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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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The Next Wave of Technology. Say hello to “Watson”

Watson, according to CNN Money, is a “computer system that learns by reading books, articles, or whatever you feed it.”

We all remember the “Super-Computer” Watson as a winning Jeopardy contestant of February 2011. The IBM created Super-Computer is now heading for bigger and better feats as it will be taught to analyze research and data to help make businesses and other developers lives simpler.

In an article from CNN Money, it has been reported that not only did the Super-Computer get its own business division– it is “investing more than $1 billion to create the Watson group.” Thus creating jobs for 2,000 new employees that will be “housed in IBM’s own building in New York City’s East Village.”

Basically, Watson is an eager ‘student’ (in the loose sense of the word being that he is actually artificial intelligence in the form of a tablet). Doctor’s will be able to eventually use Watson to help diagnose different diseases as well as tell them what kind of medicine would b
est treat the patient.

Watson will also help travel agents/booking agents market better to consumers by anticipating where they would like to go based on the description given. It takes the guessing out of where to go for a family vacation.

This could easily eliminate some of the guess work that doctors, businesses, and possibly later down the line the average family have to do in determining the best way to go about things. I know I wouldn’t mind having one of these myself to help with my research and business development.

 

 

Check out this video to learn more about how IBM Watson works:

 

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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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Friendships and Religion… Do they mix?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a friend as “a person who you like and enjoy being with” or “a person who helps or supports someone or something.”

By that definition, why would we  be “friends” with someone who does not support something we believe-better yet someone we cannot be ourselves around?

If you are truly someone’s friend, having conversations about similar or not so similar beliefs should NOT be a problem. You could possibly have completely different takes on certain situations but a “friend” won’t walk away and not talk to you for that reason alone. If you cannot talk about religion with some of your closest friends then…

 NEWS FLASH: That is not a true friend at all- just a good acquaintance.

I find myself talking to the few ‘real’ friends that I have about religion a lot. It is how we help each other get through many tough situations the “healthy” way. When you can talk to people you like to be around about any topic (like adults should be able to without feeling some type of way later) then you know you have some real friends, like I do.

So I want to hear from you… whom do you call a friend… and do you feel comfortable enough to talk about your religion around them?

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So You Want To Be A World Leader…

According to Business Insider, “You have the best chance of getting there with a major or advanced degree in economics, law, or politics.”

Really? Tell us something we don’t know. If you want to lead, you have to have some knowledge of how things run  (or at least the money to hire someone that does).You can have a good heart and the drive to get to the top with the right amount of business sense and an abundance of great networking; you too can be a leader.

However, to be a great leader you must start the preparation early. Start out by learning how to be humble and possibly volunteering with several non-profit groups around the area. Next, you must remember to do some research on where you are going-what those who were before you did to get there- and how you can be more efficient. Finally, you must be determined and never give up on the dream you have to be a world leader. If that means finding a mentor, providing ideas at the company you are with currently to make it a better place ,or acknowledging the good works of those who you admire already in the business.

 

Educational backgrounds of world leaders 2013

Yes, an education is important; but what can an education do for you without first applying the knowledge you have received to show that you have more than just a piece of paper?

Show off your talents in a modest way to enhance the fact that you have the proper education to back it up. That, in my opinion, is the best way to become a leader… anywhere.

 

Neil Degrasse Tyson Gives Interesting Take On U.S. Leadership

 

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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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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays…Which One Is It?

 

Christmas balls in the snow

Apparently there has been a debate going on as to which is more offensive to say to someone: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

Huffingtonpost.com religion writer, Paul Rasushenbush, says that this debate can be solved “with basic etiquette.” It is just that simple, for people to go based on what they know. If you know someone is a Christian: say ‘Merry Christmas’. The same goes if you know someone is Jewish: say ‘Happy Hanukah’. However it is more “polite” when you do not know to just keep it simple and say: ‘Happy Holidays’ or maybe even ‘Seasons Greetings’. (The last two are what most businesses use to help drive sales at this time of year too)

Rasushenbush continued by saying, “We are a nation that has continued to welcome people of all religious backgrounds and no religious backgrounds.”

So with that, lets just be civil. We may not always get along but we must understand the United States has transformed into a melting pot of many different cultures. Why get offended when someone does not say Merry/Happy (insert your holiday here)? At least they were polite enough to pretend (or be genuine enough) to care about wishing you well

during the holiday season.

 

The Holiday Season is a time for remembering why we are all here. No matter what religion we practice, the holidays are a time to reflect and give thanks for all things. This is the true meaning of the season, and that is what we celebrate. December is the one month we should all put our thoughts on ‘right and wrong’ aside and be grateful for being able to see another day.

 

What do you think about this so – called ‘war of holiday phrases’? Check out the Video from Huffington Post and let me know if you agree that the ‘war is over’.

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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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What did your job get you for Christmas this year?

December is a month of giving and receiving holiday cheer. Many parents and teachers often use the wild card, “Santa is watching” so children will be on their best behaviors in hopes of getting exactly what they want for Christmas (and more).images-1 copy 3

Some companies host holiday parties playing games like “White Elephant” or “Dirty Santa” where co-workers bring gifts of a certain price to swap while others go as far as to have an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party. Some keep it traditional and only give gifts to coworkers they would consider to be close friends, while other companies give holiday bonuses. Bonuses are always a welcome gift, especially at this time of year. In leu of the current economy, many companies have canned the idea of the holiday bonus for the time being but there is one company who has not fallen behind on their lavish employee gifts for the holidays.

 

BusinessInsider.com has reported that this year Google employees were “given their choice of a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 tablet.” I know that I would love to be in a conundrum like that having to decide which high end piece of smart technology I want to receive free of cost! Wouldn’t you?

I am curious to find out what your job got you this holiday season?

More hours at work?  More projects than time? Or was it something like what Google gave their employees?

Chime in below, no matter how big or how small the “gift”, did your job go all out like Google this year? We want to hear how grateful (or not) you are for what your job gave you for Christmas.

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