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Owner, Author, Playwright, and Educator

Mrs. Ida Malone Jackson, Center Director, is an educator, playwright, author, songwriter, a resident of Dallas, and a native of Terrell, Texas. She spent most of her adult life managing federally funded employment and training programs (20 years). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with Texas State Board certification for grades 1 through 8, and received a Texas State Board certification in Technology Applications in 2007 (EC-12).  She is a 1972 graduate of Paul Quinn College and the author of “The ART of Learning About Computers©,” a computer theory curriculum written for kindergarten and primary grade students; and most recently, playwright, producer, and director of the family musical stage play, Princess BranDan. The play, written in 2006 and based on her 1999 chapter storybook, Princess BranDan and The Majestic Waters was adapted from her original movie script. It is named for her grand-niece, BranDan (pronounced Bran Dan). The play was performed at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center located in Decatur, Georgia on May 5th & 6th, 2011 and was well-received by its audiences. The book links the play via Biblical and standard literary units. She is now in the beginning stages of a second production of the successful play.

 

Mrs. Jackson credits the Lord for her amazing beginning and ultimate advancements in the field of technology. She began developing her “The ART of Learning About Computers©, curriculum in 1995 when she found that no computer curriculum existed for 4 and 5 year old students. She used it in her classroom with remarkable success and fantastic feedback from teachers, students, and parents. Her students are able to learn about the basic functions of the computer and related peripherals in an enjoyable way, and without needing to have a computer system in the classroom.

 

The curriculum also includes “Keyboarding For Kids©,” which is the typing component of The “ART” of Learning About Computers©. Mrs. Jackson has a unique way of teaching her students how to type by touch. Her method yields extraordinary successes, with advanced students being able to type all three rows by touch after only three (3) lessons. She uses this same method to teach adults.