future,
and the summer of 2018 will again bring rise to choosing
where to put children for learning and exposure.
Careers are not just available because children like them,
they must grow to respect and appreciate the sacrifice
and hard work it takes to advance in careers and the
education required.

Parents of color and children of color, make sure you’re
preparing yourself for future learning and being an
agent of change that promotes generational change for
the better, STEAM, STEM and STREAM have the capacity to
change lives if applied the right way.

 

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October 30, 2017

WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

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WordCamp – Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson, WordCamp Speaker and Participant
Twitter @wmjackson – Social Media Activist
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

WordCamp encourages and engages users, developers, coders,
content managers and digital innovators to share information
that may not resonate or apply now, but sure to spark and
generate interest in tech fields business owners and
entrepreneurs are interested and passionate about.
As a HBCU instructor and public school elementary
teacher, I’m constantly talking to all my students about
proper behavior in online environments. The influence
of digital footprints they create and building their Brands
even in elementary school.
HBCU students would do well to participate and attend
conferences like WordCamp, Bar Camp, EdCamp and other
tech events to learn the language of  business and develop
“Code Switching” skills. How to speak and carry yourself
to an industry at times struggling with diversity and
inclusion.
WordCamp allow for Content Engagement to allow
networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting Platforms that transform Podcasting and
Video Blogging into business ventures.
Amplify the Message of community activist and
broaden community activism. The need of community
activist and the increase need for peaceful and effective
community activism by youth, teens and young adults.
Authentic stories need to be told and Social Media is the
platform to use. There are many Digital Innovators that
have ideas that should be encouraged and funded. HBCU
students are the future innovators for their communities,
but need to be exposed to instruction that puts them in
a frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even
research. HBCU instructors cannot remain in the past with
outdated instructional methods or even mentalities. They
must embrace the integration of tech that engages and
prepares them for new career paths.
Mental Agility should not just be applied to sports,
STEAM – STEM – STREAM – CSTEM – STEMsquared and
the growing areas of VR Virtual Reality have taken hold
and moved to influence every day lives.
Interaction Broad Based from mobile devices to watches
to other forms of technology. There is always a piece that
can have connectivity to access information.
Building Community through being a Blogger, VBlogger,
Podcaster are the storytellers that are changing the
paradigm of information exchange. The meshing to
individual and collective stories are a combination of
digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues
to connect people and principles.
Coders, Web Developers the people with the abilities to
understand the roots of the web. How to make information
be seen or even to hide information from clarity and visual
access.
Being dope or lit online does not mean using profanity,
inappropriate pictures for shock value nor violence or
sex to sell, it means being accountable, responsible and
sharing a passion for higher expectations of sharing
authentic and humanistic stories.
What the community see of you, about you, to  you,
from you does matter. It has far reaching influences
in credit scores, careers, relationships, business, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
How the world sees you does matter because individually
each of us displays culturally our journey in the world
that is still struggling with accepting diversity.
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October 16, 2017

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future

Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future
The Jacksonville Goes to College event was filled with
the excitement of students from all walks of life and
even grade levels discovering areas of study and
potential careers for the future. As in previous year’s
recruiters, advisors, instructors and administrators
from over 100 higher educational and vocational
institutions put on their best to attract the best and
brightest students that Duval County Public Schools
and surrounding school districts have to offer. Even
those students that are struggling academically learned
of tutoring and enrichment services at schools, working
to make higher education available despite academic
challenges.
Along with the excitement of students were the
worries, concerns and planning of parents and a
growing number of grandparents praying, planning
and proactively seeking how to finance a college or
university education for their children.
Remembering my similar journey with my son
a graduate of FAMU, now attending Florida
State University and my daughter attending
University of Central Florida, the gifts of
scholarships and grants was very welcomed,
this would be a blessing for my children’s mother
and I and decreased the worry of financial aid.
Lessons learned can be overheard by the questions
of students and parents to recruiters sharing valuable
information. Some of the important lessons are not to
wait, apply early and make sure monies are available
for fees that need to be paid immediately. Girls should
consider STEAM/STEM fields because jobs are growing
faster than the demand for skilled knowledge based
fields.  A girls mind is her opportunity to enter a high
paying and leadership role in careers only thought of
for men, the number of qualified men are dropping.
Virtual Reality and Gaming are top industry areas that
African Americans, Latino and other cultures of color
need to consider for careers.
Developing games, graphics design and virtual reality
are the areas that allow for great creativity, high
incomes and traveling, learning how to develop new
games that dazzle the senses and inspire people to put
down money to purchase games that many times are
global in playing.
African American, Latino and other culturally diverse
parents and students need to speak to guidance
counselors early before their office hours are filled
with panicked students that waited to the last
minute to fill out financial aid and entrance
applications. There are thousands of scholarships
available, but many do have deadlines fast approaching.
Many parents use the tools offered by
Ashley Hill‏ of Prep for college
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com 
On Twitter #collegechat to help find the right scholarship
for the right areas of study and the right career
choice.
Parents need to be proactive in their efforts in
preparation, what are their children talented
in, their skills strength and academic and
creative talents.  Sometimes even starting in
the 8th grade to see what environment their
child or children will fit in. Students may want to
attend a large university for the glamour, but need
a small or middle size school that has a low teacher
to student ratio. The goal of higher education
is to graduate with a viable skill set not to party,
and play.
D’yani Jones a sophomore attending Andrew Jackson
High School knows she is interested in many areas
of technology and is looking early at schools that have
low ratios and high end tech facilities. Her sister Sha’ni
wants to be a veterinarian and looking at schools that
guide her to fulfilling her dreams of being a business
owner of her own pet store and animal hospital.
Parents need to talk to their children on a regular basis
as Ceolo Lewis, D’yani and Sha’ni mother to under-
stand how to help their children gain their dreams.
Parents should be able to facilitate the learning in and
out of school to develop the whole child and work with
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.
Learning about financial aid early, when and where
to apply for scholarships, grants and the value
of paid, unpaid internships. A parent’s financial
history does have a big effect on their children receiving
subsidized help. Even if parents themselves did not
attend college they should do everything they can to
help their children achieve their goals.
Start early and ask lots of questions to get the
answers you need.


Resources for Scholarships:
Ashley Hill‏ @prepforcollege
Scholarship are all around.
Web http://www.collegeprepready.com 
On Twitter #collegechat

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