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

March 11, 2019

The Girl Next Door Can Code!!

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The Girl Next Door Can Code!!
William Jackson, WordCamp and KidsCamp
Organizer, Blogger, Advocate, Sponsor

The access to technology has unprecedented abilities to empower
and encourage girls of all ages. Clubs like “Girls Who Code” in
Jacksonville can be seen at the Jacksonville Main Library involving
dynamic and skill building sessions. Saturdays are not the same
any more, girls are actively learning new things to prepare them
for careers never thought of before and even creating their own
businesses using technology that has a foundation in STEAM and
Web Development.

The club targets girls in 5th to 12th grade, many of the girls have a
serious interest in coding,  web development and STEAM elements.
Stephanie Boilard, Library Associate, Jax Makerspace Jacksonville
Public Library – SBoilard@coj.net
Black Girls Code – www.blackgirlscode.com/ will be involved in
WordCamp Miami this year. Their girls will be building web sites
and involved in STEAM based project learning.
Learning HTML (hypertext markup language) the language of the
Internet and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) used in web page
development. Understanding of Java Script, PHP and other
programming languages is important in the competitiveness
of this dynamic industry.

Interpreting the terminology can sound very nerdy, but nerds
are global; nerds and geeks are running the world. They are
making discoveries, innovations to address global challenges
that will be analyzed, categorized, prioritized and solved with
technical precision.

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The Girl Next Door Can Code
It is highly recommend girls have keyboarding experience and
familiarity  with desktop computer Windows and Apple Operating
Systems. There is a need for diversity in various Operating Systems
because girls need skills to work in the diversity of careers.
The knowledge gained in tech can earn Scholarships, Internships,
Collaboration in projects, Networking in social and business events
and help girls to become business owners and entrepreneurs.

Girls need to understand the coding process, the unique language
that required creative thinking and innovative awareness.
There are other opportunities for growth by girls attending
KidsCamp conferences associated with WordCamp conferences
that can be found nationally and globally.

KidsCamp Jacksonville will be held Saturday, June 30th in Jacksonville,
Florida https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
The Organizers William Jackson and Aida Correa are educators with
a passion to empower kids and getting them involved in STEAM
initiatives, especially kids of color and culture.

Develop Your Super Powers At WordCamp Miami
KidsCamp Organizers Nationally and Globally
Looking at WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/
there is a global presence that teaches the fantastic collaboration
of STEAM and KidsCamp.
William Jackson and Aida Correa; Jacksonville, Florida
Twitter @wmjackson – @lovebuiltlife
Christina Workman; Calgary, Alberta Canada
Twitter @amethystanswers of KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta
Ericka Barboza; Costa Rica, Central America
Twitter @pastelitocr of KidsCamp San Jose in Central America
Leandro Gomez; Nicaragua, South America
Twitter @WordCampNI in WordCamp Nicaragua
Mary Job; Lagos, Nigeria
Twitter @maryjob of KidsCamp Lagos, Nigeria
Tapiwanashe Manhombo; Harare, Zimbabwe
Twitter @tapiwanashe36 of Youth Camp Harare Zimbabwe
Great Anthony; PorthHarcourt, Nigeria
Twitter @anthonymcgreat of WordCamp Portharcourt

They have wonderful learning opportunities for youth and teens.
They understand the future success and growth is with Kids and
Youth Camp conferences. WordCamp is volunteer lead conferences
where speakers are the experts, innovators and creators of their
Brands and willing  to share their knowledge. The awesomeness
is that youth, teens and young adults are participating on equal
footing as adults, their requirements are somewhat different,
parents need to attend with the kids and both are encouraged to
work together in project based learning activities.

In the era of global collaboration, KidsCamp and Youth Camp
teachers like Aida Correa, William Jackson, Mary Job, Christina
Workman, Tapiwanashe Manhombo, Great Anthony, Ericka Barboza,
Leandro Gomez and others are integrating the elements of STEAM
into their curriculum’s to embed higher order and critical thinking skills.
These skills are necessary for entrance into business, commerce and
various industries.

Africa is leading the way globally with new Youth and Kids Camp,
the development of digital infrastructures are creating awesome
opportunities for digital business growth.
Opening new ways to empower kids that attend the fast growing
conferences for youth, teens and young adults that are being
dominated by young ladies, young women and girls.
Because of the immediate ability of WordCamps to
encourage networking, the building of Brands that
encourage the building of entrepreneurial desires
and the creation of businesses is unprecedented.

Girls and women can have a solid web presence with
the support of an “open source” community with a
global support system of diverse individuals,
conferences, meetups and KidsCamps to ensure
that failure is not an option. Everyone is supported,
nurtured, encouraged and empowered. Diversity of
color and culture is an asset and a blessing. Parents
are seeing that KidsCamp conferences are the source
of inspiration, encouragement and activism.

The list of KidsCamps grows along with the diversity
of its Organizers, Advocates, Teachers, Promoters,
Volunteers and Sponsors. The growth of WordCamp
conferences is dependent on the ability of KidsCamps
to be successful to encourage a new generation of
Bloggers, Micro-bloggers, Podcasters, business owners,
Social Media innovators and STEAM advocates to grow
with the help of knowledgeable men and women who
have grown to being influencers across the spectrum
of digital growth and innovation.

WordCamp Conferences Nationally and Globally
https://central.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson and Aida Correa
Welcome message to KidsCamp Miami 2019
https://youtu.be/ibCFAAt8Z2s

Aida and William

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2019

HBCU’s WordCamp Conferences R4U

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HBCU’s WordCamp Conferences R4U

by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Graduate of South Carolina State University
WordCamp – Speaker, Blogger, Advocate, Sponsor

As a speaker, volunteer, organizer, sponsor and advocate
of WordCamp conferences I encourage HBCU instructors
to encourage students to attend conferences and become
engaged in local Meetups in their respective cities.
The knowledge gained is invaluable and the networking
potential phenomenal. The term “its not what you know,
but who you know,” tells a valuable story. Networking is
vitally important. What you know in your brain cannot
be appreciated unless you have others that can appreciate
your knowledge and potential to learn more.

The expansion of People of Color (POC) attending tech
conferences is increasing as the need and demand
increases for those with technology knowledge grows.
There are growing numbers of POC that love tech,
embrace being nerds, enjoy bring geeks.
Attending WordCamp conferences locally, nationally
and internationally are re-freshing reminders that
geeks are everywhere, in every city, state, country;
People of Color embracing tech and learning to be
producers not just consumers.

Productivity brings engagement in conversation about
the dynamics of not just WordPress (which over 35%
of web pages are designed on globally). This affects
graphic design, e-commerce, Apps, Google analytics,
SEO, marketing and achieving entrepreneurial dreams.
HBCU students can change the narrative because
of their engagement their children as well will be
exposed and inspired to start their own businesses.

The WordPress community is just that, a community
that sees beyond just the simplistic nature of the web.
They see the unlimited possibilities of self-employment,
intellectual design, community engagement and
social activism.

Social Media is increasingly dominated by POC’s
building Brands, building business relationships, applying
marketing strategies,  and helping entrepreneurial
dreams to be fulfilled.

The development of new technologies, Apps and platforms
geared to business are allowing more to be engaged in
online environments for communication, collaboration
and business ventures.

What should be encouraged is the involvement of
HBCU institutions taking advantage of platforms like
WordPress and encouraging students to attend WordCamp
conferences.

WordCamp conferences in 2019 are located in;
Miami (March), Jacksonville (June) Atlanta (May) and
Orlando (August)
( https://central.wordcamp.org/wordcamps/ ).

If HBCU students do not understand the language of their
professions they cannot sit at the tables of tech companies
to become influencers.

HBCU students are learning that much of what they are
learning in the classroom may be outdated as industry
standards change, they need to be attending, contributing
and even speaking at conferences like WordCamp.
It should not always take alumni coming back to HBCU
institutions speaking when students themselves have
valuable information they can share from
involvement and exposure.
The benefits are enormous and lasting.

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December 28, 2018

Strategies Beyond SEO and Google

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Strategies Beyond SEO and Google
Video presentation provided by William Jackson
of My Quest To Teach

WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson

WordCamp Presentations in 2018
Speaking at WordCamp Philly in Philadelphia Pa.
What a great conference with wonderful speakers
and equally wonderful sponsors and vendors.
via William Jackson: Strategies Beyond SEO and Google to Build Your Brand and Market Your Social Media Awesomeness

WordCamp Presentations in 2017
Speaking at WordCamp DC in Washington, DC
The first WordCamp in Washington, DC was such an honor
to be able to speak at this historic event.
Looking forward to WordCamp DC in 2019
via William Jackson: How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media – Be an Online Community Activist

WordCamp Presentations in 2017
Speaking at WordCamp Wilmington in Wilmington, NC
WordCampILM was a wonderful experience. Meeting many engaging and
talented people with a passion for the open source and technology
community.
Praying for the community and state of Wilmington, NC
via William Jackson: How To Be Dope And Relevant On Social Media

 

Past WordCamp participation from 2016 to present

 

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