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.

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

The Power of Blogging – Opening Dynamic Digital Doorways

Logo of My Quest To Teach

The Power of Blogging – Opening Dynamic Digital Doorways
by William Jackson @wmjackson

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

Blogging is a dynamic digital doorway to discovery and social engagements
that are continuously changing. Blog provide a voice to the voiceless and a
platform to tell a story. Traditional processes of communication have changed from verbal exchanges to the infusion of digital tools and platforms that
allow for uninterrupted connections and enhanced exchanges of information.

The tools or platforms range from Vblogging, Podcasting, Instagraming,
Snap-chatting, Vining, Periscope, Voxing, Facebook Live and the list continues to grow.  As a past instructor teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM at a historically Black higher educational institution – HBCU Edward Waters College. The opportunity to teach, expose and bring to
light how powerful tech can be is awesome and a little intimidating.

There is a need for instruction that is tailored not to specific platforms,
but an open discussion of the why Social Media should be implemented
and how to effectively to get students to understand that their career
success is dependent on their gaining knowledge, acquiring resources and networking. As shared by a previous student Crystal Sanders, attending
the class on blogging and technology; “as a future educational leader you maybe required to conduct training’s on a platform or formats using productivity tools and digital tools.” Educators must be able to apply real learning to real relevancy so students know how to apply their thinking. Understanding how to use these tools is very important, each lesson in Educational Technology was designed for you to “think and apply” “in a particular way concerning your area of study.”

Prof Jackson and Students
Prof Jackson and Students

The Educational Technology and Social Media course is project based
and develops thought leadership and critical and higher order thinking
that students will need as they begin their new careers. Our society is
a knowledge based society. There is a need for the skills of acquiring information, applying information and understanding the relevancy of information. Students need to understand the application of applying
knowledge, especially to career choices and learning situations.

Blogging is not dead as some people imply. It is transforming to embrace
a digital lifestyle. The growing social engagements that allow for direct communication, local  connections that allow for community activism,
mobile ability to communicate on the move and community interaction
that brings people closer together and allows for diversity to unite instead
of divide people.

If students are not taught the power of blogging, building digital platforms
and growing into digital innovators, the ability to be authentic storytellers could be lost, their voices could be drowned in the commercial manipulation
of media and our diverse cultures could be lost in the overall digital Matrix.

The power of blogging strong when words define a Blog, words create a
Niche and word are characteristically adaptable to all situations and circumstances for communication. Sharing stories was once only done by storyteller, blogging is now the storyteller format for digital communication and allows anyone, everywhere, from all walks of life to have a voice and
bring a voice to the voiceless.

Blogging is not dead, nor will it ever die, it will adapt, re-invent itself and
even become scalable to new tools and platforms to share information
that is transformational and empowering.

Bloggers, Content Creators, Digital Innovators
Bloggers, Content Creators, Digital Innovators

The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

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Building with STEAM
Building with STEAM


The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

New initiatives in education and the increase of hands-on instruction
accompanying a STEM or STEAM model are being used in summer
camps.
Engaged and interactive learning is becoming the norm for summer
programs.  Youth, teens and young adults attention spans are short
and the window to lay the foundation for learning and comprehension
is sometimes short. There is competition with gaming, social
engagements with Social Media platforms and other digital
entertainment.

The push for gender equality in education still remains out of reach
because mentalities are slow to change concerning the abilities of girls
and women. The affects of socio-economic factors and gender-based
bias are preventing equal opportunities in learning.

A concern that should be addressed is the low female participation in
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) that leads
to be a progression into careers. Worrisome is the lack of girls and
women of color and culture in STEAM majors that lead to high paying
careers and thought leadership.

STEAM prevails many aspects in the catalytic for the achievement
of girls and women in preparation for careers. Education is key,
but the right education is paramount the directs girls and women
in the right direction that is best their-selves. It is crucial for
women and girls to have equal opportunities to contribute
and benefit from STEAM opportunities.

Girls and women participation, achievement and continuation in
STEAM studies is important in classrooms and even more important
during months when summer camps offer hands-on individual
and group instruction. The exposure to new ideas for careers, using
differential instruction, integration of diverse technologies, mentoring
and participating in Professional Learning Networks and communities
adds to the value of Learning Agility.

In Jacksonville alone the growth of STEM, STEAM, STREAM, Coding
and Web Development workshops and programs can be seen from
the Jacksonville Public Library system, the National Council of Negro
Women in partnership with My Quest To Teach
(William Jackson, M.Ed.).
The Arts with Aida Correa of  (LoveBuilt Life, LLC), Jacksonville 100
Black Men, the JAX PAL Summer STEAM Program and others.

Monica Timmons of National Council of Negro Women has an
extensive background in web development, coding and digital
technologies, she has a passion for helping youth, teens and
young adults to learn skills they will need for 21st
and 22nd century employment.

The past EYH – Expanding Your Horizon provided STEAM
workshops to girls from 5th grade to 8th grade at University
of North Florida. Women in the diverse fields of science, technology,
engineering,  math, business, nano-technology, DNA Mapping,
education and even those of military service, guided girls in
hands-on learning. The girls put on lab coats, googles and gloves
to simulate working in labs to provide a realistic feel to
their learning.

Girls and women have a right to equal opportunities that boys
have and equitable rights to have resources both hands-on
and digital that allow for maximum engagement. Summer
break should be open opportunities of engagement,
empowerment, collaboration and integration of new
learning adventures.

Summer camps expand the learning opportunities and
should apply what is taught in the classrooms and
enhance it even further.
The need especially in communities where youth, teens
and young adults need exposure, mentorship, modeling,
guidance and digital access. Representation does matter
because youth, teens and young adults of color
need to see professionals of color as thought leaders,
digital innovators, content creators and diverse users
of technologies that are cutting edge. One of them is the
saving of Twitter posts and the potential to use this
information against people. Weaponizing information
is the next threat people need to be aware of and
guard against.
Library of Congress Has Now Archived 170 Billion Tweets
https://mashable.com/2013/01/05/library-of-congress-twitter/

STEM and STEAM are only as good as what the participants
put in and get out of it. The level of engagement and relevancy
is vital because the participants need to understand how to
apply their learning and what they will get out of it. Youth,
teens and young adults should not see learning as boring,
dull or difficult, this is a time to experience new things,
new challenges and apply what they already learned in
schools. To be able to take that school knowledge to
another level.

Summer time is a perfect time to learn new ways that
tech can be influential and fun. It has to be relevant,
real and easy to apply.

Summer Resource:
Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Library
https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/locations/highlands-regional

My Quest To Teach
http://myquesttoteach.com/

National Council of Negro Women and My Quest To Teach
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

JAX PAL
https://jaxpal.com/

Jacksonville 100 Black Men
https://100blackmenjax.org/

LoveBuilt Life, LLC
http://lovebuiltlife.com/

If you have not already done so, please register your kids for an
amazing STEAM event in collaboration with Jacksonville
Public Library – Highlands branch,  William Jackson of
My Quest to Teach, Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life, LLC,
and Monica Timmons of Jacksonville section of NCNW, Inc.
STEAM committee.
*Discuss STEAM opportunities
*Senior Technology Staff provide knowledge transfer
*CODE through PLAY
*SOCIAL media overview
*Door Prize Give-aways
Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019

Summer Tech Training
Summer Tech Training

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH

expanding your horizons

Driving Your Kids to STEAM, WordCamp and EYH
by William Jackson

Expanding Your Horizons – STEM Workshop for
elementary and middle school girls to begin the
vision for future careers. Girls are beginning  to
see themselves as leaders and access to careers
they thought only available to men.
WordCamp conferences have a similar influence
are creating a foundation for learning and engagement.
The growing opportunities to build skill-sets in youth,
teens and  young adults especially girls to build a
foundation for their futures.
Using STEAM as a foundation for learning and expanding
the learning to Web Development. Teachers like William
Jackson and Aida Correa are showing a new way to
branch-out in discovery, creativity and innovation
with hands-on learning.
Providing events that girls are celebrated, elevated
and cultivated as the leaders their communities need
to show the value of learning and applying that knowledge
to their lives.

Jacksonville is not a growing hub of technology and
innovation it IS a dynamic community for innovative and
transformative changes in STEAM, STEM and STREAM.
Schools are focusing on new ways to teach students that
have no fear of technology and making decisions about
where their learning takes them.
The push is on to integrate hands-on learning that
focuses on learning that is relevant and of real world
importance so youth, teens and young adults especially
of color see the value of learning in these areas. .
To teach youth, teens and young adults the necessary
skills to be employable, retainable and promotable to
leadership positions because representation does matter.
Children of color need to see professionals of color in
leadership careers not just sports or entertainment.
They will see professionals at the EYH conference to
be held at the University of North Florida

Today youth should be actively engaged and motivated
to learn as much as they can and apply that knowledge
to be influencers. This change can happen when the
traditional instructional models change from educators
being lectures to adapting their instruction to be enablers,
influencers and inspires to facilitate learning as the
students are tasked with solving challenges that require
higher order and critical thinking.

The influences of STEAM can be seen in television
programs that cater to children, youth and kids. From
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and other programs
that are based on the foundations of skills, to the
involvement in games like HALO, Fortnight and Minecraft.

Science Technology Engineering Arts Math / Music /
Mechanics are providing new learning adventures for
children of color and culture that are behind in engagement
to their white counterparts that are involved and excelling
participating in activities in school and with clubs.

Events like WordCamp Jacksonville, Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Workshop held at University of North Florida and even
with Edward Waters College and the Black Male Explorers
Program headed by the new Director, Victor Christin, Jr..

There are opportunities growing for youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged: The National Council of Negro Women
and their coming programs with Coding lead by Monica Timmons
and the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville with dynamic programs
as well across Jacksonville to promote coding, robotics and tech.

Parents “drive your kids to STEAM” is not just a moment, nor
is it a movement, but a reality to prepare youth, teens and
young adults for careers not even created yet. Parents must
prepare their children now to be educated, employable,
sustainable and scalable to flow with the changing directions
happening with technology, creativity, innovation and web
development.

Parents get your children involved early so they can develop
excitement to learn and be life-long learners. Expose them to
networking skills and business skills so they can grow into
entrepreneurs and be able to talk the talk of business and walk
the walk of business owners.

The future is here with technology, it is not in the future,
but present. Prepare children to employable, scalable leaders
and influencers from attending conferences, workshops and
seminars.

The opportunities are there, parents need to make the choices
to sacrifice the time and the energy.
WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 – https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
EYH – Empowering Your Horizons 2019 – https://www.eyhn.org/
National Council of Negro Women 2019  – https://jaxncnw.wordpress.com/

100 Black Men of Jacksonville 2019 – https://100blackmenjax.org/
Black Male Explorers 2019 –  https://www.ewc.edu/black-male-explorers/