2020 Embracing Diversity in the Tech World

William Jackson of My Quest top Teach

2020 Embracing Diversity in the Tech World
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach
#MyBlogsAreDope #BlackBloggersMatter

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Technology encourages and engages users, developers,
coders, bloggers, content managers and digital innovators
to share information.
Their passion resonates the joy of learning and to spark an
interest in tech fields that create business owners and
entrepreneurs. 2020 will be a decade of phenomenal
growth in digital innovation across generations.

As an educator I encourage students from elementary to
higher education to be involved with their parents in WordCamp
and KidsCamp conferences.
They would do well to participate and attend conferences like
WordCamp, BarCamp, EdCamp and other tech events to learn
the language of the business, technology and community.
Language develop is used in “Code Switching” (language skills)
to speak in diverse situations.

How to communicate and carry a conversation is valuable in a
world that is knowledge based and global. The ability to
communicate is key, absorbing, digesting, regurgitating
information in an industry that welcomes and encourages
diversity and inclusion. Inclusivity is not just attending it means
making contributions to help others grow, it means volunteering,
organizing and taking leadership roles.

Tech conferences like WordCamp allows for content engagement
to allow networking, sharing knowledge and experiences.
Broadcasting platforms that transform Podcasting and Video
Blogging as useful tools to amplify a message, thoughts and
engagements. Attending tech conferences builds skills to
amplify messages that share community activism and the
increase need for effective community engagement and change.

2020 is developing for authentic stories, authentic thought
and increased engagement in communities on Social Media
platforms and Web sites that share information that should
promote progress, The growing demand for digital innovation,
digital exploration and digital experiences to use digital
tools that allow for business growth, business collaboration
and global influences.

There are many Digital Innovators of diversity in age, gender,
generation, color and culture that have ideas that should be
encouraged and fueled. WordCamp conferences help fuel the
desire for knowledge, skills and abilities, talents to grow beyond
expectations and desires. The future innovators for their
communities will share content that promotes community
growth, community strength, community re-birth in a mental
frame of mind for exploration, discovery and even research.

Technology encourages the use of devices that are mobile,
connected and progressive. There are always pieces that can
have connectivity to access information. Building community
Bloggers, VBloggers, Podcasters are the storytellers that are
changing the paradigm of information exchange.
The meshing to individual and collective stories are a combination
of digital footprints trailblazing and exploring new avenues to
connect people and create change.

Connections are digital, global, influential and flowing with
new opportunities. Adventure awaits for those that embrace
innovation and creativity. 2020 is a new decade of discovery,
direction and discipline needed to move to levels of engagement
and exploration.

Welcome to 2020
WordCamp Central – https://central.wordcamp.org/
Completely Booked – William Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTzFpnwXqIk
WordCamp San Jose – Costa Rica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcsp4SL-68Y

KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp at WordCampCR
KidsCamp at WordCampCR
William and Aida
William and Aida
My Quest To Teach
My Quest To Teach
Elisha William Elijah Aida Janea
Elisha William Elijah Aida Janea
WordCamp Orlando 2018
WordCamp Orlando 2018
William Jackson in Costa Rica 2019
William Jackson in Costa Rica 2019

 

William and Sean - WPYall
William and Sean – WPYall
William and Shae
William and Shae
Shae and William
Shae and William
WordCampYYC
WordCampYYC
Journey Into Womanhood
Journey Into Womanhood
WordCampUS 2016
WordCampUS 2016
Nikki Giovanni and William Jackson
Nikki Giovanni and William Jackson

Aida and William KidsCampJax2019
Aida and William KidsCampJax2019
Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Aida and William - WordCampYYC
Aida and William – WordCampYYC
William Aida Ericka
William Aida Ericka

WordCamp Embraces Cultural and Generational Diversity

WPJaxKids Meetup Participants

WordCamp Embraces Cultural and Generational Diversity
William Jackson. M.Ed.

KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa
KidsCamp and Youth Camp in Africa

Speaking to graphic artists, coders, developers, programmers
and business owners about being “Dope” on social media
platforms is exciting and a visionary innovation. My first
WC speaking was at WordCampILM in Wilmington, N.C.
The hope that I have is to inspire people and companies
to contribute to the growth and development of youth,
teens and young adults as mentors, volunteers and
sponsors in and out of the WordPress and Open Source
community.
My 32 years as a PE Teacher, STEAM Teacher and advocate
for equality and equitability motivate me to share my
WordCamp and KidsCamp experiences nationally and even
internationally.

Future of Costa Rica
Future of Costa Rica
Youth sharing his blog on WordPress
Youth sharing his blog on WordPress
Aida Correa teaching at KidsCamp in Costa Rica
Aida Correa teaching at KidsCamp in Costa Rica

WordCamp  conferences seek out experts in diverse fields
of technology that implement WordPress. The web platform
that is increasingly being used for web design, Podcasts,
Blogging, and other online applications that content creators
are using.
Since my first WordCamp attending, being WordCamp Orlando
I have advocated for HBCU institutions to send their students.
I have even taken several students with me and students
from the local school system here in Jacksonville.

Cultural, gender and even generational diversity has been
growing in the tech industry and it shows when bloggers,
teachers, and community activist and artists are invited
to speak about not only their use of Social Media platforms
and tools, but how to inspire others to become content
creators.

Men and women of color need to see others that represent
them in tech, to show that there are viable careers and
mentors available to help guide youth, teens and
young adults.

Business men and women of color only represent
less than 5% of tech businesses in the United States.
More does need to be done, but education is key and
next is mentorship and involvement.

Understanding the importance of research skills and
applying the appropriate  information to build
understanding is important.  Helping youth, teens and
young adults like Elisha Taylor III a junior in high school
and even middle school students like Elijah a 6th grader
to build their PLC and PLN communities.

They are preparing for careers success now.
Businesses are always using data, statistics and
analyzing now to use information to make money
and increase profits. Technology is still an evolving
entity that fluctuates when new technology comes
into play and old technology dies away. As markets
are increased people of color and culture must get
engaged and involved in tech fields growing
by digital leaps and bounds.

The networking potential at WordCamps are
phenomenal and the sharing of knowledge,
resources and personnel helps to build families
of Nerds and Geeks seeking to build or design
new applications or web tools or Apps.
The opportunities are there to be influencers!!

New terms of I and E – trepreneurs are being
developed to show the level of interactivity and
engagement as new players, visionaries and even
businesses come to play and be seen. Several
things learned are, the curse of  technology
knowledge and mastery is that, “whenever you
can’t remember when you did not know
something shows that tech is changing and
adapting to the needs of society and the future
integration that creates dynamic digital influences.”

Because of the embracing to diversity in color,
culture, gender and generation the community
begins to grow and expand.  WordCamp conferences
are looking like the communities they are influencing
and there are growing Kids and Youth Camps
nationally and internationally.

Photos of KidsCamp participants
Photos of KidsCamp participants

To see more check out WordPressTV and listen
to videos of past WordCamp presentations.
https://wordpress.tv

Follow William and Aida on #ThatWordCampLife
https://thatwordcamplife

KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
William Aida Ericka
William Aida Ericka
Aida Correa - Organizer
Aida Correa – Organizer
WordCamp YYC 2019
WordCamp YYC 2019
WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
WordCamp San Jose in Costa Rica
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
WordCamp Orlando 2018
WordCamp Orlando 2018

Guiding African Communities to Empower Themselves and their Families

My Quest To Teach

Guiding African Communities to Empower Themselves and their Families
William Jackson, M.Ed.

 

African Continent
African Continent

The growth of technology is empowering African people and
African communities. African are growing into agents of change,
changing their local communities, changing being made in their
nations and changes being made on the continent.
The educational systems of Africa will be key to local, community,
national and continental influences. Sharing strategies for African
educational institutions to align their curriculum’s so administrators,
teachers and support staff are the mentors and influencers their
students need.
The first teachers are parents, but parenting only goes so far,
the next piece to this puzzle are educators of all levels. The value of
mentoring, building mentors and developing a mind-set that learning
is valuable. Empowerment is important and vital to effect change.

Africa Digital
Africa Digital


Here are suggestions that can potentially change lives.
1. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
themselves and where they have come from. The value and
empowerment of being a life-long learners.
2. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember their
cultural greatness and cultural successes. If African students fail
to remember their past greatness they will not have a vision for
their futures.
3. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand the
value of the women of Africa. The mothers, grandmothers, aunts
and other mothers that have sacrificed for their children to
grow beyond their families to live better lives.
4. African youth, teens and young adults need to be careful of
those still caught in a colonial frame of mind and refuse to have
a vision for the future. Lack of vision creates a lack of growth.
5. African youth, teens and young adults need education, to see
the value of  a struggle and overcome that struggle.
6. African youth, teens and young adults need families to be
willing to learn together and grow together.
7. African youth, teens and young adults need African writers
and intellectuals to use their skills to the villages to teach the
villages around them. Never forget, nor give up on those
still struggling to grow.
8. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
the writers and intellectuals that created pathways for
learning. Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soleyenka,
Chimamunda Adiche and those of the past.
9. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
that in order to connect with the community you must learn
the language of the community and understand the history
of the community.
10. African youth, teens and young adults need to use their
influence to provide a voice to the voice-less. Creating
change in the community on a positive level.
11. African youth, teens and young adults need to remember
that colonization enforces a language of domination. This
must be overcome in order to move on and grow
independently.
12. African youth, teens and young adults need to use past,
present and potentially future knowledge to help break
the mental slavery that may still be present.
13. African youth, teens and young adults need to
understand the psychological processes of communication
and how to apply media to vocalize the needs of the people.
14. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand
that language is the way to memory. If people forget to use
language to share their history, they will lose their history.
15. African youth, teens and young adults need to understand
Social Media allows those who manage technology to control
the language. Once you control the language of a people you
also control the memory of a people.
16. African youth, teens and young adults need perceptions
that are very important and can guide thinking, speakers.
Like Panache Chigumadzi have a voice to help Africans to grow.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hemD116ipcg
17. African youth, teens and young adults need to work to
unleash African youth potential for positive and transformative
change. Speakers like Taleni Shimhopileni have a voice to
share with her generation and others.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sBp0gXN7490

William Jackson, Blogger
William Jackson, Blogger

The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development

The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Uganda Bloggers
Uganda Bloggers

Developing and implementing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating
Web Development is the key to developing Africa’s future of
technology and digital innovation. As a teacher of 32 years and
sponsoring students and teachers to attend WordCamp conferences
I see the value of sponsoring youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in a growing technological field. The growth of technology
conferences and the integration of the diversity of STEAM being
made available for African youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in new areas of tech is important for growth economically,
educationally and even socially across the continent.

Professional educators in Africa are developing curriculum’s that are
fun, engaged, relevant to the needs of African children and inclusive
to the diverse needs of African children. Children of Africa need to
see representation that looks like them, allows for mentoring and
awareness in technology careers and as entrepreneurs. WordCamp
conferences like WordCamp Nairobi Kenya
https://2019.nairobi.wordcamp.org/ and WordCamp Harare are
opening new doors for growth https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher order thinking
that children have naturally, but not sure how to apply these  gifts.
African children like American children many times do not understand
how to apply and build on their brilliance.
Kids, youth, teens and young adults are looking to be included in the
opportunities that WordCamp conferences present and the combining
of other tech conferences  across the continent in Africa.

Conferences are happening globally and even active in Latin America,
Central  America and South America. The same passion can be applied
in Africa, The Americas and other places, African youth, teens and
young adults need an opportunity to grow.
They are preparing youth and teens to be the future leaders their
nations will need. Providing global collaborations and building
professional and personal networks.  These opportunities should
be inviting to youth and teens, bring diversity in learning
engagement, fun and teaching skills that are required in business,
commerce and global enterprises.

Bursting at the doors African youth, teens and young adults are
wanting to learn coding, programming, cyber-security and web
development. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs and
business owners. One of the fastest growing business owners
are African youth, teens and young adults they are Africa’s
future.
“The thirst for technology of young Africans” by Boubacar Diallo
https://www.afrikatech.com/start-business/the-thirst-for-technology-of-young-africans/
shows how technology is changing lives and communication
technologies enable young entrepreneurs to create a better future.

African kids love technology just as kids from around the world
and what the potential is for new business ideas. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning in
schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships. African children are dreaming digitally
of careers so they can provide for their families and create social
changes.

African children must be able to engage in conferences where
their minds are broadened, their skills are improved and sharpened
and their fear of what is new is overcome. Conferences create an
environment of innovation, creativity and discovery. All that is
required is excitement, a love for learning
and creativity.

African children need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation, and
working together to accomplish goals and building future dreams
in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.
Children are learning about development, web design, coding,
java script, Podcasting, Vblogging, Microblogging and other
related skills. Kids will walk away from tech conferences
confident and empowered.

African Bloggers In Action
African Bloggers In Action

Building on being a thought leader, critical thinker and
innovative designer for business and community influencer.
African parents start this process by attending conferences
involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright and
growing for African youth, teens and young adults.
If you’re interested in helping to sponsor youth, teens and
young adults to attend WordCamp conferences in Africa
and Central America contact me and lets collaborate
William Jackson, M.Ed. myquesttoteach@gmail.com