My Quest To Teach

December 31, 2018

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa
William Jackson, M.Ed.

lagos-kids

KidsCamp Organizer for WordCamp Orlando and
Jacksonville Co-Organizer Aida Correa

The 2018 WordCamp Orlando conference in the
United States has drawn hundreds each year to
learn about what is new in technology.
Attendees from across the country and even from
foreign nations attend to learn business tips,
SEO – Search Engine Optimization strategies,
applying eCommerce tools, business law, web
development, new coding integration, and more.
The growing WordCamp conferences in Africa are
creating networking and collaboration changes for
Bloggers, Video-Bloggers, Podcasters, YouTubers
and Journalists.

The dynamic environment of a WordCamp is a building
of community that is democratizing the web. Allowing
people to create innovative and dynamic content to
connect globally.
As a WordCamp speaker, volunteer, advocate and
organizer I regularly sponsor students and teachers to
attend to gain a unique experience.
There are a growing number of youth and teens attending
WordCamp  with Youth Camp. African youth, teen and
young adults have something to say about what is going
with web development and emerging technologies in Africa.
This year’s #WCORL in America has seen presentations
by teens expressing their understanding of where the web
is going and suggesting on the direction the web should take.
Sharing their concerns, visions, innovative ideas for business
development, marketing, building Brands and creating Niches.

Youth, teens and young adults are building businesses and
willing to share their ideas about how the web can help
in Branding and Marketing. This is growing in size in Africa
on the continent and is not a trend, but a moment.

Young African people want to be heard and should be heard,
they are the future of web development and online businesses
in Africa, they will help to stabilize African economies and create
digital changes in the African educational systems in place.
Because of the inclusiveness of the web and the ease of
digital tools youth, teens and young adult are creating businesses,
building diverse content and involved in community activism.
KidsCamp Orlando 2018 theme is “SPACE,” directed by
Lead Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa
the youth attending from 7 yrs to 14 yrs were involved in STEAM
related projects that helped prepare their first web site on the
Wordpress.com platform.

Using the free hosting service option, the youth attending created
a dynamic web presence that will grow as they grow in their skills
and abilities.
The same curriculum that is applied by William Jackson and
Aida Correa shows that STEAM is a global equalizer in building
critical thinkers, thought leadership and innovative creatives.
The focus on elements of STEAM – Science Technology Engineering
Arts Math/Music to engage youth in learning that is fun, creative and
begs for innovation.

Project based learning is a powerful tool for youth that are autistic
and creative thinkers too. All children are encouraged to be creative
and innovative, not constrained by the limitations of the traditional
classroom model. KidsCamp is a great opportunity for kids to network
in their communities and on the African continent.

KidsCamp should be a part of every WordCamp conference globally
because youth, teens and young adults are demanding equal access
to knowledge and developing their skills just as adults.
African nations that are progressive like Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya
are implementing diverse learning skill-sets.
As youth grow so does the need for them to be taught how to be producers
of content not just consumers and to start new businesses for the 22st and
23nd century.

KidsCamp Miami Panel Discussion
https://wordpress.tv/2016/05/02/kids-wordpress-panel-discussion/

WordCamps in Africa in 2018 are;
WordCamp Harare
https://2018.harare.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Nairobi
https://2018.nairobi.wordcamp.org/

WordCamps in Africa in 2019
WordCamp Lagos
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Bulawayo
https://2018.bulawayo.wordcamp.org/

Resources:
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach – myquesttoteach@gmail.com
http://myquesttoteach.com/
Aida Correa – heisintheart@gmail.com
http://lovebuiltlife.com/
WordCamp Orlando
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

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October 14, 2018

Happy 2nd Anniversary “Authors Roundtable” Authors are Invited

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Happy 2nd Anniversary “Authors RoundTable” All Authors are Invited

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm
Happy Anniversary Authors Roundtable!

We are excited to announce our 2nd Year at the Highlands
Library on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida.
Some of the best and talented Authors, Poets, Screen Play
Writers, Bloggers, Podcasters and more, all genres emerge
once a month to support each other and other Authors
attending. Students from elementary, middle, high school
and even higher education are welcomed to attend and
contribute.
Increasing our knowledge about the industry and the
writing and publishing process. Help is available.

Authors are learning that in some capacities they must
be able to manage their Social Media digital footprints
to share their Brands to diverse audiences. If they are
unsure, they are contracting with business people that
are knowledgeable like William Jackson and Aida Correa.
Social Media can be overwhelming, confusing and entering
into unknown territories can cause more problems if you’re
not sure who to rely on.

Editors, Publishers, Social Media Experts, Marketing
and Public Speaking Professionals, and other support
professionals have shared with the Roundtable.
Sharing successes, challenges, failures, resources and
financial services. Guiding peers around the challenges
that have been faced by others and providing guidelines
and strategies so mistakes are not repeated by others.

Authors are Jacksonville’s most hidden treasures. The
literary world is great in Jacksonville and surround areas,
support is there and available. The networking has been
invaluable, and we could not have done it without you that
are participating each month at the Authors RoundTable.

If you have participated in the past send or share your
favorite photo to
authorsroundtable@gmail.com for our digital collection.

Heartfelt thanks to Marshelle Berry, Regional Manager,
Kelly Strickland, Librarian, Susan Arthur, Librarian,
and Pat Morrison, Branch Supervisor
Our Roundtable Facilitators, Roy & Arvita Glenn and
Ari Turner, All-around support.

Special Guests Speakers will be presenting on:
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 6 pm to 8pm
William Jackson (My Quest To Teach), blogger, speaker,
WordCamp advocate, educator and social media trainer.
Aida Correa, LoveBuiltLife, Inc. artist, poet, web
developer, educator, traveling artist and WordCamp speaker
and AC Vazquez, Indie Author
Will be speaking.

Join us in a celebratory cake eating and toast for
two great years and for many more years to come.

The Authors Roundtable
authorsroundtable@gmail.com
Highlands Library – Dunn Ave
Jacksonville, Florida

 

 

October 10, 2018

Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

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

“If you’re an extrovert or an introvert you should
be attending a tech conference. If you’re an entrepreneur,
a business owner or even an author, it will benefit
you and your business in ways unimaginable. If you’re
a Blogger (writer), Podcaster (online programming),
Vblogger (video) or a Microblogger (Twitter)
find a way to attend a tech conference. If you’re a
college student, especially if you’re an HBCU student
attend conferences to build your Brand and network.

High school students get your parents to send or take
you to tech conferences, they will change your thinking
about careers and your options for life.
Congratulations to Edward Waters College student Mr.
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ
Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III
Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson
of 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.
Attending tech conferences like FLBLOGCON
encourages students to enhance their knowledge
and skills when preparing for future careers.

Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of
Full Sail University, the premiere technology
school that has achieved international recognition
https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
FLBlogCon https://floridablogcon.com the dream
of Bess Auer https://www.bessauer.com/ started
as a conference focusing on blogging, now
one of the most attended conferences nationally
and internationally in 8 years.

The digital empowerment can be seen by those
attending to be successful as bloggers, graphic
designers, coders and digital business owners.
Even in ministry, Minster Elisha Taylor Jr. of
Northbound Church of Christ integrates diverse
technology skills to share the gospel to a growing
number of people that are mobile, but still
enjoy hearing how to be saved and how to live
a Christian life in the Church of Christ.

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which
addresses growing digital innovation and
creativity. This 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. In order to start careers
youth, teens and young adults need to become
producers not just consumers of technology.

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….

Developing your Brand is valuable, “branding is
what people say about you, when you walk out
the room, (logoff the) forum, logoff Twitter,
read your blogs, or view videos you posted on
the Internet, ” Josh Elledge

Dennis Jackson a student attending Edward
Waters College is expanding his network of
resources to grow his business “Primal Instinct”
a clothing line that will be launching soon.
William Jackson a past professor with EWC and
Digital Innovator managing his company
My Quest To Teach, has taken students in
the past to various conferences using his
personal finances, but always working
to find sponsors.

Sharing the empowerment and benefits of
Social Media, STEAM and how careers are
influenced by tech skills. Personally sponsoring
tech conferences in Africa he sees the need to
embrace diversity not just locally in
Jacksonville, Florida, but globally.

Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife embraces multiple
areas of the Arts and Design. Her passion for
STEAM allows her to connect youth to adults
in project based workshops where creating is
fun, learning is loud and creative passions are
exploding in the minds and hearts of all as they
work on projects they can take with them.

Students from EWC and DCPS have attended
WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon and other
conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he and Ms. Correa 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.

He understands that minority 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 make
changes in their communities.

Thanks to Bess Auer providing another opportunity
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 business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Jayla, Ahubri and Elisha will be starting on their
business journeys as well in Jacksonville. Elisha
has a dream of attending MIT after graduating
from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found here
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FLBlogCon
William Jackson: https://stwity.com/wmjackson/
Blogs from past FlBlogCon
https://hbcubuzz.com/2016/10/students-attend-florida-blogging-conference-learn-career-growth-opportunities/

Want to be a Cool Blogger Attend FlBlogCon
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=27797.0

EWC Students Attend FlBlogCon
http://thyblackman.com/2016/10/09/ewc-and-dcps-students-attend-flblogcon/

 

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Bess and Aida

Bess and Aida

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

July 5, 2018

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It

 

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It
by William Jackson, Organizer, Volunteer,
Speaker,  Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

The 10th anniversary of WordCamp Miami was a
pivotal point too many of those attending. It
was an opportunity to learn new value and
importance of the right Brand, the importance
of strategically applying Marketing strategies,
the value of recognizing changes in applications
that take the future and pull us forward.

The importance of diversity of cultures, respecting
the knowledge of women and engaging youth,
teens and young adults as business owners in
the Kids Camp. Seeing the wonder and beauty
of diversity that can lead to dynamic
collaboration and cooperation. Building future
smart creatives, digital innovators, problem
solvers, and entrepreneurs.

The evolution of “tracks” showed at WordCamp
Miami the diversity of the speakers in culture,
gender, demographics and their applied knowledge
base.  The understanding that as content creators
we cannot live in a vacuum or in our own
worlds because of the beauty of diversity in interests
applied to the dynamic platform of WordPress.

One of the pivotal points of WordCamp Miami was
the Kids Camp that provided a platform of
networking, education, encouragement,
empowerment and even enlightenment.
Youth, teens and young adults growing in their
business and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Creating digital platforms that will show their
passions, interests, dreams and aspirations
as thought leaders and intellectuals.

The instruction, mentoring and role modeling through
the speakers and volunteers showed that youth, teens
and young adults as the title of this blog states,
“You Have Too Want It and Own It.” Being accountable
and responsible for your content.

Teaching future content creators, bloggers,
entrepreneurs, business owners, educators,
venture capitalists and others that allow for
engagement, empowerment and elevation
for the future business leaders in technology.
From ages 7 youth, teens and young adults are
being empowered and inspired to be business
owners before they can even
drive a car.

My observation as an educator and parent are
the lessons learned from WordCamp Miami cannot
be effective if they are not properly applied and
mentoring is a part of the application. Everyone
in business needs a mentor to guide,
teach, direct and encourage them.

Learning is not conditional, it should be contagious
and continuous. There should be relevancy in
applying what is being learned to real world
situations. Applied knowledge
can create change, the WordCamp community
is not a selfish community, it is based on a
foundation of innovation,
creativity, imagination and sharing.

The title, “You Have To Want It and Own It,”
shows that globally the community “Wants It”
by the global contributions and the creativity
of “open source” allows individuals to
spread the innovation and creativity.
The extension of the conference for WordCamp
and Kids Camp into Meetups that encourage
interaction and
collaboration after the conference to continue
learning. Just as in education there is continuous
professional development.

Learning has to be applied to the crafts that
are chosen, “Own It” applies to being passionate
and consistent.  Knowledge is personal and
can be applied where it is beneficial for growth
and development.
The dynamics of tech can only show change
when effectively applied and applied strategically.
Owning your Brands is owning your vision, owning
your voice for what you see as your journey.

“You Have To Want It and Own It,” then make
sure you apply it, sharing it, magnifying it and
broadcasting it to those that
would benefit from that knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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