My Quest To Teach

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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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

 

 

July 26, 2018

WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica

WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica
The Awesomeness of Kids Camp 

at WordCamp San Jose 
William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife
Twitter @wmjackson and @LoveBuiltLife

Being involved in volunteering with a
Kids Camp is a fun and exciting venture.
Giving back as a business owner, educator,
parent and community activists builds
future leaders, innovators, smart creatives,
digital intellectuals and even educators
in youth, teens and young adults.

As business owners ourselves, Aida and I
were invited to WordCamp San Juan to speak
and volunteer at this great conference,
in Costa Rica, it turned into an epic
adventure and journey. The beauty of the
time was equally stunning as the land
blossomed with green and vibrant colors
of plants and foliage only found
in Costa Rica.

Kids Camp provides unique opportunities for
children from 7 yrs to teens to be involved in
developing web sites through the WordPress
platform. The kids attending will be building
their own blogs and learning how to post content
with the WordPress platform. Parents are required
to work with their child as they develop content
on the web in real-time. This adds another dynamic
element to being a smart creative.

Kids Camp has been active in WordCamp Miami,
WordCamp Jacksonville and others across the
country and even the world.
Children will be taught how to add their stories
photos, video clips and more to their developing
content. The fun of building a web site raises
opportunities for kids to be entrepreneurs, tech
business owners and even developers.

Kids Camp San Jose in Costa Rica provides a fun
and enriching environment applying storytelling
and visual story-boarding. The building to this
project allows the kids to get into teams,
discuss their ideas, how to apply Apps and coding.

The Kids Camp activities are designed to be fun,
educational and building future business owners.
Available are certified teachers, web developers,
WordCamp speakers, volunteers and advocates like
Aida Correa and I, we are from Jacksonville,
Florida and traveled to this
great event as speakers.

The attending kids will earn their very own name
tag, SWAG ranging from stickers, posters, t shirts,
lunch will be provided and photos to be posted on
Social Media sites. Building their digital presence
and encouraging collaboration and cooperation with
the kids attending.

These awesome kid-friendly lessons will introduce
a wonderful world of WordPress and encourage
continued learning and design. Parents are encouraged
to stay involved in WordCamp conferences to build the
future business leaders that are the visionaries of
the future for Costa Rica and South America.
The sponsor was SiteGround that provided temporary
hosting for the students to participate.

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa  of LoveBuilt LIfe #LoveBuiltLife
provided SWAG from  their respective companies
to encourage and motivate the young people involved.

To see more content visit the Instagram site for
WordCamp San Jose at https://www.instagram.com/wordcampsanjose/?hl=en

 

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