My Quest To Teach

March 22, 2019

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally

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Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally
William Jackson and Aida Correa
Twitter @wmjackson and @lovebuiltlife
Hashtags Respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife

Cross cultural and cross curricular learning encourages
applied cognitive tools during the learning in the
KidsCamp and Youth Camp environment.

Cross curricular processes to learning, making a transition
in math, writing, reading, comprehension when applied to
STEAM helps to show that all learning is relevant, connected
and valuable.

This is not the “you have to learn,” demands of parents there
is the guided learning of “why you should learn,” and “the
benefits to your life” guidance.
Youth, teens and young adults need learning that is individual
and in a team learning process as the teachers are the
facilitators of learning in an environment of discovery
and creativity. Kids and Youth Camp Conferences are the
growing and engaging ways to move.

STEAM – STREAM -CSTREAM
Hands-on learning that is projected based: students are
provided a project to accomplish and the process is explained
and they are let loose to explore the project to completion and
provided learning avenues to discover and explore.
Kids and youth are engaged in the learning process aided to
build critical and higher order thinking in a collaborative
environment with a goal that is measurable upon completion.
Hand-on learning is transformative and changes the learning
paradigm even for autistic children.

A stipulation, build relationships and build their
interests and how it can be applied to their growth. In Kids
and Youth Camp Conferences there should be trust, passion,
engagement and connections. Many times these cannot be
created in structured settings like schools, so WordCamp
conferences are unique and needed.

STEAM encourages learning scaffolding, problem solving,
sequencing, pattering, and critical along with higher order
thinking skills. Youth, teens and young adult may not know
when applied to building, designing, the Arts, discovery and
innovation, it provides a new avenue for learning and how
to apply that leaning for relevancy. Artists like Aida Correa
understand the value for these connections and why
the Arts are important. Guiding new areas of thinking,
rationalization, creativity and even building discipline.

Integration of core subject areas, creating a STEAM lesson
integrates Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math
as a 30 year professional educator teaching Physical Education
and Technology (Engineering) creativity and innovation go
hand in hand. Kids want to build, break, design, construct
and get messy from time to time. Web development builds
reading, comprehension and literacy skills. Behaviors do
change when youth, teens and young adult learn that
anyone globally will be able to read their content to they
put their best foot-forwards in writing and posting content.

Collaborative planning with business and industry students
are encouraged to take ownership for their learning, not just
to meet learning standards in schools, there is the freedom
of expression and sharing their passions in areas they can
learn about online not just in a classroom or school setting.

In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences they become the teachers
and parents become the students and parents are the support
mechanism during the Kids and Youth camp process.

What is learned in the traditional classrooms are applied in
hands-on lessons to revel that all learning is connected and
relevant to building ideas for careers that are now, new and
exploratory and ones that have not been created yet.

The engagement of individual learning and the connectivity
of collaborative learning are powerful tools especially for
children of color and culture. This provides an avenue to
show them that their “being” is important and they can both
individually and collectively make a difference in the world
around them.

Youth, teens and young adult in Africa and Canada are
expecting their participation in WordCamp conferences and
if they are not invited are protesting along with their parents.
The ability for WordCamp to expand and grow is dependent
on the support, encouragement and advocacy for Kids and
Youth Camps. The United States of America with all its
resources still cannot dominate the world with tech able
people, globally WordCamp conferences express
collaboration, connections and the integration of STEAM.

STEAM educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa
also show that Representation Matters because of their
diverse cultural backgrounds. Children of color and culture
need to see people of color and culture teaching them,
mentoring and guiding their growth.

Kids and Youth Camp Conferences in 2019 located:
United States
WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
https://2019.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia
https://2019.atlanta.wordcamp.org/

Canada
WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada
https://2019.calgary.wordcamp.org/

Central America
WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicaragua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/

Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach
a Sponsor https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/sponsors/
WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp CapeTown
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach a Sponsor
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

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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

 

 

 

 

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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February 22, 2019

“Ink of Inspiration” in Content Development at WordCamp Conferences

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“Ink of Inspiration” in Content Development at WordCamp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach #WordCamp

The digital environment of Social Media, Wed Development, the
multiple web based platforms of engagement has changed the
methodology of communication and collaboration globally.
From the United States to Central America, to Canada,
to Europe and Africa, the growth and development of technology
is influencing global connections.

The process of sharing content is forever changed, everyone has
a story to tell; their opinions, their ideas, emotional connections
or disconnection and casual conversation with family and friends.
The methodology of sharing content has digitally adapted and
continues to adapt to platforms, tools and Apps.
The “Ink of Inspiration” is directed by the creation of content,
content that is authentic, inspiring, diverse, intellectual and
emotional. The use of technology, the application of social skills
on digital platforms cannot be denied, nor can it be ignored.
Looking at the current (2019) President and arguably the effective
use and efficient application of Twitter to make things happen and
influence minds.

WordCamp conferences are national and international in presence
and their purpose to “democratize the web.” Democratize refers
to the way people access and contribute to the Internet. How their
content is not static, but dynamic and engaging. Designed to
welcome feedback in some way.
There is an interactive element built into the process of content
development and content engagement. Social Media is a central
discussion point for those attending WordCamp conferences that
seek to grow their Brands and Business.

There is an “Ink of Inspiration” in content creation that demands
active and authentic content development from traditional Blogging
(writing) to Video and Podcasting.
The formats of posting content can be as Podcasting, VBlogging,
MicroBlogging and VRBlogging. Youth, teens and young adults must
understand that their content can either be their best friend or
worst enemy depending on what they post. I share this when speaking
at WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences that their content can either
maximize their Brand(s) or minimize its impact locally, nationally
and even on an international level.

Content has the flexibility of text, graphics, video, audio or a
diversity of mixed development creating the path to integrate
innovate, create, and collaborate.
“Digital Inkers” have the responsibility to create quality content
that builds community and opens doors to collaboration. They grow
into influencers and share the power of thought leadership and
digital intellectualism and innovation. All this happens at WordCamp
and even KidsCamp conferences.

The power of written and spoken words are generating perceptions
that can be socially productive, engaging and change social perceptions.
Words create power, purpose and productivity.
A single picture, a short video clip can either elevate a person
(going viral) or lower their importance and influence in the world
by using racial, sexual and de-humanizing terms. Content has power !!!
The “Ink” that you use to create content should be lasting and influential,
content creators should question how their content is interpreted and
perceived.

Is your “Ink”carrying power, passion and a purpose?
The “Ink of Inspiration” can be a uniting force of good and unity or a
force of destruction and upheaval.
Use your ink wisely…. #MyQuestToTeach

Each of these wonderful talks provided by William Jackson are
locally, nationally and internationally recognized.
Recorded by PodCasters that are experts in their careers and
influencers with their content and community engagement.
Teaching over 31 years in public education,  WordCamp blogger,
advocate, speaker, volunteer and sponsor since 2016 shares knowledge,
wisdom, experiences as a professional educator and technology
innovator.

Listen to “Completely Booked”
Jacksonville Public Library
Interview of William Jackson, NASA Educator, Agent of STEAM,
Reading Advocate, Educational Professional,
Social Media Consultant, WordCamp and KidsCamp everything.
https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/podcast/lets-get-steamy-william-jackson

Listen to “HallWay Chats”
Online discussion about WordCamp, Technology, Education
STEAM and philosophy about education.
https://hallwaychats.com/episodes/episode-83-william-jackson/

WordPress TV
William Jackson’s presentations
How To Be Dope On Social Media and Social Media and the Value
of Diversity and Cultural Connections.
https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/

Internationally speaking at WordCamp Costa Rica Central America
and WordCampYYC Calgary Canada in 2018.

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