My Quest To Teach

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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November 14, 2018

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care

What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care
By William Jackson, M.Edu
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/Music

The world is changing, the incorporation of technology will
not stop in our society, integration of technology is changing
how we function in this world. Educational initiatives use to
train children for the future is ever progressing and creating
a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundation.

Children must be prepared for careers not even available
now and they must be able 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. Providing accurate weather
predictions for weeks and months in advance.

All provided by the growth and integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across this country. Because technology
has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be
fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/CSTREAM
and STEMsquared, they are all connected, but each has a powerful
individual effect in our world.

The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high achievement
in all areas, “as defined by STE[+a]M, which is a website created
to share information about the blending of arts and sciences. The
past error in thinking was that each of these elements were separate
and unequal. The new thinking is that STEAM creates a curriculum
that embraces all these elements which allow students to hone their
personal skills and advance in areas that are new, but just as
important. Project based learning where there is a end result that
is not based on data, but based on evidence of a finished product.

There is a new way of thinking, grounded in research on the brain
shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development
and the scientific techniques are complimentary than once first
believed. The blending of these skills require students to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking that supports
collaborative and cooperative learning. Learning that pushes and
challenges, and brings about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of appliance and application. In a layman’s explanation, kids
are encourage to do something, given the tools and the parents
are facilitators and get out of the way.

Parents need to understand many careers are now influenced
by STEM curriculum’s and should be more involved in schools
that are preparing students to be future leaders Educators, artists,
and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences and believe that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and
technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher
centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning
and involve the “4 Cs”:
Creativity, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed
that the organizations of  the National Science Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of
Education are joining to make sure current and future models
of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled laborers
this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries.

William Jackson is an educator over 30 years experience.
Teaching Physical Education, STEAM/STEM/STREAM
Past Professor with Edward Waters College teaching
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
A national and international blogger and advocate
for WordCamp as a blogger, volunteer, speaker and
organizer.
Hashtag #MyQuestToTeach
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October 17, 2018

Inviting Jacksonville Kids to KidsCamp and WordCamp Orlando

William Jackson and Aida Correa

William Jackson and Aida Correa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inviting Jacksonville Kids
KIDSCAMP ORLANDO
A GREAT PLACE TO BUILD AND EXPLORE
by William Jackson, Organizer KidsCamp Orlando 

This years KIDSCAMP will be held on Saturday,
November 10th from 10am to 3pm. It is guaranteed
to be a day of building and exploration. Your
Commanders for learning will be William Jackson
(My Quest To Teach) and Aida Correa (LoveBuiltLife)
guiding the space cadets on a journey they
will not soon forget.
The cadets will have plenty of swag to take with
them to explore the galaxy of web development
at KIDSCAMP.
WordCamp parents can help usher in the next
generation of WordPress explorers at the fourth
annual KidsCamp! Parents attending WordCamp
can bring their explorers and enjoy a day of
parent-child discovery, exploration and learning.
The WordPress Commanders William Jackson
and Aida Correa are ready to take the youth,
teen, young adults and those that are young at
heart on a journey through the galaxy of KIDSCAMP.

These special kid-friendly lessons will introduce your
child to the wonderful world of WordPress and help
them learn or improve upon WordPress development,
design, and useful skills! After the day is complete,
your child will leave with their very own
WordPress.com site up and running!

Interested WordPress parents or guardians will need
to have a ticket for Saturday attendance purchased
before signing up their explorers. Parents will be
responsible for staying with their child
during KidsCamp, they may switch guardians during
the course of the day if two are both attending.

Each child will need his or her own laptop or tablet to
work on and know their usernames and passwords
to access their emails. It helps astronomically to have
it written down or saved in your digital
devices if needed.

Each KidsCamp ticket provides your explorer with
lunch, an afternoon snack, and full access to the
day’s lessons. We are accepting explorers
from ages 7 to 14 to participate
in these special lessons and register early because
spots are limited to only 20 children (not including
their parents/guardians).

Ready to start your child out on their own WordPress
journey?
KidsCamp tickets are on sale now
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/session/kidscamp/
Also, if you have an older explorer ready to launch
into some advanced topics, they are welcome to join
us for the full sessions and workshops with a regular
WordCamp ticket!

WordCamp Orlando is November 9 – 11, 2018!
Looking forward to working with future explorers..
Your Commanders William Jackson and Aida Correa
https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/speakers/

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Kids Camp Costa Rica

Kids Camp at WordCamp San Jose

Kids Camp at WordCamp San Jose

 

 

July 26, 2018

WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica

WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica
The Awesomeness of Kids Camp 

at WordCamp San Jose 
William Jackson and Aida Correa
My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife
Twitter @wmjackson and @LoveBuiltLife

Being involved in volunteering with a
Kids Camp is a fun and exciting venture.
Giving back as a business owner, educator,
parent and community activists builds
future leaders, innovators, smart creatives,
digital intellectuals and even educators
in youth, teens and young adults.

As business owners ourselves, Aida and I
were invited to WordCamp San Juan to speak
and volunteer at this great conference,
in Costa Rica, it turned into an epic
adventure and journey. The beauty of the
time was equally stunning as the land
blossomed with green and vibrant colors
of plants and foliage only found
in Costa Rica.

Kids Camp provides unique opportunities for
children from 7 yrs to teens to be involved in
developing web sites through the WordPress
platform. The kids attending will be building
their own blogs and learning how to post content
with the WordPress platform. Parents are required
to work with their child as they develop content
on the web in real-time. This adds another dynamic
element to being a smart creative.

Kids Camp has been active in WordCamp Miami,
WordCamp Jacksonville and others across the
country and even the world.
Children will be taught how to add their stories
photos, video clips and more to their developing
content. The fun of building a web site raises
opportunities for kids to be entrepreneurs, tech
business owners and even developers.

Kids Camp San Jose in Costa Rica provides a fun
and enriching environment applying storytelling
and visual story-boarding. The building to this
project allows the kids to get into teams,
discuss their ideas, how to apply Apps and coding.

The Kids Camp activities are designed to be fun,
educational and building future business owners.
Available are certified teachers, web developers,
WordCamp speakers, volunteers and advocates like
Aida Correa and I, we are from Jacksonville,
Florida and traveled to this
great event as speakers.

The attending kids will earn their very own name
tag, SWAG ranging from stickers, posters, t shirts,
lunch will be provided and photos to be posted on
Social Media sites. Building their digital presence
and encouraging collaboration and cooperation with
the kids attending.

These awesome kid-friendly lessons will introduce
a wonderful world of WordPress and encourage
continued learning and design. Parents are encouraged
to stay involved in WordCamp conferences to build the
future business leaders that are the visionaries of
the future for Costa Rica and South America.
The sponsor was SiteGround that provided temporary
hosting for the students to participate.

William Jackson of My Quest To Teach #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa  of LoveBuilt LIfe #LoveBuiltLife
provided SWAG from  their respective companies
to encourage and motivate the young people involved.

To see more content visit the Instagram site for
WordCamp San Jose at https://www.instagram.com/wordcampsanjose/?hl=en

 

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