WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration Influencing

My Quest To Teach

WordCamp In Africa – Learning Growing Collaboration Influencing
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest To Teach

William Jackson of My Quest top Teach
William Jackson of My Quest top Teach

2018 and 2019 have seen a rapid expansion of WordCamp conferences in
Africa, from the southern portions of this magnificent continent to the
northern edges. People globally are missing the awesome growth in
technology that is happening in Africa.
WordCamp conferences can be found growing and thriving, opening
doors for new digital collaborations, business ventures, enabling and
empowering African entrepreneurs to share their Brands and build
new Niches and partnerships. Africans of younger generations are
seeing that is it better to collaborate than to compete and get the
influence of how digital media can influence politics, education and
social issues.
As a blogger the digital impressions expand based on your engagement
can influence people around our globe. WordCamp allows rapid and
sustainable digital growth. Content creation is only limited by the
access to wifi which is still sporadic in some area. There are creative
minds that apply what is learned at WordCamp conferences and the
growing number of Kid Camp and Youth Camp conferences.
So involved are Kids and Youth Camps there is success seen in as
new business are starting because of access and engagement.
Kids Camp and Youth Camp conferences have dynamic and engaging
curriculums created by African digital innovators.
WordCamp is a casual environment where information is shared
related to WordPress. WP is a free and open source personal publishing
application that powers over 40% of the web.
The continued immersion of Africa will rapidly increase these numbers.
In 2019 there are  several  African WordCamp conferences ready to
host bloggers, coders, content developers, entrepreneurs, consultants,
business owners and others that are involved in many areas of tech
and Social Media.
Experience does not matter at the WordCamp conference, everyone’s
opinions, ideas and passions are valued and appreciated.
Each conference builds relevant discussions and information is
applicable immediately during and after the conference. Networking
is formidable because real people with real careers, professions,
businesses, and real dreams are present to share and help others.
Mentors in multiple areas can be found and the growing number
of Internships helps to provide youth and teens with real world
opportunities to apply and learn skills to build on.
The conference sessions are a variety of formats from lectures,
presentations, speed talks, or lightning presentations, panels
and interviews. Presentations are diverse sessions that
incorporate slides and videos that can be accessed from the
presenters web site or through WordCamp channel on
http://WordPress.tv after the conference.
African business owners and entrepreneurs are learning that
their social media content should drive people to their web sites
to encourage building business relationships and collaborations.
The continent of Africa is becoming smaller because the increase
in digital wireless access. Equipment is changing to address the
needs of the youth, teens and young adults that are demanding
digital speeds  that support the influences of digital content.
Future WC conferences for 2019
WC Cape Town
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WC Johannesburg
https://2019.johannesburg.wordcamp.org/

WC Harare
https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/

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

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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/

Minority Businesses Attend Conferences and Meetups To Grow

William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
Aida and William
Aida and William

Minority Businesses Should Attend Conferences and Meetups To Grow
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

The opportunity to grow for minority businesses can be dependent
on their willingness to expand outside of their normal comfort zones.
The move outward from known circles of friends and family to networking
away from the comfort zones of the known to the unknown.

Investing in attending conferences, meetups, workshops and other
events where networking is required allows for business territory to be
expanded.  How can a business expand and  gain in Brand recognition,
awareness and influence if minority business owners do not take the time
to be engaged in the community, even at venues that are different and new?

Attending WordCamp Meetups allows for business growth that
expands Brand visibility, enhances innovative business ideas,
broadens networking opportunities outside of traditional business
networks and connections. There should be a plan and strategy to get
involved in Meetups like those held on Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, etc.

Jacksonville, Florida Meetup is innovative in that not only is there a
MeetUp with adults, but seasoned educators have created a WPJaxKids
MeetUp that applies STEAM, The Arts and Web Development from
innovative design of instruction and hands-on learning.
https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jacksonville/ 

With 1100 members strong as stated on the Meetup.com web site
the engagement and sharing of knowledge and resources if phenomenal
and relevant to growing, managing, marketing and branding a business.
Thursday, September the 19th will be the next MeetUp for WPJax and
WPJaxKids.

Business models are changing and for minority businesses to
survive there must be continuous and strategic learning and
engagement. Attending Meetups increases technical skill
knowledge and builds not just skills related to technology,
but builds relationships that transform the business model in
the 21st century.

Social media should now be part of any business model because
SM expands Brands, enables Digital Marketing Strategies and
can move business into new markets. The upcoming MeetUp will
have Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life, LLC
https://lovebuiltlife.com/   
speaking about the Art of Blogging and how blogging can be
transformational for business Branding, business growth and
business marketing.

Relationship building in the “open source” community is about
sharing and collaboration. Everyone has value because everyone
has the potential to improve, magnify, transform and enhance
the WordPress platform. You do not have to be an “expert” in tech
just common sense application, a passion for what you’re trying to
accomplish in business and personal success. There should  be a
vision for growth and business success. Without a vision their can
be no progress.

Since joining this community of coders, developers, writers,
programmers, users and innovators, WPJax and others provides
access to all levels of tech integration, implementation and innovation.
Web development, advances in video storytelling, Java Script,
App development, SEO, SoLoMoCo integration can be applied
in multiple levels,  there should be strategic planning and knowing
the audience you will be marketing to. Knowledge is not powerful
unless it is applied knowledge from strategic planning and
implementation.

What better way to allow for valuable exchanges and relevancy
than to have people speak of their successes, challenges,
developing business models and how they integrate WordPress
to build their Brands and increase potential profits.

Minority businesses in order to remain relevant, visible, viable,
and even profitable must integrate web development at some
level. There has to be a plan that is strategic and even focused
on specific demographics to make connections that afford
collaborations not just competition.

Understanding the importance of analytics, views, engagements,
influences and how video can enhance a message. People are
visual learners, they need visual stimulation, application and the
execution of information that is relevant. The eyes have it and see
what progressive applications are needed.

Content creation is critical to establish a Brand that represents
your business, the services you provide and what your business
model is.
There are many avenues for minority businesses to travel even
before they begin to turn a profit, Social Media is one more avenue,
the rewards are long lasting to help build relationships and
establishing a presence that encourages community engagement
and participation.

Do not allow just tech (SEO) to expose your business, use it to
enhance your visibility to others, expand your Brand BY sponsoring,
promoting and mentor with community engagement.

Be seen in the community, be involved, be a sponsor and promoter
that shows even the smallest contribution can bring rewards to new
markets and engagements. Build on partnerships and collaborations
that can expand in new directions of success and influence.

If you’re a minority business  owner you must expand outside of your
comfort  zone, get involved, get engaged and get visible.

Jacksonville, Florida
WordPress Meetjup
WPJax Meetup and WPJaxKids Meetup
https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jacksonville/

Africans, Use Digital Technologies To Tell Your Own Stories

Let Me Be Great

Africans, Use Digital Technologies To Tell Your Own Stories
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach
Africans need to tell their own stories especially in the age of
digital technology, Social Media, Apps and other digital
platforms. The flexibility of digital tools opens doors to sharing
content and inspiring dreams. Blogging, Podcasting, Microblogging,
Vblogging and other platforms like SnapChat are resources to
share diverse content.
African stories need to be told authentically.

The Continent of Africa
The Continent of Africa

Chinua Achebe states in his book “Home and Exile,” “until the
lion produces their own historian, the story of the hunt will
glorify only the hunter.” Digital technologies allow African youth
to be storytellers and create their own digital foundations to be
followed by those that share similar passions and interests.

This blog is hoped to encourage, inspire, ignite the flames of
passion to share the words that burn in the hearts of African
storytellers. Many people of the African Diaspora teach their
children the value of storytelling, the purpose of verbal exchanges
that share cultural history, family unity, and historical knowledge
handed down decades and centuries. I love to read the
stories of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and others.

They help build a mindset for storytelling and transferring to
the written word. Africans during colonization were denied through
threats, beatings and even death the opportunity to share the stories
of kingdoms of prosperity and educational achievements. Africa had
great universities before Europe and studied science, mathematics,
astronomy and biology. Our STEAM educational strategies are
based on past successes by Africans.

Because of these achievements and more, Africans should be proud
of their heritage and have a drive to extend beyond the colonization
of foreign powers even today.  Achebe describes the “text book act,”
where Nigerian children could not read at a certain time of day and
were not allow to read certain books that showed Africans as leaders,
explorers, conquerors and educated.

The lack of books that look like their intended audience does have
a cognitive affect, if African children do not see books that have
characters that look like them they cannot vision themselves potentially
growing out of where others want them to stay. This is equally so for
African American children and children of color.

The beauty and power of the Internet is that information is free and
unlimited, there for the taking and learning. African parents if they
are not doing so need to take their children to bookstores to explore
and dream. Empower them with knowledge about literacy, African
authors in the literary world. Imagine the excitement of African
children when they learn a book can help them dream seemingly
impossible dreams, to see their potential as leaders,
visionaries, and content creators.

African Continent
African Continent

Teaching an African child to read is not just a personal investment,
it is an investment in the continent, to build it to the future.
Programs like Sunshine build the needed confidence in its students
to dream beyond their current situations and to see into the future.
Reading builds self-esteem, encourages self-respect and opens mental
doors that connect others with similar passions. A nation that is based
on education is a growing and functional nation with great potential.

Technology opens many doors for collaboration, cooperation and
strengthening education. The integration of technology creates
opportunities for African storytellers to expand their voice, to magnify
their presence and to vocalize the legacy of the people ingrained in the
stories of decades and centuries of old.

Technology allows for diversity to make connections, those of like
cultural backgrounds, and those willing to learn about and make
connections with diverse audiences. Stated by Chinua Achebe,
“Diversity is the engine of evolution, of living things including living
civilizations.”

Social Media if used strategically and planned can
build communities even digitally to magnify the voices
of people, strengthen the collective of the masses
and make effective and long lasting changes that
benefit the continent as a whole and the growing
digital awareness.