My Quest To Teach

January 2, 2019

KidsCamp – Preparing Kids To Be Digital Innovators Thru STEAM

KidsCamp – Preparing Kids To Be Digital Innovators
Thru STEAM
by William Jackson

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018

This years’ KidsCamp in Orlando has embraced STEAM
and a theme of “SPACE,” its mysteries as the “Final Frontier.”
Lead Organizer William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and
Co-Organizer Aida Correa (LoveBuiltLife), educators and
business owners have activities in place that will be fun,
challenging, engaging and creative.
Like space agencies working hard to place spaceships,
satellites and people in space to explore distance planets
and galaxies, William and Aida are serving as the
“Commanders” and preparing the youth that serve as
“Captains” and their parents which will be their “Number
Ones” or “First Officers.”
As seen on programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine,
and Enterprise.
WordCamp conferences are being held across the nation and
even on an international level. Providing opportunities for
business owners, entrepreneurs, Artists, Bloggers, Micro-Bloggers,
Podcasters, educators and digital innovators to attend.
Hearing dynamic speakers sharing their experiences and
providing resources.
WordCamp conference are part of the broader WordPress
family of “open source” web development that encourages
the sharing of  ideas, skills, knowledge and collaboration.
Serving as advocate, volunteer, speaker and organizer,
I have stated, “it is many times better to collaborate than to
compete.
Web businesses offer careers to youth, teens and young
adults that are fascinated with technology and the web.”
We have spoken at 14 conferences with 2 being international
conferences and participating in EdCamp educational
conferences.
Advocating the involvement of children of color and culture
to be involved in careers of STEM/STEAM and Web Development.
Youth and teens must learn the Internet offers much more than
entertainment, music and movies there are opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to have businesses like Lemonade Code Girl
Twitter @lemonadecode and Miles Lifton, Twitter @KidCoderDev.
Tomorrows business owners will be digital innovators using the web
for Ecommerce, Branding and Marketing. All tech is scalable and
adaptable to multiple platforms.
WordCamp and KidsCamp are providing mentors, resources and
services to start youth, teens and young adults on their path to
increased digital citizenship and business ownership.
KidsCamp Miami 2018 Panel Discussion
https://wordpress.tv/2016/05/02/kids-wordpress-panel-discussion/

KidsCamp Orlando 2018
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/schedule/kidscamp/

WordCampJax in Jacksonville Florida June 2019
Organizers William Jackson and Aida Correa
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

Kids Camp Orlando Organizers 2018

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December 28, 2018

Strategies Beyond SEO and Google

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Strategies Beyond SEO and Google
Video presentation provided by William Jackson
of My Quest To Teach

WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson

WordCamp Presentations in 2018
Speaking at WordCamp Philly in Philadelphia Pa.
What a great conference with wonderful speakers
and equally wonderful sponsors and vendors.
via William Jackson: Strategies Beyond SEO and Google to Build Your Brand and Market Your Social Media Awesomeness

WordCamp Presentations in 2017
Speaking at WordCamp DC in Washington, DC
The first WordCamp in Washington, DC was such an honor
to be able to speak at this historic event.
Looking forward to WordCamp DC in 2019
via William Jackson: How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media – Be an Online Community Activist

WordCamp Presentations in 2017
Speaking at WordCamp Wilmington in Wilmington, NC
WordCampILM was a wonderful experience. Meeting many engaging and
talented people with a passion for the open source and technology
community.
Praying for the community and state of Wilmington, NC
via William Jackson: How To Be Dope And Relevant On Social Media

 

Past WordCamp participation from 2016 to present

 

October 10, 2018

Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

Jacksonville Students, Educators, Minister and Business Owners Attend FlBlogCon
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach

“If you’re an extrovert or an introvert you should
be attending a tech conference. If you’re an entrepreneur,
a business owner or even an author, it will benefit
you and your business in ways unimaginable. If you’re
a Blogger (writer), Podcaster (online programming),
Vblogger (video) or a Microblogger (Twitter)
find a way to attend a tech conference. If you’re a
college student, especially if you’re an HBCU student
attend conferences to build your Brand and network.

High school students get your parents to send or take
you to tech conferences, they will change your thinking
about careers and your options for life.
Congratulations to Edward Waters College student Mr.
Dennis Jackson, Northbound Church of Christ
Minister Elisha Taylor, Jr. and son Elisha Taylor III
Duval County Public Schools high school student.
Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife, Sandra Johnson
of 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.
Attending tech conferences like FLBLOGCON
encourages students to enhance their knowledge
and skills when preparing for future careers.

Attending FlBlogCon on the campus of
Full Sail University, the premiere technology
school that has achieved international recognition
https://hello.fullsail.edu/request_info
FLBlogCon https://floridablogcon.com the dream
of Bess Auer https://www.bessauer.com/ started
as a conference focusing on blogging, now
one of the most attended conferences nationally
and internationally in 8 years.

The digital empowerment can be seen by those
attending to be successful as bloggers, graphic
designers, coders and digital business owners.
Even in ministry, Minster Elisha Taylor Jr. of
Northbound Church of Christ integrates diverse
technology skills to share the gospel to a growing
number of people that are mobile, but still
enjoy hearing how to be saved and how to live
a Christian life in the Church of Christ.

The theme “Year of the Creator,” which
addresses growing digital innovation and
creativity. This 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. In order to start careers
youth, teens and young adults need to become
producers not just consumers of technology.

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.
Competition is fierce….

Developing your Brand is valuable, “branding is
what people say about you, when you walk out
the room, (logoff the) forum, logoff Twitter,
read your blogs, or view videos you posted on
the Internet, ” Josh Elledge

Dennis Jackson a student attending Edward
Waters College is expanding his network of
resources to grow his business “Primal Instinct”
a clothing line that will be launching soon.
William Jackson a past professor with EWC and
Digital Innovator managing his company
My Quest To Teach, has taken students in
the past to various conferences using his
personal finances, but always working
to find sponsors.

Sharing the empowerment and benefits of
Social Media, STEAM and how careers are
influenced by tech skills. Personally sponsoring
tech conferences in Africa he sees the need to
embrace diversity not just locally in
Jacksonville, Florida, but globally.

Aida Correa of LoveBuiltLife embraces multiple
areas of the Arts and Design. Her passion for
STEAM allows her to connect youth to adults
in project based workshops where creating is
fun, learning is loud and creative passions are
exploding in the minds and hearts of all as they
work on projects they can take with them.

Students from EWC and DCPS have attended
WordCamp, Bar Camp, FlBlogCon and other
conferences  with Mr. Jackson in the past,
he and Ms. Correa have spoken in Calgary Canada,
Costa Rica, Washington, DC and Miami, Florida.
Mr. Jackson is an advocate for Social Media
integration in business and education. A community
activist with New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers
working to empower the community.

He understands that minority 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 make
changes in their communities.

Thanks to Bess Auer providing another opportunity
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 business owners and
entrepreneurs.

Jayla, Ahubri and Elisha will be starting on their
business journeys as well in Jacksonville. Elisha
has a dream of attending MIT after graduating
from Paxon High School for Advanced Studies.
His growing web site can be found here
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

FLBLOGCON https://floridablogcon.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FLBlogCon
William Jackson: https://stwity.com/wmjackson/
Blogs from past FlBlogCon
https://hbcubuzz.com/2016/10/students-attend-florida-blogging-conference-learn-career-growth-opportunities/

Want to be a Cool Blogger Attend FlBlogCon
https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=27797.0

EWC Students Attend FlBlogCon
http://thyblackman.com/2016/10/09/ewc-and-dcps-students-attend-flblogcon/

 

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Dennis Jackson of Primal Instinct (Edward Waters College)

Bess and Aida

Bess and Aida

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

Aida and FlMomBlog Barbara

FlBlogCon

FlBlogCon

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

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