The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development

The Future is Bright for African Children with STEAM and Web Development
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Uganda Bloggers
Uganda Bloggers

Developing and implementing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating
Web Development is the key to developing Africa’s future of
technology and digital innovation. As a teacher of 32 years and
sponsoring students and teachers to attend WordCamp conferences
I see the value of sponsoring youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in a growing technological field. The growth of technology
conferences and the integration of the diversity of STEAM being
made available for African youth, teens and young adults to be
involved in new areas of tech is important for growth economically,
educationally and even socially across the continent.

Professional educators in Africa are developing curriculum’s that are
fun, engaged, relevant to the needs of African children and inclusive
to the diverse needs of African children. Children of Africa need to
see representation that looks like them, allows for mentoring and
awareness in technology careers and as entrepreneurs. WordCamp
conferences like WordCamp Nairobi Kenya
https://2019.nairobi.wordcamp.org/ and WordCamp Harare are
opening new doors for growth https://2019.harare.wordcamp.org/

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher order thinking
that children have naturally, but not sure how to apply these  gifts.
African children like American children many times do not understand
how to apply and build on their brilliance.
Kids, youth, teens and young adults are looking to be included in the
opportunities that WordCamp conferences present and the combining
of other tech conferences  across the continent in Africa.

Conferences are happening globally and even active in Latin America,
Central  America and South America. The same passion can be applied
in Africa, The Americas and other places, African youth, teens and
young adults need an opportunity to grow.
They are preparing youth and teens to be the future leaders their
nations will need. Providing global collaborations and building
professional and personal networks.  These opportunities should
be inviting to youth and teens, bring diversity in learning
engagement, fun and teaching skills that are required in business,
commerce and global enterprises.

Bursting at the doors African youth, teens and young adults are
wanting to learn coding, programming, cyber-security and web
development. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs and
business owners. One of the fastest growing business owners
are African youth, teens and young adults they are Africa’s
future.
“The thirst for technology of young Africans” by Boubacar Diallo
https://www.afrikatech.com/start-business/the-thirst-for-technology-of-young-africans/
shows how technology is changing lives and communication
technologies enable young entrepreneurs to create a better future.

African kids love technology just as kids from around the world
and what the potential is for new business ideas. The future of
tech is in the youth, teens and young adults that are learning in
schools that have programs where learning can gain high salary
careers, in order to “qualify” there needs to be the right
education and mentor-ships. African children are dreaming digitally
of careers so they can provide for their families and create social
changes.

African children must be able to engage in conferences where
their minds are broadened, their skills are improved and sharpened
and their fear of what is new is overcome. Conferences create an
environment of innovation, creativity and discovery. All that is
required is excitement, a love for learning
and creativity.

African children need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer.
Tech provides building a world of discovery and innovation, and
working together to accomplish goals and building future dreams
in careers, business and as entrepreneurs.
Children are learning about development, web design, coding,
java script, Podcasting, Vblogging, Microblogging and other
related skills. Kids will walk away from tech conferences
confident and empowered.

African Bloggers In Action
African Bloggers In Action

Building on being a thought leader, critical thinker and
innovative designer for business and community influencer.
African parents start this process by attending conferences
involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright and
growing for African youth, teens and young adults.
If you’re interested in helping to sponsor youth, teens and
young adults to attend WordCamp conferences in Africa
and Central America contact me and lets collaborate
William Jackson, M.Ed. myquesttoteach@gmail.com

WordCampYYC Embracing Canadian Hospitality and Friendship WCYYC 2019-2020

Logo WCYYC

WordCampYYC Embracing Canadian Hospitality and Friendship WCYYC 2019
William Jackson, M.Ed.

William and Aida in Calgary YYC

William and Aida in Calgary YYCThinking back to previous WC conferences I’m always happy to think
about traveling thousands of miles from home and being treated with
kindness, respect, friendship and professionalism. WordCamp
conferences are more than tech conferences they embrace and
respect the humanity of others.

The humanity of people comes out first and is shared in words, deeds
and actions. Visiting far away from home there should be remembrance
of how to behave and how to act. We are visitors and representing not
just ourselves, but we represent our communities, our homes and our
nation. We are emissaries and pilgrims when we travel internationally

William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and Aida Correa
(LoveBuilt Life, LLC) were speakers at the WordCamp conference
WordCampYYC in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2018 and 2019. We
even volunteered and assisted with the KidsCamp…
The conference, well respected and well attended event by over
300 people from the United States and provinces across Canada.
The spirit of the event contained a respect and admiration for each
of our abilities to share knowledge and experiences.

Aida at YYC
Aida at YYC

The two day conference has speakers from many providence’s
of Canada, the United States and attendees represented the
growing diversity of Canada. The invitation to speak at WordCamp
is provided to content creators of diversity in knowledge, gender,
culture and generation. Where knowledge is respected and shared.
The power of “applied knowledge” helps to build businesses,
creating opportunities to build a PLN – Professional Learning Network
and PLC – Professional Learning Communities.

The chosen speakers are respected in their fields of influence, study
and knowledge. They range from traditional Bloggers to Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters, Video-bloggers, Digital Influencers and business owners.
There are SEO experts, Coding, Programming and Digital Media
experts. New voice technologies are growing and experts like Chip
and Pam Edwards of Create My Voice –
#CreateMyVoice – https://createmyvoice.com are sharing new digital
voice platforms that allow for engagement and interactions. There
is always room to learn from others and WC conferences are the
places to connect, collaborate and create.

Women's Panel
Women’s Panel

The attendance of women has grown tremendously and the
engagement of women as speakers has grown across the board
for WordCamp conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
In addition, people of color have grown in attendance and speaking,
even the indigenous people are seeing the benefits of attending and
learning. The KidsCamp opens new doors for potential careers for
the youth, teens and young adults that attend and are either veterans
or newbies.

As an African American male in his 50’s there are opportunities to
share my experiences, wisdom, exposure and even generational
experiences. The humanistic elements are important for people to
understand that technology is as only influential as the people that
create content and post it on platforms that invite engagement
and interaction.

The uniqueness of a WordCamp is everyone that has knowledge
is welcomed, no matter the years of experience everyone has
something to contribute and provide. Everyone has something
to share that builds knowledge, collaboration and engagement.
There is a mentality of “each one teach one” and “train the
trainer” collaborations.

What has helped Aida and I is being involved in STEAM instruction
and teaching in the community. What we have learned at
WordCamp we can apply in education curriculum’s and community
education workshops and community conferences. Youth, teens and
young adults need to know they are welcomed, needed and supported.
Especially children of color and culture where representation matters.
When children of color and culture see men and women of color
they are inspired to grow.

Aida Speaking in YYC
Aida Speaking in YYC

Aida, also an educator, Artist, Web Developer and involved
in the community offers a unique perspective of technology
and the Arts. There are many that attend WordCamp
conferences that are Artists and seeking to find how they
can apply their crafts, gifts and talents to the open source
community. Her business of Artistic workshops for all ages
shows the influence and importance of the engagement
of The Arts in business, technology and STEAM.
Even attending WCUS there are artist like Jenni….
https://youtu.be/JdhcgyOkrik

The opportunities to grow into a thought leader, digital
innovator and influencer are available on multiple scales.

Having traveled internationally it offers an opportunity
to experience the diversity of life and experiences to
share with others. The world is a dynamic and exciting
place. Inclusion, cultural awareness, generational respect
and gender appreciation are important. Speaking in Canada
is a rewarding experience to be remembered a life time.

International experiences broaden the perspectives
of collaboration, inclusiveness and cooperation. Aida and
I represent the beauty of diversity. Aida is an Afro-Latina
of Puerto Rican heritage and I’m African American of Native
American and African heritage. Embracing the beauty of
who we are and where we came from. Sharing that people
of diversity have much to offer and are influential agents
of change.

The people of Canada are welcoming, friendly, respectful
and show awesome hospitality and humanity. Each year
their WC is a wonderful conference that extends to friendship
and deeper fellowship.

Hospitality at YYC
Hospitality at YYC

WordCampYYC shows the spirit of friendship, peace, fellowship
and humanity. 2018 and 2019 are previews to great things to
come for WCYYC and all of Canada. 2020 and beyond looks
to be a growing empowerment for all WC conferences and
KidsCamp conferences throughout Canada
WordCampYYC – https://www.facebook.com/wordcampyyc

Christine Aida William
Christine Aida William

 

Follow us on the hashtags:
#thatwordcamplife –  #lovebuiltlife – #myquesttoteach

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https://central.wordcamp.org/

Logo WCYYC
Logo WCYYC

 

What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp

My Quest to Teach in Africa

What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp
William Jackson, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist

Wm Jackson
Wm Jackson

WordCamps are magnificent ways to collaborate, network,
inspire and engage in diverse areas of technology.
Web development has changed the way people communicate,
associate, collaborate and create activism.

Africans are broadening their engagement and implementation
of technologies in their societies as the infrastructure is being laid.
Wireless technology has exploded and more people see the
potential to use wireless and web technologies beyond just
communicating with family.

Africans are entering the entrepreneurial realms of business
ownership. What can be learned from participating and speaking
at WordCamps can build the competitive edge that can care a
business and people to national and global visibility.

As a current and past sponsor of WordCamp conferences in Africa
I see the necessity as a teacher and business owner to help fellow
content creators that are students and teachers in Africa.
Helping future thought leaders, digital innovators and creative
content designers to build stronger economic opportunities and
encourage collaborations. Sponsoring allows me to give back to
diverse communities that have generational affects.

WC Harare
WC Harare

What is the value of investing in WordCamp conferences….
1. Diversity should be accepted in all fields of tech and Social Media.
Everyone has a story and is unique in their journey.
2. Take advantage of all the learning opportunities on and off line.
3. If you have a new idea to develop content don’t stall it, go after it.
4. Sometimes it is better to collaborate not just compete.
5. Books should be available to enhance research skills. Always have
your library card available.
6. Read classic African authors to build a foundation of cultural relevance.
7. Attend both EdCamps, WordCamps and Bar Camps when-ever possible.
8. Have a vision and mission statement.
9. Find new areas to blog.
10. Take the opportunity to co-blog.
11. Have a hashtag to share content.
12. Volunteer in the community and at schools.
13. Sponsor events in the community.
14. Participate in online chats to share knowledge.
15. Have a name badge created and updated business cards.
16. Google your name and business to see what
content is out there about your business.
17. Make sure your Social Media profiles meets with
your Brand objectives.
18. Don’t forget to renew your Domain name even if
you’re not using it yet.
19. Create a Media Kit to share your business story
20. Have several headshots available for various events.
21. Decide a head of time what your hashtags are that you use.
22. Understand how to properly apply quotes from someone
from the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Be about that hustle and being Lit.
24. Be concerned about your associations. Remember the term,
guilt by association.
25. Be about promoting others and their community service
and giving back to humanity.

WordPress Jax Kids Meetup Building Digital Leaders

Elizabeth Esther Elisha

WordPress Jax Kids Meetup Building Digital Leaders
William Jackson, M.Ed.  Aida Correa, Artist and Author

Kids working on their web sites
Kids working on their web sites

Youth, teens and young adults are involved in the growing
WordPress community as bloggers, content creators,
micro-bloggers, speakers and even developing organizers.

WPJaxKids is inviting students in Duval County Public
Schools, Charter Schools and even private schools to
encourage young people to have fun and enjoy STEAM
projects with William Jackson and Aida Correa. Both are
seasoned WordCamp speakers, volunteers and educators.

Youth are the growing future of digital industries, there is
no one country that has enough knowledge workers to
handle all the necessary jobs that are required.
The world is a knowledge run community not just manual
labor.

Youth, teens and young adults are beginning entrepreneurs
through  technology exposure and mentoring. Many have
started their own online businesses and making profits from
being exposed to WordCamp / KidsCamp conferences.

Elisha Taylor III a high school junior in this blog with
Elizabeth and Esther middle school students,  are  seen
with the web sites they have designed from participating
in the WPJax Kids Meetup  and attending  KidsCamp
associated with WordCamp Jax conference,  the next
WCJax conference March 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida
https://2020.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

Youth, teens and young adults attending WC conferences
and KidsCamp  are growing into potential  WordCamp
and KidsCamp  conference speakers, organizers  as well
as learning skills that will aid in their career dreams.
WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences are developing
locally, nationally and internationally. The growth is
transformative because youth are learning real world
skills and networking with professionals.

WordCamp conferences are worth the small price for
2 to 3 days of conference exposure with web developers,
coders, programmers, digital innovators, artists and writers.
Changes are going on now that are preparing youth, teens
and young adults for their career aspirations in digital
businesses.

How important are digital skills, this can be seen in the
understanding that 40% of all web sites globally are created
with the WordPress “open source” digital platform. The skills
of coding, programming, PHP and other scripting languages
is invaluable to be proficient in the expanding digital influences
of Internet based careers even in digital security.

Opportunities like WPJaxKids help kids learn web development
on both sides of the development that are graphical and
development.

Kids Building Web Sites in Jacksonville
Kids Building Web Sites in Jacksonville

Elisha has stated that being involved in WPJaxKids Meetup,
WordCamp conferences and in KidsCamp is preparing him
for real world experiences in other tech opportunities and
increasing his opportunities for entering into higher education
and to be ahead of the academic and networking game.

More information can be found at WPJaxMeetUp
https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jacksonville/

Why We Started WPJax Kids MeetUP
Video about the start of WPJaxKids
https://youtu.be/iae7rkoLmas

What will you find going on at WPJaxKids Meetup
https://youtu.be/6r1XLk2639Y

Web site developed by Elisha Taylor III
Journey Through the Motherboard
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com/

Web Site Story Board
Web Site Story Board