A Classroom Laptop Will Finalize our Literacy Centers!
My students need a laptop to use during literacy centers in the morning, math centers in the afternoon, and other activities throughout the school day.
When I was in first grade, computers were occasionally used for games, like Oregon Trail. In today's world, computers are an essential tool for student learning. In our classroom, my students use our computers for serious learning every single day. The problem is, we only have two computers!
My students are phenomenal.
They are inquisitive, bright, active, silly, sweet, creative little beings. I look forward to going to school every day to receive their smiles and hugs.
I teach in a high-poverty, Title I school. A third of my students speak a language other than English at home. A large portion of my students do not have a computer at home, so using technology during the school day is critical.
Many of my students are struggling readers. Using a computer as a literacy tool will absolutely help foster growth in fluency and phonemic awareness.
I am requesting a laptop and wireless mouse for my classroom. The laptop is for my students to use throughout the day. Every morning, my students engage in literacy centers. Students work in groups of three during this time. The two preexisting classroom computers we have are over six years old. When students go to the computer center, they have to share the computers, which means that one of the students is forced to sit and observe another student reading, learning, and having fun. That doesn't sound like much fun, does it?
There are so many fantastic reading websites that my students can utilize, but we currently do not have enough computers in our classroom to make literacy centers run smoothly.
Additionally, my students use computers for other purposes: math centers in the afternoon, Skyping with other classes, and publishing their writing during Writer's workshop.
We live in a media-rich society. Please help my students become media literate by supplying the proper tools.
My students crave screen time on the classroom computers.
The problem is, our classroom only has two outdated computers. Imagine the look of disappointment on a child's face, because they did not get the chance to use the computer during their center rotation. I hate having see that defeated look. Please help us!
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