WordCamp Philly Panel Discussion with Code Differently Young Adults

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

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/

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 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.

Bianca - Code Differently

Hispanic Heritage Project Award Winners in Duval County Public Schools

Hispanic Heritage Project Award Winners in Duval County Public Schools
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Aida Correa
Students from Twin Lake Academy Middle School participated
in a project by STEM teacher William Jackson and his fiancé
Aida Correa (Afro-Latina) that helped to highlight the contributions
of Hispanics, Latinx, and those of Latin backgrounds and their
contributions in careers as doctors, lawyers, law enforcement,
astronauts, engineers and other high tech careers.
This project was in coordination to Hispanic Heritage Month,
September to October.

During the students research they found significant contributions
of people of Hispanic and Latinx backgrounds here in Jacksonville,
Florida. There are many in professional positions that many are not
aware of and making wonderful contributions that help Jacksonville
build to be a progressive city that welcomes cultural diversity and technological growth.

The students wrote essays that shared what they wanted to be
when they grow  up. Sharing their career aspirations and the need
for STEM, STEAM and STREAM learning in school. Mr. Jackson the
Science, Technology Engineering and Math teacher uses Design
and Modeling with Project Lead The Way.

The project required students to write about their future careers
and why they wanted to have those careers, how their career options
would help people and communities locally and around the world
and select through Internet searches a person of Latinx, Hispanic
and those of Latin backgrounds that have the same career that is living.

Sixth grade student Alex who wants to be a Physical Education
teacher got in contact with the Physical Education Department
of Duval County Public Schools
https://dcps.duvalschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=9508
and connected with Edgar Pabon, M.Ed. the Health and Physical
Education Specialist at the district office. Alex stated that,
“it means a lot to see someone Hispanic as a leader in the schools,
it inspires me to work to be a PE teacher here in Jacksonville.”

The project also had the students identify how Hispanics, Latinx
and others are making contributions here in Jacksonville, in Florida
and across the country. An important part of the project was to select Hispanics that are alive and why it is important for this nation to accept
Black, Brown and people of color and culture.

The students watched YouTube videos about the contributions of
Hispanics in the United States, how and why Hispanic Heritage
Month was started and its influence on the perceptions people
have of Hispanic lives.

Students in his 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes all participated and shared
their writings with other students. Students  6th graders Daria, Miranda, Narissa,  Ricardo and Jacob in the photo earned A’s in the project and
awarded Tshirts  and certificates from technology companies that
William and his fiancé Aida Correa work with while participating in
WordCamp technology conferences.

Next projects will be with SPACEX and NASA, using parachutes to
learn about the space program and international space station.

Seven Continents of Faith for Churches of Christ

Social Media and the Church of Christ

Seven Continents of Faith
Sponsored by Let The Bible Speak TV
#LTBSTV
Church of Christ and Social Media
#COCASM

Let The Bible Speak TV Jos Nigeria
Let The Bible Speak TV 

The intent of this project (Seven Continents of Faith) is to
share the faith of our youngest members in the Church of
Christ around the world. To encourage and empower
children, youth, teens and young adults.

There are seven continents and each one has  Church of
Christ ministries evangelizing and sharing the Gospel of
Christ. SCF is an opportunity to allow children, youth, teens
and young adults to share how their faith has kept them
centered and focused in faith during the global pandemic.

The prayer is that youth, teens and young adults submit
writings to share their faith in living during the pandemic.
COVID19 has created so many changes in the world the
major changes are isolation and social distancing.

Humans are designed to interact with each other, to share
their experiences and live together. Children, youth, teens
and young adults are especially affected. SCF is asking our
youth to share their stories to encourage others. Sharing
their faith is what scriptures asks of us.

Social distancing in society and soon in schools has profound
effects on mental health and spiritual resiliency. The family
structure will forever be changed and even how worship
will be conducted.

The effects of COVID19 are global showing that people
everywhere share the similar experiences. Children, youth,
teens and young adults have a story that many want to tell.
SCF is a chance for ages 5 to 18 to share their stories with
others globally about their faith being a member of the body
of Christ.

How their faith encourages them, how their faith is their
foundation and how their faith is based on the love of Christ.
In an essay format between 300 and 700 words children,
youth, teens and young adults will share how their faith is
helping them through this pandemic.

For the ages 5 to 12 if creative pictures will work better they
are encouraged through drawings to share their faith to
empower other children, youth, teens and  young adults.

The requirements are information is submitted from parents
email only, not the child’s. No emails will be sold or shared
with others in any way:

1. First name only of writer
2. Age of writer
3. What continent do they live on
4. Name of the Church of Christ Ministry
5. Name of senior minister / evangelist
6. Their writing that they are submitting or photograph in jpeg format.

Email information to:
cofcasm@gmail.com
The writings will be placed on a page dedicated to
Seven Continents of Faith with only the information provided.

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

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/