My Quest To Teach

March 6, 2019

KidsCamp, Building The Next Generation of Web Developers Through STEAM Projects

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KidsCamp, Building The Next Generation of Web Developers
Through STEAM Projects
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
KidsCamp Organizers for WordCamp Orlando and Jacksonville
Co-Organizer Aida Correa

The 2018 WordCamp Orlando conference 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, Gutenburg and building
PLNs Professional Learning Networks.

The year’s #WCORL and #KidsCamp has seen presentations
by teens expressing their understanding of where the web is
going and suggestions 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. These are skills youth, teens
and young adults are learning.

KidsCamp Orlando 2018 theme “SPACE,” directed by
Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa
the youth attending from 7yrs old to 14 yrs old were involved in
STEAM related projects that prepared and created 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 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.

STEAM has helped hundreds of youth, teens and young adults see
the value and benefits of using tech to grow in business as an
entrepreneur, sole-preneur and in thought leadership.
KidsCamp are a growing part of every WordCamp conference
because youth, teens and young adults are demanding equal
access to knowledge and developing their skills just as adults are
in an nurturing and networking environment.

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 21st and 22nd century. Parents can register for both and have
a wonderful experience building, designing, engaging and creating
great memories together while learning from STEAM and STEM
activities.

Welcome to Kids Camp Miami 2019
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/
William Jackson – Twitter http://twitter.com/wmjackson
Aida Correa – Twitter http://twitter.com/lovebuiltlife

https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Miami will be Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17,
2019 at Florida International University. The kids camp from 6 to 12
will be run again by William Jackson and Aida Correa and the
youth portion, 13 to 17 managed by Sandy Edwards.
WordCamp Jacksonville will be Friday and Saturday, June 29 – 30,
2019 https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

Resources and Organizers:
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Orlando 2018

 

January 11, 2019

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training
Wm Jackson, M.Ed

Duval County Public School educators along with OneJax
and Black Educators Rock facilitators partnered together
to facilitate a Teach For America workshop exploring the
intricacies of race, identity, and teaching in classrooms
across lines of difference. The team of facilitators utilized
the “Race Cards” initiative developed by 904ward, a
kitchen table approach to having conversations
on race and identity with across community lines.

TFA educators receive regularly scheduled training to
improve their teaching abilities to assist them to meet the
needs of their diverse classrooms within the schools of DCPS.
Professional Development in education is a key component
to build and develop competent, confident and capable
educators.
The growth in the diversity of classrooms
across Jacksonville, Florida shows that teachers need to
be supported to address multiple issues that distract
students and create learning challenges in schools
and classrooms.

Pictured are educators and facilitators in the discussion
of race, bias and stereotypes that students may face in
classrooms of Duval County Public Schools and using
the “Race Cards” resource to guide the discussions
and help students understand and cope with these
sensitive issues that create questions about their place
in society.

Training’s like these set a foundation of professional
development that builds professional learning communities
and professional learning networks.

Continued training’s like this empower teachers with
the necessary knowledge and skill-sets to be able to
addressing issues that are on the minds of students.
OneJax facilitators, William Jackson a 31 year educator
with DCPS, national and international blogger and
Aida Correa a business owner, artist and parent.
Each have participated and facilitated similar discussions
with MetroTown In A Day with high school students and
worked with New Town Success Zone, Authors RoundTable,
EdCamp educational conferences and with the international
conference Preventing Crime in the Black Community annual
conference with the Florida State Attorneys Office.

Training’s like these set a foundation to show the value
of professional development that builds professional learning
communities (PLC) and professional learning networks
(PLN) among teachers and provides avenues for continued
support and resources.

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Shown in the photo from left to right:
William Jackson (OneJax), Cris Benavides (Ribault),
Joelle Butler (Dupont), Amanda Chappell (Ribault),
Anthony Alves (Ribault), Tracy Oliver (Black Educators Rock),
Aida Correa (OneJax), Stephanie Keck (Jefferson County),
Chris Williams (City Year Staff), (Nakia Lee (GOCA),
Katlyn Econom (Ribault), Erin Riebel (YWLA),
Roel Escamilla (Clay County), John Grab (TFA Staff)
Sharetta McBride (Hyde Grove)

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)

October 8, 2018

FlBlogCon Time Management A Gateway to Content Development

Diana Griffith

Diana Griffith

 

FlBlogCon Time Management A Gateway to Content Development
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
https://floridablogcon.com/

The 8th Annual FlBlogCon 2018 is no different than the previous
years, each year is awesome, informative, enlightening, fun,
engaging and a inspiring learning experience. Bess Auer knows how
to create an environment of PLC, PLN and PLF engagement.
Professional Learning (Community, Networking and Family).
A seasoned educator, she combines content creators of diverse
backgrounds that are relevant, current and can share
information that is instantly applicable to personal and business.

One of the valuable sessions at the Florida Blogging Conference
was based on Time Management – Diana Griffith (Content for Beginners,
Templates, Ideas and More). The understanding of how valuable
your time is and the importance of managing it.
The words, “time is money,” can be translated to time is
the difference between success and failure. Managing your
time can reduce stress, anxiety and apprehension when your
feeling overwhelmed. Managing your time can mean meeting
professional and personal deadlines or creating an environment
of making excuses for not completing important tasks.

One of the struggles sometimes for Bloggers, Vbloggers and
Podcasters is finding time to manage your ideas to put into
content development. Taking the time to think, create, write
and develop content that shares your passion and purpose.
There are tools, Apps and assistants like Trello, Asana, Toggl,
Google Calendar and Insightly to help you manage your time
and develop content.

There are strategies that help to keep you engaged, but time
and managing time is key. Day to day events and activities
seem to distract you, engage you, move you, motivate you
and even seem to drain you. Managing is important and
valuable to help you stay focused and productive.

Some strategies are to plan ahead and build on to create a
time buffer; think past the seasons, holidays and events to
build future content. That way you are ahead of the game
and reaching out 3 to 4 months in advance with content.

This works well for writing to an editorial calendar and
staggering projects. Magazines, newspapers and other
media plan months in advance to keep up and keep ahead
of the interests of their readers and viewers. Time is important
because of the opportunity to get on everyone’s’ calendar
or radar when planning out to the future. People have schedules
that demand their time, as a content creator get on their
schedule.

Editorial Tools like Buffer, Hootsuite, CoSchedule (WordPress),
Tailwind (Pintrest), Later (Instagram) and Google Calendar
help you to post your content at different times and to different
platforms. This builds a visual element, so people know what
you are doing, the value of your Brand and the empowerment
of your content.

Planning can help your SEO, because you have time to look
at all your content elements and take account on revisions,
corrections and direction of thoughts.
As a content developer you should understand that people
will view your content at different times during the day and week.
Connecting to readers and viewers means spreading out your
content to post at different times. You may need a tasking tool
to help you write to a schedule which helps you manage access
to content. If you incorporate photos, photo editing tools to
help you edit that photo that may be too dark, to light, etc.
The visual element is important.

Your content is evaluated by SEO – Search Engine
Optimization with the photos and video you post.
The many tools available are mostly free, they provide a
flexibility for the content creator to always move forward.
Technology builds connections to establish relationships and
empowers people to guide future and potential collaborations.
Applying skills, sharing knowledge and working to build
content that can potentially change the world.

Research which tools benefit what you want to accomplish
and build your Brand. Do diligence is important to help you
grow beyond your expectations and strengthen your Brand.

“Each blog has its own attention span.”#FlBlogCon
Be mindful in your planning that each reader and viewer has
a time limit to be engaged and be respectful that you content
should matter to your readers.

#FlBlogCon
#GottaGetBlogging

Photos via William Jackson, My Quest To Teach

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