My Quest To Teach

July 30, 2018

Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand and Build Your Impressions

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Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand and Build Your Impressions
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach #MQTT

Before higher education students can start their careers the
reality is they cannot wait until graduation week or even after
graduation to build a Brand or create favorable impressions.
The process of building a Brand must be started years earlier.
The unfortunate reality is that students are building their Brand
creating impressions when they start posting content online.
That can mean when a child in elementary school is provided a
phone, tablet, gaming system, watch or even a toaster (just kidding),
once content is posted there is an impression of that content by
people.

The Internet is a vast reservoir of information, the ability to
tap into and communicate on a global scale comes with being
responsible. Many students in higher education still are not mature
enough to manage not just their Social Media content, other
personal things that can influence their behaviors.
Young adults in higher education are influenced by peers,
the media, families, personal interests, hormones and passions.
What goes on the Internet does not stay on the Internet, it is
viewed, watched, read, consumed, even downloaded and
screen captured. A person’s whole life, literally is being posted
from birth to death on platforms that are endless in digital
memory.

A time line of events can be created as the infant develops
into a toddler, the toddler develops into a youth and the
continuous growth and development of life. There are now
ways to track and chart growing life cycles of people.
Children must be taught to manage their Brands, because their
Brand represents them, just as in the “Old School” way of thinking
your “name” was valuable because it represented your word.
In the digital age your digital content represents your Brand and
that is who you are identified as.

Global history is written by those in power and influence. The
ability to influence thinking with content and collaborate on levels
of intellect and intelligence. Brands can be keys to open doors and
allow connections with like-minded people.
Teaching higher education students the value and visibility of a
Brand is not a complex issue, it does take the ability to “see” how
a persons’ Brand influences others and makes an impression
that can last a life-time.

The summer months prove challenging because of the amount of
relaxation and vacation time. Higher education students are
more prone to post something because they are in relaxed modes
of comfort and not thinking about the impressions a photo or
a video will have. Being diligent can save a student from embarrassing
photos and videos from parties, gatherings, vacation destinations and
summer hookups that last a few weeks, but may have future
consequences.

Social Media is a tool that can either be used for good or used
for bad, proper decisions should be made to determine how and when
content will be posted and where.
A Brand should be treated with care, respect, and safe guarded.
A Brand is your word that identifies you and your potential direction in life.

Higher Education Students – Build Your Brand Build Your Impressions
manage your Brand and manage the content that you post associated
with it and who you are associated with. It could mean the difference
between employment and unemployment.
WordCamp Speaker, Volunteer, Blogger, Organizer, Advocate
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/

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July 26, 2018

WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica

WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica
The Awesomeness of Kids Camp 

at WordCamp San Jose 
William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife
Twitter @wmjackson and @LoveBuiltLife

Being involved in volunteering with a
Kids Camp is a fun and exciting venture.
Giving back as a business owner, educator,
parent and community activists builds
future leaders, innovators, smart creatives,
digital intellectuals and even educators
in youth, teens and young adults.

As business owners ourselves, Aida and I
were invited to WordCamp San Juan to speak
and volunteer at this great conference,
in Costa Rica, it turned into an epic
adventure and journey. The beauty of the
time was equally stunning as the land
blossomed with green and vibrant colors
of plants and foliage only found
in Costa Rica.

Kids Camp provides unique opportunities for
children from 7 yrs to teens to be involved in
developing web sites through the WordPress
platform. The kids attending will be building
their own blogs and learning how to post content
with the WordPress platform. Parents are required
to work with their child as they develop content
on the web in real-time. This adds another dynamic
element to being a smart creative.

Kids Camp has been active in WordCamp Miami,
WordCamp Jacksonville and others across the
country and even the world.
Children will be taught how to add their stories
photos, video clips and more to their developing
content. The fun of building a web site raises
opportunities for kids to be entrepreneurs, tech
business owners and even developers.

Kids Camp San Jose in Costa Rica provides a fun
and enriching environment applying storytelling
and visual story-boarding. The building to this
project allows the kids to get into teams,
discuss their ideas, how to apply Apps and coding.

The Kids Camp activities are designed to be fun,
educational and building future business owners.
Available are certified teachers, web developers,
WordCamp speakers, volunteers and advocates like
Aida Correa and I, we are from Jacksonville,
Florida and traveled to this
great event as speakers.

The attending kids will earn their very own name
tag, SWAG ranging from stickers, posters, t shirts,
lunch will be provided and photos to be posted on
Social Media sites. Building their digital presence
and encouraging collaboration and cooperation with
the kids attending.

These awesome kid-friendly lessons will introduce
a wonderful world of WordPress and encourage
continued learning and design. Parents are encouraged
to stay involved in WordCamp conferences to build the
future business leaders that are the visionaries of
the future for Costa Rica and South America.
The sponsor was SiteGround that provided temporary
hosting for the students to participate.

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa  of LoveBuilt LIfe #LoveBuiltLife
provided SWAG from  their respective companies
to encourage and motivate the young people involved.

To see more content visit the Instagram site for
WordCamp San Jose at https://www.instagram.com/wordcampsanjose/?hl=en

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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 22, 2018

Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada

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Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp Speaker, Volunteer,
Advocate, Blogger, Organizer

WordCamp Calgary surrounded by mountains that take
your breath away. The scenery could not properly be
captured in photos or video to truly display the splendor
and magnificence of natural formations reaching thousands
of feet into blue skies that seem to magically hold puffs
of fluffy white and gray clouds.
Clouds suspended in the blue of a sky that appears
limitless in its expanse and depth.
WordCamp Calgary offered an international conference
that showed why WCYYC is respected and well attended.
The diversity of speakers including myself flying in from
Jacksonville, Florida and being the only African American
speaking was a great honor.  Diversity is recognized,
respected and encouraged.
Welcomed warmly by other bloggers and content creators
there was excitement to hear my presentation, even before
the scheduled time. I was asked several times about my
direction and “scope” of speaking.
Perceptions are strong, as content creators we should be
mindful of the perceptions we create that spread over and
through the Internet. First impressions are important even
in digital environments because of the foundations they
create to connect with others.
The growing Kids Camp for youth and teens from ages
8 to 16 are significant because they assist the next
generation of content creators, entrepreneurs and business
owners.
Kids Camp provides networking opportunities, mentoring
exposure, career mentorship and building a family that
understands and supports the direction of youth and teens
that burn with a desire to be their own boss.
Kids Camp is a time to introduce young people as young as
8 years of age the fun of building content to create an
important online presence. To share ideas, passions,
skill-sets, learning opportunities and even collaboration.
Kids Camps are growing in leaps and bounds nationally and
internationally.
When looking to attend a WordCamp many of those in the
tech industry check to see if their children can attend the
Kids Camp. Having the chance to assist with Kids Camp
Calgary allowed me to share my knowledge as a business
owner, educator, blogger and digital innovator. To talk to
youth from Calgary and even the growing South Sudanese
community whose children desire to be tech savvy
business owners.
They understand that in order for any business to
survive that business must have a digital presence.
The “open source” community is a dynamic and
engaging community that embraces diversity
and innovation. Allowing designers, artists,
writers, bloggers, coders and others to come
together and share their stories and passions
as content creators.
Observing the kids participating in Kids Camp,
they are not concerned about the technical aspects,
they want to build, create, apply, engage, be interactive
and even share what they are learning.
This year being the first Kids Camp at WordCampYYC
lead by a seasoned teacher Christina Workman
@AmethystAnswers,
using tools found in a business environment, the
kids attending are engaged and involved in
hands-on learning based on web
development and content creation.
Using Storyboarding, Visionboarding and allowing
the kids to access WordPress to build their web sites.
Visually empowering these digital innovators with
tools that can change the perceptions of readers
and viewers and those looking at their content
from across digital landscapes.
The kids can see what they created in real time and
have the world see what dynamic web content they
created.
21st  century learning is not based on old fashion
lecture style teaching, teachers today and forever
more are facilitators of learning, they set the problem
or tasks to be accomplished and provide the correct
tools, then step out of the way.
Allowing the kids to blossom in a Matrix of digital
creation, imagination, engagement and interaction.
Parents, start registering your children to attend and
participate in Kids Camp when a WordCamp is
coming to town. Parents should not hold back
learning from their children, especially
learning that can build them into business owners
and entrepreneurs.
Youth, teens and young adults should be encouraged
to build dynamic content and explore virtual worlds
to help solve real world problems and build business
ownership in a digital age. “Content is King” Bill Gates
and “Engagement is Queen” youth, teens and young
adults must be taught how to be smart creatives,
digital innovators and thought leaders.
See role models they can talk to and engage with.
Resources:
Kids Camp Miami, Florida Panel Discussion
https://youtu.be/yu5s-gqRE14

Kids Camp Photos

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