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Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:27:30 PM »


Advocating for Kids Camp at WordCamp Calgary, Canada
by William Jackson, #MyQuestToTeach
WordCamp Speaker, Volunteer,
Advocate, Blogger, Organizer

WordCamp Calgary surrounded by mountains that take
your breath away. The scenery could not properly be
captured in photos or video to truly display the splendor
and magnificence of natural formations reaching thousands
of feet into blue skies that seem to magically hold puffs
of fluffy white and gray clouds.
Clouds suspended in the blue of a sky that appears limitless
in its expanse and depth.

WordCamp Calgary offered an international conference
that showed why WCYYC is respected and well attended.
The diversity of speakers including myself flying in from
Jacksonville, Florida and being the only African American
speaking was a great honor.  Diversity is recognized,
respected and encouraged.

Welcomed warmly by other bloggers and content creators
there was excitement to hear my presentation, even before
the scheduled time. I was asked several times about my
direction and “scope” of speaking.

Perceptions are strong, as content creators we should be
mindful of the perceptions we create that spread over and
through the Internet. First impressions are important even
in digital environments because of the foundations they
create to connect with others.
The growing Kids Camp for youth and teens from ages
8 to 16 are significant because they assist the next
generation of content creators, entrepreneurs and business
owners.

Kids Camp provides networking opportunities, mentoring
exposure, career mentorship and building a family that
understands and supports the direction of youth and teens
that burn with a desire to be their own boss.
Kids Camp is a time to introduce young people as young as
8 years of age the fun of building content to create an
important online presence. To share ideas, passions,
skill-sets, learning opportunities and even collaboration.
Kids Camps are growing in leaps and bounds nationally and
internationally.

When looking to attend a WordCamp many of those in the
tech industry check to see if their children can attend the
Kids Camp. Having the chance to assist with Kids Camp
Calgary allowed me to share my knowledge as a business
owner, educator, blogger and digital innovator. To talk to
youth from Calgary and even the growing South Sudanese
community whose children desire to be tech savvy business
 owners.

They understand that in order for any business to survive
that business must have a digital presence. The “open source”
community is a dynamic and engaging community that
embraces diversity and innovation. Allowing designers, artists,
writers, bloggers, coders and others to come together and share
their stories and passions as content creators.
Observing the kids participating in Kids Camp, they are not
concerned about the technical aspects, they want to build,
create, apply, engage, be interactive and even share what they
are learning.

This year being the first Kids Camp at WordCampYYC lead by
a seasoned teacher Christina Workman @AmethystAnswers,
using tools found in a business environment, the kids attending
are engaged and involved in hands-on learning based on web
development and content creation.
Using Storyboarding, Visionboarding and allowing the kids to
access WordPress to build their web sites.

Visually empowering these digital innovators with tools that can
change the perceptions of readers and viewers and those
looking at their content from across digital landscapes.
The kids can see what they created in real time and have the
world see what dynamic web content they created.
21st  century learning is not based on old fashion lecture style
teaching, teachers today and forever more are facilitators of
learning, they set the problem or tasks to be accomplished
and provide the correct tools, then step out of the way.
Allowing the kids to blossom in a Matrix of digital creation,
imagination, engagement and interaction.

Parents, start registering your children to attend and participate
in Kids Camp when a WordCamp is coming to town. Parents
should not hold back learning from their children, especially
learning that can build them into business owners and entrepreneurs.

Youth, teens and young adults should be encouraged
to build dynamic content and explore virtual worlds to
help solve real world problems and build business ownership
in a digital age. “Content is King” Bill Gates and “Engagement is
Queen” youth, teens and young adults must be taught how to
be smart creatives, digital innovators and thought leaders. See
role models they can talk to and engage with.

Resources:
Kids Camp Miami, Florida
https://youtu.be/yu5s-gqRE14

Wm Jackson, M.Edu.
Educator, Speaker, Blogger, Parent,