My Quest To Teach

March 29, 2019

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable 

Jax Book Fest and Authors RoundTable
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Volunteering with Authors RoundTable

Building Authors and Integrating Tech
Many graduates of HBCU institutions are either planning
to publish a book or have and working on multiple titles.
This information is for those in and near Jacksonville, Florida.

A paradigm of digital innovation and literary craftsmanship
is happening on the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville.
Empowering authors with the knowledge to adapt diverse
technologies to the writing process. It is not enough to just
write and publish a book, authors must manage their Brand,
find their Niche and manage their content on Social Media
platforms using tools and Apps to bring awareness to their
works.

Integration of Social Media platforms, tools, and resources
to build Brands and create Niches is a tool-set many authors
are learning and integrating. It is not enough to just write a
book, authors need to market their Brand.

Since its inception Authors RoundTable has been providing
guest speakers the opportunity to share their knowledge,
tips/tricks and innovative literary creativity to empower and
motivate others.
The growing fellowship of men and women, boys and girls
of diverse cultural backgrounds share in a brother and
sisterhood of literary accomplishment. The goal of writing
a book or books that expresses their passions, interests,
desires and excitement for reading.
Held at the Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Branch
on the third Tuesday of each month. The gatherings are
informative, energetic, inspiring, friendly and fun.

The building of personal and professional self-esteem
and providing help in writing, publishing, graphic design,
promotion, e-books, technology and other areas that
make the writing and publishing process daunting.
Every author is unique, the common thread of being a
published author is shared as a common goal.

Events like the Jax Book Fest show the fun and engagement
of writing and the community it has built in Jacksonville.
Blogging as well has been accepted and welcomed into the
publishing arena because many people do not have the time
to sit down with a book, but will read blogs, e-books and
listen online from the free resources that the library has to
offer with interactive literature.

The Jacksonville Public Library has 21 library locations across
the city, this shows the respect for literature and understanding
for a growing community that sees education as the means for
improvement and economic elevation and stability.  Students
in the schools have access to state of the art resources to help
them graduate and obtain higher educational degrees with
learning outside of the classroom to supplement classroom
instruction.

Jacksonville Public Library is one of the largest library systems
nationally and each branch caters to youth, teens and  young
adults.
Resources like the Authors RoundTable is just one of many
resources that encourage writers to express their talents on
diverse platforms and come out to learn from each other.

The bonding and fellowship gained continues to help the goal
of writers to accomplish the goal of being published and
embracing the chore of promoting themselves, building their
Brands and creating a Niche.

All are invited that have a dream and a goal of being published
and need help with tech. Social Media assistance provide by
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life LLC, Twitter @lovebuiltlife,
AC Vasquez, Indie Author Instagram: @author_acvazquez
William Jackson, My Quest to Teach, Twitter @wmjackson
is a graduate of South Carolina State University 1987

For more information to attend or sponsor a meeting:
Authors RoundTable authorsroundtable@gmail.com
Jacksonville Public Library
Highlands Public Library
http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/
(904) 630-BOOK

 

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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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