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 31, 2018

Building The Next Generation of Web Developers In Africa

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

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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/

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

 

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

 

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