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  • Jackson-Olin High School
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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I have been hired to create a journalism program at my high school. This program will serve two purposes: it will increase literacy and fluency and it will allow my students to engage in real-world, collaborative learning. However, this program will not be possible without the benefit of classroom computers. We need 10 Chromebooks. My current classroom technology consists of one ancient desktop computer which is insufficient for either a journalism class or an ACT prep class. To compete in technology-driven job market, my students MUST have the computer skills their peers possess. As the classroom teacher, I will teach mini-lessons on writing, style, grammar, and editing. But as the course facilitator, I will guide the students as they use technology to research platforms for hosting a school newspaper, to decide on design and layout, and to learn how to develop content for an online publication. This kind of real-world experience is invaluable for my students and will prepare them for life beyond the walls of high school. But most valuable of all is the opportunity for my students to express themselves to a wider audience. A school publication that is hosted on the web truly expands their borders and gives them the opportunity to see where they fit into a larger world. My students are isolated in their little pocket of the city, and it's easy for them to stereotyped and dismissed by an indifferent society. Their voices must be heard in order for them to claim their own identity and not the one that society has dismissively thrust upon them.

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I have been hired to create a journalism program at my high school. This program will serve two purposes: it will increase literacy and fluency and it will allow my students to engage in real-world, collaborative learning. However, this program will not be possible without the benefit of classroom computers. We need 10 Chromebooks. My current classroom technology consists of one ancient desktop computer which is insufficient for either a journalism class or an ACT prep class. To compete in technology-driven job market, my students MUST have the computer skills their peers possess. As the classroom teacher, I will teach mini-lessons on writing, style, grammar, and editing. But as the course facilitator, I will guide the students as they use technology to research platforms for hosting a school newspaper, to decide on design and layout, and to learn how to develop content for an online publication. This kind of real-world experience is invaluable for my students and will prepare them for life beyond the walls of high school. But most valuable of all is the opportunity for my students to express themselves to a wider audience. A school publication that is hosted on the web truly expands their borders and gives them the opportunity to see where they fit into a larger world. My students are isolated in their little pocket of the city, and it's easy for them to stereotyped and dismissed by an indifferent society. Their voices must be heard in order for them to claim their own identity and not the one that society has dismissively thrust upon them.

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