My Quest To Teach

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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June 29, 2018

The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators

 

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The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Inspired by the works of Aida Correa:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Actress, Educator, Latina,
Business Owner, Puerto Rican, Mother, Grandmother,
Community Organizer, Community Activist,
WordCamp: Speaker – Advocate – Volunteer-Sponsor

The growing Hispanic / Latino community in Northeast
Florida has begun to come into its own in political, economic,
educational and societal influences.
Involved in creating positive and productive changes that
are a needed inspiration to increase the cultural diversity
of Northeast Florida. Jacksonville has open arms encouraging
Hispanic and Latino people with business and entrepreneurial
passions to come to Jacksonville and share their skills and
talents especially in the field of technology.

Technology embraces diversity with the building of people
that are smart creatives, digital innovators and artists. This
blog is a shoutout to the growing Hispanic / Latino communities
in Jacksonville that are growing as geeks, nerds and digital
innovators.

Inspired by Aida Correa and her passion to build bridges of
business, educational, cultural and entreprenrial collaborations
that promote growth, acceptance and tolerance within
diversity.

The growing accessibility of content creators is having
phenomenal growth and elevation for Hispanic / Latino women.
Technology is a great force for leveling the fields of educational
access to cultural resources and for women of diversity to connect
and collaborate with each other. One of the greatest growths
can be seen in the Hispanic / Latino community and the application
of Social Media and tech to build their Brand. The fastest growing
demographic of content creators and entrepreneurs in online
environments that are building thought leaders, digital innovators
and smart creatives are Women of Color particularly Hispanic / Latino.

The growth of women that have cultural backgrounds of
diversity are finding their voices and building collaborations
with others on social, economic, educational and family issues
that affect all aspect of their lives. Women of Color are being
recognized in the roles of Influencers and “Agents of Change.”
Women are changing the paradigm of intellectualism and
thought leadership because of their content. The growing
opportunities for leadership development and even influencing
economic elevation, tech has the power to change the world
for Hispanics / Latinos.

“Content is King” (Bill Gates) and “Engagement is Queen.”
Women are great engagers, their conversations and interactions
are not just information based, but generational because when you
educate women you educate generational communities that
are seen in the Hispanic / Latino community.
The knowledge is passed down and how to apply that knowledge
to real life situations is taught, knowledge is not powerful, it is
powerful and changing when it is applied the right way.

Diversity of content creation provides a visual that extends
beyond a person to embrace learning and expansion of
intellectualism across the board of families. Women are
transporters and engagers of information.

Latina content creators like Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife https://2018.birmingham.wordcamp.org/speaker/aida-correa/
are changing the digital landscapes of Social Media, business
ownership, web development, blogging and speaking at conferences.
Aida Correa an upcoming speaker at WordCamp Birmingham,
Alabama has spoken at WordCamp Miami and a sponsor of
WordCamp Jacksonville Kids Camp. WordCamp Miami as a
volunteer and speaker, the upcoming WordCamp San Jose in
Costa Rica.

Ms. Correa like other Latina women in tech are changing the
paradigm of how Women of Color are thought of as business
owners, developers of intellectual thought and digital
influencers. The engagement of Hispanic / Latino women is
growing and expanding as girls and young women of color see
content creators that look like them, sound like them and are
seen in their communities engaged and involved.

The more girls of color are seeing women of color working to
be successful this builds future women business owners.
Women are influencing changes in technology quickly and quietly,
they are changing the perceptions that have been wrongly presented
by film, movies, television and mass media.  Hispanic / Latino
content creators are changing the perceptions America and even
the world has. To improve their growth women must continue to
evolve and  their knowledge, their exposure, their access
and their environments to participate and contribute in the area
of technology and even STEM, STEAM, STREAM.
Community activist, blogger, web developer, actor, poet, spoken
word artist like Ms. Correa are changing the mind-sets of communities
like Jacksonville, Florida. Providing workshops in Art and STEAM that
are attended by youth, teens and young adults. Hispanic / Latino
women are expanding their influence to show that cultural diversity
in this community is valuable and beneficial to a community as a whole.

Each person brings knowledge, experience, skill-sets, resources and
energy to create affective and beneficial change that encourages
communities, cities, states and nations to grow united and in strength.
Great change is happening for Hispanics / Latinas, the paradigm of a
glass ceiling has been shattered and destroyed. Hispanic / Latino women
with a passion in Tech, STEM, STREAM and other areas is growing and
making influences that are changing the perceptions wrongly created
by mass media.

To aid in the growth of diversity with women in technology here
are some resources to help build their access.
Aida Correa – LoveBuilt Life – Jacksonville Florida
http://lovebuiltlife.com
Ada’s List of Resources for Women
http://adaslist.co
Check Tech
https://chicktech.org
Girls Who Code
https://girlswhocode.com
NCWIT
https://www.ncwit.org
Women In Tech
http://www.womenintechnology.org
11 Latinas in Technology
https://hiplatina.com/latinas-in-technology/
Latinas in Tech
https://www.latinasintech.org
Inspiring Women In Tech
https://www.brit.co/latina-women-tech/
Latina Girls Code
http://latinagirlscode.org/about/
Latinas in STEM
http://www.latinasinstem.com

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

 

March 7, 2018

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 

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HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix

Speakers at WordCamp Miami March 2018
Attend WordCamps in 2018
HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and University students are
growing as content creators and the need for training is increasing.
WordCamp conferences meet the needs of Bloggers, Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters and VBloggers. As speakers and participants of WordCamp
conferences Aida and I provide a few hints for HBCU students before
registering for WordCamp.

HBCU students should already have expectations for learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamps in 2017 the
benefits are lasting. The potential for continued collaborations
are endless and possibly life changing starting careers in diverse
areas of technology.
The motivation is that less than 1% of tech companies are owned
by people of color.
There are different expectations for each person, there needs to be
an established plan that fits individual needs based on the session
or track that is available.

As a past professor at the historic Edward Waters College I regularly
took students that could attend with me to expose them to industry
experts and leaders.
Deciding what your goals are as a content creator and how you mesh
or combine your plan to learn, integration of technology that can
aid your business and personal growth, build a Brand and Market
yourself. There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye candy photos, it
takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating content as an
engaging and interactive developer makes a difference in achieving
the goals you have set as an entrepreneur and future professional.

Attending WordCamp assists in finding out what products, services
and resources can benefit you and your customers. Security updates,
SEO changes and coding tips and tricks and learning the language.
Make sure you have plenty of business cards, your appearance
matches your Brand, you have questions after or during sessions.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for investments
and expansion outside of normal business lines. The benefits
resulting from investing in attending WordCamp may lead to
internships, new career options or second jobs.

As a content creator you represent your business so consider
the potential of building business relationships. Never judge
a person by attire, color or culture, gain insights during
conversations and interactions.
Events like WordCamp provide opportunities to expose HBCU
students to applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and knowledge
based careers.
HBCU students are establishing businesses and building
awareness for their contributions. Building relationships
in business and the connections to
future careers starts with networking.

Intellectual design is key because knowledge based careers
are expanding.
Knowledge is power when applied strategically and effectively.
Building self-confidence, self-awareness, self-determination
and self-respect. WordCamps are in every state
and have after conference Meetups that provide additional
learning and networking.

Technology contains and embraces diversity so students can
gain opportunities. WordCamp venues contain great potential
to be an awesome experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources, intellectual
design, community activism throughdigital community
engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the embracing
of adaptation, change and growth. WordCamp is unique,
engaging, interactive and empowering.

How To Be Dope On Social Media:

William Jackson, graduate of South Carolina State University,
Professor 2004 – 2017 Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson

Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.

 

February 20, 2018

Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

Never Apologize for Being Dope
Content Creators: Establish Expectations for WordCamps in 2018

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix
As content creators grow the need for training is increasing,
WordCamp conferences meet and many times exceed the
needs of  beginners, intermediate and veteran bloggers,
micro-bloggers, Podcasters and VBloggers.
As a speaker and participant of WordCamp conferences
a few hints before registering for any WordCamp.
You should already have certain expectations for your learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamp events in
2017 the benefits are lasting and the friendships a lifetime.
The potential for continued collaborations are endless and
potentially life changing. There are different expectations
for each person if speaking or attending, there needs to
be an established plan that fits individual needs based on
the session or track.
Decide what your goals are as a content creator and how
you mesh or combine your plan to learn. The integration
of technology that can aid your business and personal
growth, build a Brand and Market yourself.
There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye stunning
photos, it takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating
content as an engaging and interactive element makes
a difference in achieving the goals you have set.
Attending WordCamp assists in finding
out what products, services and resources can benefit
you and your customers.
This includes make sure you have plenty of business
cards, your marketing “pitch” is practiced and your
appearance matches your Brand.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for
investments and expansion outside of normal business
lines. The benefit resulting from investing in attending
WordCamp may take time and work,
networking and building relationships.
As a content creator you represent your business so
consider the potential of building business relationships.
Never judge a person by attire, color or culture, gain
insight on how engaging during conversation and
interaction.
Events like WordCamp / KidCamp and others like
Bar Camp, EdCamp for educators provide
opportunities to expose youth and teens to
applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and
knowledge based careers.
KidCamp in WordCamp are growing because
the future is with children and teens they
too have a stake in building their Brand and
their content. They are establishing businesses
and building awareness for their contributions.
Youth are learning how important building
relationships in business are and the
connections to future careers.
Intellectual design is key because knowledge
based careers are expanding. Through KidCamp
events youth are building self-confidence,
self-awareness, self-determination and
self-respect. There is no room for fear and
doubt because if  knowledge is lacking youth
and teens are accessing YouTube
to educate and enlighten themselves.
Today’s WordCamp means youth and teens
should have business cards to understand the
experience of participation, the excitement of
being present and seen as a contributor and
a future speaker.
Technology contains and embraces diversity so
youth and teens also must model that. WordCamp
venues contain great potential to be an awesome
experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources,
intellectual design, community activism through
digital community engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the
embracing of adaptation, change and growth.
WordCamp is unique, engaging, interactive and
empowering.

William Jackson, Blogger Thought Leader

How To Be Dope On Social Media:
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/
Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville, Florida – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville, South Carolina – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.
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