WordCamp Philly Panel Discussion with Code Differently

Courtney Richardson, Instructor

WordCamp Philly Panel Discussion with Code Differently
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Bianca - Code Differently
Bianca – Code Differently

WordCamp Philly https://philadelphia.wordcamp.org/2020/
held it’s conference virtually this year because of the pandemic.
All technology conferences have moved online globally including
those that host youth, teens and  young adults.

This did not dampen the importance of the panel discussion on
“Code Differently” https://www.facebook.com/codedifferently/
a program that exposes youth, teens and young adults to coding
and web development based on the WordPress platform that
manages 38% of all web sites globally. The Coding Differently
Panel https://philadelphia.wordcamp.org/2020/
session/code-differently-learning-wordpress/
  represented young
adults that are creative, innovative and represented that many
times young adults of color and culture are  not exposed to
learning opportunities in technology.

Code Differently - WordCamp Philly
Code Differently – WordCamp Philly

The wonderful thing about this program based in the state of
Delaware is that it works with young people that are in
under-represented and underserved communities of Black,
Brown and Hispanic backgrounds that are less likely to be exposed
to careers in web development, graphic design, coding and
entrepreneurial areas, similar to the demographics Jacksonville’s
Black, Brown and Hispanic communities face.

Future careers are headed in coding, web development and graphic
design. Technology statistics from the Department of Labor shares
that 80% of future careers even those not created yet will have some
element of STEM, STEAM, STREAM and coding. Youth of all cultures
must have access to learning in STREAM areas of Science Technology
Reading Engineering Arts Math.

Lower left is William Jackson
Lower left is William Jackson

The panel moderated by William Jackson a teacher with
Duval County Public School System teaching STEM at Twin
Lakes Academy Middle School and the instructor of the Code
Differently program instructor Courtney Richardson a certified
WordPress instructor along with the students that participated
in Code Differently: Learning WordPress: Bianca Ross,
Raven Brooks, Lizbeth Guadarrama, Kahliel Nichols, DJ
(Leweldon) Wright.

They shared their experiences expressing that young adults
of all backgrounds need to be exposed to STREAM and areas
of coding and web design. Shared by Kahliel a college freshman,
parents should encourage their children to attend workshops
to learn coding and web development and conferences like
WordCamp and KidsCamp to learn how to network and meet
people.

Black, Brown and Hispanic youth cannot wait until high school
to start learning, they need to be exposed in elementary and
middle school. DJ a 11th grader said he faced challenges in the
program because of his lack of knowledge and exposure to
careers in technology, this is a vital program for Black and Brown
boys and girls because it helps them gain a better education and
create better career options for the future.

Lezbeth - Code Differently
Lezbeth – Code Differently

The young ladies of the group Raven, Lizbeth and Bianca
shared similar expressions for girls that are Black, Brown
and Hispanic should look at careers also in web development,
graphic design and coding because of the chances to have their
own businesses and to be better able to support themselves
and establish financial security by going back to school for
advanced degrees.

The young people on the panel graduated high school and are
attending college except for DJ, he is in the 11th grade and does
plan to attend college in an area of computer science. DJ stated if
it was not for the Code Differently program he may not have
considered attending college and majoring in computer science.

This program has changed his life and can change the live of other
Black, Brown and Hispanic youth. Business motivation and inspiration
was provided from watching videos of WordCamp speakers like local
Jacksonville resident Aid Correa, LoveBuilt Life, LLC, author, artist
and speaker locally, nationally and internationally;
LoveBuiltLife, LLC

Aida Correa 2019
Aida Correa 2019

Her presentation “A Seat at the Table” is recognized and respected
across the WordPress community.
https://wordpress.tv/2020/05/30/aida-marie-correa-
a-seat-at-the-table-diversity-and-the-inclusion-of-emerging-minorities/

In Jacksonville, Florida Magnet schools that have similar
educational programs, the youth, teens and young adults
would benefit greatly if there were community based programs
that teach these important areas and paid the youth and
young adults to attend as is done in the Code Differently
program. More needs to be done outside of the classroom
and in the communities for Black, Brown and Hispanic
areas, just as in the movie “Black Panther” youth, teens and
young adults are the future innovators and creators.

Their talents, skills and dreams must be respected and
provided a foundation to build on. WordPress Central
where WordCamp conferences are listed globally
https://central.wordcamp.org/ parents are encouraged to
allow their children to attend and even attend themselves.

The pandemic has shown that technology knowledge is
important to function in a world of digital change, social
media tools and platforms and the development of voice
technologies from companies like Create My Voice that
provides the ability for blogs to be read.
https://createmyvoice.com/

Create My Voice
Create My Voice

The continuous changes, adaptations, modifications and
development of technology requires constant learning
and digital innovation. WordCamp, KidsCamp and the
WordPress Meetups virtually are there to support business
and personal growth.

Speaking at WordCamp Rochester 2020

Community Brings People Together
William Jackson Hero Panel WordCamp PHX
William Jackson Hero Panel WordCamp PHX

 

9:45am Saturday, October 3rd 2020
Using WordPress to Amplify Your Authentic Voice in the Pandemic

Introduction

Welcome to Track 1 of WordCamp Rochester 2020! Our first
session is Using WordPress to “Amplify Your Authentic Voice in the
Pandemic” with William D. Jackson.

Let’s get our first session of the day going by introducing
William D. Jackson. William is a graduate of South Carolina State
University a historic HBCU and Webster University. He has been
employed with NASA as an Internet and diverse innovation instructor
and employed with the Florida Department of Education teaching
teachers how to integrate digital learning in the educational curriculum.

He has 33 years in public education with Duval County Public Schools
and in higher education, he provides workshops, seminars and other
learning and engaging opportunties in his Jacksonville, Florida community.

William Jackson and Aida Correa
William Jackson and Aida Correa

William and Aida manage the WPJax Kids Meetup for youth
and teens to teach the elements of STREAM. The combining of
STREAM and WordPress to provide fun, engaging learning
experiences. There Kids Meetup is open to the public from
anywhere.

A dedicated educator, community activist, national and
international blogger and teacher. Because of his
engagement with WordPress he has been engaged in
international ministry and teaches with Let The Bible Speak TV
located in Jos, Nigeria. As a member of the Body of
Christ with Church of Christ William teaches the unity
of social media, technology and ministry speaking on
Wednesdays
https://www.facebook.com/LET-the-BIBLE-SPEAK-TV-109526513806972/

The collaboration with Church of Christ and Social Media
https://churchofchristandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/
allows blogging and video to work together.

William has been involved in the WordPress community since 2012
and advocating for the continued involvement of youth, teens
and young adults. He encourages college and university
students to attend WC conferences and even takes several
with him when attending or speaking and we might have
some of them in the listening audience today from Jacksonville
or other schools.

William started speaking at WordCamp conferences in 2017
and has flourished since then.
He can be found on social media at Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram @williamdjackson and
Email  myquesttoteach@gmail.com

Amplify Your Authentic Voice in the Pandemic
https://2020.rochester.wordcamp.org/track-1/

Supporting Education During a Pandemic in Jacksonville

Back To School Jamboree
Drive UP Back to School Jamboree
Drive UP Back to School Jamboree

 

Supporting Education During a Pandemic in Jacksonville
William Jackson, M.Ed.

The pandemic has proven that it does take a village
to raise and educate a community. All children
deserve equal access to resources that promote and
encourage education and success.

Businesses, entrepreneurs, mom and dad preneurs,
businesses small, medium and large can help educate
youth, teens and young adults in the school system
across this city by providing resources to help students
learn online and offline.

Businesses are worrying about how their Brands look,
how their Branding is perceived and how their Marketing
strategies can be applied to the public during the pandemic.
Businesses are forgetting that the best ways to support and
provide security and build for the future is through education.
The equal education of all children no matter their zip code
or geographic location within Jacksonville, Florida.

The pandemic has shown that businesses small, medium
and large and even corporations within our city should take
responsibility to help education as a humanitarian effort to
bring positive change and build towards the future.
To provide the necessary resources so students can learn
and grow. Businesses should care how education is provided,
adapted, modified and transformed because the students
of today are the employees and customers of tomorrow.
If students in school today cannot find jobs in the future they
will not be the consumers this or any other city will need to
buy products and services.

Too many businesses are only looking at the here and now,
not the future that will either bring people that can buy their
products or people that will not be able to afford their products
because they do not have the necessary education to apply
for well-paying jobs that allow them to buy cars, shop for food
and other human necessities, to pay for utilities and pay taxes
that are required to run a city.

Families are struggling now because of the pandemic what of
those not able to receive an education to prepare them for
the future as consumers?
Florida Blue is a great role model in supporting education and
more businesses should follow their lead. Businesses that do
not invest in education on any scale creates the impression
that theirs is not a humanitarian relationship nor are children
a priority. Businesses that do not support education shows
that education is not valuable and worth investing in.
Remaining on the sidelines of only caring for profits, the
will of those sitting on boards and the bottom line of
spreadsheets.

The mindset must change because nations globally will
have to recover financially and the way create a solid
growth is to educate youth, teens and young adults. It is
beyond politics and political association and affiliation.
What better way to bring visibility to a business no matter
what size to support education in multiple ways. There is a
need for collaboration,  cooperation and transformation that
can support equal learning, equitability to resources and
opportunities to prepare each generation to be prepared to
take the lead in solving problems that may arise.
There are thousands of students across grade levels that
are without laptops, desktops and other devices to gain an
education.

Community support efforts like “Drive Up Back to School
Jamboree” provides needed resources and is a great model
for helping thousands of students and their parents.
Providing school resources and food, this “village concept”
or holistic approach feeds the mind, body and inspires the
soul with hope.

The pandemic, racial unrest, police killings, global climate
changes and other social instabilities are creating mental
challenges that affect the mind, body and soul.

Community partnerships, collaborations and joint ventures
do matter if the effort, will and passion are right with student
success and growth beyond just testing students.
Student’s hearts and minds must be provided for  the
betterment of neighborhoods, communities and all of
Jacksonville.

As a teacher of 33 years, now more than ever Jacksonville
must come closer together to help families, communities, and
neighborhoods to grow beyond the current challenges and
prepare for a better future after the pandemic.

Great appreciation to Geraldine Ford of ALPGA Starz, Inc.
for her efforts to bring blessings to the students attending
Duval County Public Schools with the “Drive-Up” Back 2 School
Jamboree. Thanks to the youth, teens and young adults and
their parents for volunteering that weekend to help in sharing
food and schools supplies.

Taken from Geraldine Ford Facebook page with appreciation to
all that helped, edited for space…

“I personally would like to thank everyone who donated, supported
ALPHA Starz, Inc. Annual Back 2 School “Drive-Up” Jamboree.
My heart is overflowing. I am calling out everyone who made this
event possible. First I would like to thank God for allowing me
to have so many precious friends and family who always help.
Special thank you to my daughter Toni for believing in her mom.
My granddaughter Taylor aka Astronaut Starbright who reached
out to her Facebook family, my daughter Karla Mack who
volunteered on Friday even though she had to work (she’s an
Essential Worker in the Healthcare Field), Gabriella White and
her mom LaToya.

Corporate Sponsor Steve Davis, C&ES Consultants even came
out with his amazing wife and staff Dara Davis.
Mincy Pollock, Florida Blue, Steve Williams, Harbinger Signs,
Paul Tutwiler, NJCDC, Sheila Williams, JHA, Chiquita Moore,
Glendora McCargo, Jax Gents, Reylius Wonderfulcounselor,
Michael Hardemon, 40 & Older Club, Kalihah Hall, Daphne Colbert,
Nikki Evans, Tiz Onstead, Mackenzie Connor, Taryn Roberts,
Lucy Pearson donated and volunteered, Council members JuCoby
Pittman, Terrance Freeman, Reggie Gaffney, Gwen Nmezi,
Genia Northington, Shirley Murphy, JHA Staff, William Jackson of
Let The Bible Speak TV, Bernie Hamilton, Tia Jones Reed, my
JSO always come thru Octavia Felder Baker, Shirley Johnson and
the Gooch, Emma Holt ( Farm Share), grandchildren Quaneshia,
Qualea, Darius aka Debo, my ride or die my best friend, life partner
and husband Al.

Thank you to my First Coast News Sports guy and son Chris Porter
a true community advocate. Thank you all to those individuals far and
near that donated supplies via Amazon.

God Bless each of you. Another successful event.”

 

More Than Just A Physical Education Teacher

William Jackson, M.Ed.

More Than Just A Physical Education Teacher

William Jackson, educator, speaker, volunteer
William Jackson, educator, speaker, volunteer

Sharing my digital journeys over the past several years
as a professional educator, business owner, community
servant and member of the Body of Christ.

I have always had a passion for teaching physical education
which I have a Bachelors degree from South Carolina State
University and a passion for teaching STREAM with Aida Correa.
I have a Masters degree in Educational Technology from
Webster University that empowers me to teach not just in
pubic education also in higher education and as a business
consultant and trainer for the community.

Each educational experience and accomplishment allows for
growth in my abilities to teach, create transformative content
for the participation of youth, teens and young adults. To help
empower generations to grab education and embrace
education to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

William Jackson and Aida Correa
William Jackson and Aida Correa

Aida and I providing free community educational classes, courses and opportunities to empower and inspire youth in the community. To teach
them digital and tech skills that will prepare them after their educational requirements. Being able to blend the two academic curriculum has been a blessing and at times a challenge.

Over 33 years of professional educational service in different communities and in different countries helps to expand knowledge that prepares youth, teens and young adults in school and in the community. Sharing several Podcasts that are phenomenal resources as Podcasts that are national and international.

Listen to “Completely Booked”
Jacksonville Public Library
Interview of William Jackson, NASA Educator, Agent of STEAM,
Reading Advocate,  Educational Professional,
Social Media Consultant, WordCamp and KidsCamp everything.
https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/podcast/lets-get-steamy-william-jackson

Listen to “HallWay Chats”
Online discussion about WordCamp, Technology, Education
STEAM and philosophy about education.

Episode 83: William Jackson

Listen to “WPCoffee Talk”
WPCoffeeTalk: William Jackson with Michelle
https://wpcoffeetalk.com/wpcoffeetalk-william-jackson/

“Raising A Blerd Black Nerds William Jackson”
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/thegistoffreedom/2013/03/04/raising-a-blerd-black-nerds-william-jackson-med

“BIT Tech Talk William Jackson”
https://www.blacksintechnology.net/bittechtalk-episode-39-with-guest-william-jackson/

WordPress TV
William Jackson’s presentations
“How To Be Dope On Social Media”
and “Social Media and the Value
of Diversity and Cultural Connections.”
https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson/

 

Let The Bible Speak TV
Let The Bible Speak TV

Listen to “Let The Bible Speak TV,”  Jos, Nigeria
Church of Christ – Teaching, Evangelism, Ministry and Discipleship
https://www.facebook.com/LET-the-BIBLE-SPEAK-TV-109526513806972/

William Jackson Hero Panel WordCamp PHX
William Jackson Hero Panel WordCamp PHX

 

One Nation Under Corona 

Create My Voice

One Nation Under Corona
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuesttoTeach #MQTT
Blogging on:
Church of Christ and Social Media
https://churchofchristandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/
Africa On The Blog
https://www.africaontheblog.org/author/williamjackson/
Teaching on Let The Bible Speak
https://www.facebook.com/LET-the-BIBLE-SPEAK-TV-109526513806972/

William Jackson, M.Ed.
William Jackson, M.Ed.

*******The views expressed in this blog are the opinions of the
author only.

We are once again united against a common enemy. This
enemy is not just local crime, this enemy is not just
neighborhood trash issue, this enemy is not a city problems
with taxes and this enemy is not  a national enemy of the
lack of jobs or other social challenges.

This enemy is not drug abuse, this enemy is not human
trafficking and this enemy is not equality of education
and social justice. This enemy is not white, Black, Asian,
Hispanic, African, Australian, or any other nationality.
This enemy does not need nuclear weapons to kill millions
it is that devious and dangerous.

This enemy is global in portions, we cannot call on the
military because their bullets, bombs, missiles, planes, tanks,
ships and guns have no power against it.  We cannot call on
the police to arrest it, we cannot call on Congress nor the House
to pass laws against it. We cannot call a lawyer to argue against
it and we cannot call on judges to sentence it into imprisonment.

We cannot call on the leadership of this nation because they
seem to worried about their own hold on to political power and
how they look to the world. We cannot call on the leadership of
this nation because they seem more worried about billion dollar
corporations and a Wall street that the average hard working
American cannot even walk down.

A Wall street that seems to ignore starving children, a Wall
street that seems to have no heart for homeless children and
families. They seem not to care about single mothers and
single  fathers that are struggling  to feed their children.

They appear do not care about the elderly that have worked
30 t0 40 years in one job and when they retire Wall street comes
crashing down on them and takes their life savings that they put
away to live their senior lives for an American dreams that is a lie.

The leadership of this nation seems to enjoy having states and
Governor’s fight over limited resources and the leadership of this
nation wants recognition for seeming to do their job, but will fire
people for doing jobs to save lives and protect this nation at the
sacrifice of their own lives as soldiers are trained to do, but for
a worthy and honorable cause.

The leaders do not pray to God first, they do now ask the Lord
for wisdom, they do not seek peace even in peaceful times,
they do not aspire to be global leaders in the areas of tolerance,
hope, humanity and love. If this nation is based on Christian
ideas then what Christ are they following?

one nation
one nation

This nation is “One Nation Under Corona Virus,” but it seems
that the leadership of this as nation is more concerned with their
safety than the men and women that serve in the nation’s
military,  are in this nations classrooms and are this nation’s first
line of defense the men and women of medical professionals.

Psalms 33:8 Matthew 14:22 and 23
Taken from scripture the importance of prayer and obedience,
for the Lord to teach us to pray, teach us to evangelize and teach
us the way. The world in so many ways is lost and needs to be
refocused, but the leadership is one that is teaching us to disrespect
each other, to hate each other.
“This nation does not have a racism problem it has a sin problem.
” S. M. Lockridge.

Minister SM Lockridge
Minister SM Lockridge

This nation has awesome wealth that people can buy what they want,
but we have depressing poverty where children are sleeping in allies,
in abandoned homes, in cars and house by house with family and
friends. We have so many opportunities to get an education, but too
many cannot afford to go to school because of student debt that
enslaves them even with a degree.

We have access to technology that will entertain us with the pleasures
of our hearts and minds, but cannot think to solve social, environmental
and cultural challenges. We have so much, but we have so little
when it comes to the humanity of the human race. Corona I hope
is teaching this nation and the world to respect and honor all life.
The have and the have nots, the educated and un-educated. Every
little boy and every little girls deserves to be feed, deserves to be
loved and deserves to be educated.

We have ignored the rumblings of wars and rumors of wars,
we chastise those that talk about Christ returning, we celebrate
movies, television shows that embrace death, killing, raping,
molestation, magic, evil, and having sex with men, women, boys
and girls.

We watch with great attention when profanity is being used, but
when our children watch wholesome programs that teach peace,
love they neighbor, embracing Christ, celebrating nature, be kind
to your brothers and sisters and help the homeless we want to
change the channels and tell our kids not to watch that and then
wonder why our children are so violent, rebellious and do not
honor their mothers, fathers, grandparents and societies laws.

We enjoy flirting with disaster, we take pleasure in crushing
people that are struggling and we love to put our thumbs on
people that speak with an accent and then blame them for our
own problems. We allow our leaders to imprison children that
speak a different language or worship a different religion, but
forget past World Wars and want to call others that have
done the same as we do barbarians, savages anti-Christ and
devils.

All we need to do is look in the mirror of humanity and see
what the reflection is to see that we, each of us that does
not do anything to help anyone is part of the problem not
part of the solution.

We are a global economy and we have not learned
to live with each other. We have not learned our
differences make our humanity stronger, our differences
embrace diversity and a seat at the table is available for
everyone not just one color.

There have been other viruses in other times, but we
should have learned lessons from those. We should have
learned about helping your neighbors no matter where
they are around the world or around the corner.

We should have learned that women, children the
elderly come first to preserve what is valuable, not
throw them on the streets leaving them homeless as
some corporations are doing even before the Corona
Virus. Our utility corporations make billions of dollars,
but cannot give families a 3 or 6 month break to get
back on their feet with their jobs or new employment.

Our government cannot see to treat our veterans
with respect by testing them all, because if an enemy is
to attack now we may not be able to stop them because
too many of our troops are growing sick. Instead of
trusting in creating opportunities for death how about
creating opportunities for peace, cooperation and
collaboration.

one nation

We are supposed to be “One Nation Under God,”
but when you look at it with a microscope we seem
to be “One Nation Under Dollars.”  Our economy may
be robust, but why are children hungry, why do they
have to struggle with health care and why are they
in schools falling apart?

Christ taught us a valuable lesson when he fed 5,000
he did not ask the color of those hungry, he did not
ask their gender, he did not ask for their educational status,
he did not ask who was in the house or what language
they spoke he just said feed them.

A true leader looks out for everyone, no matter educational
status, economic status, political affiliation and even color
of their skin. We have forgotten that we are all in this together
no matter how high in office we perceive ourselves to be
the Lord does not see any of that.  He is not respective of
anyone’s titles and any office or level of what we think is important.

The Lord has told us through signs and wonders to get our
lives together, to love one another and love they brother
and thy sister as  you love yourself. What has been seen by
the leadership of this nation, our leaders must not love
themselves because they seem not to care or worry about others.
When leaders call others under them stupid, when they make
others compete for needed resources that can save lives, and
when they see others struggling under their leadership. Instead
of continuing offering help, encouragement and compassion
when they see the ones they are leading struggling they threaten,
demean and make them feel small and un-necessary.

The Lord our God is telling each and every-one of us to open our
hearts and declare the glory of God. To walk the path of Christ
and to apply scriptures. If our leaders are not faithful the people
will perish from not calling on the Lord. If our leaders are not
compassionate with others the people will parish with fire,
disease and pestilence.

There was a time when this nation enjoyed helping the world,
this nation took pride in sending not troops, but relief
workers, engineers, doctors, scientist and educators to make
the world a better place. Now this nation sends drones with
missiles, bombs and lasers to kill and imprisons innocent
children and potentially experiments on them.

This nation took in the lost, the homeless, the poor, the
unwanted and they educated them, lifted them up and
helped them find Christ through love, respect and patience.
The Corona Virus may just be the continuation of the Lord’s
unhappy feelings about where we as humans are going.

There have been earthquakes, continental fires, volcanoes,
blizzards, diseases, drought pestilence and now Corona,
does the Lord have your attention now or do we need to see
locust (oh yeah they were here too), think about it, don’t just
sit in your homes and read the Bible pray first, seek God face
and the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to the ways you should
go. Don’t wait on others, because if you follow the crowd they
may lead you to your death and destruction.

Coronavirus19
Coronavirus19

The title of this blog is:
One Nation Under Corona  we have so much, but have so little
in humanity and compassion. What will it take for us to
change. It took the Hebrews 40  years walking in a circle
to finally get their attention. What will it take America to
wake up that God is calling this nation to do better, to
help all its people and generations to come.