Central American and African Children Need to Attend STEAM and Tech Conferences

William Aida Ericka

Central American and African Children  Need to Attend STEAM and Tech Conferences
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest to Teach

Students working on projects
Students working on STEAM projects

Computers and technology are  forever changing the thinking
of youth,  teens and young adults especially children of Central
America and Africa. There is no denying the influence of digital
platforms, tools and Apps that are accessible on the Internet.
We are living in a revolution of digital engineering, exploration
and innovation. Technology is allowing children to become
digital influencers at an early age and growing into agents of
social, cultural, economic and intellectual change.
Generations of youth, teens and young adults are the digital
natives, digital innovators, digital pioneer.

Digital Natives on the average ages 12 to 32 spend hours creating
content that is transformative and influential. They are engaged
and involved. Digital natives will never know a time when they
were not and are not connected to the Internets’ vast resources
of information.

Children and youth need to learn the value of a digital global
perspective of the world, because their content is being shared
nationally and internationally, they must learn to function in digital
worlds and outside of them.

Future of Costa Rica
Future of Costa Rica

Children are not the future consumers, they are the NOW
consumers and the influencers. They are also producers
that create change so the title “Agents of Change” are serious
directions that can yield great power and great influence.

Youth, teens and young adults are discussing social issues nationally
to gain attention and awareness to what they think is important
because of the empowerment of the Internet they are being  heard
from Central America to the African continent.

Parents must be able to teach, model and investigate the accuracy
and truth of content their children consume and post. Their voices
should not be an ECHO, but should be original and authentic. Kids and
youth being the digital citizens and innovators of today are surpassing
their parents in knowledge  about issues that need problem solvers
now, not waiting decades to address issues and problems that are
creating global changes.

Digital Learning in Costa Rica
Digital Learning in Costa Rica

Conferences like WordCamp and KidsCamp build a foundation of
awareness and inspire learning. The fastest growing nations for
kid and youth conferences are  on the continents of Africa and
Central America. WordCamp and KidsCamp are overflowing
with attendees and their parents.

Conferences in Central America are increasing with WordCamp Nicaragua,
Panama, Costa Rica  and soon Guatemala Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
WordCamp conferences are available each year for adults, and as the interest
grows youth, teens and young adults will see kids and youth conferences
suited for their needs,  to help them build digital access for collaboration
and to create their own businesses.

Uganda Bloggers
Uganda Bloggers

Africa has similar events, WordCamp Harare, Lagos, Entebbe and
Port Harcourt, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt; there will be others as
interest grows.  The continent needs these conferences  and others
to inspire youth and teens to be  the influencers needed to build their
nations by thought leadership, intellectual design, digital innovation
and creative  selections because youth, teens and young adults
will be competing globally while collaborating nationally.

Education at all levels will have to embrace STEAM initiatives to teach, mentor,
guide and empower children to lead their nations into the 22nd century and
beyond. If Central American and African nations do not continue to prepare
generations to be the digital leaders they need. They will truly be cast into
the realms of nations passed over and continued to be in third world or
lower status. They will not have the ability to take their nations into global
financial strength because their children and each generation will not be
prepared to lead.

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

Parents are taking advantage of conference opportunities to encourage
their children to attend events and networking opportunities. Exposure
to critical and higher order thinking learning that is needed. Youth and
teens future career choices are influenced to help develop the tech
visionaries that each nation in Central America and on the African
continent will need to grow their economies in new and diverse directions.

The explosion of STEAM and Web Development is becoming the new norm
for learning. If Central American and African nations want their children to
be future influencers, decision makers, venture capitalists, investors,
mentors  they must provide for the conferences  to bless their children.
To inspire and educate continued generations with knowledge and wisdom.
To see upcoming conferences for potential attendance and sponsorship’s see
WordCamp Central – https://central.wordcamp.org/

Central America
Central America and WordCamp Conferences

Global Conferences:
Central America
WordCamp Costa Rica – Speaker and Teacher for KidsCamp
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Nicuquagua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/  
WordCamp Panama
https://2019.panamacity.wordcamp.org/

 

African Bloggers In Action
African Bloggers In Action 2019

Africa – Sponsor and Advocate
WordCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamcp.org/
WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Mombasa, Kenya
December 7th 2019 – December 8th 2019
https://2019.mombasa.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Harare
https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Nairobi, Kenya
https://2019.nairobi.wordcamp.org/

 

Jacksonville Bloggers Speak at International WordCamp in Philadelphia

WordCamp Philly Logo

Jacksonville Bloggers Speak at International WordCamp in Philadelphia
Saturday, October 5, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
https://2019.philadelphia.wordcamp.org/

William and Aida
William and Aida

Attending for the third time in as many years, this has been
a wonderful experience and transformative in so many ways
for William and Aida.
The honor going back home (where William was born and
raised) and participating in this nationally and internationally
recognized conference.
Speakers:
https://2019.philadelphia.wordcamp.org/schedule/speakers/

A brief history of WordCamp Philly
WordCamps are locally-organized conferences covering
everything related to WordPress. The first event was WordCamp
2006 in San Francisco. In 2007 the first WordCamp outside
San Francisco was held in Beijing, China and now they are
international.

Since then, there have been WordCamps in 65 countries on six
continents. The events, which are coordinated by local organizers
with the assistance of WordCamp Central, vary in format based
on the interests of the community that present them.
“Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love”

The first WordCamp was in October 2010 at Temple University.
The talks  covered diverse topics: e-commerce, writing style,
BuddyPress, enterprise authentication, using Ajax, creating custom
navigation and getting involved in the WordPress community.
Temple hosted the event again in 2011 and 2012. WordCamp Philly
shifted to the summer and a new venue the University of the Arts
in 2014, then to the University of the Sciences in 2015.
William Jackson started attending WordCamp conferences in
2016 the first being WordCamp Orlando and Aida Correa started
attending WordCamp conferences in 2018 the first for her was
WordCamp Miami where she spoke and was a room MC.

The local event went on hiatus in 2016 for a good reason:
Philadelphia hosted the inaugural WordCamp US in December
2015 where I attended with 2 students from Edward Waters College
driving from Jacksonville,  Florida to Philadelphia over night and
having a awesome time that weekend.
WordCamp Philly has awesome networking and workshops.
The next in place was eating Philly Cheese Steaks which was Jon and
Josh first time.
Josh Professor Jackson Jon

Josh Professor Jackson JonHBCU students need to attend WordCamp conference for the exposure
to industry experts, web developers, coders, programmers, graphic
designers and others that are entrepreneurs and business owners.
The learning is  transformative and empowering. Students attending
HBCU educational institutions need this exposure and experience to
compete in tech industries to gain access to careers in tech.

My students Jon and Josh had never attended a conference like
WordCamp and the exposure has transformed their lives even
today in 2019. The national event returned to Philly in 2016 with
rave reviews and great expectations for 2017 and beyond.

Aida Correa an Artist from Jacksonville, Florida attended and
volunteered in 2018 for the first time and is a speaker this year 2019,
she will be the closing speaker for WordCamp Phily an awesome honor
in recognition of her knowledge, skill and passion for community.

Jacksonville should be proud of two of its residents William
a teacher with Duval County Public School and past professor
with Edward Waters College and NASA. A graduate of
South Carolina State University and locally of Webster University.
Aida Correa a STEAM educator, poet, artist, actress  and
community activisst. A proud Afro-Latina of Puerto Rican
heritage and business owner of LoveBuilt Life, LLC.
Web site….
https://2019.philadelphia.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp Philly 2018
WordCamp Philly 2018

Sharing their Brands –
My Quest to Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC respectively.

They have traveled in 2019 to
WordCamp in:
Calgary, Canada
Greenville, S.C.,
Asheville, N.C.,
Birmingham, Alabama
Orlando, Fl
Jacksonville, Fl,
and the remainer of 2019
Costa Rica, Central America
Philadelphia, Pa
St. Louis, Mo. For the final and largest conference of the
nation WordCampUS where over 2000 attend workshops,
sessions that cover areas of interest, passion, purpose,
collaboration and growth.

WordCamp Philly 2018
WordCamp Philly 2018

As a graduate of South Carolina State University a historical
Black College I encourage those that are instructors,
administrators, support personnel and even alumni to attend
conferences like WordCamp.

In order to create generational wealth, generational stability,
generational accountability people of color and culture can
obtain this through educational, technical, collaborative
and collective engagement and attendance in areas of STEAM
and Technology. Technology conferences are the ways to go.

WordCamp Philly Logo
WordCamp Philly Logo

To see what WordCamp conferences are in 2020 access
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson, M.Ed
My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.com/

Aida Correa
LoveBuilt Life, LLC
https://lovebuiltlife.com/

Jacksonville Educators Volunteer, Speak and Teach at International WordCamp in San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America

Photos of KidsCamp participants

Jacksonville Educators Volunteer, Speak and Teach
at International WordCamp in San Jose, Costa Rica,
Central America

Aida Wm Trey (GreenGeeks)
Aida – Wm – Trey (GreenGeeks)

The international conference WordCamp San Jose
was held in San Jose Costa Rica, Central America.
Invited for the second year William Jackson (My Quest
To Teach) and Aida Correa (LoveBuilt Life, LLC) of
Jacksonville, Florida, for the first time 6 other Americans
were invited and spoke as well.
Hallway Meetings at WordCamp San Jose

Hallway Meetings at WordCamp San JoseWordCamp San Jose is the largest WordCamp in
Central America with over 700 participants attending
workshops and presentations addressing not just
WordPress web development platform, but graphic
design, client/customer support, SEO (Search Engine
Optimization), Content Creation, Coding, PHP, Design
Theory, just to name a few of the sessions provided by
local and international speakers.

This year there were 8 American speakers including
William Jackson and Aida Correa as they performed
triple duty not just as speakers, but teachers in the
KidsCamp and  volunteers contributing to social media
postings.
Using the hashtag #thatwordcamplife across Twitter
and Instagram they showed the diversity, learning,
engagement, fun and passion at WordCamp SanJose.

Aida Correa and KidsCamp
Aida Correa and KidsCamp

One of the highlights was the KidsCamp where about
40 youth and teens participated in the workshop that
William and Aida created integrating STEAM design,
creative design and design theory based on STEAM.
An instructional concept they apply in their workshops
they provide in their local community and the WPJaxKids
Meetups held in Jacksonville.

The projects are individual and team based aligned
with Instructional Strategies and The Arts.The instruction
is aligned with standards that are found in educational
systems across the nation. This years projects were
focused on Habitats in Costa Rica and understanding
animals and their value in the ecosystems of Costa Rica.

Applying this learning to Web Development so the youth
and teens attending along with their parents can see how
digital learning, The Arts and STEAM creates a local,
national and international cycle of growth, awareness
and relevancy applying technology.

William Aida Ericka
William Aida Ericka

The Lead Organizer Ericka Barboza along with the teachers
William and Aida make dynamic and academic contributions
to show youth, teens and parents how to integrate tech into
every day learning and social consciousness to solve programs
of social issues through educational alignment with real life
relevancy.

Pictured are the youth, teens and young adults participating
in KidsCamp along with Lead Organizer Ericka Barboza and
the many volunteers helping to make this KidsCamp a
success. On the right and back second and third from the
right are William Jackson and Aida Correa.

The growing integration of STEAM and Web Design is building
critical and higher order thinkers in children at an early age to
prepare them to be the problem solvers, digital leaders,
creative innovators and change agents Costa Rica will need
as the nation grows and as Central America becomes an
international influencer.

Central American nations are learning that the natural resources
for economic stability, growth, expansion and influence are also
being made the in the youth, teens and young adults that are
being educated in the educational systems. As with any nation
and is striving for a digital revolution the children and each
generation need to be educated, mentored and nurtured as they
grow and embrace visionary passions for themselves, their
families and their nation. Soon there maybe a WordCamp
Latin America, WordCamp Central American or WordCamp
Hispanic Revolution that demands the world to see Hispanics
as a growing influence in many fields of technology, digital
business and commerce.

Never allow someone else’s ignorance of another nation blind
you to the great potential of another race, culture or nation.
Ignorance is not bliss in this age of technology mastery and
methodology.

William Jackson, Blogger and Educator
William Jackson, Blogger and Educator

Follow William Jackson and Aida Correa at the web site
That WordCamp Life to follow their travels locally, globally
and internationally https://thatwordcamplife.com/

Photos from WordCamp San Jose


Jacksonville Youth and Teens Attend International Tech Conference

Elisha Elijah Janea

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Jacksonville Youth and Teens Attend International Tech Conference

Elisha Elijah Janea
Elisha Elijah Janea

Janea 4th grader, Elijah 6th grader and Elisha 11th grade student
in the Duval County Public School system are passionate about
using technology to reach their goals in life. They attended the
national and international WordCamp Orlando conference and
participated in the KidsCamp web development portion.

Each are involved in technology events outside of school and love
being part of the WordCamp open source community. Janae a
veteran WC and KidsCamp conference attendee has been to
several conferences from Asheville, NC, to Greenville, SC including
twice at WordCamp Orlando.

Elisha a new member of the digital community joined Aida Correa
of LoveBuilt Life, LLC and William Jackson of My Quest to Teach to
attend. Elisha is an avid gamer and into programming and coding.
He has attended several other tech conferences and even selected
as a speaker at TEDXFSCJ Salons speaking on how tech offers
opportunities to youth of color to be business owners, entrepreneurs
and solo-preneurs.

The growing presence of youth, teens and young adults is showing
that young people are serious in their goals and aspirations to be
involved in technology as influencers, content contributors, digital
innovators, animators and intellectual thought leaders. They want
to be business owners as well.

Technology has increased its influence growing in its influence both
good and bad so youth, teens and young adults must take advantage
of all learning opportunities to prepare them for current and future
careers. Following these young people can be found on the hashtag
#thatWordcamplife and #thatwordpresslife

Elijah a middle school student had the opportunity to speak with
Coders, Programmers to help with his direction in life and for his
career interests. Middle school is key for students because there
are so many distractions they need mentors and taught skills that
will help them to grow to be critical thinkers, thought leaders and
start considering the areas they want to travel and engage in.

Elijah a 6th grader is also into tech, learning where he fits in and
what his dreams are. DCPS school system has embraced many new
instructional strategies that embrace technology. Students are
being taught to be critical thinkers, digital leaders and problem
solvers. Elijah is a new generation of digital future leaders that are
being trained to be the future leaders for this nation and the world.

Janae, Elijah and Elisha share why youth should attend tech and
WordCamp conferences.
Elisha, “teens should attend WordCamp and tech conferences
because of the social networking opportunities and you never know
who you’re going to meet. There is a great variety of people that can
help you get where you want to go.”

Elijah,” it is a good place to learn about technology and good experiences
to learn new things, design a web sites and gaming experiences.”

Janae, “girls should want to go because it is fun and there are so many
nice and cool people there to learn from.”

The growth of youth attending is widespread locally, nationally and
internationally. Careers in STEAM and STEM are demanding tech skills
from coding, programming, web development and other skills. Parents
must prepare their kids today for the future.

To follow these growing digital influencers
Janae https://www.instagram.com/thatkidwhoanimates/
Elisha https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

Elisha William Elijah Aida Janea
Elisha William Elijah Aida Janea

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

 

Elisha Elijah Janea
Elisha Elijah Janea

Jacksonville Youth and Teens Attend International Tech Conference

Jacksonville Youth and Teens Attend International Tech Conference

WordCamp Orlando
WordCamp 2019
Elisha – William – Elijah – Aida – Janae

Janea 4th grader, Elijah 6th grader and Elisha 11th grade student
in the Duval County Public School system are passionate about
using technology to reach their goals in life. They attended the
national and international WordCamp Orlando conference and
participated in the KidsCamp web development portion.

Each are involved in technology events outside of school and love
being part of the WordCamp open source community. Janae a
veteran WC and KidsCamp conference attendee has been to
several conferences, twice in Jacksonville, Fl, Asheville, NC,
Greenville, SC including twice at WordCamp Orlando.

Elisha a new member of the digital community joined Aida Correa
of LoveBuilt Life, LLC and William Jackson of My Quest to Teach to
attend and learn. Elisha is an avid gamer and into programming
and coding.
He has attended several other tech conferences and even selected
as a speaker at TEDxFSCJ Salons speaking on how tech offers
opportunities to youth of color to be business owners, entrepreneurs
and solo-preneurs. Attending EdCamps, WordCamps, the national
and internationally recogized Florida Blogging and Technology
Conference for several years.

The growing presence of youth, teens and young adults is showing
that young people are serious in their goals and aspirations to be
involved in technology as influencers, content contributors, digital
innovators, animators and intellectual thought leaders. They want
to be business owners as well.

Technology has increased its influence growing in its influence both
good and bad so youth, teens and young adults must take advantage
of all learning opportunities to prepare them for current and future
careers. Following these young people can be found on the hashtag
#thatwordcamplife #myquesttoteach #lovebuiltlife

Elijah a middle school student had the opportunity to speak with
Coders, Programmers to help with his direction in life and for his
career interests. Middle school is key for students because there
are so many distractions they need mentors and taught skills that
will help them to grow to be critical thinkers, thought leaders and
start considering the areas they want to travel and engage in.
Elijah a 6th grader into tech, learning where he fits in and
what his dreams are.

DCPS school system has embraced many new
instructional strategies that embrace technology. Students are
being taught to be critical thinkers, digital leaders and problem
solvers. Elijah is a new generation of digital future leaders that are
being trained to be the future leaders for this nation and the world.

They are mentored by Aida and William, as they Aida and William
travel speaking at WordCamp conferences in Canada, Central
America and across the nation youth, teens and young adults need
to be engaged, involved and participating.

Janae, Elijah and Elisha share why youth should attend tech and
WordCamp conferences.
Elisha, “teens should attend WordCamp and tech conferences
because of the social networking opportunities and you never
know who you’re going to meet. There is a great variety of people
that can help you get where you want to go.”

Elijah,” it is a good place to learn about technology and good
experiences to learn new things, design a web sites and gaming
experiences.”

Janae, “girls should want to go because it is fun and there are so many
nice and cool people there to learn from.”

The growth of youth attending is widespread locally, nationally and
internationally. Careers in STEAM and STEM are demanding tech skills
from coding, programming, web development and other skills. Parents
must prepare their kids today for the future.

To follow these growing digital influencers
Janae https://www.instagram.com/thatkidwhoanimates/
Elisha https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/
Aida https://lovebuiltlife.com/
William https://myquesttoteach.com/