My Quest To Teach

June 15, 2018

WordCamp Jacksonville An International Conference of Technology and Diversity

Filed under: #WordCamp,Blacks In Technology,Education — William Jackson @ 11:45

WordCamp Jacksonville An International Conference of
Technology and Diversity
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

WordCamp Jacksonville was well attended by
participants and speakers as far away as Nigeria,
Africa; Miami, Georgia and several Midwestern states.
The excitement of sharing the growth of web
development,  digital platforms and tools directly
related to content creation and web development
shows a phenomenal growth in the need to be
involved in Social Media and associated
technologies.
Attended by several hundred, the conference in
its third year contained a Kids Camp that was
dedicated to teaching ages 7 to 13 how to build
and manage a WordPress site. Making the
journey into web development fun and relevant
for young people who are future developers,
coders, digital engineers and even business
owners.

The growing diversity of WordCamp Jacksonville
is seen by sponsors of the Kids Camp
William Jackson an educator with Duval County
Public Schools and business owner of My Quest
To Teach. Mr. Jackson speaks, volunteers and
blogs at national and international WordCamp
conferences.

Ms. Aida Correa, Artist, Poet, STEAM educator
and business owner of LoveBuilt Life and a
sponsor of Kids Camp in Jacksonville. Both
Mr. Jackson and Ms. Correa are advocates
of youth, teens and young adults; African
American and Latino respectively they
participate in areas of technology;
attending WordCamp conferences to network
and collaborate in building technology businesses.

Nationally, people of color are mostly consumers
of technology and not the producers. Less than
5% of technology businesses are owned by
people of color.
This year’s conference 2018 was attended
by Catherine Mayokun Egwali a business
woman, blogger, author and speaker from
Nigeria on the continent of Africa. Her
experience as an award winning author,
content creator, and business owner allows
her the opportunity to share her story with
others on  an international level. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemegwali

Globally technology is allowing for faster
communication and new collaboration
opportunities. Allowing the diversity of the
world to share stories, expand the
voice of the silent in social and cultural
issues and to encourage world peace
through tolerance and cooperation.

WordPress an “open source” product
encourages development of Apps, widgets
and other programs to be created
that improve the usability of web development.
WordCamp conferences are located throughout
the nation and in cities that are expanding
their access to resources and employment
opportunities that embrace technology.

People of color and diversity in culture should
take advantage of unique opportunities to
start their own business models in technology,
innovation and even the Arts.
WordCamp conferences and Kids Camp are
great opportunities to develop digital skills
that can open employment doors and entrepreneurial
prospects. WordCamp is growing into a family
adventure and a journey
of discovery and innovation.

Resources:
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
WordCamp Jacksonville
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org

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June 13, 2018

The Narrative of Digital Black Stories

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The Narrative of Digital Black Stories
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media, an age of digital communities, communication
and collaboration. Changing the way people will communicate
for generations to come.
Broadcasting on a digital platform that can expand the human
voice. The ability to enhance activism that influences the human
mind and human behaviors.

People of color can expand their voices in so many ways that the
Gutenburg Press could not even begin to match. Parchment,
paper and publication in cyberspace expands and quantifies
the ability to connect with people of like or even different cultures.
From traditional Blogs to Video blogs, from Podcasts to Microblogs,
from Instagram to Facebook. This is not the end there are Apps
and digital platforms that are contributors.
Hashtags create a game changer in the evolution of Social Media,
influencing how people see the world and how people of color
can be perceived online.

The narrative of people of color and their stories can change
with a photo, a video, and a hashtag strategically placed.
My narrative is being followed by students attending my
elementary school and in higher education. It is important to
me about their perceptions and the perceptions that I create
with my digital signature.
Their perception and that of their parents do matter because
my content defines their perception.
The perceptions of my profession as a teacher, community
activist, volunteer, mentor, man, African American male and
even that of a father are influenced.

Narratives are capable of being changed, but perceptions are
delicate. Content creators understand the value of perception,
make sure it is positive and productive because first impressions
and first perceptions are important.
Social Media only shows one part of a person, in our age of
digital engagement what is posted will never go away. The
Narrative of Black stories can be perceived as self-destructive,
culturally destructive and even socially destructive.

Events like Man Up for Health Summit and Prevent Crime In
The Black Community are important events. They set a tone
for education, business, careers and health information.
Churches, youth groups, ministries and any organization that
works with, mentors to and inspires youth, teens and young
adults should be attending events like these, the workshops
provide real and relevant information to help them make rational
and mature decisions.

As a community activist Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life and I
My Quest To Teach encourage and advocate for education,
proper educational  health care and engagement in the community.
The key is education and learning. Parents help children of all ages
understand that they create the messages society hears on Social
Media. They are judged by their digital voices and content. Change
the perceptions by changing your content.

“Content is King” Bill Gates

June 9, 2018

My WordCamp Journey 2017-2018

William Jackson at WordCamp Jacksonville
Speaking at WordCamp  Jacksonville, Florida 2017


Enjoying my WordCamp Journey from 2017 to 2018

Speaking, Volunteering, Organizing, Sponsoring and Advocating

How To Be Dope On Social Media
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson
Presentations from WordCamp DC and WordCamp
Wilmington, North Carolina
Twitter @wmjackson

Speaking at my first international
WordCamp Calgary Canada in Alberta
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William Jackson and Aida Correa
Speaking at our first WordCamp Miami
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Helping with Kids Camp in
Calgary Canada Alberta
sharing knowledge with
families from South Sudan

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Attending with Sean at WordCamp
Birmingham, Alabama our first time
in Birmingham, Ala.

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A beautiful journey of WordCamp
Miami and WordCamp Atlanta
with Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
LoveBuilt Life

WordCamp Calgary

There is power in the spoken word, there is
power in the engagement that is WordCamp.
WordCamp YYC Calgary Canada Alberta

 

May 26, 2018

Nyater and William

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Kids Camp at Calgary Canada 
Helping Nyater from Sudan Africa to develop her WordPress site.

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One day i found a guy name William and i said can we be friends and
He said yes and we went to the park and we went to 711 and we had
a great time and we tell creepy stories in calgary in canada.
We had fun with my family and had a great day.

 


May 24, 2018

African Americans How Thirsty Are You??

Filed under: #WordCamp,Education — William Jackson @ 11:35

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African Americans How Thirsty Are You??
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp Speaker, Blogger, Advocate,
Educator and Volunteer

The growth of WordCamp nationally and
internationally is showing that the access
to successful entrepreneurs, digital innovators,
web developers, coders, artists and graphic
designers to name a few is easier. Exposure
to these talented individuals allows for
unique networking opportunities and new career
directions for young people.

How can young people of color aspire and dream
to change the world if they do not see others
accomplishing their dreams.
Speaking at WordCamp Dayton, (since
2017 my 5th WordCamp speaking and 7th
attending). The exposure to people that
share similar passions for content creation
skill-sets can change the mental paradigm
for careers in technology for others.

I had the unique opportunity to be the ONLY
African American speaking and attending.
There were even comments about the need
for diversity to increase in technology fields
to promote changing the culture of digital
access and development.
Close proximity to business owners that
greet you with a handshake, share their
business cards and share their knowledge
shows the power and engagement of the
“open source” community.

Research data shows that minorities are
significantly trailing other cultures
in ownership of businesses that are
technology based. Visibility and engagement
is important.

The key is exposure and the value and
enjoyment of learning. The title of this
writing, “African Americans How Thirsty
Are You?” represents how thirsty do
you have to be to drink the drinks that
others do who are successful. I’m not
talking about alcoholic, but the willingness
to change the thirst of ignorance and
unskilled abilities. The change to be
drinking in knowledge and taking
advantage of learning opportunities that
satisfy the thirst for growth and a
foundation of financial stability in
economics and education.

A powerful quote from an educator,
minister, administrator and author,
William Jenkins of St. Louis that shows
truth, “Blacks need to want to learn what
whites know.” To empower them with
skills that allow for growth in new
areas and build solid careers.

Booker T. Washington shared similar
words in his book “My Larger Education,”
originally printed in 1911.
In his book Mr. Washington states on
page 102 that Blacks should understand
what service they are preparing for. That
Black boys should want to learn to read
because reading is the only way to improve
their living conditions. In his wisdom as the
learned to build the Tuskegee University,
Mr. Washington has shared that Blacks need
to do more than just define themselves, the
need to create changes in mentality to change
their positions in life to build up other Blacks
so they can obtain power in politics, education,
business, law and economics.

African Americans are massive consumers of
tech, a small percentage are producers. What
value do youth, teens and young adults of color
place on learning HTML, Java Script, PHP, CSS,
and other tech languages.
The fundamentals of graphic design, the
creativity of designing web content and the
engineering skills of cyber-security and
e-commerce. Instead of just playing games
be the architects of them.

Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass
at times clashed on the direction of freed slaves
and the future of Blacks, they were in agreement
with the value of education to allow Blacks to
contribute to society, to bring something to the
economic table and obtain influence so their
concerns will be heard and changes made.

Preparation starts now while children are young and
impressionable. Not when they are older and set in
their ways. Parents and their children must take
advantage of as many learning opportunities as
possible to establish generational growth and prosperity.

Ever Rising

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