My Quest To Teach

March 1, 2019

HBCU’s WordCamp Conferences R4U

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HBCU’s WordCamp Conferences R4U

by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Graduate of South Carolina State University
WordCamp – Speaker, Blogger, Advocate, Sponsor

As a speaker, volunteer, organizer, sponsor and advocate
of WordCamp conferences I encourage HBCU instructors
to encourage students to attend conferences and become
engaged in local Meetups in their respective cities.
The knowledge gained is invaluable and the networking
potential phenomenal. The term “its not what you know,
but who you know,” tells a valuable story. Networking is
vitally important. What you know in your brain cannot
be appreciated unless you have others that can appreciate
your knowledge and potential to learn more.

The expansion of People of Color (POC) attending tech
conferences is increasing as the need and demand
increases for those with technology knowledge grows.
There are growing numbers of POC that love tech,
embrace being nerds, enjoy bring geeks.
Attending WordCamp conferences locally, nationally
and internationally are re-freshing reminders that
geeks are everywhere, in every city, state, country;
People of Color embracing tech and learning to be
producers not just consumers.

Productivity brings engagement in conversation about
the dynamics of not just WordPress (which over 35%
of web pages are designed on globally). This affects
graphic design, e-commerce, Apps, Google analytics,
SEO, marketing and achieving entrepreneurial dreams.
HBCU students can change the narrative because
of their engagement their children as well will be
exposed and inspired to start their own businesses.

The WordPress community is just that, a community
that sees beyond just the simplistic nature of the web.
They see the unlimited possibilities of self-employment,
intellectual design, community engagement and
social activism.

Social Media is increasingly dominated by POC’s
building Brands, building business relationships, applying
marketing strategies,  and helping entrepreneurial
dreams to be fulfilled.

The development of new technologies, Apps and platforms
geared to business are allowing more to be engaged in
online environments for communication, collaboration
and business ventures.

What should be encouraged is the involvement of
HBCU institutions taking advantage of platforms like
WordPress and encouraging students to attend WordCamp
conferences.

WordCamp conferences in 2019 are located in;
Miami (March), Jacksonville (June) Atlanta (May) and
Orlando (August)
( https://central.wordcamp.org/wordcamps/ ).

If HBCU students do not understand the language of their
professions they cannot sit at the tables of tech companies
to become influencers.

HBCU students are learning that much of what they are
learning in the classroom may be outdated as industry
standards change, they need to be attending, contributing
and even speaking at conferences like WordCamp.
It should not always take alumni coming back to HBCU
institutions speaking when students themselves have
valuable information they can share from
involvement and exposure.
The benefits are enormous and lasting.

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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

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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