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New Media Journalism

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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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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Fame-Magazine Articles

What Are Your Fondest Thanksgiving Memories?

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The air is crisp and leaves have fallen from the trees. November is one of the busiest months of the year as we all begin prepping for the holiday season. There is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the list goes on. But, most importantly we see the beginning of family traditions. Thanksgiving is a time for family and being thankful for those around you (near and far). A time to give thanks for all of the small things we so often take for granted day to day; like our spouses “putting up” with our high stress moods or our children presenting us with long but efficient list of what they want for Christmas.

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Many families are even already trimming the Christmas tree adding ornaments and lights and putting them in the windows of their homes. Let’s begin at Thanksgiving since it is only a few days away. Some of the most memorable Thanksgiving moments from my childhood are when we pack up the car with snacks and hit the road for South Carolina for dinner and laughs with my dad’s family on Thanksgiving morning. Four hours on the road to Inman, SC where at least 50 members of the family gathered and unknown neighbors seemed to wander over for plates of food cooked throughout the day. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, listening to loud voices and laughter of old stories told during a game (or 6) of spades, these are just a few of the memories I will share from my Thanksgiving childhood. The next morning, we would wake up with my cousins at 3:00am and head to the stores we mapped out the night before. Black Friday Shopping! Not that we needed anything in particular, it was just what we did each year. Braving the crowded stores, dodging buggies, and determined people for so called “limited sale” items, strategizing lines of how to get in and out was just a part of the fun. Heck, I believe it had something to do with my over efficiency coupled with the need to plan every aspect of things out and drive to beat (not just meet) deadlines! So, I am thankful for that part of my childhood. We would finish by 9am and get back on the road to Georgia for what I would call my second Thanksgiving trip to grandma’s house for my special plate.

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Families have many traditions in life as well as several more that cater to just the holidays. But, most importantly is that these times are spent with family, friends, and loved ones; letting them know (spoken and unspoken words) that we love and appreciate them and all that they do for us.

FAME would like to hear from you; what are your fondest Thanksgiving memories/traditions?

Comment below the article and let the world know about your traditions…

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Toddlers and Tablets

How iPads Impact Child Development

In a world where technology is rapidly advancing many are beginning to “plug in” to the Smart Technology sooner than ever. “Technology’s impact on the 21st century family is fracturing its very foundation, and causing a disintegration of core values that long ago were the fabric that held families together”, stated Cris Rowan, contributing writer for Huffington Post.

LeapPad 2 Explorer by Leap Frog Tablet for ages 3-9. Photo Taken in Wal-Mart Shopping Center. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
LeapPad 2 Explorer by Leap Frog Tablet for ages 3-9. Photo Taken in Wal-Mart Shopping Center. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

According to pbs.org, “for school-age children, a smartphone or tablet can give them an additional learning layer, beyond the traditional classroom or book.” Fulton County Schools Kindergarten Teacher, Paula Gehring says she uses the iPad in conjunction with her normal lesson plans daily to “motivate the children.” Gehring continues by saying, “many parents park their children in front of TV, computer, Kindle/Nook/ iPad instead of interacting with the children and their social skills are suffering.” This makes it harder to get the children to “share” the devices when used for learning in the school.

Cris Rowan, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, contributing writer for Huffington Post, and Author of “Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children”, says that she “unplugged” her “son Matt when he was 12…threw out his TV, cancelled cable, tossed the Commodore 64 and Atari.” Rowan also tells other “parents that ANY exposure to technology is detrimental to cognitive, physical, mental and social development.”

InnoTab 2 Display at Wal-Mart in Fayetteville. They are marketing tablet learning to children at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
InnoTab 2 Display at Wal-Mart in Fayetteville. They are marketing tablet learning to help with child development. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

Movement, touch, human connection and exposure to nature are four very critical components that are “necessary to achieve healthy child development” Rowan mentions in her article. And by choosing to “unplug” her children at an early age, as adults, they both feel “technology is largely a waste of time”. When technology is involved the skills needed for a child to develop are “grossly limited”.

However, South Carolina Parent, Keenya Glover, says that her 7-year-old son’s “iPad is considered his voice.” He began using it 2 years ago and she has seen a “tremendous boost in his level of communication.” Glover goes on to say that because her son is special needs, he is not able to communicate so the program he was able to use at school at an early age “enables him to communicate at school and home.” She continues by saying that if her son had not been introduced to the iPad at an early age; he would not be as far as he is now with his communication skills.

Nyjel Glover outside in South Carolina. Photo Credit Amanda Golden
Nyjel Glover a special needs child who uses the iPad to communicate with his friends, outside in South Carolina. Photo Credit Amanda Golden

According to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, “The world for an autistic child is full of imagery, rather than words. On an iPad, an autistic child can create a sentence or even story using a series of images. By doing so, the child can communicate with parents, caretakers, and instructors without frustration. Since the iPad is mobile, children with autism can take this communication tool wherever they go.” Since the iPad is a portable device that they can take wherever they go; the autistic child will constantly “have ways to calm, focus, and learn while on-the-go.

 

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New Media Journalism Technology Toddlers and Tablets

Children are Obsessed with Technology at an early age Worldwide

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Technology-Infused or Technology-Abused

Technology-Infused Teaching or Technology-Abused Teaching:

A Look at the iPad and Computers Educating Our Children

By: Amanda M. Golden

When it comes to technology we have definitely advanced from the first clunky desktop computer we had. Technology has been on the rise in this century and is not slowing down anytime soon. Companies have upgraded computers, purchased tablets for employees and enrolled them into instructional technology courses. The schools have incorporated it into their daily learning style calling it “Bring your own Technology.” Digital learning is taking over our school systems; on one hand this is good because the older children are gaining valuable life skills to take to the real world, but on the other hand it is stinting the ability of our children to develop proper social skills. Especially in our babies, children as young as 19 months have grasped the concept of swiping a touch screen quicker than learning to walk speak or eat on their own. In daycares across the world teachers are teaching them on tablets and other advanced technology; or are they letting them play on the tablets so that they [the teacher] can rest. According to Hatch Early Learning, “For technology to be meaningful in early education, it must provide opportunities for children to gain the essential skills that prepare them for school.” (Hatch Early Learning , 2013) This is a true statement, however to help children gain these skills needed for school one must interact with the child throughout their exploration of the technology.  One must help them to not only develop physical skills but social and cognitive skills as well.

Many childcare centers and schools are beginning to update the way they teach our children and use this technology infused learning to do it. But without adequate lessons in these “new” technological devices, as the teacher, it is feared that the original lessons they have learned while attaining their teaching degree will disappear as they become more comfortable using technology. The fear is that technology may one day teach our children not the teachers. Therein lies the issue of if the use of the iPad (and other tablets) in the classroom will allow teachers to let children learn entirely on their own as they surf the web on the other side of the room.

Technology can be one of the best ways to teach young minds or it can be one of the worst but it is still up to us. As parents and community members we need to constantly interact with our children AND their tablets. There is nothing we can do about how technology steadily advances but we can steer it in the right direction with our children. As teachers, by not letting the fact that the children know more about the product than we do, we must remember our roots and incorporate it into the way they are learning now. We must use technology, like the iPad, to enhance the education we received to be able to show them how to succeed in the real world!

Hatch Early Learning Center. (2013). iStartSmart Efficacy. Retrieved 07 31, 2013, from Hatch Early Learning : http://hatchearlylearning.com/research/observational-studies/iss-aio-efficacy/

 

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