COVID19 Changing the Look of Diversity in Technology and Education

Coronavirus19

COVID19 Changing the Look of Diversity in Technology and Education
William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

The image of speakers is sometimes displayed in traditional
media outlets as white men or women who are classified as
experts in their respective fields. They are highlighted by
their choice of clothing, distinguishing smiles, posing and
their proximity of the audiences. Each element is strategic
and in place for a visual element.

Many times people of color and culture are in the background
of photos, videos or information displays with complying smiles
and engaged viewing. They are in the backgrounds sometimes
as blurred images that are strategically placed to show that
there are people of color, but they are not the central point
and not in positions of leadership, engagement and value.

The term “representation matters” is a valuable view point
because youth, teens and young adults need to see people
that look like them or similar to them in order to place future
careers in their minds. Seeing a person of color in power
is not the same as seeing a person of color in the background.

Youth, teens and young adults of color need to see that their
communities are empowering each other, they are the ones
engaged and sharing valuable information. The decline of
Black male teachers has a profound mental effect on youth,
teens and young adults. Because they do not see them also
means there is less value for men because they are not
influential in their abilities to educate, mentor and be
effective role models.

This is not to say whites are not effective in the educational
process, but to say as a teacher of 32 years primarily
teaching in elementary education, young people do not
see a representation of themselves. The value they place
on applying education is diminished. The education in
the classroom should be applied to the students life to
show that education can elevate them past where they
are without the constant barrage of telling them because
they are poor, challenged and “at risk,” education is a
luxury that can only be provided by whites to help them
rise above human challenges.

Youth of color and culture should be taught that education
is empowering and they can achieve much in life and that
others of color are successful. Being a person of color is
not a bad thing because they too can be successful.
That the learning they receive can take them far because
they have awesome dreams that can be accomplished and
more can be gained and earned.

Parents of color need to take their children of color and
culture to Technology and STREAM events and activities
to exposure their children to future careers as COVID19
shows how valuable STREAM learning is.

There are a growing number of technology conferences
that  are engaging youth, teens and young adults so they
are not only getting hands on training, but having seeds
planted in their minds about future opportunities in
Technology  and STEAM.

KidsCamp conferences that are associated with
WordCamp conferences are unique learning adventures.
Integrating the elements of STEAM so that critical and higher
order thinking can be applied to enhance the learning of Web
Development that can be shared in other careers.

An example Aida Correa (Afro-Latina) and William Jackson
(African American), will be speakers on the upcoming
WordCamp Santa Clarita conference that will be online.
https://santaclarita.wordcamp.org/

They have spoken at multiple WordCamp technology
conferences and teaching at KidsCamp conferences
with a focus on STEAM, Web Development, integration
of Design Theory and building future digital leaders
youth,  teens and young adults in the United  States,
Canada and Central America.

They are Organizers for the KidsCamp with WordCamp
Jacksonville, Florida, teachers in KidsCamp Miami,
Florida and volunteering from Canada, and
Central America.

Aida Correa (Afro-Latina) represents mothers,
grandmothers, she is an author, Artist, blogger,
business owner (LoveBuilt Life, LLC),  florist and true
21st century Renaissance woman. She participates in
sharing the love of learning and living life more
creatively.
Aida can be found at LoveBuilt Life, LLC.
https://lovebuiltlife.com/

Her passion for the “open source” community and participating
in WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences locally (Jacksonville,
Florida), nationally and internationally shows as she teaches
youth,  teens and young adults across genders, generation
and culture.  Her diversity speaks volumes for girls and
women of Latina heritage how technology can help share
success and career choices.

Mary Job (Nigerian) is another example of an innovative and
progressive women that is a business owner and mentor to
men and women being engaged in tech. She manages on
Slack WP Nigeria to engage, empower and advocate for
Nigerians to grow in the WP or WordPress community.
Mary can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maryojob

No matter what community youth are from they need to see
that people that look like them are making decisions in
leadership, creativity and innovation. They already see people
like them in sports and entertainment, they need to see people
that are creative, smart, intelligent and innovative.

Digital engagement is being made at technology conferences,
workshops, seminars to bring to light that people of color and
culture are smart, they are in leadership and they are influencers.
As more and more people of color are YouTubers, Instagrammers,
Twitter Leaders, PodCasters, etc the value is that new areas
of learning can open new careers of learning, innovation and
creativity.

COVID19 is showing that communities of color and culture need
to have access to people of color that are doctors, researchers,
dentists,  attorneys, eye doctors, internists, pediatricians and
other related medical and STREAM innovators.

See the changing look of diversity can be found at many
campuses of HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities
that are in many ways leaders in STEM, STEAM, STREAM
and CSTREAM fields.

During Corona Parents Stay Engaged with Your Kids On Social Media

Coronavirus19

During Corona Parents Stay Engaged with Your Kids On Social Media
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest to Teach #MyQuestToTeach

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The closing of schools, social distancing and even
cities closing stores and social gathering places
are ravaging the social engagement of adults.

Just think of the impact on youth, teens and
young adults that thrive on social contact and
building relationships. Parent have already
complained about their kids on social media
too much before the Corona Virus, now it will
explode into social isolation and the explosion
of digital engagement multiplied by the number
of days in isolation and the only outlets will be
digital.

There are jokes now about how many babies will
be born in nine months, the additional concern
will be how many youth, teens and young adults
will be social media and digitally tethered to their
phones. Tech is a youths connection for social and
even mental health stability.

There will be new issues with the engagement of
kids being social after the Corona Virus isolation.
What parents may not realize are the affects now
what their kids may be going through mentally
and the content they are creating and sharing.

The access to social media should be a tool for
parents to have additional access to their children.
Digital tools and platforms enable parents to
connect to their children when they are away from
home and out of sight. Now that they are at home
and in sight how can digital tools bring about positive
engagement and interaction?

Parents should establish a common understanding
with their kids that they are both accountable for
communicating with each other and encourage the
sharing of content that builds stronger relationships
not digital distractions and further separation.

Taking virtual field trips together to zoos, museums,
libraries and even VR experiences that everyone can
enjoy and be engaged with. Applying social digital
travels around the world and connecting with digital
Art museums, Cultural museums, STEAM events that
are engaged and active.

There are too many stories where kids try to connect
with their parents using digital tools and kids cannot
“find” their parents. When parents try to connect with
their children there develops the same situation. Parents
are ultimately the social media role models and should
set the model for online behaviors and adventures that
can be fun and a digital journey for the family.

Children as young as 3 years old are developing skills
not heard of 5 years ago with technology. Many toddlers
have the fine motor skills of adults when they can Text,
Tweet, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp even before
they have formalized verbal communication.

The comprehension levels of children are more advanced
because of the digital engagements with devices, but the
knowledge to apply these skills is still lost in how to
effectively grow beyond the inability to empower and
educate. There needs to be a balance of engagement,
exploration, interaction and entertainment. Parents
need to research and explore before they feel frustrated,
stressed and even defeated because they cannot
“connect” with their kids. Engagement is vitally important
and doing things together.

Children, their thinking is years in advanced
even though emotionally they may not be able to process
the images, language and situations they witness in
online environments. When unsupervised kids get the
wrong messages about relationships.

Parents need to understand social media because it
is a representation of our society, both good and bad.
Parents cannot leave their children online without
supervision and monitoring. The social dynamics of online
lives are setting the foundation for youth, teens and
young adults in their behaviors with each other, their
families and this is embedded in their social
engagements with school and society.

The violent reactions by youth and young adults even
from the mention of taking phones away is disturbing.
Phones that they did not even purchase nor do they
make monthly payment. Parents sacrifice each
month in some cases to buy their kids the best phones
with the fastest connection, HD cameras and stereo
sound capability, but these same parents are scared
of their children and the children know this.

Parents must not only make high expectation with
digital behaviors and when they are ready take the
devices to “check” behaviors and be proactive to
potential situations.

The social dynamics of human interaction shows
that they are social creatures. They can be involved in
multiple levels of exchanging information using
language either verbal or body language. Digital
devices can expand this engagement either in good
ways or bad. Corona is spread by social engagement
and now social distancing is the safe way to be.

People communicate with voice and volume, physical
touching, facial expressions, body gestures, voice
inflections and even the movement in standing.
The social side of social engagement is based on
social interaction as humans.

The media aspects are based on dynamic media
platforms, digital sites that provide digital and even
clinical sites that have no physical nor emotional
connections. Kids are losing their emotional
foundations of reasoning, patience and in some
cases humanity. Parents have to mix social in
home and digital in virtual exchanges.

Children are growing more in love with their
digital devices and access to social sites than
they are to their humanity. More and more
children are manipulating their parents so they
(children) can get their digital “fix” either from
Twitter, Instagram, or Gaming.

Parents are finding that their little boys and girls
are being lost to a Matrix of useless information
that only encourages disconnection from family
and friends in the real situations of social
engagement.

Before parents start to see changes in the
emotional status of their children, there should
be a plan to keep those human connections active
and engaged. This time of Corona is not just the
ravages of a virus, but the change in mentality
and means of digital social engagement. There
should be play time, social time, family time,
daddy time, mommy time with the kids.

Parents are digital role models, re-engage with
their children to learn about them before they
are lost and have no desire to connect,
communicate or socialize with parents.

Parents get involved with your children before
the challenges are beyond Corona, but building
and keeping a relationship with your children.
One aspect is the disconnect from digital devices
to share real human time with family and friends
and even share digital engagements to build
stronger relationships.

During Corona Parents Stay Engaged with Your Kids On Social Media

During Corona Parents Stay Engaged with Your Kids On Social Media
William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest to Teach #MyQuestToTeach

This blog can be read by Alex and Google
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The closing of schools, social distancing and even
cities closing stores and social gathering places
are ravaging the social engagement of adults.

Just think of the impact on youth, teens and
young adults that thrive on social contact and
building relationships. Parent have already
complained about their kids on social media
too much before the Corona Virus, now it will
explode into social isolation and the explosion
of digital engagement multiplied by the number
of days in isolation and the only outlets will be
digital.

There are jokes now about how many babies will
be born in nine months, the additional concern
will be how many youth, teens and young adults
will be social media and digitally tethered to their
phones. Tech is a youths connection for social and
even mental health stability.

There will be new issues with the engagement of
kids being social after the Corona Virus isolation.
What parents may not realize are the affects now
what their kids may be going through mentally
and the content they are creating and sharing.

The access to social media should be a tool for
parents to have additional access to their children.
Digital tools and platforms enable parents to
connect to their children when they are away from
home and out of sight. Now that they are at home
and in sight how can digital tools bring about positive
engagement and interaction?

Parents should establish a common understanding
with their kids that they are both accountable for
communicating with each other and encourage the
sharing of content that builds stronger relationships
not digital distractions and further separation.

Taking virtual field trips together to zoos, museums,
libraries and even VR experiences that everyone can
enjoy and be engaged with. Applying social digital
travels around the world and connecting with digital
Art museums, Cultural museums, STEAM events that
are engaged and active.

There are too many stories where kids try to connect
with their parents using digital tools and kids cannot
“find” their parents. When parents try to connect with
their children there develops the same situation. Parents
are ultimately the social media role models and should
set the model for online behaviors and adventures that
can be fun and a digital journey for the family.

Children as young as 3 years old are developing skills
not heard of 5 years ago with technology. Many toddlers
have the fine motor skills of adults when they can Text,
Tweet, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp even before
they have formalized verbal communication.

The comprehension levels of children are more advanced
because of the digital engagements with devices, but the
knowledge to apply these skills is still lost in how to
effectively grow beyond the inability to empower and
educate. There needs to be a balance of engagement,
exploration, interaction and entertainment. Parents
need to research and explore before they feel frustrated,
stressed and even defeated because they cannot
“connect” with their kids. Engagement is vitally important
and doing things together.

Children, their thinking is years in advanced
even though emotionally they may not be able to process
the images, language and situations they witness in
online environments. When unsupervised kids get the
wrong messages about relationships.

Parents need to understand social media because it
is a representation of our society, both good and bad.
Parents cannot leave their children online without
supervision and monitoring. The social dynamics of online
lives are setting the foundation for youth, teens and
young adults in their behaviors with each other, their
families and this is embedded in their social
engagements with school and society.

The violent reactions by youth and young adults even
from the mention of taking phones away is disturbing.
Phones that they did not even purchase nor do they
make monthly payment. Parents sacrifice each
month in some cases to buy their kids the best phones
with the fastest connection, HD cameras and stereo
sound capability, but these same parents are scared
of their children and the children know this.

Parents must not only make high expectation with
digital behaviors and when they are ready take the
devices to “check” behaviors and be proactive to
potential situations.

The social dynamics of human interaction shows
that they are social creatures. They can be involved in
multiple levels of exchanging information using
language either verbal or body language. Digital
devices can expand this engagement either in good
ways or bad. Corona is spread by social engagement
and now social distancing is the safe way to be.

People communicate with voice and volume, physical
touching, facial expressions, body gestures, voice
inflections and even the movement in standing.
The social side of social engagement is based on
social interaction as humans.

The media aspects are based on dynamic media
platforms, digital sites that provide digital and even
clinical sites that have no physical nor emotional
connections. Kids are losing their emotional
foundations of reasoning, patience and in some
cases humanity. Parents have to mix social in
home and digital in virtual exchanges.

Children are growing more in love with their
digital devices and access to social sites than
they are to their humanity. More and more
children are manipulating their parents so they
(children) can get their digital “fix” either from
Twitter, Instagram, or Gaming.

Parents are finding that their little boys and girls
are being lost to a Matrix of useless information
that only encourages disconnection from family
and friends in the real situations of social
engagement.

Before parents start to see changes in the
emotional status of their children, there should
be a plan to keep those human connections active
and engaged. This time of Corona is not just the
ravages of a virus, but the change in mentality
and means of digital social engagement. There
should be play time, social time, family time,
daddy time, mommy time with the kids.

Parents are digital role models, re-engage with
their children to learn about them before they
are lost and have no desire to connect,
communicate or socialize with parents.

Parents get involved with your children before
the challenges are beyond Corona, but building
and keeping a relationship with your children.
One aspect is the disconnect from digital devices
to share real human time with family and friends
and even share digital engagements to build
stronger relationships.

Fighting with the Corona Virus and Lessons from our Elders

Coronavirus19

Fighting with the Corona Virus and Lessons from our Elders
Reflections of a child born in the 60’s and seeing that
our world needs to honor our elders and seniors, learning
from their lessons in life and what they tried to pass down
to each generation.

Wash Your Hands Clean Your House
Wash Your Hands Clean Your House

If you have grand parents and great grand parents talk to
them about their past lives and how they survived the
challenges we are about to face. Remember what they
tried to teach you and how to apply it to our current
present and future.

Sharing just a few thoughts and reflections from the
pandemic experiences. Thinking about my mother and
grandmother and their efforts to keep their homes
safe and clean, I realize that what they taught and other
grand and great grands are lost or ignored.

Since the early 80’s elders became old, not wise, they
became situations  and circumstances by younger
generations and the media. They are now hindrances
not vessels of knowledge and wisdom.
Television shows like the Cosby Show displayed elders
as wise, successful and full of knowledge and life.
Today’s media shows them as sickly, in the grips of death
and disease. This is a dangerous false and ignorant lie.

I remember my mother and grandmother cleaning at
least once a year their homes with bleach, I remember
them “airing out” their homes during nice days outside,
I remember them telling us to wash our hands when
we come in from outside, to blow our nose with tissue
that they strategically placed around the house and
making us clean our rooms so that germs, bugs, viruses
would be hindered from taking place in their homes.

I remember them telling us to take our shoes off and
put them by the door so we would know where they are
and keep poop, dirt and other stuff off their “clean” floors
and carpets.

It is amazing how remembering them it seems they
were always cleaning and checking and cleaning and
wiping and fussing at us about what could happen.
Gradually it did change our minds, because my brother
and sister realized we did not get sick like some of our
friends, we did not have bathroom problems because
they made us eat veggies, drink water, take Castor Oil
which I still do today and even go for walks to move our
bowels so we can go to the bathroom.

We walked our dog for the same reason, but parents do
not do this with their kids and wonder why their kids struggle
with pooping. They cooked meals not just microwaved
stuff to be fast. And we did not have the option to say
what we did not like or did not want. Money was tight
like it will be very soon as a matter of fact it will be
tighter.

Parents will not have the options to allow their kids to
waste food just because they don’t want it and throw
it in the garbage can and then allow them to come back
10 or 20 minutes later saying their hungry again. I tried
that but it did not work. I had to wait either until morning
for breakfast or eat saltine crackers and drink water.

We did not have all the allergies and other respiratory
issues that so many have. I’m not saying that their way
was the best way, but our elders tried to teach us
something and too many of their lessons are
either forgotten or ignored.

I use to cringe when I hear moms and dads say that
they will never raise their kids how they were raise,
but many forget the lessons of common sense and
love. This is why so many youth, teens and young
adults do not know how to survive when trouble
comes, this is why so many run home and run from
challenges that will make them stronger, wiser and
embrace their faith harder and grow spiritually.

Cleaning my apartment with bleach today and
occasionally do air out my apartment. Remembering
how my mom and grandmother poured bleach into
the sinks, toilets and tub so they would not stink
and bugs crawl up the pipes. Remembering how
they sprayed the couch, drapes, curtains and pillows
with Lysol to kill germs, viruses and they would not
stink. Teaching us how to wash clothes and
prepare for hard times.

I remember my brother and sister and I being made
to help clean the house because we were being
taught to be responsible and accountable that
carries into adulthood.

Parents cannot afford to allow children to ignore
them when they are told what to do, they cannot
afford to be ignored when telling children to clean
their rooms or help clean the house.

Even the Bible references parents teaching,
leading, directing, educating, disciplining and doing
all these things in love with their children. Because
if they are not taught children will be the sadness
of their parents, returning home and bring their
own personal demons and devils into their
parents homes, when elder parents should be
living in peace, prayer and enjoying their senior
years.

As I age going into my 60’s, my personal views
we have grown to comfortable in our lives, our
minds, spirits and souls occasionally we
need a persecution on levels to wake us up and
see what the Lord is saying about the way we
live. No one is perfect, but we can all lean to
more direction and guidance in our lives.

The consequences are to dire not to change our
minds and use many of what our parents, grand,
great and even great great parents did and tried
to teach us.

No one should force us to wash our hands knowing
that thousands die already, not one should force us
to clean our homes, communities and cities because
illness, viruses, germs and diseases are already
growing. It is all of our responsibility not just the city,
government, white house, President, Vice President,
etc to make us do it. If that is the case then Star Wars
is not to far off where people are ruled with an iron fist.

The Federation of Star Trek is not to far in the future
when we have to be made to do things, dress alike,
follow orders and made to go to school and made to
learn. This is what is already happening. When these
changes are put in place do you really think it will go
back to normal? Do you really think that life as we
take for granted will be given back to us as it was before?

Going into my 60’s I wish my mother and
grandmother and even great grandmother were
available to talk to, to get more wisdom so I can
share with youth, teens and young adults to help
them get through the difficult times to come
because too many parents are themselves to young to
teach prayer, sacrifice, patience and in some cases
even the grandparents are too young to
understand this.

These observations are not judgments against
anyone, but our world will forever change, the elders
from the past have tried to teach each generation
how to sew, cook with what you have, clean
what-ever you call home, grow food in small gardens,
cook beans (legumes ) that are rich in fiber, minerals
and to share our overflow with others as a blessing
so we have more to receive from God to share
even more.

Never forget the lessons of the past because the
past will always repeat itself with increasing severity.

About the body and the virus
About the body and the virus

An Edit to this post….
I spoke of the women that helped shape life, but I
would be disrespectful to the men, grandfathers,
great grandfathers that took care of the
neighborhoods. That spent time with the kids that
did not have a father, men that were tired from
working, tired from spending time with their kids
and took time with other community kids.

I talk about the Uncle Bucks, the Uncle Charlies, The Uncles
that were there and helped the elderly, the sick and even
the homeless brother and sister that lived up the street or
in the abandoned building. The elderly man that gave to
homeless kids even though he was struggling himself.
The elderly husband and wife down or up the street that tried
to be kind to the neighborhood kids, but the kids laughed
at them and the parents did too.

The Uncles that took the kids to the park, that fixed things at
peoples houses and even drove people to the store or laundry
mat. Talking about the grandfathers tired from years of work,
labor and challenges, but still gave wisdom and knowledge
to the kids playing in the community.

Ironically there was a community group that did this called the
Black Panthers and others. Yes they were radical, but look at
the good they did with reading programs, food giveaways,
shopping for the elderly and even taking people to the doctors
or bringing the doctors to them.

So much has been provided with wonderful examples, but so much has
been lost in knowledge and wisdom. We are seeing the disconnections between neighborhoods, “regular people” and government, the lack of resources to help our elders and seniors. There is no time to complain,
but time to change and make a difference one person at a time,
one community at a time, one city at a time.

How can you easily spend 8 billion dollars on a virus and not be
accountable for those monies or take billions from our
military to build something of a wall that can change lives
with compassion and love. Closing boarders was done before
WWI and WWII look what happened and remember a wall
between Berlin!!

Families and children are hungry and homeless in this Great Nation.
Farmers are losing their farms, small businesses are closing forever,
fathers and mothers are afraid and stressed and their is no
compassion from so many leaders. Where are people receiving
relieve and help??

If you look at most disaster movies the majority shows that eventually
we will have to work together or perish together. We will have to look
past color, culture, racism, stereotypes, bias, traditions and isms and
skisms…

A virus does not care about color or culture, it does not care
about Democrat, Republican, Independent. It does not care
about age, generation, gender, language or intelligence.
It does several things, invades and kills..

How do we want our life to be remembered either alive or
dead our actions,  in the next several years will tell as more
happens to test or faith, our love, our prayer life, our humanity,
our families and our eternal souls.

If you have been watching this virus is not the only event
globally, it is not the first and will not be the last. What have
you learned from your elders to prepare you, your families,
your communities and your leaders to prepare for
more to come?

Corona Virus Update

#Corona #CoronaVirus #CoronaVirus2020 
#TheStaffordAct #StaffordAct

Speaking at WordCamp and Fighting Impostor Syndrome

Community Brings People Together

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Speaking at WordCamp and Fighting Impostor Syndrome
William Jackson, M.Ed. My Quest To Teach
https://myquesttoteach.com/

2020 Speaker
William Jackson
WordCamp Miami – WordCamp Atlanta – WordCamp Santa Clarita
Aida Correa
WordCamp Greenville – WordCamp Atlanta – WordCamp Santa Clarita
WordCamp Jacksonville –

Aida and William
Aida and William

Does the thought of speaking at a WordCamp conference
inspire you? Does the idea of sharing your knowledge,
experiences excite you? Then you should apply to be a
speaker at WordCamp conferences locally, nationally and
internationally and be engaged at local meetups.

I love to share that if a PE teacher from Jacksonville, Florida
can do it anyone can, that is not to say PE teachers are not
good speakers, on the contrary our community of Physical
and Health educators is based on motivating youth, teens
and young adults to be the best they can be each and
every day.

The same zeal, zest, smiles and enthusiasm I use in
teaching at school, teaching in bible study in ministry,
community events and mentoring kids for me is applied
at WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences.

WC Jax
WC Jax WordCamp Jacksonville 

https://2020.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp conferences are for anyone not just experts,
anyone with a passion to share their knowledge and to
empower others is welcomed to attend, volunteer and
contribute. You do not have to be an expert, because you
have knowledge in your brain that others need to learn
from (paraphrasing Steve Schwartz , a respected
speaker and advocate on Cyber-Security
Steve Schwartz Twitter – @AVT_Steve

Not only is WordCamp a great opportunity to network, to build
your personal and professional learning community and network,
as an African American blogger, educator and digital advocate,
I encourage underrepresented groups who are thinking about
speaking at WordCamp conferences to do it and gain valuable
skills in public speaking and sharing technical content.

The communities that are indigenous are encouraged to register
to attend and even register their children to attend KidsCamp to
build digital skills that open multiple doors for future careers as
thought leaders, digital innovators and entrepreneurs. Indigenous
youth, teens and young adults should be taking “seats at the
tables” of companies and corporations to create positive
changes for their communities. If there is not voice they will
continue to be ignored and not have the necessary influence to
help build their communities.

The recent blog
“2020 The Need for Indigenous Youth to Attend Global Tech
Conferences” shares that in order to obtain careers of leadership,
influence and create dynamic change conferences need to be
attended and speaker opportunities taken advantage of.
https://myquesttoteach.com/2020/01/25/2020-the-need-for-
indigenous-youth-to-attend-global-tech-conferences/

Do not allow “Impostor Syndrome” to stop you from participating
and sharing what you know. WordPress Meetups and WordCamp
conferences are phenomenal venues to receive support, develop
growth strategies to improve presentation skills, build skill-sets,
witness that representation of color and culture does matter and
that all shades of people of color and culture are involved in many
areas of tech.

Listen to Nathan Ingram in this awesome Podcast about IS
https://www.wpelevation.com/2018/11/bet-on-your-strengths-
and-find-your-community/

As a graduate of an HBCU – Historically Black College and
University, South Carolina State University I passionately
encourage HBCU students and instructors to get involved
and engaged in the WordPress community. HBCU students
are welcomed and encouraged to attend and participate in
volunteering and gaining skills to be speakers not just at
WordCamp, but use those skills in other venues.

Think of what is stopping you from sharing your knowledge
and throw it to the winds. Contemplate how to move beyond
your fears, cast away your self-doubts and talk on.  Boost your
speaking confidence with the understanding that the more you
speak the better you get and take your content creation to
another level in your local environment, on national stages and
even international levels of engagement.

Les Brown stated that “fear kills dreams, fear kills passions”
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BjFo4skppw
WordCamp conferences and KidsCamp are safe places because
no one is judged by their gender, generation, color, culture or age.
Knowledge is what is sought out, engaging the audience to move
their skills-sets higher in their quest to continue to build a more
inclusive knowledge community and grow into thought leadership
positions.

Impostor Syndrome should not keep anyone from growth, “IS”
should not be a roadblock to developing and enhancing anyone’s
voice. The voice is a powerful vehicle of information sharing and
potential collaboration. In our world of information sharing, being
able to collaborate is more valuable than competing against each
other.

The WordPress community’s foundation is based on democratizing
the web to open the web to diversity, inclusivity, generational
growth and community that is local, national and global. Helping
others achieve their goals and expanding their influence. Why
should anyone be fearful knowing this?

Educational professionals would do well to participate
because students are so connected, that digital resources
are affecting and influencing the learning designs of students.
Students do not just read books anymore, they are connected to
content that is engaging, interactive, busy, and provides immediate
feedback.

A “Knowledge Society” is changing the direction of instruction
and the placement of students as they pass through the
educational curriculum’s from elementary to middle to high
school. KidsCamp is embracing youth, teens and young
adults in STEAM experiences and exposure that can be seen
by Sandi Batik is a WordPress trainer and Annika Akinmusuru
a  youth participating as a KidsCamp teacher at WordCamp
San Antonio
https://2020.sanantonio.wordcamp.org/kidscamp-wordcamp-san-antonio-2020/.

KidsCamp are growing in Central America in Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, and in Mexico to the North. The potential to advance
global engagement is unlimited. KidsCamp starts the process of
developing future volunteers, speakers and organizers. Inspiring
these  youth now is key because once they get over potential
fears they will take WordCamp, KidsCamp and other venues to
the next level.
Aida and I have been teachers for 2 years at WordCampCR in
Costa Rica this continues to open our eyes the building of
communities outside of the US.

WordCampCR KidsCamp 2018
WordCampCR KidsCamp 2018

 

WordCampCR in Costa Rica Central America
WordCampCR in Costa Rica Central America 2019

Allowing IS stop dreams from achieving will kill the digital
creativity and innovation that is lying dormant in so many people.
When you allow IS to win you are denying others the knowledge
that you have and preventing learning that can be shared locally,
nationally and globally.

The Wiki def. is:
Impostor syndrome. … Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor
phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience)
is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments
and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Don’t allow  your destiny to be determined by a definition from the
Internet, embrace your talents, skills, abilities and knowledge to be
the change you want to create and to grow.

Aida and William KidsCampJax2019
Aida and William KidsCampJax2019

To see where WordCamps are check out the site WordCamp
Central.. https://central.wordcamp.org/
Videos on fighting IS https://wordpress.tv/?s=impostor+syndrome

Digital Jobs Globally
Digital Jobs Globally