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Black Family Recalls Learning in Segregated Schools

A black history narrative.

James and Mary Kendrick are a local black family who went to school in the days of segregation in the deep south of Georgia. African-American children and white children were not allowed to go to school together for quite a while before equal rights were won with the decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

The Kendricks said that black children went to their own school but could only use the materials that the white children had already used: typewriters, books, band uniforms and even music instruments. Often times this meant that when the black children received them, they were “tattered and torn,” recalled Mrs Kendrick.

Mr. Kendrick continued by saying that he would end up taking home the used instruments and “welding the joints back together” to make the instrument “sound the way it should again” for their school band.

Let’s listen as James and Mary Kendrick recall a time where they went to school during segregation:

Education has come a long way from the 1940s to the year 2014. Blacks and whites not only go to school together but they also work, eat, and play together. As the school systems were integrated over the years, textbooks and other materials became the same for all races.

The first computers were introduced in the early 2000s, as mentioned in a previous article “Integrating Technology Into the Classroom Past to Present.” For schools to advance from the typewriter to digital technology education finally began to have level playing fields for all races.

Now, in the year 2014, technology has advanced so far that more schools have begun to incorporate digital learning through iPads and other tablet devices into the classroom curriculum.

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2014 Roswell Roots Festival

A series of Black History Month Celebrations

The Annual Roswell Roots Festival has many events planned this year; and one most recent was the “West African Rhythms and Flavors.” This event was held in Roswell, GA at the Historic Barrington Hall on February 8, 2014 from 11:00am-3:00pm.

The event featured Chef and Author Sallie Ann Robinson the “Gullah Cooking Diva” who shared Gullah Cooking and Culture with community members inside the kitchen of Barrington Hall.

The event also featured the founder of DrumRise with Amy Jackson demonstrating the drumming techniques learned from a Guinean master drummer on the front lawn of Barrington Hall.

The 2014 West African Rhythms and Flavors was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
The 2014 West African Rhythms and Flavors was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
DrumRise technique class at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
DrumRise technique class at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Woman playing the Djembe drum leading the DrumRise technique class at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Woman playing the Djembe drum leading the DrumRise technique class at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Amy Jackson, teacher of West African drum techniques for DrumRise at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Amy Jackson, teacher of West African drum techniques for DrumRise at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Man playing base tones in DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Man playing base tones in DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Even little ones were able to play tones in DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Even little ones were able to play tones in DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Teacher, Amy Jackson showing student how to lead the DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Teacher, Amy Jackson showing student how to lead the DrumRise Session at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Local Girl Scout enjoying food prepared by Chef Sallie Ann Robinson’s Gullah Cooking & Culture Session. Held inside Barrington Hall at the West African Rhythms and Flavors in Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Local Girl Scout enjoying food prepared by Chef Sallie Ann Robinson’s Gullah Cooking & Culture Session. Held inside Barrington Hall at the West African Rhythms and Flavors in Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Local Girl Scout Troop with Chef Sallie Ann Robinson at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Local Girl Scout Troop with Chef Sallie Ann Robinson at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Chef Sallie Ann Robinson in the Kitchen at the West African Rhythms and Flavors  that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Chef Sallie Ann Robinson in the Kitchen at the West African Rhythms and Flavors that was held at Barrington Hall in the historic district Roswell, GA on February 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

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Community Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fayetteville, GA- Monday, January 20, 2014 Fayette County Board of Education along with the Fayette County Branch of NAACP continued “Advancing the Call For Civility and Civil Rights” with the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and Program.

Over 150 citizens of Fayette County gathered in the streets to participate in the annual Dr. King day events. Beginning with the parade where school bands, color guards, churches and other local businesses marched in remembrance of Dr. King.

 

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The annual celebration of Dr. King was not always “a welcome idea” according to City Council Member Reverend Edward Johnson. In 2000, as the Fayette County NAACP President he was made aware that “many of the cities in Fayette County did not even allow the staff to take the day off unless they took a “vacation day” to celebrate a day of recognizing Dr. King’s legacy.” In 2001 Mayor Steve Brown, of Peachtree City, “welcomed the idea of hosting a program at Peachtree City Hall. Johnson continued by saying that it took five years of persistency from the NAACP for “other Fayette Cities to recognize the holiday.”road to mlk jr events infographic


The 2014 Annual Parade and Celebration Program were held at Sam’s Auditorium where community members of all races gathered to remember the legacy of Dr. King. The event opened with selections from the Olivet Children and Youth Choir and led into a program to celebrate “unity for all.” Keynote speaker, Reverend Carolyn Maull McKinstry recalled her experience of surviving the 16th Street Church Bombing in Birmingham, AL. Fayette County NAACP President John E. Jones followed with a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Awards for the MLK Essay Winners, MLK Academic Achievement, Athletic Excellence and 2014 Parade Float Winners were given in the end to celebrate student achievements through the year.

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 Johnson closed with a reminder that “although, many have embraced this day as one to celebrate, we are still working to get more diversity involved in the annual celebration.”

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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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