My Quest To Teach

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)

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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

September 28, 2018

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist

Authors' RoundTable

Authors’ RoundTable

Supporting Local Authors, Bloggers, Poets and Spoken Word Artist
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach and LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife

Supporting local authors in Jacksonville and surrounding counties
is not just purchasing their books, although that is a great way
to keep them writing. There are other ways to encourage and keep
them inspired. The Authors’ RoundTable is a gathering of authors
that are published, seeking to be published and not quite there yet.

The discussions at the roundtable range from the serious issues of
publishing challenges, when you don’t have the money how to make
things work for you, graphic design, text formatting, copyright
violations, ISBN numbers, Branding, Marketing strategies and more.

The fellowship and camaraderie is infectious and the knowledge being
shared will help novice to professional writers and authors improve
their skills, talents and expand their Brands. Knowing your audience
is important to growing and expanding the writing craft.

Bloggers, Microbloggers, Podcasters and others will gain valuable
information as well because without technology no one will be able
to find you. The diverse web hosting companies from Blue Host,
Siteground and GoDaddy each offers tools, but authors each need their
personal tool set.

Authors of diverse genres, ages, subject areas and generational pasts
share openly and honestly to help others not to repeat their mistakes.
The Authors’ RoundTable is guided by Regina Edwards
authorsroundtable@gmail.com to be the ultimate learning experience
where many points of literary development and engagement are discussed.
Mrs. Edwards, a respected author herself shares the passion of being a
published author and the opportunities to change lives through literature.
Each meeting provides authors to share who they are, what they write
and their motivations for writing.

Authors are encouraged to share experiences so those of less experience
will learn from veteran authors and not repeat experiences with finances,
publishing, writing, traveling to book signings and even attending
conferences.

Past meeting have featured local artists, bloggers, social media
experts and artists as guest speakers.
William Jackson, a blogger that is nationally and internationally
respected shared the value of Social Media postings, finding your Niche
and why authors should attend technology conferences in a past workshop.
The ability to reach a wider audience through Twitter and Instagram
to share an authors words and passion with “microblogging” and
“photoblogging.”

Valerie Pruitt, a poet and Podcaster shared with the audience in
another workshop what poetry is in the ears, eyes and even feelings of
those that experience poetry on various formats and platforms.
The interpretation of the spoken word using text, photos and even music.
She is the author of “I Fit In Nowhere,” (2018).

The Authors’ RoundTable is held at Highlands Library on the third
Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Will have
William Jackson, Digital Innovator of My Quest To Teach and Aida Correa,
LoveBuiltLife.

They will speak on using Social Media and Branding, share your Niche
and connect with others of like minds. Providing resources and tools
to assist in growing faster and smarter as a writer and content  creator.
Speaking on digital tools to promote authors, tips and  tricks of web
development and marketing. Being authentically you and engagement
of your audience. Being seen and active in the community is
important also.

The workshops are fun, informative and engaging. Students in high school
and higher education are welcomed to attend and parents must attend
with their children.

Additional information can be requested from
authorsroundtable@gmail.com

Resources:
Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,34964.0.html

 

Photos from Authors’ RoundTable September 2018

September 5, 2018

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
William Jackson http://MyQuestToTeach.com/ and Aida Correa http://LoveBuiltLife.com/

#ImpactBizJax What a great event for business owners, artists,
entrepreneurials, dreamers, college students, youth, teens and
young adults to gather together in celebration of business dreaming,
building financial stability, growth and development and building a
stronger Brand.
Creating generational wealth for families.
The opportunity to interact with, speak with, engage with, potentially
collaborate with and share ideas and best practices related to business
empowers business owners and establishes their value in the
communities they serve.
Participating in In the Small Biz Chats, strategic networking,
Pitch Contest, and shopping with small business owners created an
excitement that this event would expand in the future for Jacksonville’s
small business and diverse community.

Aida Correa of #LoveBuiltLife, owning multiple businesses for several
years, shares that it was a great experience and a great opportunity
for the vendors (like her) who could share their talents and skills in a
welcoming and encouraging environment and to sell their products,
learn how to improve inventory, marketing and building strong Brands.
The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and seeing so many
businesses was encouraging as a woman business owner, stated
Ms. Correa.

Participating in the “Pitch Competition” was a wonderful opportunity
to show how important it is to define your Brand as a business and
share its’ viability and growth potential.
Ms. Correa a national WordCamp speaker, poet, artist, web developer
and community volunteer stated strongly, the “pitch competition,” a do
or die moment that showed that you believe in yourself and your business
or you don’t.
The diversity of the event showed that diversity does matter economically,
culturally and socially. Many business owners proudly stated their heritage,
Latina, Haitian, African American, Hispanic, Latino and other cultures
attending brought a flavor of social growth and community unity.
The youth, teens and young adults attending saw people that looked
like they do provide encouragement and visual/mental validation their
abilities to dream of being a business owner and not just a consumer.

Edward Waters College was represented with the involvement of one of
her own students who earned a cash prize for his business. This shows
that particularly EWC students should be and need to be involved in future
business events to learn the soft-skills, higher order and critical thinking
necessary to be a business owner.
The concern is there was very little participation from EWC
business students who will be competing for jobs with students
attending UNF, JU and other higher education institutions. If EWC
students are to be competitive they must be involved in events
like these to acquire skills and valuable networking practice.

“I personally loved that Impact Biz Jax was able to provide a
$500 New Town Success Zone Small Business Grant for a
student at Edward Waters College sponsored by the Jax Chamber
and Chase Bank. For me, as a Higher Education Consultant, young
adults are the heartbeat of our community and they need financial
support, professional skills training, and career guidance to live
up to their full potential.

Impact Biz Jax is a relevant resource that provided funding and
invaluable connections.” Lequita Brooks, LCSW

William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach, past instructor at EWC
taught Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
shared that, classroom instruction cannot truly “teach” what
can to be learned from engagement, mentoring, interactivity
and gaining wisdom from those that have gone through the
fire and rain of fulfilling a dream of being a business
owner. “EWC students need to be involved, engaged and active
if they want to compete in highly competitive business and tech
careers. If they want to make changes in the community they live
in or be prepared to be a thought leaders or agents of community
change they need exposure outside of the classroom.”

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone
arrived to the cheers of the audience because of his continued
encouragement of business ownership with New Town Success
Zone and Vision Keepers.

The availability of engagement and providing resources and
chances for collaboration in the community. There is always the
need for volunteers for New Town Success Zone and Vision
Keepers. Improvement in the community must come from within
the community not from outside.

The Economic Development Sub-committee managed by Wiline
Dennis has monthly meetings to support business development
within the New Town area. This includes credit building, access
to grants, networking, capital for funding, counseling and other
services needed to start, build and maintain a business.

Minority business owners have resources that are for them to
establish a consistent business for growth and building capital.
More events will be made available in the future so the
community must stay active and engaged in Impact Biz Jax
and New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers.

The Pitch
William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
https://www.facebook.com/aida.correa1/videos/10156433230572752/
Aida Correa’s Pitch Love Built Life
https://www.facebook.com/williamdjacksoninfl/videos/pcb.10210080755895340/10210080740334951/?type=3

Photos and video can be found at the links below.
Impact Jax Resources:
Website: www.ImpactBizJax.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImpactBizJax/
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers
https://www.facebook.com/VisionKeepersofNewTown/

Resources:
Aida Correa Love Built Life http://lovebuiltlife.com/
William Jackson My Quest To Teach http://myquesttoteach.com/

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