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June 22, 2018

Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada

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Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp Speaker, Volunteer,
Advocate, Blogger, Organizer

WordCamp Calgary surrounded by mountains that take
your breath away. The scenery could not properly be
captured in photos or video to truly display the splendor
and magnificence of natural formations reaching thousands
of feet into blue skies that seem to magically hold puffs
of fluffy white and gray clouds.
Clouds suspended in the blue of a sky that appears
limitless in its expanse and depth.
WordCamp Calgary offered an international conference
that showed why WCYYC is respected and well attended.
The diversity of speakers including myself flying in from
Jacksonville, Florida and being the only African American
speaking was a great honor.  Diversity is recognized,
respected and encouraged.
Welcomed warmly by other bloggers and content creators
there was excitement to hear my presentation, even before
the scheduled time. I was asked several times about my
direction and “scope” of speaking.
Perceptions are strong, as content creators we should be
mindful of the perceptions we create that spread over and
through the Internet. First impressions are important even
in digital environments because of the foundations they
create to connect with others.
The growing Kids Camp for youth and teens from ages
8 to 16 are significant because they assist the next
generation of content creators, entrepreneurs and business
owners.
Kids Camp provides networking opportunities, mentoring
exposure, career mentorship and building a family that
understands and supports the direction of youth and teens
that burn with a desire to be their own boss.
Kids Camp is a time to introduce young people as young as
8 years of age the fun of building content to create an
important online presence. To share ideas, passions,
skill-sets, learning opportunities and even collaboration.
Kids Camps are growing in leaps and bounds nationally and
internationally.
When looking to attend a WordCamp many of those in the
tech industry check to see if their children can attend the
Kids Camp. Having the chance to assist with Kids Camp
Calgary allowed me to share my knowledge as a business
owner, educator, blogger and digital innovator. To talk to
youth from Calgary and even the growing South Sudanese
community whose children desire to be tech savvy
business owners.
They understand that in order for any business to
survive that business must have a digital presence.
The “open source” community is a dynamic and
engaging community that embraces diversity
and innovation. Allowing designers, artists,
writers, bloggers, coders and others to come
together and share their stories and passions
as content creators.
Observing the kids participating in Kids Camp,
they are not concerned about the technical aspects,
they want to build, create, apply, engage, be interactive
and even share what they are learning.
This year being the first Kids Camp at WordCampYYC
lead by a seasoned teacher Christina Workman
@AmethystAnswers,
using tools found in a business environment, the
kids attending are engaged and involved in
hands-on learning based on web
development and content creation.
Using Storyboarding, Visionboarding and allowing
the kids to access WordPress to build their web sites.
Visually empowering these digital innovators with
tools that can change the perceptions of readers
and viewers and those looking at their content
from across digital landscapes.
The kids can see what they created in real time and
have the world see what dynamic web content they
created.
21st  century learning is not based on old fashion
lecture style teaching, teachers today and forever
more are facilitators of learning, they set the problem
or tasks to be accomplished and provide the correct
tools, then step out of the way.
Allowing the kids to blossom in a Matrix of digital
creation, imagination, engagement and interaction.
Parents, start registering your children to attend and
participate in Kids Camp when a WordCamp is
coming to town. Parents should not hold back
learning from their children, especially
learning that can build them into business owners
and entrepreneurs.
Youth, teens and young adults should be encouraged
to build dynamic content and explore virtual worlds
to help solve real world problems and build business
ownership in a digital age. “Content is King” Bill Gates
and “Engagement is Queen” youth, teens and young
adults must be taught how to be smart creatives,
digital innovators and thought leaders.
See role models they can talk to and engage with.
Resources:
Kids Camp Miami, Florida Panel Discussion
https://youtu.be/yu5s-gqRE14

Kids Camp Photos

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May 26, 2018

Nyater and William

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Kids Camp at Calgary Canada 
Helping Nyater from Sudan Africa to develop her WordPress site.

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One day i found a guy name William and i said can we be friends and
He said yes and we went to the park and we went to 711 and we had
a great time and we tell creepy stories in calgary in canada.
We had fun with my family and had a great day.

 


April 25, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1

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2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1
by Prof. William Jackson  @wmjackson

Digital content creation is prevalent on the web, an increase in
blogging, microblogging, podcasting and other forms of digital
media is expanding across the Internet. Africa is no longer a
developing continent, this great continent is made up of 54
nations is making a presence that is being felt globally.
The evolution of technology has opened opportunities for
Africans to tell their stories, spreading their entrepreneurial
wings and expand their networks from local to global.
Bill Gates, 1996 “Content Is King” The evolution of Blogging
can be seen in the increase of content that has a wide range
of subject matter and relevancy to life experiences
of the writer.
The importance of Blogging and use of Social Media can be
seen in the engagement,  connectivity and networking,
individuals are becoming forces that are rivaling traditional
news media. Because there is growing content that easily
crosses time zones and international borders the effects of
blogging is seen in education, business, finance,
commerce, and development in political arenas.
There are no barriers that would delay the posting of content
even by age or gender.
Students of all levels are creating content based on their
learning experiences and developing their Brands. This
explosion of digital content has created a challenge in
determining what is important to read and what to discard.
The “Elements of Blogging” and the “Significance of Content
Creation” is an area that must be addressed. Workshops,
seminars and conferences are available now
to help people and businesses create worthwhile content
to market their services and products. No matter the
purpose of Blogging the ultimate goal is to have people
“View or Hear” what is written or broadcast.
Certain criteria must be thought of and used as a gauge
to help Bloggers in their quest to develop content that
pleads to be read and interacted upon. In education
you have Objectives, in business you have Agendas, and
other areas have their own design.
Part 2 9 Strategies to consider in your blogging journey

April 9, 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids Camp and WordCamp Conferences

Kids Camp
Kids Camp Miami 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids
Camp and WordCamp Conferences
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

A reflection on WordCamp Miami and its Kids Camp.
The recent WordCamp Miami conference and the
upcoming WordCamp Jacksonville (Saturday,
April 7th and 8th) that have Kids Camp
involved for youth, teens and young adults
from 7 years to teens has shown that youth,
teens and young adults are using Social Media
for more than social engagement, they are
involved in building their Brands, business
transactions, marketing strategies, and other
activities that are entrepreneurial in nature.

The development of new technologies geared to
youth, teens and even young adults are allowing
more to be engaged in online environments through
apps that allow increased communication,
collaboration and children’s business ventures.
Youth, teens and young adults need training at
an early age to teach how to develop a business
relationship and networking.

The numbers of youth attending Kids Camps are
growing. The recent WordCamp Miami had an
attendance over 900 and the Kids Camp had
over approximately 100 participating.

Social Media platforms are allowing those
under 18 to communicate on platforms which
offer no training with online behaviors and do
not address ethics and morals that are important
in business. Because of the potential for
inappropriate actions that could have a high
impact on youths presence and can influence
educational opportunities, employment, and
even relationships in the future, it is key
that youth are trained and mentored.

Many young people ages 13 to 19 struggle with
building stable relationships, often due to
peer pressure, media advertisements and other factors.
Business relationships are different on so many
levels and if parents are not knowledgeable and
involved in some type of business they may not
know how to guide their children in an online
business, e-commerce or building a Brand and
how to Market that Brand correctly.

Parents are increasingly challenged with raising
children in a digital age and incorporating
building online relationships, transferring
online and offline behaviors and the influences
of peer pressure.
As an elementary teacher I regularity have students
from 3rd to 5th grade tell me about Game of Thrones,
Empire, and other content that has adult content,
language and situations.
Kids Camp a component of WordCamp provides exposure
to educators, CEO’s, web developers, coders,
business owners, e-commerce experts and leading
developers that understand how business is conducted
online and being aware of harmful and even dangerous
situations.

As an advocate for parents to be proactive and set
expectations for behaviors online. Have open and
honest discussions with your children about the
potential hazards and encourage them to speak to
if they sense potential dangers.
Parents and their children can be involved in
local Meetups, WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences,
Bar Camp technology Meetups and promote the
entrepreneurial spirit that youth, teens and young
adults have when it comes to creating a Brand and
starting a business.

Empower, Educate, Engage, and Employ youth, teens and
young adults now so they will be the business owners of
the future. Support Kids Camp by allowing more
children to attend and learn.

WCM

Resources:
WordCamp Miami – Kids Camp
https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

WordCamp Jacksonville – Kids Camp
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker and digital
community activist for TEDxFSCJ, Social Media Manager for
Jacksonville Sister Cities Association and New Town Success Zone.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking to
youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body of
Christ with Northside Church of Christ in
Jacksonville, Florida.
William is a national and internationanl blogger and manages
My Quest To Teach https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
He has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

April 2, 2018

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger

WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach

“African’s must accept and embrace they are valuable
content creators and have a voice that should be
heard on a global  digital scale.”
William Jackson, M.Ed. 2018

Ideas shared as a Professor of technology, WordCamp
speaker, WordCamp organizer/volunteer and
business owner.

A. Write as if the world is going to read your content.
When people read your content they should experience
your passion through your words and pictures. Your
voice should resonate with pride and dignity.
B. Take the time to read, re-read and edit your content
before posting. Remember that you’re not just writing for
you, your writing and representing your culture and continent.
C. Remain humble to the power of your content. Not
everyone will agree with your content, they should see
you as truthful, honest and authentic.
D. Embrace the diversity of the continent and your country.
Your writings are global content that will travel across
the World Wide Web so be sure it travel well.
E. Be authentic with what you want to share, it is ok to
use quotes and comments from others that share similar
experiences, but there is only one you. You’re the expert
of you…
F. Don’t allow bias or racism to taint or spoil your views
of your cultural diversity. Telling a story means telling
both sides through your eyes and experiences.
G. Chinua Achebe – On the power of storytelling
“I write because I enjoy it.”
H. The natural human resources of Africa are abundant.
African people of color and culture should not be quick
to run to others for support and resources because the
very things needed might be right in their backyard.
I. Accept the diversity of your country and your culture,
unify and recognize the African Diaspora.
J.Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog
K. Travel and visit books stores that may contain literary
treasures and share them online. Map your travels to
intellectual development.
L. Use paper and pencil sometimes because they inspire a
new level of thinking and build thought leadership inside
you.
M. Look with different eyes your environment, use places,
people, smells, sites and experiences to influence your
writing.

N. Use YouTube as a resource to research and learn from
great writers like Achebe, Aboulela, Rugero and others.
“The storyteller has a different agenda than the emporer.”
Chinua Achebe 2008
O. 25 African Writers You Should Read
http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/
P. Don’t look at just one aspect of a culture or society, you
should research other diverse areas to get a clear picture
of things.
Q. The Danger of A Single Story – https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
R.Write to educate, empower, engage and excite others.
S. Set yourself up as a life-long learner. Maintain your
library card both digital and hard copy. Never compromise
the value of learning.
T. Taylor your thinking to a “growth mind set.”
U. Remember your voice has power, it can inspire, it can heal,
it can motivate, but it can destroy, bring chaos and even
death.
V. Think of the legacy you want to create and leave, your
words will last forever on a digital platform. What do you
want generations to know about you?
W. Teach each generation to love literature by being a role
model and inspiration. Teach others their words do matter
and their mind is valuable.
X. Girls and women should have equal opportunities to
expand their mental abilities. They have the ability to
become thought leaders and spark life-long learning in
other girls and women.
Y. Never forget the sacrifices that the elders made so that
you can continue to rise. Remember if you start to
forget you potentially fall back into past ignorance’s
of educational and economic neglect and mental slavery.
Z. Praise God for your gifts, talents, abilities and opportunities.
You are so unique that God created only one of you and your
voice is unique, authentic and can influence generations.

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows
flowers not thunder.” Rumi @TrRadioDoc

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker
and digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ and the Social
Media Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking
to youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the
body of Christ with Northside Church of Christ.
William has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction.

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