My Quest To Teach

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

 

 

 

 

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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 31, 2018

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa

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

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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/

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

 

 

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