My Quest To Teach

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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June 29, 2018

The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators

 

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The Diversity and Influence of Hispanic / Latino Content Creators
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Inspired by the works of Aida Correa:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Actress, Educator, Latina,
Business Owner, Puerto Rican, Mother, Grandmother,
Community Organizer, Community Activist,
WordCamp: Speaker – Advocate – Volunteer-Sponsor

The growing Hispanic / Latino community in Northeast
Florida has begun to come into its own in political, economic,
educational and societal influences.
Involved in creating positive and productive changes that
are a needed inspiration to increase the cultural diversity
of Northeast Florida. Jacksonville has open arms encouraging
Hispanic and Latino people with business and entrepreneurial
passions to come to Jacksonville and share their skills and
talents especially in the field of technology.

Technology embraces diversity with the building of people
that are smart creatives, digital innovators and artists. This
blog is a shoutout to the growing Hispanic / Latino communities
in Jacksonville that are growing as geeks, nerds and digital
innovators.

Inspired by Aida Correa and her passion to build bridges of
business, educational, cultural and entreprenrial collaborations
that promote growth, acceptance and tolerance within
diversity.

The growing accessibility of content creators is having
phenomenal growth and elevation for Hispanic / Latino women.
Technology is a great force for leveling the fields of educational
access to cultural resources and for women of diversity to connect
and collaborate with each other. One of the greatest growths
can be seen in the Hispanic / Latino community and the application
of Social Media and tech to build their Brand. The fastest growing
demographic of content creators and entrepreneurs in online
environments that are building thought leaders, digital innovators
and smart creatives are Women of Color particularly Hispanic / Latino.

The growth of women that have cultural backgrounds of
diversity are finding their voices and building collaborations
with others on social, economic, educational and family issues
that affect all aspect of their lives. Women of Color are being
recognized in the roles of Influencers and “Agents of Change.”
Women are changing the paradigm of intellectualism and
thought leadership because of their content. The growing
opportunities for leadership development and even influencing
economic elevation, tech has the power to change the world
for Hispanics / Latinos.

“Content is King” (Bill Gates) and “Engagement is Queen.”
Women are great engagers, their conversations and interactions
are not just information based, but generational because when you
educate women you educate generational communities that
are seen in the Hispanic / Latino community.
The knowledge is passed down and how to apply that knowledge
to real life situations is taught, knowledge is not powerful, it is
powerful and changing when it is applied the right way.

Diversity of content creation provides a visual that extends
beyond a person to embrace learning and expansion of
intellectualism across the board of families. Women are
transporters and engagers of information.

Latina content creators like Aida Correa, LoveBuilt Life #LoveBuiltLife https://2018.birmingham.wordcamp.org/speaker/aida-correa/
are changing the digital landscapes of Social Media, business
ownership, web development, blogging and speaking at conferences.
Aida Correa an upcoming speaker at WordCamp Birmingham,
Alabama has spoken at WordCamp Miami and a sponsor of
WordCamp Jacksonville Kids Camp. WordCamp Miami as a
volunteer and speaker, the upcoming WordCamp San Jose in
Costa Rica.

Ms. Correa like other Latina women in tech are changing the
paradigm of how Women of Color are thought of as business
owners, developers of intellectual thought and digital
influencers. The engagement of Hispanic / Latino women is
growing and expanding as girls and young women of color see
content creators that look like them, sound like them and are
seen in their communities engaged and involved.

The more girls of color are seeing women of color working to
be successful this builds future women business owners.
Women are influencing changes in technology quickly and quietly,
they are changing the perceptions that have been wrongly presented
by film, movies, television and mass media.  Hispanic / Latino
content creators are changing the perceptions America and even
the world has. To improve their growth women must continue to
evolve and  their knowledge, their exposure, their access
and their environments to participate and contribute in the area
of technology and even STEM, STEAM, STREAM.
Community activist, blogger, web developer, actor, poet, spoken
word artist like Ms. Correa are changing the mind-sets of communities
like Jacksonville, Florida. Providing workshops in Art and STEAM that
are attended by youth, teens and young adults. Hispanic / Latino
women are expanding their influence to show that cultural diversity
in this community is valuable and beneficial to a community as a whole.

Each person brings knowledge, experience, skill-sets, resources and
energy to create affective and beneficial change that encourages
communities, cities, states and nations to grow united and in strength.
Great change is happening for Hispanics / Latinas, the paradigm of a
glass ceiling has been shattered and destroyed. Hispanic / Latino women
with a passion in Tech, STEM, STREAM and other areas is growing and
making influences that are changing the perceptions wrongly created
by mass media.

To aid in the growth of diversity with women in technology here
are some resources to help build their access.
Aida Correa – LoveBuilt Life – Jacksonville Florida
http://lovebuiltlife.com
Ada’s List of Resources for Women
http://adaslist.co
Check Tech
https://chicktech.org
Girls Who Code
https://girlswhocode.com
NCWIT
https://www.ncwit.org
Women In Tech
http://www.womenintechnology.org
11 Latinas in Technology
https://hiplatina.com/latinas-in-technology/
Latinas in Tech
https://www.latinasintech.org
Inspiring Women In Tech
https://www.brit.co/latina-women-tech/
Latina Girls Code
http://latinagirlscode.org/about/
Latinas in STEM
http://www.latinasinstem.com

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

June 9, 2018

My WordCamp Journey 2017-2018

William Jackson at WordCamp Jacksonville
Speaking at WordCamp  Jacksonville, Florida 2017


Enjoying my WordCamp Journey from 2017 to 2018

Speaking, Volunteering, Organizing, Sponsoring and Advocating

How To Be Dope On Social Media
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson
Presentations from WordCamp DC and WordCamp
Wilmington, North Carolina
Twitter @wmjackson

Speaking at my first international
WordCamp Calgary Canada in Alberta
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William Jackson and Aida Correa
Speaking at our first WordCamp Miami
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Helping with Kids Camp in
Calgary Canada Alberta
sharing knowledge with
families from South Sudan

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Attending with Sean at WordCamp
Birmingham, Alabama our first time
in Birmingham, Ala.

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A beautiful journey of WordCamp
Miami and WordCamp Atlanta
with Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
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WordCamp Calgary

There is power in the spoken word, there is
power in the engagement that is WordCamp.
WordCamp YYC Calgary Canada Alberta

 

April 27, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2

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2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2
Bloggers must ask certain questions to help them align their content to obtain readers.
Listed are a few guidelines to help develop content and keep on track during creation of
content.
1. Why Do You Blog – any blogger must have a reason to do what they do.
There should be some passion, excitement and commitment when you put fingers to
keyboard. Why is a very important question and should have a definite answer. During the
blogging process it may change just as the content changes, but every Blogger should have
an answer as to Why Do You Blog.
2. What Is Your Audience – an important element to go along with Why is What is your
audience?  Is there an age group, gender, nationality, culture or specific group you want
to connect with? People enjoy having a connection with their Bloggers. Any successful
Blogger knows who their audience is and tries to give them what they need and to
keep coming back for more.
3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is very important.
You want your audience to understand that you are sharing a part of yourself with them.
You’re not thrusting things down their throat, but providing something that they need or
as you grow in your writing giving your readers something they think they need. Create
the atmosphere of sharing which helps in receiving feedback from the reader. Don’t
make it a give/take relationship, but a sharing and beneficial one.
4. How Do You Support Your Brand and Content
Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is there a lot of advertising, is there
adult content, video, audio, and multimedia? Supporting your content requires some
research on your part to validate what you are stating. In the educational, political, and
business environments you have to backup what you have stated with links, quotes,
As I Blog I try as much as possible to obtain valid and trustworthy resources to backup
my comments/statements. I’m at times competing with traditional media
so I have to go that extra step to help my readers understand where I’m coming from,
how it can help them and where else they can go for additional help.
5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of a picture, video or multimedia can
never be under estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create your own do it.
This provides an extra element to attract and keep readers to your content. Search Engine
Optimization (SEO) does need help with text (words), but additional elements that provide
audio (podcasting), video (Youtube) and multimedia to create an engaged platform.
Never be scared to branch off into new areas to help engage and excite your readers.
6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your audience?
Do you sell something, what type of services do you have? The popular Blogs
of relationship building, natural hair, nails (hands and feet) provide a service that can be
seen. There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on what service
you can provide. Be sure that you can keep your customers happy.
7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about Blogging is keeping your audience
No Blog stays the same, there is an evolution process that writers go through.
Just as age and maturity happens so should Bloggers content evolve
because their readers evolve. What you wrote 3 years ago may not be
of the same interest for your readers now. Their lives have evolved (changed)
so as a Blogger your content must evolve also.
8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to the public?
What are you known for, what does your title of your Blog site bring thoughts and
feelings of? Branding is important because of the interest it generates in readership.
Creating a Brand allows for Marketability especially if you are trying to make money with
your Blogs. Branding makes you who you are so the public will make that connection.
9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one important aspects of Blogging.
Eventually a Blogger considers how can they make money so must be wise in how they
Market their content. Who do they market too? Basically selling yourself to the world so
they can pay for your content. This may take a team to get the word out about you and
promote what you are doing. Using Social Media tools is another way, but this must be
strategic and planned.
These nine elements are worth considering and using as a guide to blogging.
Blogging content, goals, designs, planning and objectives will change the more you Blog
so be ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and stay important enough
to be read.

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