My Quest To Teach

November 17, 2018

What is STEAM and Why It Needs to be in KidsCamp

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018
KidsCamp Orlando 2018
Organizers William Jackson and Aida Correa

What is STEAM and Why It Needs to be in KidsCamp
By William Jackson, M.Edu
KidsCamp Organizer, Speaker, Advocate, Blogger
The world is constantly changing, technology is here to stay and grows
more integrated in our lives. The pervasiveness can be seen when
children as toddlers are walking with devices even when they struggle
to walk in straight lines.
Educational initiatives begin to train children for the future, careers not
even invented yet, encouraging creative thought, complex reasoning
and fun that is incorporated into classwork. Project based learning is a
growing part of school curriculum’s and kids are seen more as student
sign-ins not as individuals. There are trade-offs from teacher lead
instruction to teacher/ learning facilitator. There is an ever forming
progressing transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundations. Tech is in the education business.

Children, youth, teens and young adults are being exposed to more and
more tech that allows them to have open communication, collaboration
and cooperative learning. There are growing projects, individual projects
and cross curricular projects. Designed to build skills in students they will
need even before they need them.

The integration of technology will prepare children to solve complex
problems that will  challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting world.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication, satellites that
use infrared, radar and microwave technologies to survey millions of miles
of land, sonar technologies that can “see” in the deepest of oceans and seas.
The same satellites that have their digital “eyes” aimed at deep space and even
new technology that can detect movement of animals and intricate weather
patterns.

What is changing are WordCamp conferences, opportunities for those in the
“open source” community to come together to share content, wisdom, resources
and information. WordCamp welcomes “adults” who have a passion, purpose and
are intrigued by this WordPress environment that manages to run a growing 40%
of the web. The other part of these dynamic conferences involve youth, teens and
young adults that also share a common interest that is just as important as adults.

WordPress is empowering millions with the tools to build digital communities that
are called PLC or PLN in academia. Professional Learning Communities or Professional
Learning Networks. A teacher of over 30 years and KidsCamp Organizer William
Jackson says, there are many acronyms that identify educational terms. The key
is to apply terms to student learning that works, not just using fancy words that mean
nothing. There should always be “teachable moments.”

KidsCamp a growing part of WordCamp conferences are “teachable moments.”
Incorporating STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Arts Math/Music are an easy
fit because of the dynamic combination of tools that make for content that is an
extension of the creator. Kids love to create so incorporating STEAM into KidsCamp
by William Jackson and Aida Correa, KidsCamp Organizers for WordCamp Orlando
2018 and WordCamp Jacksonville 2019.

There is a new / advanced way of thinking, kids brains need creativity, inspiration
and innovative ways to learn and apply that learning. STEAM allows for a fun and
innovative way to incorporate learning and fun together. The artistic development and
scientific techniques are complimentary that once where separated. The  merger of
STEAM and web development is here and can be seen migrating from academics to
technology to business. Because of this youth, teens and young adults begin to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking. Innovation is encouraged and expected,
supported by adults that themselves have embraced “The Arts” as part of a  collaborative
and cooperative learning push that KidsCamp can use to inspire a new generation of
web developers, coders, graphic designers, Artists, programmers, thought leaders,
entrepreneurs and sole-preneurs.

The future of WordPress is based on each child, youth, teen and young adult that
begins to see new ways it can be applied and added to the collective of solving
problems that humans will be challenged to address even in web development.
There is space in the “open source community” for everyone to contribute. The
inclusiveness of and acceptance of gender, lifestyle, culture and color is what creates
a society of growth and the beauty of humanity.

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
KidsCamp Organizers – William Jackson (My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach)
Aida Correa (Love Built Life – #LoveBuiltLife)

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November 14, 2018

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care
By William Jackson, M.Edu
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/Music

The world is changing, the incorporation of technology will
not stop in our society, integration of technology is changing
how we function in this world. Educational initiatives use to
train children for the future is ever progressing and creating
a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundation.

Children must be prepared for careers not even available
now and they must be able to solve complex problems that
will challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting world.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication,
satellites that use infrared, radar and microwave technologies
to survey millions of miles of land, sonar technologies that can
“see” in the deepest of oceans and seas. The same satellites
that have their digital “eyes” aimed at deep space and even
new technology that can detect movement of animals and
intricate weather patterns. Providing accurate weather
predictions for weeks and months in advance.

All provided by the growth and integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across this country. Because technology
has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be
fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/CSTREAM
and STEMsquared, they are all connected, but each has a powerful
individual effect in our world.

The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high achievement
in all areas, “as defined by STE[+a]M, which is a website created
to share information about the blending of arts and sciences. The
past error in thinking was that each of these elements were separate
and unequal. The new thinking is that STEAM creates a curriculum
that embraces all these elements which allow students to hone their
personal skills and advance in areas that are new, but just as
important. Project based learning where there is a end result that
is not based on data, but based on evidence of a finished product.

There is a new way of thinking, grounded in research on the brain
shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development
and the scientific techniques are complimentary than once first
believed. The blending of these skills require students to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking that supports
collaborative and cooperative learning. Learning that pushes and
challenges, and brings about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of appliance and application. In a layman’s explanation, kids
are encourage to do something, given the tools and the parents
are facilitators and get out of the way.

Parents need to understand many careers are now influenced
by STEM curriculum’s and should be more involved in schools
that are preparing students to be future leaders Educators, artists,
and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences and believe that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and
technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher
centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning
and involve the “4 Cs”:
Creativity, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed
that the organizations of  the National Science Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of
Education are joining to make sure current and future models
of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled laborers
this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

William Jackson is an educator over 30 years experience.
Teaching Physical Education, STEAM/STEM/STREAM
Past Professor with Edward Waters College teaching
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
A national and international blogger and advocate
for WordCamp as a blogger, volunteer, speaker and
organizer.
Hashtag #MyQuestToTeach
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November 1, 2018

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Photos provided by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach and
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife from the NAACP Banquet 2018
in Jacksonville, Florida
William Jackson https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
Aida Correa http://lovebuiltlife.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 26, 2018

Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

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Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

Congratulations to Edward Waters College student  and business owner
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr.
and son Elisha Taylor III Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa, LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson, The Madisel Group with
Jayla Tapley and Ahubri Dudley Duval County Public Schools.
Invited to attend their first Florida Blogging and Technology Conference,
a nationally and internationally recognized conference in Orlando. The
annual event in its 8th year is regularly attended by William Jackson, as a speaker,bloggers and advocate.
He is a  teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Social Media business
owner. Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of Full Sail University, the
premiere technology school that has achieved international recognition https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
The theme “Year of the Creator,” which addresses growing digital
innovation and creativity.
Is fitting because youth, teens and young adults are creating online businesses,
creating graphic works of art and producers of content and development of Apps.
The infusion of technology globally is demanding more proficiency and
knowledge because careers are being sent overseas and America by itself
cannot keep up with the need for digital creatives
and digital innovators.
Competition is fierce so students need tech skills to be employed.
Students from EWC and DCPS have attended WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon
and other conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past, he have spoken in Calgary
Canada, Costa Rica, Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. Mr. Jackson is an advocate
for Social Media integration in business and education. A community activist with
New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers working to empower the community.
The empowerment of diversity is that Ms. Correa is a business owner, artist, poet
and web developer. She is a well-known WordCamp speaker and community
volunteer showing that women, Latina, advocate for STEAM and digital innovation
are important not just in Jacksonville, but across the nation.
Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Corea understand that students of all levels, in order to
compete must have knowledge beyond classroom experiences, they need exposure
to networking and mentors. They must be producers of technology innovation
not consumers to meet the challenges in their communities.
Bess Auer the creator of Florida Blogging and Social Media Conference provides
opportunities for students from Edward Waters College and Duval County Public
Schools to attend, be involved in workshops and encouraging all students to learn
and apply their learning as future business owners and entrepreneurs.
Elisha Taylor III has a dream of attending MIT after graduating from Paxon
High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found at https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
to inspire middle and high school students to learn as much as possible
about participating events and activities that prepare them for careers.
HBCU institutions must continue to provide diverse learning opportunities
and even sponsor students to attend conferences, workshops and seminars to
help with networking and meeting professional business people in professional
and casual occasions. Allowing the learning in classrooms to be shared in
real world situations.
Florida is opening many doors to space, students attending HBCU school
should be guided to and through these doors to be a part of history and
historical discoveries. They must share their knowledge to
generations coming up so there will not be any “HiddenFigures”
that try to hide the truth of how vital people of color are to new
innovations and discoveries.
FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/

 

 

 

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