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Mr. Whitmore from Charlotte NC is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

21st Century Learning Station

My students need a laptop computer in order to become 21st century learners.

  • $555 goal

This project expired on June 20, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are 21st century learners in a 20th century classroom. They learn in a trailer without computers, which my school can not afford to purchase. I know they would be so much more engaged with at least one laptop computer. One computer is better than none at all (taking turns)!

They are part of a large, high poverty, urban school district (60% African-American, 30% Hispanic, 5% White, 5% other).

My school has 2000 students, many with very challenging situations at home. With the economy the way it's been the last two years, our district's cutbacks have destroyed any hope for adding technology to our classrooms. In today's world, books and worksheets do not keep our students engaged. They are accustomed to multiple stimuli, particularly computer-based learning. I borrowed a laptop from a friend recently to see if just one would help in my classroom - it was wonderful! My students rotated through the "laptop learning station," learning Spanish via aural and visual lessons. I'd love a laptop for each student, but I have to start somewhere. One permanent laptop, along with my desktop computer, would be a first step. Thank you for your consideration.

My Project

There are hundreds if not thousands of computer programs to learn Spanish. Learning a language requires reading, writing, listening, and speaking it - all of which a computer can help accomplish. Students will be able pretend to travel to Spanish speaking countries, interact with "pen pals" from Spanish speaking countries via Skype, and work on programs such as Castle Learning and APEX Learning.

All children learn in different ways.

In order to meet their diverse 21st century learning needs, teachers need technologically advanced teaching aids. I have none in my trailer, with no new items expected anytime in the near future. Just one laptop to start would be so helpful in achieving such essential differentiation. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Mr. Whitmore
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 92 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Acer Aspire 5334-2598 - C 900 2.2 GHz - 15.6' TFT • Best Buy $387.99 1 $387.99

Materials cost

$387.99

Vendor shipping charges

$12.00

State sales tax

$30.26

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.82

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$471.07

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.13

Total project goal

$554.20

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$554.20

1 Donor

-$277.10

Donations toward project cost

-$235.54

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.56

match offer

-$277.09

Match offer toward project cost

-$235.53

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.56

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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