GPS Remembers Dr. King And The Civil Rights Era

Monday, January 20, 2014

GPS blends technology, QR codes, and, of course, education in a campus-wide remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning Monday. 

For three days, students, faculty, and parents are using their iPads, laptops, and iPhones to visit 12 multi-media stations that offer a glimpse into different Civil Rights issues from the past.

At these stations, set up throughout the school’s campus, a ledger-sized sign features the station’s title/topic, an image from the Civil Rights Era’s past, and a QR code. With their computers or phones, students use the QR code to access a site that provides a description of the topic and illustrates the issue through photography or video, and challenges students with questions. 

The station topics include the following: Look-Ins: Look but don’t watchSit-Ins: Just taking a seatHold It: Nature calls in a segregated worldTransportation: Move to the backLibraries: Separate but equalWater, Water, Everywhere: Can I have a drinkRecreation: No playing togetherGuilty: Prove your innocenceBad Medicine: No mixed blood; Let Me In: School segregationChanging Views: Generation to generation; and GPS: Our past, our future

Included in the texts are quotes by Dr. King from his appearances in Chattanooga. On Dec. 30, 1960, for example, he said, “Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain,” a call that would be echoed later in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. 

Each student completes a Civil Rights Checklist as she visits the stations, submitting it to the office when completed. Girls are visiting the stations prior to school, during free periods, during activity period and lunch, and after school. 

A special program on Monday afternoon continues the discussion of the remembrance’s questions: "What Has Changed?", "What Remains the Same?" and "What Can I Do to Contribute to the Process?" 

A committee of faculty, helped by GPS parent, alumna, and former Hamilton County Historian Patrice Glass, worked on gathering the information for this unique and innovative approach to commemorating the life of Dr. King and examining Chattanooga’s past.


"LIVE With Kelly And Michael" To Host "Top Teacher Week" May 4-8

 “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced “LIVE’s” sixth annual “Top Teacher Week,” which recognizes standout educators from across the nation.  From  May 4-8, 2015 , “LIVE” will honor teachers who go above and beyond for their schools, communities and students.   Nominations can be made through “LIVE’s” website ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Offices Have Modified Spring Break Schedule

Several departments on the main campus that normally offer extended hours have announced modified ones during Chattanooga State Community College’s Spring Break from March 9-15. Students and visitors to the campus should note the following hours of operation and plan accordingly: Kolwyck Library and Information Commons: Monday-Friday, open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Student ... (click for more)

Winter Weather Advisory Goes Into Effect At 4 A.M. On Thursday

Temperatures were mild on Wednesday, but they were set to drop as the day goes on - leading to a winter weather advisory. The advisory goes into effect at 4 a.m. on Thursday and is to continue until 4 p.m. The forecast is for freezing rain, sleet and snow with accumulations of two inches or less. Some events are already being called off due to the possibility of unsafe ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 5-4 In Favor of Middle Valley Neighborhood Walmart

The County Commission on Wednesday voted 5-4 to allow a Walmart Neighborhood Center at Middle Valley Road and Thrasher Pike. Voting in favor were Jim Fields, Chester Bankston, Greg Beck, Warren Mackey and Joe Graham. Opposed were Marty Haynes, Sabrena Smedley, Tim Boyd and Randy Fairbanks. Commissioner Haynes, the District 3 representative where the project is located, ... (click for more)

Women Don't Ask For Rape, They Ask For Justice

The stereotypical irrationality that women typically lie about rape has brought an enormous amount of social stigma to this population. Many like to think that rape is not a huge issue in the United States, and that the media blows it out of proportion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that approximately 17.7 million females in America have been raped, with 108,612 ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Happy Birthday, Mr. Berg

This past Monday we should have closed the Post Office, let kids out of school, and lowered our flags to half-mast. March 2 is the anniversary of Moe Berg’s birthday and the legendary Casey Stengel once said Moe was “the strangest man ever to play baseball.” Moe played major league baseball for 16 years, finishing with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and a lifetime batting average of ... (click for more)