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What is STEAM and Why It Needs to be in KidsCamp
By William Jackson, M.Edu

KidsCamp Organizer, Speaker, Advocate, Blogger
The world is constantly changing, technology is
here to stay and grows more integrated in our
lives. The pervasiveness can be seen when
children as toddlers are walking with devices
even when they struggle to walk in straight lines.

Educational initiatives begin to train children for
the future, careers not even invented yet,
encouraging creative thought, complex reasoning
and fun that is incorporated into classwork. Project
based learning is a growing part of school
curriculum's and kids are seen more as student
sign-ins not as individuals. There are trade-offs from
teacher lead instruction to teacher/ learning
facilitator. There is an ever forming
progressing transformative paradigm shift in how
teachers teach even the basics of educational
foundations. Tech is in the education business.

Children, youth, teens and young adults are
being exposed to more and more tech that allows
them to have open communication, collaboration
and cooperative learning. There are growing
projects, individual projects and cross curricular
projects. Designed to build skills in students they
will need even before they need them.

The integration of technology will prepare
children to solve complex problems that will
challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting
world. The earth is much smaller because of digital
communication, satellites that use infrared, radar
and microwave technologies to survey millions of
miles of land, sonar technologies that can “see”
in the deepest of oceans and seas.

The same satellites that have their digital “eyes”
aimed at deep space and even new technology that
can detect movement of animals and intricate
weather patterns.

What is changing are WordCamp conferences,
opportunities for those in the “open source”
community to come together to share content,
wisdom, resources and information. WordCamp
welcomes “adults” who have a passion, purpose and
are intrigued by this WordPress environment that
manages to run a growing 40% of the web. The other
part of these dynamic conferences involve youth, teens
and young adults that also share a common interest that
is just as important as adults.

WordPress is empowering millions with the tools to
build digital communities that are called PLC or PLN in
academia. Professional Learning Communities or Professional
Learning Networks. A teacher of over 30 years and KidsCamp
Organizer William Jackson says, there are many acronyms
that identify educational terms. The key is to apply terms
to student learning that works, not just using fancy words that
mean nothing. There should always be “teachable moments.”

KidsCamp a growing part of WordCamp conferences are
“teachable moments.” Incorporating STEAM – Science
Technology Engineering Arts Math/Music are an easy fit
because of the dynamic combination of tools that make
for content that is an extension of the creator. Kids love
to create so incorporating STEAM into KidsCamp
by William Jackson and Aida Correa, KidsCamp Organizers
for WordCamp Orlando 2018 and WordCamp Jacksonville 2019.

There is a new / advanced way of thinking, kids
brains need creativity, inspiration and innovative ways
to learn and apply that learning. STEAM allows for
a fun and innovative way to incorporate learning
and fun together. The artistic development and
scientific techniques are complimentary that once
where separated. The  merger of STEAM and web
development is here and can be seen migrating
from academics to technology to business.

Because of this youth, teens and young adults
begin to engage in creative, critical and higher order
thinking. Innovation is encouraged and expected,
supported by adults that themselves have embraced
“The Arts” as part of a  collaborative and cooperative
learning push that KidsCamp can use to inspire a
new generation of web developers, coders, graphic
designers, Artists, programmers, thought leaders,
entrepreneurs and sole-preneurs.

The future of WordPress is based on each child,
youth, teen and young adult that begins to see
new ways it can be applied and added to the
collective of solving problems that humans
will be challenged to address even in web
development.

There is space in the “open source community”
for everyone to contribute. The inclusiveness
of and acceptance of gender, lifestyle,
culture and color is what creates
a society of growth and the beauty of humanity.

WordCamp and KidsCamp coming to
Jacksonville, Florida in 2019
Check web site to register to attend.

WordCamp Jacksonville 2019 https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/
KidsCamp Organizers –
William Jackson (My Quest To Teach - #MyQuestToTeach)
Aida Correa (Love Built Life - #LoveBuiltLife)
Posted By: William Jackson
Friday, November 16th 2018 at 3:49PM
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