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  • Williamsburg Preparatory High School
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Having E-Readers in the classroom will more than double the library available to my Read 180 students, instantly. We already have licenses for a slew graphic novels that students are excited to read, including adaptations of Emma, War of the Worlds, and the Legend of Mulan. Currently, my 9th graders shy away from choosing an E-Book, because it means sitting at a desk in front of a computer and not in the cozy classroom library, as they would with a paperback. We want to get everyone hooked on books, with formats and titles that make reading a pleasure. Access to E-Books is especially valuable for our struggling readers, who will be able to access features like read-aloud, built-in dictionaries, and illustrations to help them make meaning of the texts. In fact, the majority of the books provided by Read 180 in the lower lexile ranges are E-Books, meaning that without tablets, lower-level readers have limited options (which means a slimmer chance of finding a book they really love). Having tablets would be a game-changer for our ICT English classes, too. Access to E-Books (including the Brooklyn Public Library's massive collection) will be a boon to these students, but the benefits extend well beyond Independent Reading time. A typical school-issued laptop cart contains 30 computers, assuming every machine is charged and in working order. At our school, 9th grade English classes average just over 30 students, so it is not uncommon to have kids stuck sharing computers, or missing out on class time to complete the work at all. Having access to tablets will guarantee that my students can keep up with class reading, research, and writing – even when our technology gets glitchy.

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Having E-Readers in the classroom will more than double the library available to my Read 180 students, instantly. We already have licenses for a slew graphic novels that students are excited to read, including adaptations of Emma, War of the Worlds, and the Legend of Mulan. Currently, my 9th graders shy away from choosing an E-Book, because it means sitting at a desk in front of a computer and not in the cozy classroom library, as they would with a paperback. We want to get everyone hooked on books, with formats and titles that make reading a pleasure. Access to E-Books is especially valuable for our struggling readers, who will be able to access features like read-aloud, built-in dictionaries, and illustrations to help them make meaning of the texts. In fact, the majority of the books provided by Read 180 in the lower lexile ranges are E-Books, meaning that without tablets, lower-level readers have limited options (which means a slimmer chance of finding a book they really love). Having tablets would be a game-changer for our ICT English classes, too. Access to E-Books (including the Brooklyn Public Library's massive collection) will be a boon to these students, but the benefits extend well beyond Independent Reading time. A typical school-issued laptop cart contains 30 computers, assuming every machine is charged and in working order. At our school, 9th grade English classes average just over 30 students, so it is not uncommon to have kids stuck sharing computers, or missing out on class time to complete the work at all. Having access to tablets will guarantee that my students can keep up with class reading, research, and writing – even when our technology gets glitchy.

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