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

 

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February 2, 2019

Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon


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Students, Educators, Ministers and Business Owners
Attend FlBlogCon

William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

Congratulations to Edward Waters College student  and business
owner Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ Minister
Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III Duval County Public
Schools high school student.

Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Sandra Johnson, The Madisel
Group with Jayla Tapley and Ahubri Dudley Duval County
Public Schools.

Invited to attend their first Florida Blogging and Technology Conference,
a nationally and internationally recognized conference in Orlando.
The annual event in its 8th year is regularly attended by William Jackson,
as a supporter, bloggers and advocate.

He is a teacher with Duval County Public Schools and Social Media
business owner – My Quest To Teach. Attending FlBlogCon on the campus
of Full Sail University, the premiere technology school that has achieved
international recognition https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which addresses growing digital
innovation and creativity. That supports building PLC – Professional
Learning Communities and PLN – Professional Learning Networks

Is fitting because youth, teens and young adults are creating
online businesses, creating graphic works of art and producers of
content and development of Apps.

The infusion of technology globally is demanding more proficiency
and knowledge because careers are being sent overseas and America
by itself cannot keep up with the need for digital creatives
and digital innovators. Too  many youth, teens and young adults
especially those of color lack the resources to learn about developing
careers in tech. Seeking tech in the movies and on television does not
inspire growth because the majority of people seen are white. The
exception is “Black Panther.”

Competition is fierce so students need tech skills to be employed.
Students from EWC and DCPS have attended WordCamp, Bar Camp,
FlBlogCon and other conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he has spoken in Calgary Canada, Costa Rica (Central America),
Washington, DC and Miami, Florida. Mr. Jackson is an advocate
for Social Media integration in business and education.

A community activist in the past with New Town Success Zone ,
Vision Keepers and other community groups working to empower
youth, teens and young adults in the community.

The empowerment of diversity is that Ms. Correa is a business
owner, artist, poet and web developer. She is a well-known
WordCamp speaker and community volunteer showing that
Latina women,  advocate for STEAM and digital innovation
are important not just in Jacksonville, but across the nation.

Mr. Jackson and Ms. Correa understand that students of all levels,
in order to compete must have knowledge beyond classroom
experiences, they need exposure to networking and mentors.
They must be producers of technology innovation not consumers
to meet the challenges in their communities.

Bess Auer the creator of Florida Blogging and Social Media
Conference provides opportunities for students from Edward
Waters College and Duval County Public Schools to attend,
be involved in workshops and encouraging all students to learn
and apply their learning as future business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Elisha Taylor III has a dream of attending MIT after
graduating from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
An honors student with DCPS and involved with his
community.

His growing web site can be found at https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
to inspire middle and high school students to learn as much
as possible about participating events and activities that
prepare them for careers.

HBCU institutions must continue to provide diverse
learning opportunities and even sponsor students to attend
conferences, workshops and seminars to help with networking
and meeting professional business people in professional
and casual occasions. Allowing the learning in classrooms to
be shared in real world situations.

Florida is opening many doors to space, students attending
HBCU schools should be guided to and through these doors to
be a part of history and historical discoveries.
HBCU students must share their knowledge to generations
coming up so there will not any “HiddenFigures” in the
shadows of decades.

There are increased opportunities in Jacksonville, Florida
for students of all backgrounds to attend, participate and
contribute in other events.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/

 

 

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)

July 28, 2018

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone – Transformative Community Engagement

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Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone –
Transformative Community Engagement

by William Jackson, Member of the Social Media Team
with NTSZ and VK
#NewTownSuccessZone #VisionKeepers

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone have made
transformative changes in the Jacksonville, Florida
community. Impacting individuals, families and the
potential generational challenges that are being faced
across economic, educational, social and generational lines.

There are growing resources and collaborations to strengthen
community unity, building entrepreneurism, encouraging
business ownership, access to business capital, opportunities
for investment and reinvestment and health related information
with collaborations and cooperation with medical professionals
across Jacksonville. Yes there is a great deal to be
involved in contribute, but information must be shared.

There is access to resources and services that help to
provide investment and re-investment opportunities to
build and re-build diverse sections of the community
especially those classified as in-need, under-serviced,
economically stressed, poverty stricken and other descriptions
for challenged neighborhoods. The threat of food deserts is
a reality in the nation and because of FD children are do not
have access to healthy choices.

Business ownership, entrepreneurial design, mental health
services, access to business capital, business educational
resources, training in social media, web development and
even partnerships with community organizations both for
profit and not for profit are opening up. The availability
of resources and services that in many cases are lacking
or unavailable. These needs and more are being filled by
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers.

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone collaborations,
cooperations and monthly meetings are strengthening the
building of small and medium size businesses. The cultural,
gender and ethnic diversity of the community allows for
growth and partnerships as never before seen.
Reaching out to the community using digital technologies,
word of mouth, media elements and even involving students
from the historic Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU
in Florida.

Information is vital as each generation enters into a
culture of informational awareness and digital access.
Where those who have access to information also have access
to financial growth, economic stability, educational
enhancement and generational wealth. Wealth is obtained,
it is not random, it is not gained from just winning a
lottery, it is a planned and strategic function.

Listed below are blogs written to inspire, engage, educate
and encourage continued growth in the Jacksonville
community especially for those communities that are
economically distressed. Programs are being developed
that address literacy, starting and running a business,
digital access to web development and social media platforms.

Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone can be accessed
by Facebook pages, Instagram and the new web site.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/visionkeepersofnewtown/
Phone:
904 470 8899
Email:
wellnessrxjax@gmail.com

Digital information is sharing information that empowers,
educates, engages and enlightens the community. Blogging
or writing is only part of the process to share information.
Social Media platforms supplement a web presence and allow
mobile digital access.

Below are links to blogs written by community engagers,
educators and community activists. Take the time to
view and share information that can build the community.

This is a video blog with Mr. Maxey that set the tone for
the expansion and growth of NTSZ and VK.
https://www.facebook.com/myvillageproject/videos/1602088006486991/

 

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