My Quest To Teach

May 31, 2019

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville

Filed under: Kids Camp,STEAM,Women in Business — William Jackson @ 06:45
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville
William Jackson and Monica Timmons
Partnership between:
Jacksonville section of the
National Council of Negro Women
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC

The Jacksonville Section of NCNW and STEAM Chair Monica Timmons
envisioned All Kids Can Code Event, as a talking point for students that
would spark interest in technology.
The event was created to expose kids to the computer programming coding
language  “Scratch,” discuss various types of technology careers that kids
can have access to..

Monica knew that in order to captivate the audience of young people she would
have to be transparent and meet the youth where they were with positive word
affirmations over themselves. The students yelled, “I am somebody, I control my
destiny, I am brilliant and my mind is limitless.”
“My hope is that a technology movement of young people building code and
using creativity will erupt and cause the youth to put down guns and pick up
coding methodologies,” said Monica.

William Jackson, a 31 year educator hoped that the skills gained learning coding
and applied to Social Media responsibility and accountability can change the
mind-sets of youth, teens and young adults. “Creating a transformative mental
shift away from self-hurt, self-denial to self-nourishment and self-empowerment,”
said William.

The ability to understand languages is not just related to foreign languages;
Spanish,  French, Igbo and the other diverse languages that can he heard in the
community of Jacksonville. There is another language that is located on digital
platforms that is the language of coding.

Coding can be the language to program robots, mechanical machines, cars,
airplanes and spaceships. It can be related to the language of the web also,
that Tim Berners-Lee created browsers to allow the Internet to be seen by human
eyes through web browsers and not just viewed but with interaction and
engagement.

A quote by Lee, “the Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future
is still so much bigger than the past.” William Jackson a STEAM advocate
encourages youth, teens and young adults to have a global perspective of the
world. To look beyond Jacksonville, Florida.
There are other similar languages CSS, Python and others that allow for the
connections of human and machine. The incorporation of AI – Artificial
Intelligence that blends human thinking to the decision making of machines.
Allowing machines to think like humans and make independent decisions.

The All Kids Can Code workshop for kids provided by the vision of Monica
Timmons, a skilled and proficient coder, developer, web creator. Monica an
active and engaged member of the historic National Council of Negro Women
https://ncnw.org/ Jacksonville Chapter.
The direction of life sustaining careers is directly related to STEM and STEAM.
Science Technology Engineering and Math or in some cases Mechanics.
The A represents the engagement of the Arts a very important element that
allows diverse areas of the brain to function in creativity and innovation.
Artist like Aida Correa infuse these elements to excite kids that are not into
sports or entertainment.
Youth, teens and young adults need to be engaged academically that can lead to
professional careers.

Great appreciation to Gabriella White for sharing her story and drive toward her career
dreams. Her involvement is an inspiration to the youth attending to see a young person
they can look up to as a role model and even a mentor.
Opportunities like All Kids Can Code have the potential to open professional doors that
lead to sitting at the tables of business, commerce, technology, the Arts and education.
The economic opportunities for children of color and culture to develop skills necessary
to start their journeys in new career opportunities and as entrepreneurs.

The NCNW in partnership with My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC will be providing
workshops on June 15th and June 22nd in Jacksonville continuing to teach coding, web
development and Internet safety and responsibility.

Thanks and appreciation goes out to Monica, the volunteers and support of the NCNW
and building the future leaders Jacksonville will need to become a transformative city
for the future.
Businesses are embracing new technologies that manage data, are proactive to challenges
that humans face and even encourage innovation.
The Arts is a very valuable component because of the infusion of visual elements that
bring attention to nature. Special thanks to the Jacksonville Public Library and the use
of its state of the art facilities. Always available to help and build a better future for youth,
teens and young adults in Jacksonville.

NCNW Jacksonville Section under the leadership of:

Kruzshander Scott – Executive Director
Dr. Sabrina Edward, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Jevetta Stanford, Ph.D. – Vice President
Brandi Bennett – Secretary
Alfreda Denson-Butler – Interim Treasurer

William Jackson can be contacted at myquesttoteach@gmail.com
Monica Timmons can be contacted at jaxncnw1938@gmail.com
Aida Correa can be contacted at heisintheart@gmail.com
Jacksonville Section of NCNW website: https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

 

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to Right: William Jackson, Alfreda Denson-Butler,
Sharita Neal, Gabriella White, Tasha Gaitlin,
Monica Timmons, Marcia Brown, and Marilynn Doucet.

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

March 14, 2019

Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences

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Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
Teachers for
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Orlando 2019
KidsCamp Miami 2019
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

Developing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating with Web Development.
The rapid growth of WordCamp conferences and the integration of
Kids Camp conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults of color need to be involved in new areas.
Educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa are
developing independent curriculum’s that are fun,
engaged, exciting and inclusive to the needs of
children of color. They (both are people of color)
understand that children of color need to see
representation that looks like them, allows for growth
and awareness in technology careers.

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher
order thinking that children of color have naturally,
but do not understand how to apply and build on their brilliance.
STEM camps, STEAM camps and Kids Camp are happening across
the nation and globally. Kids, youth, teens and young adults
are demanding to be included in the opportunities that WordCamp
conferences present. Kids Camp conferences are not only happening
in the United States, they are in San Jose, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua in Central America. William and Aida have assisted with
the Kids Camp in 2018 and with the Kids Camp in Calgary, Alberta
Canada as well in 2018.

Their participation is expected in 2019 and beyond to help
bring diversity in learning, engagement, fun and teaching skills
that are required in business, commerce and global enterprises.
Bursting at the doors kids are wanting to learn to code, and
develop web sites. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs
and business owners.

Kids love technology and what the potential is for new business
ideas not just playing sports and entertainment. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning
in schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships.

Education is not the only option, networking, collaboration,
partnerships are valuable. Learning skills that are part of the
business process and learning the language(s) to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Children of color must be able to engage in conferences
where their minds are broadened, their skills are
improved and sharpened and their fear of what is new is overcome.
Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating
beyond their present positions in life. Parents of color must
allow their children to participate in conferences to build
skills for future employment chances and changes.
Sports and entertainment come with inherent risks, but education
is only risky when it is discounted, rejected and laughed at.
The color of skin at a Kids Camp conference does not matter
because the instructors are of color and represent the kids
there.

William Jackson (African American) and Aida Correa
(Latina – Puerto Rican) create an environment of innovation,
creativity and discovery. All that is required is excitement,
a love for learning and creativity by the kids.
Children of color need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation,
and working together to accomplish goals and building future
dreams in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.

Children are learning about WordPress development,
web design, coding, java script, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and other related skills. Kids will walk
away from Kids Camp with their very own WordPress.com
website. How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity
to travel the world.

One of the challenges for many children of color is that
too many do not get out of their neighborhoods to
explore the world around them. They seem to be stuck with
no exposure to the future and this creates “dream deserts”
where children of color don’t dream.
Kids Camps provide a vision and purpose for dreams. The
excitement of new thinking, fantastic dreams of growth
and change. The dopeness of the future as a
leader, creator and innovator.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving. This must never be allowed to happen again !!!
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges. Children of color need to be part of the
solutions to solve human challenges, threats, complex
environmental changes and create generational growth.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted,
talented, creative and innovative should be celebrated as a
child of color and culture.

Start by attending WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences and
other areas involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright!!

Resources:
William Jackson and Aida Correa Welcome to Kids Camp Miami 2019
https://youtu.be/ibCFAAt8Z2s

Did You Know How Tech Influences Your Life 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8lBMFw2xFA&t=1s

WordCamp Central where globally WordCamp can be found
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/


I’m Volunteering and Teaching at WordCamp Miami 2019

October 17, 2018

Inviting Jacksonville Kids to KidsCamp and WordCamp Orlando

William Jackson and Aida Correa

William Jackson and Aida Correa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inviting Jacksonville Kids
KIDSCAMP ORLANDO
A GREAT PLACE TO BUILD AND EXPLORE
by William Jackson, Organizer KidsCamp Orlando 

This years KIDSCAMP will be held on Saturday,
November 10th from 10am to 3pm. It is guaranteed
to be a day of building and exploration. Your
Commanders for learning will be William Jackson
(My Quest To Teach) and Aida Correa (LoveBuiltLife)
guiding the space cadets on a journey they
will not soon forget.
The cadets will have plenty of swag to take with
them to explore the galaxy of web development
at KIDSCAMP.
WordCamp parents can help usher in the next
generation of WordPress explorers at the fourth
annual KidsCamp! Parents attending WordCamp
can bring their explorers and enjoy a day of
parent-child discovery, exploration and learning.
The WordPress Commanders William Jackson
and Aida Correa are ready to take the youth,
teen, young adults and those that are young at
heart on a journey through the galaxy of KIDSCAMP.

These special kid-friendly lessons will introduce your
child to the wonderful world of WordPress and help
them learn or improve upon WordPress development,
design, and useful skills! After the day is complete,
your child will leave with their very own
WordPress.com site up and running!

Interested WordPress parents or guardians will need
to have a ticket for Saturday attendance purchased
before signing up their explorers. Parents will be
responsible for staying with their child
during KidsCamp, they may switch guardians during
the course of the day if two are both attending.

Each child will need his or her own laptop or tablet to
work on and know their usernames and passwords
to access their emails. It helps astronomically to have
it written down or saved in your digital
devices if needed.

Each KidsCamp ticket provides your explorer with
lunch, an afternoon snack, and full access to the
day’s lessons. We are accepting explorers
from ages 7 to 14 to participate
in these special lessons and register early because
spots are limited to only 20 children (not including
their parents/guardians).

Ready to start your child out on their own WordPress
journey?
KidsCamp tickets are on sale now
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/session/kidscamp/
Also, if you have an older explorer ready to launch
into some advanced topics, they are welcome to join
us for the full sessions and workshops with a regular
WordCamp ticket!

WordCamp Orlando is November 9 – 11, 2018!
Looking forward to working with future explorers..
Your Commanders William Jackson and Aida Correa
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/speakers/

Kids Camp Calgary Canada

Kids Camp Calgary, Canada

Kids Camp Calgary, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Camp Costa Rica

Kids Camp at WordCamp San Jose

Kids Camp at WordCamp San Jose

 

 

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