My Quest To Teach

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

 

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)

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.

Blog at WordPress.com.

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