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May 1, 2019

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH

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Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson M.Ed.

Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning  to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and  young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.

Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida

Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.

The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.

Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..

There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.

Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
development.

Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.

The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
seminars.

The opportunities are there, parents need to make the choices
to sacrifice the time and the energy.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 – https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
EYH – Empowering Your Horizons 2019 – https://www.eyhn.org/
National Council of Negro Women 2019  – https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

100 Black Men of Jacksonville 2019 – https://100blackmenjax.org/
Black Male Explorers 2019 –  https://www.ewc.edu/black-male-explorers/

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April 6, 2019

Floral Innovations at The Garden Club of Jacksonville Florida

 

Aida and Karen Barakat

Aida Correa is seen here with Karen Baraket, Coordinator of the Fun with Flowers Event at the Garden Club of Jacksonville.

Floral Innovations at The Garden Club of Jacksonville Florida
by William Jackson
“Fun With Flowers Featuring Guest Designer Aida Correa
of Love Built Life, LLC”
The Garden Club of Jacksonville, Florida served a
workshop that guided the women attending on a journey
filled with floral brilliance, design creativity and artistic
expression with the dynamic brilliance and creative
expression that flowers can bring.
Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life, LLC provided a workshop
that inspired the creativity of the women in attendance,
to design, build, create and bring forth passionate
brilliance in their floral development
during this workshop.
Ms. Correa a florist of over 30 years, artist, advocate
for STEAM and community activism provides workshops
in a wide range of areas and generational interests.
From her background as a recognized and respected
florist she has provided workshops for youth, teens,
young adults and the young at heart.
Her energy and excitement is shared with those smart
creatives and compassionate innovators that love the
spark of creativity and the zeal of design, creation
and building.
Even those that find some creativity challenging they
learn what their strengths are and how to use this as
motivation in other areas of learning.
She is changing the paradigm of floral design and the
image of women that are over 50 and as mothers and
grandmothers.
Fearless of the challenges of running a company, sharing
her words as a poet, spoken word artist and web designer,
her talents allow her to blend the narrative of women
over 50 from traditional stereotypes to women who are
embracing new challenges, new adventures and braking
new ground as business owners and as
entrepreneurs.
Floral design can be challenging mentally and
emotionally because it requires accessing mind, body
and spirit to create and share that creativity at a high
level of engagement.
Ms. Correa a mother and grandmother titles herself as
a “true renaissance woman” planting the seeds of
creativity and innovation of being a multi-talented
artist and having a unique sense of style and grace.
Blending of colors, hues and shades when working
with the beauty of  flowers, when using the medium
of soil, applied to paints, canvas or other materials
Ms. Correa represents that “The Arts” influences
how the mind works and the development and
application of creativity and expression.
This talent has lead to being sought after for unique
workshops from floral arrangements to STEAM
workshops, web development and paintings.
To see her works access her Instagram and
Facebook sites:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/lovebuiltlife
Facebook: http://facebook.com/lovebuiltlife.com/
The multi-talents of Ms. Correa can be seen as a
speaker, advocate, and volunteer at national and
international WordCamp conferences.
She blends STEAM and Web Design to provide an
interactive and engaging workshop for youth,
teens and young adults.
She is also a FordVIP Blogger for the Ford Motor
Company displaying that for those over 50 life is
great and learning never stops.
LoveBuilt Life, LLC is making a powerful statement
to the faith, resiliency, growth and powerful purpose
of women over 50 that are artist, poets and embracing
their new place in life as influencers in a digital age
and when embracing passions and discovering new
purposes in life.
The Garden Club of Jacksonville
https://gardenclubofjacksonville.org/

 

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

 

March 22, 2019

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally

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Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally
William Jackson and Aida Correa
Twitter @wmjackson and @lovebuiltlife
Hashtags Respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife

Cross cultural and cross curricular learning encourages
applied cognitive tools during the learning in the
KidsCamp and Youth Camp environment.

Cross curricular processes to learning, making a transition
in math, writing, reading, comprehension when applied to
STEAM helps to show that all learning is relevant, connected
and valuable.

This is not the “you have to learn,” demands of parents there
is the guided learning of “why you should learn,” and “the
benefits to your life” guidance.
Youth, teens and young adults need learning that is individual
and in a team learning process as the teachers are the
facilitators of learning in an environment of discovery
and creativity. Kids and Youth Camp Conferences are the
growing and engaging ways to move.

STEAM – STREAM -CSTREAM
Hands-on learning that is projected based: students are
provided a project to accomplish and the process is explained
and they are let loose to explore the project to completion and
provided learning avenues to discover and explore.
Kids and youth are engaged in the learning process aided to
build critical and higher order thinking in a collaborative
environment with a goal that is measurable upon completion.
Hand-on learning is transformative and changes the learning
paradigm even for autistic children.

A stipulation, build relationships and build their
interests and how it can be applied to their growth. In Kids
and Youth Camp Conferences there should be trust, passion,
engagement and connections. Many times these cannot be
created in structured settings like schools, so WordCamp
conferences are unique and needed.

STEAM encourages learning scaffolding, problem solving,
sequencing, pattering, and critical along with higher order
thinking skills. Youth, teens and young adult may not know
when applied to building, designing, the Arts, discovery and
innovation, it provides a new avenue for learning and how
to apply that leaning for relevancy. Artists like Aida Correa
understand the value for these connections and why
the Arts are important. Guiding new areas of thinking,
rationalization, creativity and even building discipline.

Integration of core subject areas, creating a STEAM lesson
integrates Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math
as a 30 year professional educator teaching Physical Education
and Technology (Engineering) creativity and innovation go
hand in hand. Kids want to build, break, design, construct
and get messy from time to time. Web development builds
reading, comprehension and literacy skills. Behaviors do
change when youth, teens and young adult learn that
anyone globally will be able to read their content to they
put their best foot-forwards in writing and posting content.

Collaborative planning with business and industry students
are encouraged to take ownership for their learning, not just
to meet learning standards in schools, there is the freedom
of expression and sharing their passions in areas they can
learn about online not just in a classroom or school setting.

In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences they become the teachers
and parents become the students and parents are the support
mechanism during the Kids and Youth camp process.

What is learned in the traditional classrooms are applied in
hands-on lessons to revel that all learning is connected and
relevant to building ideas for careers that are now, new and
exploratory and ones that have not been created yet.

The engagement of individual learning and the connectivity
of collaborative learning are powerful tools especially for
children of color and culture. This provides an avenue to
show them that their “being” is important and they can both
individually and collectively make a difference in the world
around them.

Youth, teens and young adult in Africa and Canada are
expecting their participation in WordCamp conferences and
if they are not invited are protesting along with their parents.
The ability for WordCamp to expand and grow is dependent
on the support, encouragement and advocacy for Kids and
Youth Camps. The United States of America with all its
resources still cannot dominate the world with tech able
people, globally WordCamp conferences express
collaboration, connections and the integration of STEAM.

STEAM educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa
also show that Representation Matters because of their
diverse cultural backgrounds. Children of color and culture
need to see people of color and culture teaching them,
mentoring and guiding their growth.

Kids and Youth Camp Conferences in 2019 located:
United States
WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
https://2019.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia
https://2019.atlanta.wordcamp.org/

Canada
WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada
https://2019.calgary.wordcamp.org/

Central America
WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicaragua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/

Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach
a Sponsor https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/sponsors/
WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp CapeTown
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach a Sponsor
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

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