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Author recounts infamous 16th Street Bombing

Carolyn Maull Mckinstry is the author of “While the World Watched” and survivor of two of the 60 unsolved bombings in Birmingham, Alabama during the time of segregation.

Author Recounts Infamous 16th Street Bombing from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Monday, January 20, 2014, Rev. McKinstry was the keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration sponsored by Fayette County NAACP Branch & Fayette County Board of Education in Fayetteville, GA.

Fayette County NAACP Branch President John E. Jones stated what he “really loves about this county, this community, is that no matter what is said or done, love still prevails.” There may be differences but we “work through them” continued Jones.

McKinstry referenced several times in her speech that she also believes the world can change but it “must begin with the practice of love.” She ended by stating that “we must learn to work together and to share with each other… we must treat all mankind with respect.”

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Integrating Technology in the Classroom Past to Present

Student at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA using the iPad for a math lesson. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Student at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA using the iPad for a math lesson.
Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

Technology has vastly changed over the past 40 years, especially in the classroom.  Teachers no longer use typewriters, abacus’, pencil and paper as a main classroom tool. Instead we find tools like computers, tablets and styluses to complete assignments.

  

Scholastic Reading Test Module on a student computer at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Scholastic Reading Test Module on a student computer at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA.
Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

“Educators can leverage new educational tools to personalize learning, encourage collaboration, and prepare students for the future,” according to author Susie Boss in an article at edutopia.org.

 

Mr. Carl Golden, Sr. a Fulton County Schools Technology Specialist in College Park, GA. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Mr. Carl Golden, Sr. a Fulton County Schools Technology Specialist in College Park, GA. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

Mr. Carl Golden, Sr. a Fulton County Schools Technology Specialist (in College Park, GA) recalled memories from 1970, when he began in the school system, where they basically only had “typewriters, calculators, paper and pens” to be considered a form of technology.

 

A set of 6 student computer for use with students at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
A set of 6 student computer for use with students at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA.
Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

Golden went on to discuss how in the 1980’s the first computer he was exposed to in education was the “Apple One” and the “Apple Two” computers that had a floppy disk drive with drills to help students improve in the classroom.

Golden also shared his memories of being one of the “first teachers during that time” in 1995 to be trained in technology for the schools. Let’s listen:

Mrs. Gwendolyn Golden, Second Grade teacher at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA doing a math lesson on the iPad.  Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Mrs. Gwendolyn Golden, Second Grade teacher at Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA doing a math lesson on the iPad.
Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

Mrs. Gwendolyn Golden, a second grade teacher in Fayette County Schools, also noted that during her tenure in school she had to use a typewriter in class- not a computer. This is very different from today she continued saying, “today in my second grade classroom where I teach, we have 6 student computers, a mobile iPad lab, and we also have responders for the students to interact with answering question during lessons.”

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iStartSmart Tablets Add New Learning Suite For iPad

Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Hatch: The Early Learning Experts has recently launched the newest addition to the iStartSmart Tablets, the iPad Learning Suite. Hatch is said to have broadened the horizons on how children are able to learn in the 21st century classroom.

These are students at Love T. Nolan Elementary School who are using the iStartSmart Tablet in a small group. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
These are students at Love T. Nolan Elementary School who are using the iStartSmart Tablet in a small group. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

The iStartSmart iPad Learning Suite is available in the Apple Store for free and includes all of the popular “Shell Squad Games” that teachers currently utilize in classrooms around the world.

In a previous article entitled “How iStartSmart Tablets Help Child Development,” you were told about the iStartSmart Tablet. This tablet, according to Hatch: The Early Learning Experts, “is the learning tablet that fascinates and engages” and is now a learning system that can be downloaded to a device other than the Hatch Tablets to help more students improve in the classroom.

Teacher assisting a child with the iStartSmart Tablet.  Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Teacher assisting a child with the iStartSmart Tablet.
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Keenya Glover, a parent of a special-needs student in first grade says, “I think it’s a necessity! Due to the technology evolving at a rapid rate, children need to get ahead of the game.” With this program, children are taught the skills needed to prepare them for the next level.  Glover continued by saying, “using digital technology ASAP enhances the brain” so when her son began using the program at age three, she was very encouraged at the rate of his educational advancement.

The iStartSmart iPad Learning Suite still contains the same features as mentioned in my previous article; however, it is reported only available on the “Apple iPad Generation 2 or later.”  This makes it easier on many schools who have already integrated the iPad into their schools to incorporate Hatch Technology.

This is a child holding the iPad on the main student screen. Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
This is a child holding the iPad on the main student screen. Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Hatch’s article followed up by saying that before the system rewards the child with more advanced activities, it wants to make sure that the skill has been demonstrated correctly. This is what separates the iStartSmart Learning System from other educational applications on digital devices. The program is designed so that “if a child struggles with an activity, the system will automatically intervene to help them move forward, or to refocus them on other skill levels necessary to master increasingly difficult concepts.”

These are the main characters of The Shell Squad Games  Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
These are the main characters of The Shell Squad Games
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

 

 

 

Let’s meet the stars of this award-winning educational learning suite: Cami the Cameleon, Henry the Duck, and Platty the Platypus. According to the Hatch website, these characters “guide the child-directed play.” The characters guide the children on many adventures to enhance the typical lesson taught in the classroom. 

Original Infographic created by: Amanda Golden  Information was gathered from research by Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Original Infographic created by: Amanda Golden
Information was gathered from research by Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

 

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A Closer Look at Massive Burn Studios: Keeping Visual Arts Alive in Atlanta

The artwork of Miles Davis is an inspiration to look deep within self to examine where you are headed in the future by remembering the experiences had growing up. Davis mentioned that by him being from a military family and having “traveled the world by the age of seven” that it “made him very knowledgeable of who he was as a human being and very independent as a person.”

According to their website Massive Burn Studios was, “Initially created to showcase the artwork and illustrations of pop-surrealist painter Miles Davis, the company has since grown into a full fledged creative services firm.”

A Closer Look at Massive Burn Studios: Keeping Visual Arts Alive in Atlanta from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

It has been recorded by The Association of American Educators that “Among programs outside of music and art, far fewer public elementary schools are offering visual arts, dance and drama classes than a decade ago.”

“The fact that the defunding of arts; not just visual arts but music and everything else in schools is definitely a concern for me”, explained Davis. So, the Davis Duo is hoping to help by creating more avenues for children in the near future with their upcoming children series called “Butterpup” among many other ideas to keep children focused on a brighter more positive future. The new LLC, set for the coming year, is meant to “diversify the Mass Appeal Market for children” stated Davis.

William Dyrness, in an article entitled, “Subjectivity, the person and Modern Art says, “one of the few relatively uncontested observations about modern art is its consistent celebration of subjectivity and personal expression.”

The name of the company, Massive Burn Studios, is also an “inspiration within itself” stated Davis because it, “delved into the inspiration and the fire of trying to succeed in a creative business.”

Massive Burn Studios offers a wide range of products that fit to the pockets of many patrons. From the “Bargain Bin” on their site to the necklaces and postcard “takeaways” for purchase when they do conventions they have artwork that all can enjoy.

For more information on Massive Burn Studios or even to contact them to create an original piece just for you please visit massiveburnstudios.com. They are also always available via Facebook!

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Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs Host 2nd Annual Christmas in Atlanta

Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs Host 2nd Annual Christmas in Atlanta from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

 

Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, partnered with The Georgia World Congress Center to host Christmas in Atlanta. This event was a Holiday Shopping Marketplace filled with several entrepreneurs from across the state of Georgia December 6 – 8, 2013.

 

The Holiday Shopping Marketplace housed a wide range of products, from mostly women entrepreneurs, to offer the crowds who attended the event. Some items to be mentioned are: photographs, t-shirts, hats, buttons, jewelry and handbags.

 

According to an article by Carole Scott called, “Why more women are becoming entrepreneurs“, a lot of women have started their own businesses because of “the lack of opportunity” women had when “working for others.”

 

Sunday, December 8th was the final day of Christmas in Atlanta but it was the big day for the Accessory Jewelry Show.  Entrepreneur Melanie Smith was the booth owner showcased on this day. Smith runs bothSouthern Girls” and “Christian T- Shirts and More” located in Adairsville, Georgia. Smith had several pieces of jewelry laid out on her table from sterling silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches and even a few handmade Christmas ornaments for show. Smith stated that she, “usually would have brought the t-shirts” but she ran out of space on the table this year.  With prices like: buy 2 necklaces for $20 or 1 for $12 along with other specials for purchasing more, customers were drawn to her layout.

 

For more information on Christmas in Atlanta and how you can become a part of Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs please visit: www.eheatlanta.org.

 

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Ashtoons Caricatures Launches First Big Venture at Global Winter Wonderland

 

Ashtoons Caricatures First Big Venture from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

 

Caricature Artist Ashley Rowland says that he has recently begun his “first big venture” as a Caricature Artist Business Owner. His first big venture began at Atlanta’s first experience with Global Winter Wonderland, November 21, 2013 where he says that he “went all in” for the entire festival length as a booth renter. His company is called Ashtoons Caricatures. It is here at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA where he provides both color and black and white caricatures to his patrons.

 

According to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, a Caricature is “a satirical drawing, plastic representation, or description which, through exaggeration of natural features, makes its subject appear ridiculous.”

 

With many years of expertise as a graphic designer/artist it is surprisingly notable that Rowland stated he is actually “a welder by trade.” Rowland continued by stating, “welding works mostly off of muscle memory and eye and hand coordination. Which is something [he] had already developed” as an artist.

 

“Global Winter Wonderland Atlanta  is the place to launch new products, interact with new and loyal repeat customers, build brand awareness, and conduct on-site sales”, according to the event website.

 

For more information on how to book Ashtoons Caricatures for your event please visit: www.ashtoons.com or you may even check out his Facebook Fan Page.

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Atlanta’s First Global Winter Wonderland

Atlanta’s First Global Winter Wonderland from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Atlanta, GA- The first Atlanta debut of the Global Winter Wonderland event is being held at Turner Field from November 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014 nightly from 5pm to 11pm. Global Winter Wonderland is a multicultural lantern festival based on the original Chinese lantern festivals. The Global Winter Wonderland first debuted in the US in Santa Clara California in 2011. A Festival of Lights that, according to the Atlanta Wonderland website, “will enable patrons to “travel the world in one day” by viewing large replicas of the world’s most famous landmarks such as India’s Taj Mahal, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Mexico’s Chichen Itza, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and more.” The Global Winter Wonderland also features a diverse variety of arts and crafts, dance and musical performances, carnival rides, arcades, booths, international foods, and shopping. The Atlanta Global Winter Wonderland will also host performances by the famous UniverSoul Circus Thursday through Sunday nights with shows starting at 6pm for all ages to enjoy. For more information on The Global Winter Wonderland; its special events, hours, booths, where they will debut next or even to purchase tickets for an upcoming show please visit globalwonderland.com.

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Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

BYOT with 2nd Grade at Fayette Elementary School from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) is a program that is taking education to the next level. This program allows students to bring their own devices to school to use as a part of their educational journey. Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, Georgia has just officially launched the BYOT Program this past Monday, November 11, 2013. So, the technology specialist Regina Yeargin has her hands full going around to all of the classrooms to ensure they have the understanding needed before bringing their device to school. For example, students must fill out a form with their parents for permission to use the devices at school. But the next step is crucial for those who will eventually bring their own device to school. They must have their parents go to the school website to "register"the device by serial number and type. The final step is on the teacher; teachers must give the students the final word on when they can bring the device into the classroom. This multimedia story shows a quick lesson in BYOT with a 2nd grade class on what to and not to do with their devices.

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Digital Citizenship: Protecting Digital Footprints

Digital Citizenship 

When it comes to online safety many schools in Fayetteville, Ga have come up with a Digital Citizenship Program to protect the students from potential Internet harm. Digital citizenship is defined as a way to keep kids safe while online. According to commonsense.org it teaches students to: “protect private information, respect themselves and others, stay safe online, stand up to cyber bullying when they see it happen and to balance the time they spend on these devices and other media.” Fayette Elementary School Technology Specialist, Regina Yeargin told us about how they have incorporated Digital Citizenship at their school.

 

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Book Character Parade Not a Halloween Parade: Promoting Literacy at all Ages

Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School is a Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade school this year. A combination of Hood Avenue Primary (Pre-k to 2nd) and Fayette Intermediate School (3rd to 5th) due to budget cuts in the school system; this new school still continued tradition of the Annual Book Character Parade this year. In previous years’ Pre-School to grades 2 were able to participate in the alternate Halloween Costume Parade; however this year it was limited to the lower grades up to 1st grade. Students were encouraged to do a “Story web” of their favorite book and come in on October 31, 2013 wearing original costumes of their favorite character from that book to parade around the school that morning. The upper grades completed their “story webs” and could only bring in a pumpkin decorated from their favorite book character. Students from all grades, Parents, Teachers and Administrators gathered in the halls on October 31, 2013 after the morning announcements to watch the highly anticipated Book Character Parade pass by!

Fayetteville, GA- Pre Kindergarten students at Fayette Elementary School prepare for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Pre Kindergarten students at Fayette Elementary School prepare for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Teachers and Students from Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Fayette Elementary School showcase their favorite book character in the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Teachers and Students from Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Fayette Elementary School showcase their favorite book character in the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Students at Fayette Elementary School in grades 2-5 watch with anticipation the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Students at Fayette Elementary School in grades 2-5 watch with anticipation the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School student dressed as Cruella Deville from Disney's "101 Dalmations" proudly walks at the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School student dressed as Cruella Deville from Disney’s “101 Dalmations” proudly walks at the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Fayetteville, GA- Student at Fayette Elementary School who chose the book "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" showcases his homemade costume for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Student at Fayette Elementary School who chose the book “Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs” showcases his homemade costume for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

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