Digital Innovation and Integration Empowering Global Kids

Building with STEAM

Digital Innovation and Integration Empowering Global Kids
William Jackson, M.Ed – #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa – #LoveBuiltLife

parent and child participating in WordCamp Jax
parent and child participating in Kids Camp Jax

The unmistakable truth to mastering technology is the reality that 80% of careers require some level to tech knowledge.The ability to  read and comprehend what is being read and
following  directions is important.  Comprehension is Key….

Achieving success in today’s digital careers will require youth, teens
and young adults to respect the value of learning and gain knowledge
and experiences to grow into leaders.

That creativity, innovation, dreams, inspiration, motivation and
collaboration does matter with others so youth, teens and young
adults along with learning need to learn to get along and work
collaboratively.

The access to platforms, tools, Apps, widgets, plugins and other
digital programs is not the only thing needed to be successful, it
takes networking, education, collaboration and hard work.

Globally kids access to conferences are growing nationally and
internationally. Blogging, micro-blogging are needed that
encourage youth, teens and young adults to embrace not just
the tech, but embrace the humanity behind the tech.

child working on STEAM project at Kids Camp Jax
child working on STEAM project at Kids Camp Jax

The integration of STEAM, STREAM and CSTREAM are components
that are access points to career choices that have not even been
developed yet. In cities across this nation and even globally, there is
the expansion of environmentally friendly and carbon-less infusion
of fossil fuels that are pollutants to our environment.

Educational models are changing in elementary and secondary
education to integrate hands-on and project based learning.
Teachers are facilitators and advisers, they are encouraging
guided discovery, allowing youth, teens and young adults to
be increasingly creative and  allow innovative learning to
run classrooms.

The building of kids conferences  is not what it was a few years ago,
it is growing into an opportunity to get kids exposed to not just the
tech, but the humanity behind it. How tech can allow for the voices
to be heard and a platform for social change.

Teaching the soft-skills of collaboration, respect for differences in
color, culture, gender and generational experiences. Taking the
learning from the classroom and applying it to real world experiences
in STEAM and Web Development.  Youth, teens and young adults
should be empowered to mange growing tech.

IT fields are growing at such a rate that children, especially children
of color, culture and ethnic backgrounds are changing their directions
from sports and entertainment to new career options that provide
increased educational and financial stability and growth.

Aida Correa - Organizer of Kids Camp Jax
Aida Correa – Organizer of Kids Camp Jax

Many kids conferences are stating why just depend on sports
and entertainment to change lives when STEAM can produce
generational increase through education, economic and
environmental exposures.

Aida Correa – OrganizerKids conferences are helping youth, teens and young adults to create
a web presence that is their digital resume, building Brands, creating
Niches,  helping create kids as Influencers and role models.
Their voices are being heard on YouTube, Facebook Live
and through Instagram videos. The concerns of younger
generations is being broadcast and podcast.

Youth, teens and young adults from Central America, Africa,  the
United States and Canada are learning from educators,  business
owners and entrepreneurs.

future Girl Boss and Digital Innovator
future Girl Boss and Digital Innovator
Kids Camp Jacksonville 2019
Kids Camp Jacksonville 2019

It can be seen now that 7 year olds are “digital influencers;”
the term digital influencer, thought leader, digital innovator, smart
creative and others carry respect. The changing of the narrative of
who youth, teens and young adults are and their thinking is changing
because they – youth, teens and young adults are sharing their own
stories on digital platforms that connect like-minded people.

Kids conferences, workshops, meetups, etc,  are allowing youth to
even start to solve problems that are not even problems yet and help
kids in Africa change the economic paradigm and foundation for
education.

Central America and Africa are the new bases for entrepreneurs and
solo-preneurs. Kids across the world will have to compete against
African and Central American kids for digital jobs that are remote and
high tech. These youth, teens and young adults are smart, creative
and innovative.

The growth in online educational institutions coupled with online
careers means more and more kids can gain knowledge and skills
digitally and continue to grow faster than their parents.  Education
is key and empowering youth, teens and young adults to be
the problem solvers the world needs.

The change is here, it is not coming, being done now with
conferences providing such unique experiences that kids
have their own panels for discussions  that are seen in PodCasts.
Parents would be wise to listen to their kids about their dreams,
aspirations and passions because those maybe the conduits
of coming businesses that will change the world as we know it
for generations to come.

Parents need to position their kids to attend tech conferences
to teach skills they will need for now and the future.

Kids Camp YYC in Calgary, Canada
Kids Camp YYC  in Calgary, Canada

 

Ford and Community Engagement Thru Social Media

Ford Bloggers
Theresa Campbell Aida Correa William Jackson Chaun Avery Cayla Whitcomb
Theresa Campbell, Aida Correa, William Jackson, Chaun Avery, Cayla Whitcomb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford and Community Engagement Thru Social Media
William Jackson,  FORDVIP Blogger
William Jackson and Aida Correa are attending multiple community
events sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the Southern Ford
Dealers across Florida.
Selected as part of 25 Blogging Influencers that attended the Florida
Blogging and Technology Conference in 2018. Several of the events
are highlighted in this blog.

The Black History Month Unity Networking Mixer in Orlando, Florida,
sharing this event on social media channels to encourage community collaboration to build partnerships in mentoring and business.
Ford sponsors many activities across the state, this effort through
the #FordVIP and #ConnectFord program addresses the use of
social media and digital platforms to reach out to communities to
broaden the vision for unity, collaboration, business growth
and family/community engagement.

William and Aida residents of Jacksonville and part of the 25 member
team FORDVIP Bloggers that blog using multiple platforms and report
on state-wide activities that are sponsored by Ford. Each event
represents family oriented and community based to engagements
promoting the beauty of diversity, awesomeness of inclusion and
the need for increased community service.

What better way to create a vision of diversity and inclusion, to allow
bloggers of diverse backgrounds to share their experiences through
their eyes using their talents, skills and abilities using social media.

The Unity Mixer was attended by several  hundred business  and
community organizations that contribute to building youth and teen leadership skills, advocates for  STEAM and educational  success in
Orlando and surrounding areas.

The ROLEX 24 auto race held at Daytona International Raceway
gives a view into the world of motor racing that many do not get to
see and experience.

Bloggers like William, African American, educator and speaker at
national and international WordCamp conferences shares his
views why people of a diversity should experience attending races
with their families.

Aida of Latina background, Puerto Rican shares from the perspective
of a mother, grandmother, Artist what her views are of the fun women
can have with their families attending motor sports.

Cultural backgrounds should not limit the involvement and
engagement of activities that are different and out of the norm.
What better way to experience life than to do things that are
different, exciting, new and innovative.

Pictured are operations managers and marketing specialists that
coordinate with William and Aida to provide maximum exposure
for the Southern Ford Dealers that are sponsoring events that
promote family engagement and unity in their communities.
Attending community events like the Women On The Rise that
celebrates women doing phenomenal things in their communities
that influence youth, teens and young adults is more than a
movement it is a passion for the direction of change.

Attending these events are pictured:
Theresa Campbell (Regional Marketing Specialist Orlando Region),
Aida Correa  (FordVIP Blogger),
William Jackson (FordVIP Blogger),
Chaun Brown (Orlando Sales Operations Manager for Ford),
Cayla Whitcomb (Sales Business Development Specialist).

Follow William and Aida and other bloggers on the social media
hashtags:
#ConnectFord
#FordVIP
#MyQuestToTeach and
#LoveBuiltLife

 

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Kids Can Code in Jacksonville
William Jackson and Monica Timmons
Partnership between:
Jacksonville section of the
National Council of Negro Women
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC

The Jacksonville Section of NCNW and STEAM Chair Monica Timmons
envisioned All Kids Can Code Event, as a talking point for students that
would spark interest in technology.
The event was created to expose kids to the computer programming
coding language  “Scratch,” discuss various types of technology
careers that kids can have access to..
Monica knew that in order to captivate the audience of young people
she would have to be transparent and meet the youth where they
were with positive word affirmations over themselves. The students
yelled, “I am somebody, I control my destiny, I am brilliant and my mind
is limitless.”
“My hope is that a technology movement of young people building code
and using creativity will erupt and cause the youth to put down guns
and pick up coding methodologies,” said Monica.

William Jackson, a 31 year educator hoped that the skills gained learning coding
and applied to Social Media responsibility and accountability can
change the mind-sets of youth, teens and young adults. “Creating a transformative mental shift away from self-hurt, self-denial to self-nourishment and self-empowerment,” said William.

The ability to understand languages is not just related to foreign languages;
Spanish,  French, Igbo and the other diverse languages that can he heard in the
community of Jacksonville. There is another language that is located on digital
platforms that is the language of coding.

Coding can be the language to program robots, mechanical machines, cars,
airplanes and spaceships. It can be related to the language of the web also,
that Tim Berners-Lee created browsers to allow the Internet to be seen by human eyes through web browsers and not just viewed but with interaction and engagement.

A quote by Lee, “the Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future
is still so much bigger than the past.” William Jackson a STEAM advocate
encourages youth, teens and young adults to have a global perspective of the
world. To look beyond Jacksonville, Florida.
There are other similar languages CSS, Python and others that allow for the
connections of human and machine. The incorporation of AI – Artificial
Intelligence that blends human thinking to the decision making of machines.
Allowing machines to think like humans and make independent decisions.

The All Kids Can Code workshop for kids provided by the vision of Monica
Timmons, a skilled and proficient coder, developer, web creator. Monica an
active and engaged member of the historic National Council of Negro Women
https://ncnw.org/ Jacksonville Chapter.
The direction of life sustaining careers is directly related to STEM and STEAM.
Science Technology Engineering and Math or in some cases Mechanics.
The A represents the engagement of the Arts a very important element that
allows diverse areas of the brain to function in creativity and innovation.
Artist like Aida Correa infuse these elements to excite kids that are not into
sports or entertainment.
Youth, teens and young adults need to be engaged academically that can lead to professional careers.

Great appreciation to Gabriella White for sharing her story and drive toward her career dreams. Her involvement is an inspiration to the youth attending to see a young person they can look up to as a role model and even a mentor.
Opportunities like All Kids Can Code have the potential to open professional doors that  lead to sitting at the tables of business, commerce, technology,
the Arts and education.
The economic opportunities for children of color and culture to develop skills necessary to start their journeys in new career opportunities and as entrepreneurs.

The NCNW in partnership with My Quest To Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC
will be providing workshops on June 15th and June 22nd in Jacksonville continuing to teach coding, web development and Internet safety and responsibility.

Thanks and appreciation goes out to Monica, the volunteers and support
of the NCNW and building the future leaders Jacksonville will need to become a transformative city for the future.
Businesses are embracing new technologies that manage data, are proactive to challenges that humans face and even encourage innovation.
The Arts is a very valuable component because of the infusion of visual elements that  bring attention to nature. Special thanks to the Jacksonville Public Library and the use of its state of the art facilities. Always available to help and build a better future for youth, teens and young adults in Jacksonville.

NCNW Jacksonville Section under the leadership of:

Kruzshander Scott – Executive Director
Dr. Sabrina Edward, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Jevetta Stanford, Ph.D. – Vice President
Brandi Bennett – Secretary
Alfreda Denson-Butler – Interim Treasurer

William Jackson can be contacted at myquesttoteach@gmail.com
Monica Timmons can be contacted at jaxncnw1938@gmail.com
Aida Correa can be contacted at heisintheart@gmail.com
Jacksonville Section of NCNW website: https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

 

All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville
All Kids Can Code In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to Right: William Jackson, Alfreda Denson-Butler,
Sharita Neal, Gabriella White, Tasha Gaitlin,
Monica Timmons, Marcia Brown, and Marilynn Doucet.

Being An HBCU Professor Was Awesome 2004 to 2017

William Jackson, Educator, Blogger

Logo of My Quest To Teach

Being An HBCU Professor Was Awesome
2004 to 2017
Being an HBCU Professor was one of the best experiences
as a professional educator.
Teaching at Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in the
state of Florida.
Not only did I teach Educational Technology,
Social Media and STEAM during the school year,
I had the honor to teach with Black Male Explorers
and other groups in Jacksonville.
Advocating for STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Math,
instruction and helping to build learning leaders in the community.
I took my students, those that wanted to come
to WordCamp conferences, community meetings,
Open House at my place of employment
and other venues.
It’s the truth, “It Takes A Village”
Sharing my video to inspire other HBCU instructors.
Click on link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6aY_4i7Hlc&feature=youtu.be

Prof Jackson and Students
Prof Jackson and Students

21 Reasons Your Online Content Should Be Dope

William Jackson, Blogger

 

William Jackson at WordCamp US
William Jackson at WordCamp US

21 Reasons Your Online Content Should Be Dope
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

Being dope on Social Media is not a cultural thing,
it is the ability to be comfortable in your digital life
and in your digital skin. As a content creator, digital
diva, thought leader, digital innovator, graphic artist
or even a dope web developer. It means that it is ok
to have fun on the web and to integrate yourself into
your product even on a digital level.

Too many people lose the excitement of creating
content that will be read, viewed, studied, listened to
and watched when they are just writing for themselves.

The pleasure comes in writing for others and sharing
your story. Your audience changes as access and
platforms change, so why not be Dope and Lit, providing
something that brings people to you so you can teach,
inspire, encourage and engage. Share your energies
and your excitement.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is not always the ticket,
WOM or Word of Mouth is still important and should always
be a viable strategy to build your followers and participating
in community events.
Search Engine Optimization is computer based, technology
cannot always bring readers. Building relationships and
collaborations are the keys to building and developing a
following, building a Brand and creating a Niche.

As a parent of 2 adult children, 32 year professional educator,
blogger of over 20 year, community mentor, community activist,
speaker on the national and international level, and STEAM
advocate here are my 21 Reasons Your Content Should Be Dope…..

Men of WordCamp
Men of WordCamp

1. To attract diverse readers and viewers. Being diversified
of content is a plus because people connect with what they
like and relate to. How your content relates to their needs and
relevance. Apply learning to real life.
2. Most viewers will be women and they love dope content.
Try not to be boring or repetitive but engaging and even fun.
3. If you want a broad spectrum of followers dope up
your blog with relevant content and graphics that attract.
Visual appeal is very important especially to women.

4.International markets look to promote Dope and Lit
content. They always look for awesome people that
apply their craft and enjoy what they are doing.
5.If your looking to monetize your site and content
expand your dopeness to new markets. Diversification
is the ticket.
6.Hire dope speakers like me to talk on your Podcasts,
talk shows and even television shows.

7.Take plenty of dope photos and video with dope and
lit people. Use your Instagram and Twitter sites to
share and expand your reach.
8. Speak at WordCamps, Bar Camps, EdCamps and
other tech conferences.
9. Always have your business cards available, make
sure there is a dope photo of yourself and have
your “elevator pitch” at the ready.

10. Hire a dope graphic artist to create your dope
logo. People are visual use that to your advantage.
11. Be a sponsor and promoter of community events
in your community to get your name out there.
12. Join the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business
Owners and other dope organizations that are
invested in the community and city.

13. Be a speaker on talk shows to share your
knowledge. Give back, don’t always take.
14. Start your own Podcast with guests and be fancy
with your title.
15. See where you can help your church of ministry
with their connectivity.

16. Take a Social Media class yourself.
17. Offer Social Media classes with certificates
when completed.
18. Keep your profiles current, relevant and
oozzing with dopeness. Who are you associated
with makes a difference.

19. Take a dope vacation from time to time
to encourage inspiration and meet new people.
20. Embrace diversity in your company and your
associations.
21. Network – Network – Network

William Jackson Speaking at
WordCamp Conferences on WordPress TV
https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson

 

William Jackson and Aida Correa
William Jackson and Aida Correa