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Ms. Marcotte from Oakland CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Access to Literacy: Technology for Students with Special Needs

Help me give my students access through an iPad and 4 Fire Tablets to their independent level texts, online literacy programs, and audiobooks.

  • $904 goal

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My Students

I teach 12 8-to-9 year olds with a variety of intellectual, physical, and sensory impairments in a Title I Elementary school. Although some of my students have to deal with serious challenges (e.g. brain cancer, Autism, Intellectual disability, and/or PTSD), they all have a love for learning and want to do well in life! School is a safe haven of joy, personal development, and inclusion.

We celebrate inclusion in the classroom and throughout the school campus.

My ultimate goal for my 12 students is help each student gain the skills they need to communicate, and achieve, their personal and academic aspirations. We focus on teaching literacy through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Math literacy is also a keystone in my work with them.

My Project

Many of my students are reading significantly below grade level, and through having access to books via technology these students can not only develop their literacy but can read books without seeming different.

Students with special needs often benefit from access to texts that can be heard while they read along (via the text-to-speech feature); the iPad and Kindle Fires will help my students understand their books as well as how words sound.

Although many students may not know how a word looks in written text, they have often heard it before and know what it means. Using their prior knowledge can make them feel more confident in reading and in the classroom at large. The more my students feel smart and capable, the more they will engage in academics.

Ms. Marcotte
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi - tablet - 128 GB - 7.9' • Best Buy Education $399.99 1 $399.99
Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers • Amazon Business $44.99 4 $179.96
Pure Sense Buddy Kids Case Compatible with Apple iPad Mini 4 | Anti Microbial Heavy Duty Shock Proof Cover for Kids | Protective Case Boys, Girls | Shoulder Strap, Handle & Stand | A1538 A1550 (Blue) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
eTopxizu Tablet Case for All-New Amazon Fire 7 2017 - Light Weight Shock Proof Convertible Handle Kid-Proof Cover Kids Case for All-New Fire 7(7th Generation, 2017 Release), Green • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Fire 7 2017 Tablet Case,eTopxizu Shock Proof Case for Fire 7 2017 Tablet ,Kids Shockproof Convertible Handle Light Weight Protective Stand Case for Fire 7-inch (7th Generation, 2017 Release),Red • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Fire 7 2017 Case, Fire 7 2015 Case,ANTIKE Shockproof Light Weight Handle Kids Friendly Case for Amazon Kindle Fire 7 2017 Tablet (7th Generation, 2017 Release)(Orange 1) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Fire 7 2017 Case, Fire 7 2015 Case,ANTIKE Shockproof Light Weight Handle Kids Friendly Case for Amazon Kindle Fire 7 2017 Tablet (7th Generation, 2017 Release)(Pink) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99

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