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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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)

July 5, 2018

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It

 

WordCamp Miami 2018 – You Have Too Want It and Own It
by William Jackson, Organizer, Volunteer,
Speaker,  Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

The 10th anniversary of WordCamp Miami was a
pivotal point too many of those attending. It
was an opportunity to learn new value and
importance of the right Brand, the importance
of strategically applying Marketing strategies,
the value of recognizing changes in applications
that take the future and pull us forward.

The importance of diversity of cultures, respecting
the knowledge of women and engaging youth,
teens and young adults as business owners in
the Kids Camp. Seeing the wonder and beauty
of diversity that can lead to dynamic
collaboration and cooperation. Building future
smart creatives, digital innovators, problem
solvers, and entrepreneurs.

The evolution of “tracks” showed at WordCamp
Miami the diversity of the speakers in culture,
gender, demographics and their applied knowledge
base.  The understanding that as content creators
we cannot live in a vacuum or in our own
worlds because of the beauty of diversity in interests
applied to the dynamic platform of WordPress.

One of the pivotal points of WordCamp Miami was
the Kids Camp that provided a platform of
networking, education, encouragement,
empowerment and even enlightenment.
Youth, teens and young adults growing in their
business and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Creating digital platforms that will show their
passions, interests, dreams and aspirations
as thought leaders and intellectuals.

The instruction, mentoring and role modeling through
the speakers and volunteers showed that youth, teens
and young adults as the title of this blog states,
“You Have Too Want It and Own It.” Being accountable
and responsible for your content.

Teaching future content creators, bloggers,
entrepreneurs, business owners, educators,
venture capitalists and others that allow for
engagement, empowerment and elevation
for the future business leaders in technology.
From ages 7 youth, teens and young adults are
being empowered and inspired to be business
owners before they can even
drive a car.

My observation as an educator and parent are
the lessons learned from WordCamp Miami cannot
be effective if they are not properly applied and
mentoring is a part of the application. Everyone
in business needs a mentor to guide,
teach, direct and encourage them.

Learning is not conditional, it should be contagious
and continuous. There should be relevancy in
applying what is being learned to real world
situations. Applied knowledge
can create change, the WordCamp community
is not a selfish community, it is based on a
foundation of innovation,
creativity, imagination and sharing.

The title, “You Have To Want It and Own It,”
shows that globally the community “Wants It”
by the global contributions and the creativity
of “open source” allows individuals to
spread the innovation and creativity.
The extension of the conference for WordCamp
and Kids Camp into Meetups that encourage
interaction and
collaboration after the conference to continue
learning. Just as in education there is continuous
professional development.

Learning has to be applied to the crafts that
are chosen, “Own It” applies to being passionate
and consistent.  Knowledge is personal and
can be applied where it is beneficial for growth
and development.
The dynamics of tech can only show change
when effectively applied and applied strategically.
Owning your Brands is owning your vision, owning
your voice for what you see as your journey.

“You Have To Want It and Own It,” then make
sure you apply it, sharing it, magnifying it and
broadcasting it to those that
would benefit from that knowledge.

 

 

 

 

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