I need transportation, food, and lodging to attend the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, where I will learn techniques and strategies for implementing the latest classroom technology.
I left my career in journalism three years ago to join the education field and change someone's world. Turns out, the world that was changed was mine.
For some of my fourth graders, the only time they ever leave our town is on school field trips, and the only technology they see is what they have access to in the classroom.
We are a Title I school in the Arkansas Delta, and 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch each day.
Despite their adversities, our kids are eager to learn. They are passionate. They want more for themselves and, even at 9 and 10 years old, are doing whatever they can to better their situation. Their goals and dreams keep me motivated each day to teach better, to do better, and to be better.
I firmly believe that access is an equalizer. Putting tools and technology in the hands of my students puts them on a level playing field with students around the world.
My kids deserve the best, and the best way to serve them is to attend the best technology in education conference in the United States.
Attending ISTE 2018 will allow me to grow as an educator and discover ways to develop lifelong learners who think critically, communicate effectively, and live creatively. From networking to technology integration, ISTE 2018 will give my students the real-world tools they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
My elementary science classes have evolved into much more than learning vocabulary and definitions or how a circuit works. Each day, my students are scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and designers - all within a 90-minute class period.
I have high expectations for my students, and I must hold myself to those same high standards. Like my students, I strive to be a lifelong learner. As our classrooms evolve, so must teachers and their strategies. Attending the 2018 ISTE conference will allow me to meet those high standards and make me a better teacher for the next generation of world changers.
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