My Quest To Teach

December 31, 2018

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa
William Jackson, M.Ed.

lagos-kids

KidsCamp Organizer for WordCamp Orlando and
Jacksonville Co-Organizer Aida Correa

The 2018 WordCamp Orlando conference in the
United States 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, and more.
The growing WordCamp conferences in Africa are
creating networking and collaboration changes for
Bloggers, Video-Bloggers, Podcasters, YouTubers
and Journalists.

The dynamic environment of a WordCamp is a building
of community that is democratizing the web. Allowing
people to create innovative and dynamic content to
connect globally.
As a WordCamp speaker, volunteer, advocate and
organizer I regularly sponsor students and teachers to
attend to gain a unique experience.
There are a growing number of youth and teens attending
WordCamp  with Youth Camp. African youth, teen and
young adults have something to say about what is going
with web development and emerging technologies in Africa.
This year’s #WCORL in America has seen presentations
by teens expressing their understanding of where the web
is going and suggesting 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. This is growing in size in Africa
on the continent and is not a trend, but a moment.

Young African people want to be heard and should be heard,
they are the future of web development and online businesses
in Africa, they will help to stabilize African economies and create
digital changes in the African educational systems in place.
Because of the inclusiveness of the web and the ease of
digital tools youth, teens and young adult are creating businesses,
building diverse content and involved in community activism.
KidsCamp Orlando 2018 theme is “SPACE,” directed by
Lead Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa
the youth attending from 7 yrs to 14 yrs were involved in STEAM
related projects that helped prepare 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 same curriculum that is applied by William Jackson and
Aida Correa shows that STEAM is a global equalizer in building
critical thinkers, thought leadership and innovative creatives.
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 too. All children are encouraged to be creative
and innovative, not constrained by the limitations of the traditional
classroom model. KidsCamp is a great opportunity for kids to network
in their communities and on the African continent.

KidsCamp should be a part of every WordCamp conference globally
because youth, teens and young adults are demanding equal access
to knowledge and developing their skills just as adults.
African nations that are progressive like Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya
are implementing diverse learning skill-sets.
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 22st and
23nd century.

KidsCamp Miami Panel Discussion
https://wordpress.tv/2016/05/02/kids-wordpress-panel-discussion/

WordCamps in Africa in 2018 are;
WordCamp Harare
https://2018.harare.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Nairobi
https://2018.nairobi.wordcamp.org/

WordCamps in Africa in 2019
WordCamp Lagos
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Bulawayo
https://2018.bulawayo.wordcamp.org/

Resources:
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach – myquesttoteach@gmail.com
http://myquesttoteach.com/
Aida Correa – heisintheart@gmail.com
http://lovebuiltlife.com/
WordCamp Orlando
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/

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December 3, 2018

Making WordCamp Conferences Fun and Inviting for Kids with KidsCamp

Making WordCamp Conferences Fun and Inviting for Kids with KidsCamp
William Jackson, KidsCamp Lead Organizer Aida Correa Co-Organizer

Kids Camp Orlando Organizers 2018
Lead Organizer William Jackson
Co-Organizer Aida Correa

William Jackson and Aida Correa, KidsCamp Organizers for KidsCamp
Orlando 2018 incorporated an initiative of STEAM  (Science Technology
Engineering Arts Music) into the movement of KidsCamp.

The attending kids at KidsCamp Orlando, Florida (16) ages 7 to 12
participated in projects that required completing individual and group
projects based on the theme of “Space.” Incorporating design thinking,
creative thought process and critical thinking. A personal spaceship as
an individual project and group project designing a space
station with mission requirements that would have impressed NASA.

The criteria ranged in creating a name for the spaceship, a mission,
a diverse crew that represented the community and how they could
work together to solve problems that are issues on earth.
The kids were provided the honor of being called “Captains” and their
parents the “First Officers” or “Number Ones,” terms used in Star Trek
and other space movies to work within the theme of “Space.”

The parents, in positions of support and guidance while the kids were
designated having the ultimate responsibility of leadership roles. The
“Captains” were engaged in working together as teams to encourage
collaboration, team work and using critical and higher order thinking.
Once the projects were completed they were presented by
the kids and questions were encouraged from the audience.

Additional projects were a Scavenger Hunt and the final project was
designing a web site on the WordPress.com platform and posted online
for the world to see with their parents supervision.

WordCamp conferences are changing the way web development is seen
by children, it is not just for adults, encouraging youth, teens and young adults
to participate and embrace the excitement and learning of digital web design,
HTML Coding and gaining tech skills that will lead to potential employment and
business opportunities.

The next WordCamp is WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 where there will be a
WordCamp for adults and a KidsCamp for youth, teens and young adults lead
by William Jackson and Aida Correa as Organizers. The theme embraces the
“Beach.”

Having businesses connected to STEAM; Ms. Correa (LoveBuilt Life LLC) a
designer, artist and writer has spoken at national venues focusing on child
development and welfare and spoken at WordCamp conferences in 2018.
Mr. Jackson is a national and international blogger over 15 years and educator
with Duval County Public Schools over 30 years of service. He has spoken
at WordCamp conferences since 2017 nationally and internationally. They are
changing the way tech conferences are managed to promote participation by
youth to be involved in areas they enjoy with tech embracing creativity and
innovation.

More information to register kids and youth for WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
can be found at https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/ for
Saturday, June 30th 2019. Register early.
Parents must accompany their children during the KidsCamp but can switch with
another adult if both parents or guardians are attending WordCamp.

STEAM will again be integrated into the creative and learning process that engages
and excites youth to learn and be active and contributing to the learning environment.
Learning is important, but having fun is key also, KidsCamp is a great opportunity for
parents and their children to collaborate, cooperate and share.
Global WordCamp Conferences
https://central.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Jacksonville, Florida 2019
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

KidsCamp Orlando 2018

 

November 19, 2018

STEAM and KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida

KidsCamp 2018 Orlando Florida
STEAM and Why It Should Be In KidsCamp at WordCamp Conferences

KidsCamp Orlando Florida 2018 
Lead Organizer William Jackson and Co-Organizer Aida Correa

KidsCamp at WordCamp 2018

 

The story continues in the next KidsCamp in 2019
KidsCamp Jacksonville Florida June 2019
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

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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