WordCamp Conferences – You Have Too Want It and Own It

Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando

WordCamp Conferences – You Have Too Want It and Own It
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Organizer, Volunteer, Speaker, Advocate, Micro-sponsor

The growing anniversaries of WordCamp conferences is a
pivital point in many of those attending these transitiveness
tech conferences globally.
Organizers and Bloggers

Organizers and BloggersWC or WordCamp is an opportunity to learn new skills and
apply to the value and importance of building knowledge
then applying that knowledge strategically. Learning
marketing strategies, the value of recognizing changes
in applications that take the future and pull us forward.
The evolution of “tracks” shows the diversity of the
speakers in culture, gender, demographics and their
knowledge base.

Diversity and inclusiveness means across the board
cultural, gender, color and even generational values
to all. The understanding that as content creators we
cannot live in a vacuum or in our own worlds because
of the beauty of diversity in interests applied to
the dynamic platform of WordPress.

One of the pivital points of WordCamp is the Kids Camp
that provides a platform of networking, education,
encouragement, empowerment and even enlightenment.
Youth, teens and young adults grow in their business
and entrepreneurial knowledge.
They are engaged in exchanges of knowledge, higher
order thinking and critical thinking skills.

The instruction, mentoring and role modeling through
the speakers and volunteers showed that youth, teens
and young adults are encouraged to be engaged and involved.
Sharing to the future bloggers, graphic designers, coders,
programmers that they have to want to own it, and through
that ownership they are a growing influence.

Teaching future content creators, bloggers, entrepreneurs,
business owners, educators, venture capitalists and others
that allow for engagement, empowerment and elevation for the
future business leaders in technology.
My observations as an educator, business owner and parent
are the lessons learned from WordCamp conferences I have
attended, spoken and volunteered since 2011.

Learning is not conditional, it should be contagious and
continuous. There should be relevancy in applying what is
being learned to real world situations. Applied knowledge
can create change, the WordCamp community is not a selfish
community, it is based on a foundation of innovation,
creativity, imagination and sharing.

Diversity is valuable and inclusiveness is a continuous
learning process as more women are speaking and more people
of color such as myself (African American and male) and
Aida Correa (Afro-Latina and female) each of us is over
50 so generational circumstances are important too.

Flag of Costa Rica
Flag of Costa Rica

Involved in WordCampCR (Costa Rica) Central America
is an extension of the value of diversity in culture,
cultural understanding and cultural acceptance.
Even speaking and volunteering in Calgary, Canada at
WordCampYYC (Calgary, Alberta) Canada

Image of WordCamp YYC
Image of WordCamp YYC

The extension of the conference for WordCamp and Kids Camp
into Meetups held once or twice a month that encourages
interaction and collaboration. Learning has to be applied
to the crafts that are chosen, being accountable and
responsible for your knowledge and applying where it is
beneficial for growth.

The speakers at WordCamp conferences provide the
content,  it is up to those attending to apply that
knowledge for their benefit and even the benefit
of their customers.
The dynamics of tech can only show change when effectively
applied and applied strategically. Owning our Brands is
owning our vision for what we want people to see and their
perceptions of what we present.

Encouraging youth, teens and young adults with their
parents to attend WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences
and along with monthly or bi-monthly Meetups.

WordCamp Central
https://central.wordcamp.org/
WordCamps are informal, community-organized
events that are put together by WordPress
users like you.
Everyone from casual users to core developers
participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally

Wm Jackson SCSU Grad
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando

 

Valuing STEAM Integration in KidsCamp Nationally and Globally
William Jackson and Aida Correa
Twitter @wmjackson and @lovebuiltlife
Hashtags Respectively
#MyQuestToTeach and #LoveBuiltLife

Cross cultural and cross curricular learning encourages
applied cognitive tools during the learning in the
KidsCamp and Youth Camp environment.

Cross curricular processes to learning, making a transition
in math, writing, reading, comprehension when applied to
STEAM helps to show that all learning is relevant, connected
and valuable.

This is not the “you have to learn,” demands of parents there
is the guided learning of “why you should learn,” and “the
benefits to your life” guidance.
Youth, teens and young adults need learning that is individual
and in a team learning process as the teachers are the
facilitators of learning in an environment of discovery
and creativity. Kids and Youth Camp Conferences are the
growing and engaging ways to move.

STEAM – STREAM -CSTREAM
Hands-on learning that is projected based: students are
provided a project to accomplish and the process is explained
and they are let loose to explore the project to completion and
provided learning avenues to discover and explore.
Kids and youth are engaged in the learning process aided to
build critical and higher order thinking in a collaborative
environment with a goal that is measurable upon completion.
Hand-on learning is transformative and changes the learning
paradigm even for autistic children.

A stipulation, build relationships and build their
interests and how it can be applied to their growth. In Kids
and Youth Camp Conferences there should be trust, passion,
engagement and connections. Many times these cannot be
created in structured settings like schools, so WordCamp
conferences are unique and needed.

STEAM encourages learning scaffolding, problem solving,
sequencing, pattering, and critical along with higher order
thinking skills. Youth, teens and young adult may not know
when applied to building, designing, the Arts, discovery and
innovation, it provides a new avenue for learning and how
to apply that leaning for relevancy. Artists like Aida Correa
understand the value for these connections and why
the Arts are important. Guiding new areas of thinking,
rationalization, creativity and even building discipline.

Integration of core subject areas, creating a STEAM lesson
integrates Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math
as a 30 year professional educator teaching Physical Education
and Technology (Engineering) creativity and innovation go
hand in hand. Kids want to build, break, design, construct
and get messy from time to time. Web development builds
reading, comprehension and literacy skills. Behaviors do
change when youth, teens and young adult learn that
anyone globally will be able to read their content to they
put their best foot-forwards in writing and posting content.

Collaborative planning with business and industry students
are encouraged to take ownership for their learning, not just
to meet learning standards in schools, there is the freedom
of expression and sharing their passions in areas they can
learn about online not just in a classroom or school setting.

In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences they become the teachers
and parents become the students and parents are the support
mechanism during the Kids and Youth camp process.

What is learned in the traditional classrooms are applied in
hands-on lessons to revel that all learning is connected and
relevant to building ideas for careers that are now, new and
exploratory and ones that have not been created yet.

The engagement of individual learning and the connectivity
of collaborative learning are powerful tools especially for
children of color and culture. This provides an avenue to
show them that their “being” is important and they can both
individually and collectively make a difference in the world
around them.

Youth, teens and young adult in Africa and Canada are
expecting their participation in WordCamp conferences and
if they are not invited are protesting along with their parents.
The ability for WordCamp to expand and grow is dependent
on the support, encouragement and advocacy for Kids and
Youth Camps. The United States of America with all its
resources still cannot dominate the world with tech able
people, globally WordCamp conferences express
collaboration, connections and the integration of STEAM.

STEAM educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa
also show that Representation Matters because of their
diverse cultural backgrounds. Children of color and culture
need to see people of color and culture teaching them,
mentoring and guiding their growth.

Kids and Youth Camp Conferences in 2019 located:
United States
WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
https://2019.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia
https://2019.atlanta.wordcamp.org/

Canada
WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada
https://2019.calgary.wordcamp.org/

Central America
WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
https://2019.sanjose.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicaragua
https://2019.managua.wordcamp.org/

Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach
a Sponsor https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp CapeTown
https://2019.capetown.wordcamp.org/

WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson of My Quest To Teach a Sponsor
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences

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Children of Color Need to Attend Kids Camp Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
Teachers for
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Orlando 2019
KidsCamp Miami 2019
https://2019.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

Developing STEAM Initiatives and Integrating with Web Development.
The rapid growth of WordCamp conferences and the integration of
Kids Camp conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults of color need to be involved in new areas.
Educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa are
developing independent curriculum’s that are fun,
engaged, exciting and inclusive to the needs of
children of color. They (both are people of color)
understand that children of color need to see
representation that looks like them, allows for growth
and awareness in technology careers.

The implementation of STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher
order thinking that children of color have naturally,
but do not understand how to apply and build on their brilliance.
STEM camps, STEAM camps and Kids Camp are happening across
the nation and globally. Kids, youth, teens and young adults
are demanding to be included in the opportunities that WordCamp
conferences present. Kids Camp conferences are not only happening
in the United States, they are in San Jose, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua in Central America. William and Aida have assisted with
the Kids Camp in 2018 and with the Kids Camp in Calgary, Alberta
Canada as well in 2018.

Their participation is expected in 2019 and beyond to help
bring diversity in learning, engagement, fun and teaching skills
that are required in business, commerce and global enterprises.
Bursting at the doors kids are wanting to learn to code, and
develop web sites. Kids want to learn how to be entrepreneurs
and business owners.

Kids love technology and what the potential is for new business
ideas not just playing sports and entertainment. 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.

Education is not the only option, networking, collaboration,
partnerships are valuable. Learning skills that are part of the
business process and learning the language(s) to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Children of color 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.
Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating
beyond their present positions in life. Parents of color must
allow their children to participate in conferences to build
skills for future employment chances and changes.
Sports and entertainment come with inherent risks, but education
is only risky when it is discounted, rejected and laughed at.
The color of skin at a Kids Camp conference does not matter
because the instructors are of color and represent the kids
there.

William Jackson (African American) and Aida Correa
(Latina – Puerto Rican) create an environment of innovation,
creativity and discovery. All that is required is excitement,
a love for learning and creativity by the kids.
Children of color 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 WordPress development,
web design, coding, java script, Podcasting, Vblogging,
Microblogging and other related skills. Kids will walk
away from Kids Camp with their very own WordPress.com
website. How cool is that!!!
Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity
to travel the world.

One of the challenges for many children of color is that
too many do not get out of their neighborhoods to
explore the world around them. They seem to be stuck with
no exposure to the future and this creates “dream deserts”
where children of color don’t dream.
Kids Camps provide a vision and purpose for dreams. The
excitement of new thinking, fantastic dreams of growth
and change. The dopeness of the future as a
leader, creator and innovator.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving. This must never be allowed to happen again !!!
Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s
challenges. Children of color need to be part of the
solutions to solve human challenges, threats, complex
environmental changes and create generational growth.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted,
talented, creative and innovative should be celebrated as a
child of color and culture.

Start by attending WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences and
other areas involving STEM and STEAM, the future is bright!!

Resources:
William Jackson and Aida Correa Welcome to Kids Camp Miami 2019
https://youtu.be/ibCFAAt8Z2s

Did You Know How Tech Influences Your Life 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8lBMFw2xFA&t=1s

WordCamp Central where globally WordCamp can be found
https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/


I’m Volunteering and Teaching at WordCamp Miami 2019